WHERE YOU'RE MORE THAN JUST A NUMBER
(BUT HERE ARE SOME NUMBERS
& OTHER FACTS)
GUIDED INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES
Our Guided Independent Study courses offer high school students the opportunity to explore areas of interest in conjunction with field study and internship experience. Additionally, students will work closely with an advisor each week to help strengthen certain skills, such as organization, time and project management, study skills, etc. This advisor will collaborate with the supervising teacher and cafe chef to ensure that students are meeting all internship expectations.
All Independent Studies highlighted below were selected and designed by students, in cooperation with instructors and mentors. These opportunities are available at SNA, as well as that which you dream up!
INTRODUCTION TO CULINARY ARTS
This field study provides high school students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on work experience in the food service industry. Students participating in this internship opportunity will gain experience in the following areas: principles of nutrition, food safety and storage, menu planning, inventory and purchasing, portioning, presentation, and preparation. This course is intended for students interested in pursuing a career in culinary arts.
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. Students at SNA will be offered the option of taking the following courses for AP credit; grade point averages will be weighted accordingly. Course content will be delivered using a variety of methods that adhere to our SNA educational philosophy.
2023 AP RESEARCH
PRESENTATION & ORAL DEFENSE
In AP Research, year two of the AP Capstone Program, "students are required to design, plan, and implement a yearlong, in-depth study or investigation in an area of personal interest through a chosen or designed inquiry method and develop a well-reasoned argument based on the evidence collected in an academic paper of 4,000-5,000 words. As a culmination of their research, students deliver (using appropriate media) a presentation and orally defend their research design, approach, and findings (AP Research Course and Exam Description)."
On Friday, April 28, 2023, AP Research students presented to a panel composed of members of our school community: Rocio Rosales, PhD, Jose Martinez, MS, and Michael Varraso, Esq. Students and panelists engaged in an oral defense session, as well as a more casual question and answer session following the performance tasks. We would like to say a special thank you to our panelists for their time and enthusiasm, as well to Rambling House Food & Gathering for their generosity in providing their space and refreshments for this student milestone.
PERSONALIZED COLLEGE & CAREER MAPPING
Each SNA high school student is on an educational track as unique as they are. We recognize that there are many paths our students can embark on after graduation, including college, university, career, or more. Our Personalized College & Career Mapping (PCCM) program is designed to set our students up for success.
Class of 2023
University of Illinois
Merit scholarships awarded: $640,000
University of New Hampshire
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Vermontt
Worcester Polytechnic Insitute
MAPPING YOUR PATH
With the guidance of your teachers, advisors, and/or mentors, you will design and refer to your path plan throughout your high school career. Nothing in your PCCM path is set in stone. Rather, it is there to help you get where you want to go, even if it changes along the way!
Success is defined as, "an accomplishment of an aim or purpose." Your PCCM path, and its many should be as unique as you! We've highlighted a few of our current and former seniors to give you an example of the many diverse PCCM tracks each student embarks on.
Class of 2023
Creative & collaborative critical thinker
Arrival at SNA: A Newtonian since preschool
PCCM Path: College-focused
PBL Impact: Deftly collaborates and contributes to individual and group successes
Part of a SNA team that won 3rd place in a statewide contest for design of New England Electric Bus System (NEEBS)
Drafted proposed legislation (J.A.R.S. Act) with his peers to strengthen regulations of PFAS in local drinking water
Beyond SNA: Attending UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences in fall 2023
Class of 2022
Inventive mindset with an entrepreneurial spirit
Arrival at SNA: Transferred in the 10th grade in the search for an environment and community that would realize his full potential
PCCM Path: Career-focused
Guided Independent Study: Animal Husbandry with a Focus in Poultry, including field work at Julie's Happy Hens at Trow Heritage Farm (Mont Vernon, NH)
PBL Impact: Designed dual-purpose products to address the needs of underserved communities.
Designed a rainwater collection system using biomimicry called Pinecone Water Collection System (T.P.W.C.S.)
Beyond SNA: Graduated into full-time job in desired field
Class of 2020
Empathetic, inclusive, & dedicated
Arrival at SNA: A former Newtonian who re-enrolled when SNA High School was founded for a return to a differentiated learning model
PCCM Path: College-focused
Guided Independent Study: Early Childhood Education in our sister program, Nature's Pathways at 2nd Nature Academy
PBL Impact: Completed a group capstone project that involved the initial stages of an ECE-friendly obstacle course
Beyond SNA: Accepted into Davis College and SNHU