Academic Core Courses:
Math: Common Core Math curriculum for Course 1 (6), Course 2 (7), and Algebra 1 (multi-grade).
Note: Motivated middle school learners can challenge grade-level math placement and advance in middle-school math according to the following assessment matrix:
- STAR Math results at 550 points (Advanced) or higher
- 90% or higher on UC Berkeley Math Diagnostic Test
- 90% or higher in previous math coursework and benchmarks
Science: Science 6 (Ecology and Earth), Science 7 (Life Science), Science 8 (Physical Science)
Humanities: Humanities 6, Humanities 7 and Humanities 8
Aligned with California Common Core and taught as a blended curriculum of English Language Arts (ELA) and History, using primary historical documents, historical narratives, historical novels and award-winning literature.
Physical Education: PE 6, PE 7, PE 8, Core Fitness (multi-level, for atheletes)
All Nea learners are required to take an art or music elective each semester.
Middle-school learners can enroll in as many other electives as their core schedule will accommodate, but are required to have a minimum of 6 Tree periods per week.
Required Art/Music Elective Options:
Art 1, Art 2, Band A, Band B, Beginner Digital Music Studio, Advanced Digital Music Studio, Musical Theater, Performance Theater, Readers Theater, Yearbook/Graphic Design
Sample General Elective Choices:
Zuumba, Martial Arts, Yoga, Public Speaking, Web Publishing, Maker Faire, Introduction to Engineering, Lego Robotics, Green and Save the Bay, Crochet, From Garden to Pan, Chinese Culture, Introduction to Spanish, Japanese, Middle School Leadership
Electives Open to Qualified Middle Schoolers:
Spanish 1 and 2, Mandarin 1, Advanced Algebra