High School Program

Nea graduation requirements combine UC-admissions-based Common Core academics with a variety of key career and life skill-building experiences that help our graduates transition successfully into life beyond high school.

These unique experiences include: a 20-hour career-related internship, completion of at least one college course, a Senior Project and Senior Portfolio, and application to at least one four-year university.

(See details below) 

Nea Required Core Academics (UC Recommended):

English:  Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Eng 4

History:  World History, US History

Economics:  1 Semester

Government:  1 Semester

Math:  Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, (Precalculus)

Laboratory Science:  Physics, Chemistry, Biology

Language (other than English):  2 years (3 years)

Visual/Performing Arts:  1 year

Current Life Issues:  1 semester

Independent Physical Education:  2 years

Successful Completion of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

Academic Options: Pre-Calculus, Honors Physics, Honors Chemistry, Honors Biology, Honors English 3 & 4, Honors Economics, Honors Government, Spanish 1& 2, Mandarin 1


All Nea learners are required to enroll in an art or music elective each semester.

Art / Music Electives:  Art 1, Art 2 (UC-approved), Digital Music Studio (UC-approved), Band A, Band B, Musical Theater, Performance Theater, Readers Theater, Yearbook/Graphic Design

High School-Only Electives:  Women's Studies (UC-approved), Leadership, Pioneers in Engineering (PiE via UC Berkeley), Makers Studio, Senior Seminar

General Elective Options:  Zumba, Martial Arts, Yoga, Introduction to Engineering, Lego Robotics, Green Team

(Electives as needed to meet the requirement of 230 High School credits) 


Other Graduation Requirements:

• Demonstrates an Understanding of the Nea "Learning to Learn" Skills:

 Time and Task Management



 Effective Presentations

 Whole Team Performance Evaluation

 Individual Teamwork

 Oral Communications


 Teaching others

 Democratic Leadership

 Ownership of Community (Democracy and Leadership)

 Judicial System Interaction (Democracy and Leadership)

 Personal Visioning

 Systems Thinking

 Technology Skills

• Nea Learner Portfolio

Learner-created electronic (web page) High School Portfolio for publication on the Nea website, which will include the following:

1. Reflective essay with evidence that Learner meets or exceeds the Nea Graduate Profile Standards including:

 Personal Qualities, Work Habits and Attitudes

 New Basics

 Thinking and Reasoning Skills

 Interpersonal and Collaborative Ability


Learners must also rate themselves on the Nea "Learning to Learn" rubrics and demonstrate an understanding of these skills in their Personal Vision essay.

2.  Personal Resume

Learner-created one page resume that could be used to seek paid employment or enrollment in an institution providing additional job training at the employer’s expense. 

3.  Personal Vision and Action Plan

Learner-created Personal Vision Statement, including a personal action plan to achieve this vision within the next 20 years.

4.  Work Samples

Examples of learner’s best work created during high school (3-5 samples, 2 of which must from Nea experiences, one from math or science, one from Humanities).

• Community Service/Senior Project

Learner-created purposeful Senior Project involving or improving the general Alameda and/or Nea school community. This project will also satisfy the 20-hour community service requirement in senior year. (Project must be presented to community by April of senior year.)

Community Service - 80 high school hours

• College Course/Units of College Credit

Minimum one semester college course with transferable credit to CSU / UC

• Business Internship/Facilitator Internship Experience

Minimum of 20 hours of documented Business Internship or Facilitator Internship experience (see Internship Agreement)

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Alameda CA 94501

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Lead Facilitators:

Jana Chabre (Lower Village)

Tyesha Day (Upper Village)


School Office:

Becky Freeman

Mary McKee

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