Have you ever thought about what makes a good student versus a skilled, lifelong learner?

Most schools focus on studying material, completing homework, participating in class; in other words, academic engagement. We expect those who enroll to be academically engaged, good students. Our task—and our joy—is lighting the fire of intellectual engagement: grappling with ideas, finding intrinsic motivation, and seeking ways to apply knowledge and skills to solve problems in our world. The level of challenge is also important: we don’t want students to be either bored or anxious, but find the right balance that encourages engagement in their own learning.

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Academic News

List of 2 news stories.

  • NA Hosting Future of Work Conference

    Newark Academy sophomores and juniors will have a chance to explore the practical approach to 21st-century skills at the inaugural Future of Work Conference on October 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. The event will feature a variety of professionals to talk with students about how they envision their field evolving in the coming decades. The professionals include parents, alums, former faculty, and friends of NA.
    Students will gather at 1p.m. in the Middle School Commons for a 25-minute keynote address by NA Trustee Ajay Dhankhar, who is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company to be followed by two 25-minute breakout sessions, led by a professional in the classrooms of the Upper School, allowing each student to hear about two areas of interest.

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  • Three NA Students Attend Select Summer Academic Programs

    Three Newark Academy seniors enjoyed success in select academic summer programs.
    Ruqaiyyah Lucas-Caldwell '20 attended the New Jersey Scholars Program at The Lawrenceville School, a highly selective residential program for academically talented high school students. Ethan Chee '20 attended the New Jersey Governor's School for the Sciences (NJSS), a prestigious three-week residential program where students are immersed in intense college-level research at Drew University. Warren Sunada-Wong '20 attended the New Jersey Governor's School for Engineering and Technology (GSET), an intensive residential program, where students work on a novel research project to be showcased in a conference-style paper and presentations at Rutgers University. Warren’s group's research paper, "A Vision-Based Hygiene Monitoring System: Using Deep Learning to Assess Handwashing Procedure in Real Time,” has been accepted for presentation at the 2019 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference (URTC) in October.
    Nominated by NA to apply to attend their respective programs, the students got a taste of studying college courses in their respective fields, helping them decipher where to look for colleges and having a look inside college courses by actually taking them.
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