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.

  • Betsy Zaubler's '17 Poem Earned 2017 Scholastic Gold Key for Poetry

    “The Game” by Betsy Zaubler ’17 earned a 2017 Scholastic Gold Key for Poetry. Betsy’s other writing accolades include Gold Keys in Flash Fiction and Scriptwriting, the NCTE Achievement Award for Superior Writing, Honorable Mention in the Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts National 10-Minute Play Contest, and the Rider University High School Writing Contest. Her plays have been produced by the NJ Young Playwrights Festival, Studio Players Community Theatre, and the Theater Project. She won Newark Academy’s Poetry Out Loud recitation contest and earned a Governor’s Award in Arts Education. In addition, her work has been published in Cicada Magazine and the Writer’s Slate. 
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  • Student Council Transfers the Gavel

    On April 26, the NA Student Council held its annual Transfer of Gavel Ceremony at Morning Meeting. 2016-17 Student Council President Sanya Berry '17 said that “NA has transformed friends into family and a school into a home,” as she passed the gavel to Ryan Gajarawala '18, the 2017-18 School Council President.  
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