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"Perhaps what has opened my mind the most at Northpoint has been the intensives. Songwriting in particular has opened a new facet in my life that will influence my life forever – Thanks Northpoint."
"I love Northpoint! My class is like my family!"
"Circle up everyone!"
"I have had an incredible experience with the people at this school. They all want the same thing, an education that prepares them for the future."
An Intensive is an in-depth study on a specific subject that meets for a concentrated period of time. Students have the opportunity to explore an area that they are interested in. This is an intense study that could not be possible in a typical classroom setting. Most intensives include travel, whether it is local, regional, national, or international destinations. There may be an additional cost for the Intensive courses. Students are urged to select carefully and consider all factors in their selection. Every attempt is made to meet student requests and courses are assigned based on a set of criteria. Students who do not submit a form by the deadline, owe fees to the school for other debts or have other concerns may be denied access to a particular intensive. Placement in an intensive is subject to administrative review in all cases and the administration decision is final. Intensive costs and credit recovery fees are not eligible for work waiver or fee waiver. Once assigned, these courses will not be changed. Intensives are offered in January and May. Upon the conclusion of each Intensive term all students will be involved in a mandatory Expo project. This is an opportunity for students to showcase the concepts they learned during the Intensive course. Parents, community members, board members, staff, and friends are encouraged to attend the Expo event to learn more about Intensives. Note: All students will sign up for Intensives and be enrolled based on the priority scale:
First priority- Students with no Incompletes (in this order)
Second priority- Grade 11 needing credit recovery
Third priority- Grade 10 needing credit recovery
Fourth priority- Grade 9 needing credit recovery
From Mr. Michael Buss:
"I wanted to let you know about my observation of the intensive that Mr. Smith's students did. I originally thought of how this could have been a disaster mixing young kids and old adults together. I couldn't have been more wrong. These students were like a beacon for Northpoint. They were well mannered, well prepared, and very respectful to their audiences. As the students were dancing beautifully, I could see the gleam in the eyes of these white and gray haired people, whether they were astonished on how well these kids were performing or reflecting on their younger days and how they loved to dance. I know the kids made some of this older generation's day just by the look in their eyes and the smiles on their faces. When they were asked to participate with the students at first they were a little hesitant (kind of like us verses them mentality), but as they started to intermingle it was as if there was no age difference, just a partner to dance with. The kids did so great with them even if they were in a wheelchair or weren't very mobile. When it came time to interview this forgotten generation, I found that some of the questions asked were quite thoughtful as well as some of the answers given to the students. More importantly I saw young and old communicating and understanding each other with acceptance without age difference. I thought to myself, what a better world this would be if we all took the time talk and listen without prejudices or age differences."