Houghton Academy is a private, Christian day and boarding college prep school located on the beautiful rolling hills of Western New York. The Academy is a traditional boarding school where motivated and capable students come to prepare for college. The Academy has been blessed to serve students representing more than 60 countries providing our students with a unique opportunity to share and unite their cultures through communication in class time, after-school activities, and dorm life.
On-site traditional classes in Houghton. NY with students from around the world - day and boarding
Accelerated path for international students to earn a US diploma and improve readiness for College
Online asynchronous program allowing for maximum student flexibility.
Live stream synchronous Academy classes accessible from anywhere in the world.
HA is characterized by high academic standards and Christian values
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Primary Curriculum: Traditional
Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Uczniowie najpierw zdobywają wiedzę podstawową i teoretyczną, aby później stosować ją w praktyce. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.
Secondary Curriculum: American Curriculum
What Houghton Academy says: Houghton Academy prepares its graduates to become people of integrity and Christian character, striving to equip them for success in the colleges and careers of their choice. Graduation requirements include four credits each of English and social studies, three credits each of math and science, two credits each in physical education and foreign language, one credit of fine arts, and one-half credit of health. Credit in Christian studies is required for each year of attendance. A variety of elective courses and dual credit courses is available through Houghton College and Roberts Wesleyan College. Many of our students also attend classes on the Houghton College campus.
Academic Culture approach at Houghton Academy: Supportive
Houghton Academy has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
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A school with a "supportive" academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, that the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a "rigorous" academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
What Houghton Academy says: This information is not currently available.
Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.
Secondary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
Individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith, and respect for God or a higher power.
What Houghton Academy says: Houghton Academy models and communicates the Christian community that reflects Core Values crucial to prepare students to live authentically, learn deeply, lead globally, and love boldly for the glory of God.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
Formal adjustments are made to the delivery of lessons to help mitigate the learning difficulty or exceptionality. The underlying content and expectations remain unchanged with accommodations, however. (Example: allowing a student to write tests in a quieter room).
The underlying content and expectations are modified and/or simplified for the sake of the student. (Examples: allowing student to use a calculator on a test when other students can’t; allowing students to bring word-banks or “cheat sheets” into certain tests, etc)
Research-based therapeutic measures that target and ameliorate the underlying weakness.
What Houghton Academy says about their tuition: Boarding Tuition includes tuition, dormitory housing & board, health insurance, and fees. A 5-day boarding option is available to US boarding students. Financial aid packages based on individual need through the FACTS Tuition Management Program. Please call for details.