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Nawa Academy

California Academy International Academy Snowboard USA




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Nawa Academy Nawa Academy practices the proverb, “I heard and I forgot. I saw and I remembered. I did and I understood.” In support of this, John Dewey, a

solving and learn to express themselves through written and

progressive educator of the late 19th century, once said that

students can fully understand and focus on each subject. To

the term “experiential education” is redundant. In order to

accomplish this, Nawa has four academic blocks during the

learn, we need to experience what we are studying. Quoting

year. This fulfills the standard six courses required each

Mr. Dewey, “Experiential education is education, pure and

semester. Units are earned as students integrate what they


read in textbooks with a hands-on approach.

Nawa Academy puts the “I did and I understood” back

Students develop skills in sequential thinking and problem verbal formats. Nawa Academy limits courses so that

Nawa Academy is fully accredited by the Western

into education with its experiential (hands-on) educational

Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and units and

approach that is ideally suited for non-traditional learners.

grades earned are transferable to both public and private

This approach has proven to be effective for students who

schools. Diplomas are granted to students who meet the

desire a more interactive educational experience and for

educational requirements established by the Nawa Academy

students with learning differences, attention deficit, and time

Board of Directors. Students may choose college preparatory,

management issues.

general or vocational education. Along with our hands-on

Many students enter Nawa Academy desiring a blend of education and adventure. Others enroll because they are

approach, students learn to write research papers, use computers and conduct scientific research.

frustrated with large classes and feel that they are not achieving their potential. At Nawa Academy, students find that it is easier to focus on their studies because they are actively involved in each class. Students, including those who require extra assistance for

For additional information regarding academics, please contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 358-6292 to request a Nawa Academy Curriculum Guide.

learning differences, are amazed how rapidly a previously difficult subject begins to make sense. Renewed excitement towards education is achieved as they feel the pride in being successful and develop the awareness that learning is a lifelong process that has no boundaries. Nawa Academy provides quality education for each student. Following the California state guidelines, Nawa Academy requires 230 units to graduate from high school. Our curriculum is approved by the University of California system and meets four-year college and university entrance requirements. Courses are taught by teachers who are highly skilled in their subjects, and most have advanced degrees or teaching credentials.

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Le a r n i n g P r o v i d e s G r o w t h

Students often describe with excitement and pride how they feel about understanding and enjoying what they are learn-

B o a r d i n g S c h o o l Prog rams

Nawa Academy offers options. All programs include high academic standards and outdoor education.

ing. They talk about their happiness in being treated with respect by their teachers and how they are performing tasks in

The California Academy is an on-campus program located

school that they previously might not have attempted.

in the foothills of the Trinity Alps of Northern California.

A learning lab is available to those who require additional academic support. Trained specialists work individually with

The International Academy combines academics and

students to integrate the two hemispheres of the brain, which

intercultural experiences with travel to other countries.

in turn increases reading comprehension, language, spelling and writing skills. For additional information about this service, con-

Snowboard USA combines academics with both

tact the Office of Admissions.

competitive and non-competitive snowboarding.

Outdoor Education Nawa Academy is also different from other schools because it uses outdoor skills and sports to heighten self-esteem and classroom performance. Our trained staff teach climbing, rappelling, backpacking, rafting, snowboarding, skateboarding, mountain boarding, mountain biking, camping and rescue, which increase teamwork and leadership skills. Such instruction is always in a controlled setting with safety as our priority. Students are supervised during wilderness and rescue training, and they advance according to their ability. Prior experience is not necessary. Helping students grow and become excited about education, while enjoying one adventure after another, is

The thrill of competitive snowboarding.

what makes Nawa Academy so unique.

Graduation Day!

International Academy makes the five o’clock news in China.

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California Academy The California Academy emphasizes experiential education

Students may take vocational courses as part of their

in most aspects of its curriculum. It is ideally suited for non-

elective requirements. Fire Science is one of the more popular

traditional learners and for students with time-management

vocational courses. Nawa Academy has an on-campus fire

issues, learning differences and attention problems. Located on

science program where the students can gain training in

a 556-acre campus, the school sits on both sides of a river in a

wildland firefighting and incident command. Students do not

picturesque valley of meadows and pasture land, surrounded by

respond to actual fires or emergencies. Additional vocational

mountains covered with oak and pine trees. A few original

courses include food service, maintenance, building trades

structures are still standing that were once used for a stage stop

and landscaping.

on the Old Oregon Trail in the late 1800s. The campus has

Since learning is a continuous process, students have the

furnished, cabin-style dormitory buildings, classrooms which

opportunity to involve themselves in many extracurricular

include computer and science labs, a cafeteria, and a recre-

activities. For example, students can participate in auto

ational building with a climbing wall and skateboard half-pipe.

mechanics, welding, computer science, arts, crafts and tourna-

The California Academy emphasizes a structured program of

ments. Some favorite activities include mountain biking and

academic and vocational classes, group projects, outdoor and

paintball. Students who satisfy specific safety requirements

rescue training, and recreational and social activities.

and have parental permission can participate in these activities.

The California Academy uses a combination of skill

Students may also choose to play games of volleyball on our

development and group projects that requires each student to

sand court, soccer, football, ultimate frisbee, basketball,

use creativity, yet work collectively to problem-solve and think

badminton, pool or ping-pong, or challenge themselves on the

sequentially. Working in small groups enhances learning and

indoor climbing wall. Additionally, guest speakers visit the

encourages students to develop interpersonal communication

campus to discuss topics of interest to teenagers.

skills. This not only prepares them for possible future inclusion in the International Academy or Snowboard USA programs, but

Along with the weekend schedule of multiple activities, students also have the opportunity to participate in overnight

prepares them to be successful in the rapidly changing global community. Besides working towards a high school diploma or entrance into a university or college, students may focus on vocational internships with the goal of attending a trade school after graduation. In this situation, the academic courses are structured to complement what is needed to be successful in a trade.

Bonds of friendship.

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weekend field trips. Such trips include backpacking, skiing or snowboarding, mountaineering, mountain biking, backpacking, camping in the coastal Redwoods, drama in Ashland and an outdoor leadership course. Additional leadership skills can be gained through serving on the student government or the year-book committee. Valuable skills are also obtained through community development projects (Opportunity to Serve), which include disaster relief, forestry projects, work with charitable organizations and assisting people in the community as the need arises.

Experiments in our Science lab.

At a Glance

Focus and discovery.

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For traditional and non-traditional learners Support for students with learning differences On-campus learning lab Nine-month academic boarding school One of the programs offered by Nawa Academy Grades 7 – 12; coeducational Fully accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges College Preparatory Curriculum Small classes (with an average of 8 students per class) Limited lecture time; interactive and hands-on learning 556-acre campus Outdoor adventures in rock climbing, backpacking, rafting, mountain biking, mountaineering, and more • Visit our website:

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International Academy How i t Wo r ks The International Academy is a premiere educational

The International Academy is composed of a maximum of 14

opportunity for both male and female students who wish to

students who travel with two academic instructors. The group trav-

combine quality education with intercultural experiences and

els for periods of 9-16 days, then returns to the California

outdoor adventure.

Academy campus, which becomes their home base for a period of

This boarding school program is very different from the typical offerings of private and preparatory schools. Most of them have students on a fixed schedule with a structure that

7-14 days. Please refer to the travel calendar for more information on destinations. While at the campus, students have the opportunity to meet

remains the same, day after day. They sit behind a desk and

with the Principal regarding any academic issues, and with the

read, write or listen to lectures. For many students, this tradi-

Dean of Students regarding any student concerns or guidance.

tional approach works. However, those students who want an

During this time, students have daily classes at the California

active approach to learning find this structure to be rigid and a

Academy, where they use the computer and science labs to

burden. That is why the International Academy is so successful.

continue their studies without interruption. Time is also devoted to

Rather than being confined to classrooms, its campus includes places such as Alaska, Argentina, Canada, China, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the Philippines, and Russia. It is in

trip itinerary preparation, organizing and packing personal belongings, and discussions on cultural awareness. These students also have the opportunity to participate in the

these locations that students experience other cultures as well

many activities offered at the California Academy campus, such as

as academic subjects first-hand.

outdoor education, mountain biking, basketball, weight training,

The International Academy is comprised of both traditional and non-traditional learners. Each student benefits from this expeditionary learning approach as the education becomes a

arts and crafts, music, paintball, skateboarding, leadership challenges and group games. Instead of being taught only in a traditional classroom, the

seven-day-per-week, all-day process rather than an hourly

students study academic subjects and experience many different

course taken daily at a traditional school.

cultures while traveling and exploring areas that enhance their

Whether spending time in Mexico, backpacking through

understanding of the world. As the group travels, they frequently

villages in Copper Canyon, studying with Chinese students in

visit university and community libraries, museums and cultural

Zhongshan City, a Guangdong Province of China, or exploring a

centers to conduct the research that is required in their courses.

museum in Moscow, Russia, students travel and live in new places throughout the school year and are continually confronted with physical and educational challenges. They learn to adapt to travel and a lifestyle unlike any they have ever experienced.

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Problem-solving skills are also enhanced through group decisions made with staff guidance and the daily challenges and logistics that are present with being part of a traveling group. The students also help to monitor the budget for each specific trip. It is part of the overall experience to shop for food, cook, clean dishes, wash clothes, and care for the group’s equipment. Unique training in outdoor rescue, such as vertical and swift water rescue and other outdoor challenges, also aids in developing strong skills in leadership and problem solving. All outdoor and rescue instruction is taught by certified and highly skilled instructors. When traveling, the group stays in a variety of locations, ranging from youth hostels, hotels, churches, or an occasional campground, or spends a few nights in a lodge or private home. For example, when a group travels to the Philippines, the students stay in local homes and schools. Each year, the itinerary changes to offer new experiences for returning students. A full equipment and clothing list is provided , detailing the items

School supplies: paper, pencils, sunscreen...

needed for this program. Each student carries his/her personal equipment in a backpack and duffel bag, including a sleeping bag and enough clothes for one week.

At a G l a n c e • For non-traditional and traditional learners • For students who like to experience new cultures while traveling • Nine-month boarding school • One of the programs offered by Nawa Academy • Grades 9 – 12; coeducational • Fully accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges • College Preparatory Curriculum • Small classes (with an average of 6 students per class) • Limited lecture time; very interactive and hands-on learning approach • Extensive travel throughout the world • Outdoor adventures available • Visit our website:

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Snowboard USA Snowboard USA (SUSA) is a great opportunity for

SUSA is located at the Nawa Academy campus, north-

students who wish to combine quality education with outdoor

west of Redding in Northern California. The campus sits in

adventure and competitive and noncompetitive snowboard-

the foothills of the Trinity Alps and has full living and

ing. As with our other academic programs, a hands-on

classroom accommodations. A computer lab with Internet

approach to learning is the focus. Those who choose to enter

access and a learning center are available to students

our competitive team compete with other high schools in the

throughout the year.

California / Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation (CNISSF). SUSA also participates in other competitions, events, and race clinics outside of CNISSF, making for

Top Ten Questions

a dynamic winter season.

The Learning As a result of our low student-to-teacher ratio, each student receives individual attention. Academic instructors facilitate learning in traditional and non-traditional environments. Students attend classes with the California Academy students. Classes are interactive, rather than solely lecture based, involving and challenging each student during the learning process. Regardless of prior academic achievement levels, high academic expectations can be realized because of the unique nature of this program.

Competitive Option Snowboarding and social activities are always conditional

What type of students are accepted at SUSA? Students who are interested in improving their snowboarding skills. Just as there are different kinds of snowboarders, there are different kinds of learners. Because of our individual approach, SUSA can meet the needs of high academic achievers as well as those who have struggled through academics in larger, more traditional schools.

What is the average class size? Average of eight students. Usually, there are no more than eleven students in a class, depending upon the course. This allows each student the time and attention they deserve with the teacher.

upon the student's ability to stay on task with their academics and follow the SUSA code of conduct. During the snowboard season, the students snowboard three days per week. Mt. Shasta Board and Ski Park is located just over an hour from

Will Nawa Academy help me attend a college or university after graduation? Yes. Nawa Academy provides guidance and support to

the campus and is used as the primary training hill. Students

all of our students as they apply to colleges and universities.

may also travel to areas such as Mt. Hood and Mt. Ashland.

More good news窶年awa Academy is a fully accredited high school by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges,

Beyond Snowboarding During the fall and late spring, SUSA focuses on other

and courses are approved by the University of California system.

board sport activities and physically prepares for the snowboard season. Students have the opportunity to participate in the many activities offered at Nawa Academy. Such activities include mountain biking, paintball, rockclimbing, hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, backcountry snowboarding, avalanche rescue, skateboarding, river boarding, arts and crafts, and many others. Regardless of ability, students quickly develop their snowboarding skills with the guidance of our certified coaches. The pride and excitement that students feel while improving their snowboarding skills transfer to improved academic performance. Getting air! 9



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Celia Hull celebrates with a student at State Finals.

What are the dorm rooms like? Comfortable, yet simple. Each carpeted and heated bedroom is equipped with beds, dressers, closet and a bathroom. It is up to the students to be creative and make

What happens during the pre- and postsnowboarding season?

their rooms unique.

How much snowboarding will I do?

Training includes opportunities to skateboard, mountain

Lots. During the winter season, students on the

bike, rock-climb and more. Students can also pursue personal

competitive team snowboard all day, three days per week.

conditioning programs like running and weight training.

Competitions are held during certain weekends at Mt. Shasta.

How many breaks are there during the year?

Students enrolled in the noncompetitive team snowboard a minimum of one day each week. Also, conditions permitting,

We have three breaks during the year: fall, winter, and

there are backcountry boarding trips and avalanche safety

spring. Breaks are lengthy so you can do something fun on


your days off. For example, spring break is 12 days long. Also,

Can SUSA further my future in snowboarding?

parental involvement and visits are encouraged, especially during competitions. Just contact the Dean of Students to

Yes. Students can compete and gain exposure in this

coordinate visits.

quickly growing sport.

Can beginning snowboarders apply and do well at SUSA? Yes! You will have consistent time to ride and work with the same coach each week. Students have entered SUSA with

At a Glance

little or no snowboarding skills and have quickly developed their ability. All it takes is the desire to learn and improve.

What additional academic support is offered? Nawa Academy offers a learning lab for students who have learning differences. The learning lab benefits students by enhancing visual processing, and improving brain integration and literacy skills.

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For students who like to snowboard and learn through doing Nine-month academic boarding school One of the programs offered by Nawa Academy Grades 7 – 12; coeducational Fully accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges College Preparatory Curriculum Small classes (with an average of 8 students per class) Limited lecture time; interactive and hands-on learning Competitive and noncompetitive snowboarding Skateboarding, rock climbing, backcountry snowboarding Visit our website:




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Courses & Credits Grades 7 & 8 English Math

7th Grade World History 8th Grade U.S. History

Science Electives

O u r Ed u c a t i o n a l Vi s i o n

Naw a Ac a d e m y C o u rs e s & G ra d u a t i o n Re q u i re m e n t s Subject Area

Required Units Coll. Prep

Courses Offered


Language Arts



English 9, 10, 11, 12




Math A; Math B; Advanced Problem Solving; Algebra I; Geometry; Algebra II; Trigonometry; Math for Life




Earth Science; Life Science; Biology; Chemistry; Physics

Social Studies



Geography; World History; US History; Economics; US Government

Foreign Language



Spanish I, II, III

Visual/Fine Arts



Subjects offered have included: Art; Audio-Visual Production; History & Appreciation of Art; Drama & Film Studies; Photography; Music





Physical Education



PE credits are gained through successful completion of activities specific to each academic school program.




Successful completion of each block is dependent upon fulfillment of assigned workshops in vertical rescue, swift water rescue and leadership development; plus satisfactory participation in the OTS (community service) program.

Wilderness Workshops & Community Service

Total Units

Subjects offered have included: Astronomy; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Fire Technology; Food Service; Journalism; Life Skills; Maintenance I Landscaping; Maintenance II - Construction; North American Natural History; Woodworking; World Cultures; Cultural Anthropology; Auto Shop; Metal Shop; Electronics & Communications; Horticulture; and Yearbook.


Teachers apply, stay current, and are familiar with various learning theories.


Teachers set high academic standards for the students.


Students have open lines of communication with peers and teachers and feel respected, accepted and supported in a comfortable learning environment.


Students become self-directed and responsible for learning. Teachers act as guides in the process of academic growth, personal growth and self-discovery.


The educational process is truly interactive, with students acquiring knowledge and skills through experience and education.


The learning process cultivates interest, enthusiasm and curiosity, while inspiring creativity and the desire for lifelong learning.


Students develop leadership skills and responsibility by taking an active role in the school community.


Students continually grow in respect for themselves and others, and develop positive behaviors as citizens in a global community.


Outdoor education is integrated into all aspects of learning and character development to promote self-esteem and make learning meaningful and fun.


Students apply skills and knowledge to the real world.


• The school year is measured in blocks (quarters). A minimum of 3 academic/vocational courses are studied each block. • Five credits can be earned by successfully completing a course during a block. • All courses (with the exception of Geography, Health, Economics and US Government) are 2 block courses. • Vocational courses are offered each block at the California Academy. • The College Preparatory curriculum satisfies the requirements of the University of California and other colleges and universities. Please note that most state universities will not accept “D” grades. Students wishing to attend a state university must also fulfill specific elective requirements. The standard curriculum will meet entrance requirements for most two-year colleges. • Physical Education credit is gained through regular participation in athletic activities on weekends, after school, and during weekday evenings. * Students following the standard curriculum need 10 credits in either a foreign language or fine/visual arts.





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Nawa Academy Summer Programs Adventure Summer School And Tutorial Programs




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Summer At Nawa Academy Adventure Summer School Overview Nawa Academy offers many unique summer programs.

We are always delighted when we receive feedback from our parents. Each year, after students have returned home

Are you looking for a program that combines summer school

and have had the chance to share their adventures, their

with adventure? Are you looking for a leadership program

parents let us know just how much their child has matured.

that will challenge you with activities like rafting or climbing? If you are a parent, perhaps you are searching for a quality self-development program for your son or daughter. At Nawa

Previous experience is not necessary to attend any of our summer programs.

Academy, we have all these programs and more! Whether rafting down a river, hiking in the mountains, or conducting a simulated vertical rescue, our certified and trained staff works with every student, helping each one feel proud of being part of a successful and adventurous group.

Available Programs Regardless of the summer program chosen, groups are

This individual attention is one of the reasons we attract

limited to thirteen students, and last four weeks. Each week,

many teenagers who have never had camping experience.

groups travel to areas throughout Northern California for

Nawa Academy's approach is simple. We teach in small steps

periods of five days, with the remaining two days spent at

so everyone masters each skill before the group moves

Base Camp.

ahead. Nawa Academy focuses on group activities that foster

Nawa Academy has four summer programs from which to

instructors provide a hands-on education for each student,

Expedition (leadership/summer school), Girls on the Go (female empowerment leadership/summer school), Great Challenge (self-development/summer school), and Trinity Challenge (self-development/summer

allowing them to work in an environment free of the tradition-


character building, leadership development, communication skills, responsibility and cohesive living. Our academic

choose: Lassen

al confines of the classroom. The blend of academics and outdoor adventure creates an experience unlike any other.

Welcome to Our Classroom... How We Teach At Nawa Academy, summer school is truly a dynamic

Fun, Learning, and Challenge by Choice Growth is facilitated through blending fun, challenge and

learning experience, which has no boundaries. Rather than being confined to a crowded classroom, our students enjoy

excitement with learning. Students are often amazed by how

small student-to-teacher ratios, an active curriculum and

much they have accomplished and grown through their

student-teacher relationships that are built on mutual

experience while at Nawa Academy. Working together in a

respect. In addition, each student is able to learn and

small, successful group develops confidence and friendships.

explore ideas in an encouraging and challenging outdoor environment. Whether learning at an alpine lake, a meadow, alongside a river, or in the coastal Redwoods, we welcome you to our classroom. Academic instructors meet with students collectively and

"Nawa Academy provides the biggest and most beautiful 'classrooms' I've ever been in-- along with the best teachers." Blake Harrison, a past summer student


individually, seven days per week to guide, motivate and explain each subject. As each student processes and retains information differently, the instruction is catered to each student's learning style. This dynamic learning environment is created by blending what is learned from textbooks and research with hands-on, adventure-based learning.



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In addition, our outdoor and rescue curriculum are important tools used to develop academic skills such as problem solving, and sequential and abstract thinking. The result is increased academic confidence and success.

Academic Information Students can earn a total of 15 units, while enrolled in a four-week session. Students can earn five units for Physical Education (P.E.), five units for Outdoor First Aid and five units for an academic course. Students may select courses in language arts, mathemat-

One of our many classrooms.

ics, social studies, and non-lab sciences. There is some flexibility available in arranging courses. The outdoor and rescue curriculum satisfies P.E. units, while the outdoor first aid curriculum satisfies elective units. Nawa Academy is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and follows the California State Guidelines. Units earned are transferable to other schools, colleges, and universities. Each student works under the direction of the academic instructor to complete the course curriculum. If a student does not complete a subject, a grade is issued for fewer units.

FUN is not a forgotten word at Nawa Academy.

Practicing learned skills.

This is a very unique program for those wishing to combine education with outdoor adventure. * The Trinity Challenge is a summer camp tutorial program and offers a limit of five units for P.E.

A Different Way to Earn Physical Education Units - Our Outdoor Education Many of our students have not enjoyed the traditional style of Physical Education (P.E.). Often, due to difficulties with processing and sequential thinking, students feel that they are “put on the spot” by their P.E. coach. At Nawa

Teambuilding is taken to new heights at Nawa Academy Summer School!

Academy, students earn units in P.E. through outdoor activities and challenges. For example, “dressing out” at Nawa Academy may include putting on a climbing harness and helmet or a swim suit. Depending upon the program chosen, students develop skills in rock climbing, rappelling, caving, backpacking, camping,

“After Randy’s challenging and varied experiences and exposure to positive role models in the Nawa Academy summer camp, he elected to attend their traveling program over nine other boarding schools.”

outdoor food preparation, navigation, and rafting. Training is also provided in backcountry emergencies, and swift water

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Summer At Nawa Academy Depending upon the program chosen, students develop skills in rock climbing, rappelling, caving, backpacking,

Leadership Development Just as there are many types of learners, there are also

camping, outdoor food preparation, navigation, and rafting.

many types of leaders. Our students are encouraged to

Training is also provided in backcountry emergencies, and

explore their styles of leadership and begin to discover how

swift water and vertical rescue.

they can positively affect a group. Our instructors mentor

Some of the locations our groups travel into include

with each student daily, to guide and foster growth. Along

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mt. Shasta, Castle Crags, the

with the excitement of success, our instructors guide each

Trinity Alps and the Coastal Redwoods. Parents are supplied

student to handle "failure" and limitations with maturity and

with a summer itinerary during the registration process.

see it as an opportunity for growth. In addition, the outdoor education, rescue, and first aid facilitate the development of

Why We Teach Rescue Skills and How it Works


In addition to the many outdoor activities, students gain skills in vertical and swift water rescue. By learning how to organize and lead a simulated rescue, they develop

Our Qualified Staff Makes it Happen Providing challenge and fun in a safe environment where

leadership and teamwork skills. It is through the overall

students feel respected and valued is our goal. Nawa

experience that students gain more confidence and develop

Academy places two academic instructors with each group of

greater skills in sequential and abstract thinking, organization

no more than thirteen students. This staff team remains with

and time management. This results in students being more

the group during each five-day challenge, facilitating and guid-

confident and better equipped in school.

ing the students in their learning. Most academic instructors

Students who satisfy the course requirements will be

are credentialed and work with our students during the school

issued a certificate of completion for the following: Vertical

year. Each is skilled in the outdoors and attends extended

Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Outdoor First Aid, and

trainings and workshops in areas such as curriculum develop-

Advanced Outdoor First Aid. Previous experience is not

ment, outdoor education, teambuilding, risk management, and


medical protocol. Our instructors have experience working with students who need individual attention and guidance.

Outdoor & Advanced Outdoor First Aid The Outdoor First Aid elective course begins with the basics of emergency response, progressing towards treatment of environmental and trauma-related injuries. Students begin to learn how to improvise in an emergency, combining knowledge, rescue devices and natural resources. Scenarios are progressive as students develop their skills.

Exploring Samwel Cave.

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In addition, certified Nawa Academy Technicians join the

educational assignments under the direction of one of our

group during specific times each week to offer assistance

academic instructors. The computer lab and additional

with certain technical activities.

educational resources are made available. While at Base Camp, students receive mail and care

Base Camp

packages, make phone calls, write letters, check their email

Regardless of the summer program chosen, students

accounts, wash clothes and celebrate an occasional birthday.

experience the many offerings of Base Camp two days each

At the end of the day, everyone gathers around the campfire

week. Girls On The Go spends each Saturday and Sunday at

to share skits, songs and stories.

Base Camp; the Great Challenge spends each Monday and Tuesday at Base Camp; the Lassen Expedition and the Trinity Challenge spend each Wednesday and Thursday at Base

Admission Nawa Academy must receive a completed application and a non-refundable $500 deposit for a space to be

Camp. Situated on 556 acres in the Trinity Mountains, Base Camp offers a wide variety of activities. Using Clear Creek for water sport activities, campers have the opportunity to

reserved. The deposit is subtracted from the listed price of the session. All available spaces are on a first-come, first-served basis,

pan for gold, float on inner tubes or participate in fly fishing

with most spaces filling up prior to summer. Nawa Academy

lessons. They may also choose between games of ping-pong,

confirms all registrations and sends a detailed itinerary of the

pool, soccer, football, basketball and volleyball, or may test

program, an equipment and clothing list, and additional forms

themselves on the low-elements ropes course and climbing

requiring signatures. These forms are due with the balance of

wall. Students who pass the safety test and have their

the fee on or before the first day of the session.

parents' permission, can enjoy playing paintball on our

As with our boarding school, Nawa Academy does not

campus course.

accept students whose behavior is out of control, or students

In addition, arts and crafts, table games, swimming and

who are mentally challenged, developmentally disabled,

canoeing on Whiskeytown Lake are offered.

psychotic, suicidal, physically abusive, felony offenders or

During this two-day period, time is set aside to complete

those in need of a residential treatment program. Students with chronic substance abuse problems will not be considered.

Financial Aid and Scholarships Limited financial aid and scholarships are available to eligible youth needing assistance to attend. Parents wishing to discuss financial options or those needing additional information may contact the Office of Admissions Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or find additional information on our website at: (under the Admission and Tuition section).

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An adventure down the Trinity River.

Available Courses

At a Glance

Academic Language Credit Math Arts

Social Studies

Non-Lab Science

Outdoor First Aid




Lassen Expedition


Grades 7-12








Girls on the Go


Grades 7-12








Great Challenge


Grades 7-12








Trinity Challenge


Ages 10-14









• Sessions are four weeks in length (see page 13). • Summer programs are fully accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

* 15 units in 4 weeks (see page 14) ** For no credit. *** Five units offered for P.E.

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Lassen Expedition Le a d e r s h i p S u m m e r S c h o o l The Lassen

Expedition is designed for those who

want to test themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. A willingness to learn new skills and expand physical and mental limits is essential. Students in grades 7-12 who are generally motivated, demonstrate appropriate behavior, and want to improve their

Preparing for dinner.

leadership skills while working ahead in school are well-suited for this program. Students experiencing academic difficulty and those with learning differences, attention deficit and time management issues may also benefit from our experiential approach.

"The value of the Lassen program is that a unique combination exists between academics and wilderness adventures. While blending a hands-on approach to learning, the students develop leadership skills, along with a life-long appreciation of nature. This is one of the most commendable summer school programs available." -Jill Mahoney, parent, 2004

Ready to rappel in Samwel Cave.




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Girls On The Go Le a d e r s h i p S u m m e r S c h o o l Join our Girls on the Go group this summer for an exciting and rewarding experience. This group is designed for girls who want an opportunity to explore their values and relationships with each other through physical challenges and creative expression. This allows for an environment of personal growth and self-discovery that is uninhibited by the

Becoming a team.

social dynamics of mixed genders.

Girls on the Go is designed for girls in grades 7-12 who want to test themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is ideal for students who are generally motivated, demonstrate appropriate behavior, and want to improve their leadership skills. Students who are experiencing academic difficulty and those with learning differences, attention deficit and time management issues may also benefit from our experiential approach. A willingness to learn new skills and expand physical and mental limits is essential. One of the goals of the group is to explore some of the issues and concerns that affect girls in our global community. Courses are taught thematically. For example, students will learn about the contributions that women have made in the student's chosen area of study.

“I learned a lot and grew a lot, and it opened my eyes to bigger and better things." Mia Wiley, student, 2004

Together, everyone achieves more.




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Great Challenge Self Development Summer School The Great Challenge is a coed program where students in grades 7-12 can earn academic units while enjoying outdoor activities. The Great Challenge is ideal for students

Happy winners of a Base Camp competition.

with learning differences, attention deficit and time management issues, and those who need to develop greater social skills, maturity and responsibility. Students who need to make up units, improve study habits, are testing limits in the home, or demonstrating mild impulsive behavior are also well-suited for this program. Students wishing to challenge themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally in a four or eight-week summer experience may benefit from our experiential approach.

Backpacking through the beautiful Trinity Alps.

"My son’s four-week summer experience gave him a totally different perspective — he is no longer challenging everything. Instead, he accepts his learning difference and is applying himself in the classroom.” Kim Alsop, parent, 2004 “I attended Nawa Academy for two full years, and I had so much fun. The opportunities and support were endless. Nawa Academy is a family to me now.” Lyn Sprinkle, Alumna, 1996

Welcome to one of our classrooms.




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Trinity Challenge Self Development Tu t o r i a l P r o g r a m Year after year, the Trinity

Challenge has proven to be

an extraordinary summer camping experience for coed youth, ages 10 to 14. Unlike our summer school programs, where academic credit can be earned, the Trinity Challenge focuses on outdoor and teambuilding activities and offers a basic tutorial approach for students needing assistance with reading comprehension and fluency. In a four-week session,

Another adventure awaits.

students are eligible to earn up to five units for Physical Education (P.E.). Adolescents with low self-esteem, who are lacking in confidence, may be testing limits in the home, or demonstrating mild impulsive behavior and inadequate social skills may be well-suited for this individualized program. The Trinity Challenge provides an opportunity where young people can mature in a fun and challenging camp atmosphere. One parent from Chico, California had this to say,

"Nawa helped my son appreciate what he had, rather than focus on what he didn't. He is more self-assured and self-disciplined."

Taking a moment to hang out.


Celebrating a successful day of rafting.

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Nawa Academy, an independent co-ed boarding school for students in grades 7-12 located in California USA.

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