Arriving to New Summit Academy for the first time can be an overwhelming experience for new students: there are classes to attend, students to meet, staff to get to know, and rules to learn. However, our innovative Orientation program helps new students to more quickly adjust to and engage in our community.
Each new student is paired up with a peer mentor, who serves as a guide during the one-month Orientation program. These students and their mentors spend a weekend off-campus on the slopes of Poas Volcano, discussing the school, Atenas and Costa Rica while enjoying the natural beauty of the area.
New students complete a checklist of steps designed to help them understand what they can expect during their time at NSA, including reviewing their Course Progression Plans, analyzing their aptitudes and interests, and setting goals for academic and personal growth development. By the end of the students’ Orientation period, they are fully engaged in the NSA process, and ready for continued success.