Mission and Vision
Noorthoek Academy provides an affordable college experience, offering continuing education and inclusion experiences in the arts and sciences for adults with learning challenges and other intellectual disabilities. We are dedicated to creating life-long learning and inclusion opportunities to enrich people’s lives.
The Academy is designed for students who want to expand their knowledge and enrich their lives by learning more about the world around them. We provide many opportunities for self-expression and development of creative talents. We explore the natural sciences and liberal arts while learning about other countries and cultures using a dynamic, hands on approach. Being on a college campus and integrating into the mainstream, students have the opportunity to increase their self-confidence and independence while making friends in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.
Who we serve
We serve students who have successfully completed four years of high school from Kent, Ottawa, and surrounding counties. The curriculum is tailored to the needs of the educable mentally impaired student or those with comparable abilities. The successful student is motivated to learn, displays socially acceptable behavior, and is able to read and write (with exceptions for visual impairments).
Board of Trustees
Sandra Barraza, M.A.
Director of Education