The Help Group’s North Hills Prep (NHP), fully accredited by WASC, offers a traditional college preparatory curriculum. Students who may have emotional or motivational challenges, learning differences or problems with attention are provided the tools, guidance and understanding they need to succeed.
Academics: NHP is a non-public school. NHP’s educational models and practices excite students about learning. Its scope of study includes an enriched and stimulating college preparatory curriculum that meets state and private university standards. With a low student to teacher ratio, teachers bring their knowledge, caring and dedication into the classroom each day.
In addition to the regular coursework required by LAUSD and other local school districts, THGNHP offers an “Academy System” to supplement required academics. Within elective options, students receive specialized training in a chosen Academy, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to help further define their college plans and/or enter the work world with a head start.
Student Life: At The Help Group’s North Hills Prep, a wide range of experiences and opportunities for our students are available. The campus is filled with active and engaged students, something that we believe is critical to academic, social and emotional development. Students can express themselves through council, clubs, field trips, and community service.
Creative Arts: North Hills Prep has a long history of attracting students with artistic talent and the desire to express themselves creatively. The highly enriched Visual and Performing Arts program offers students the opportunity to explore their undiscovered talents and to realize their passions. Students have the opportunity to perform their craft during Back-to-School nights, Open Houses, Talent Shows, campus assemblies and events and an annual theatrical production. With a state-of-the-art media lab, music recording studio, green screen technology, animation programming, art workshop and theater production troupe, students can engage in a wide variety of arts experiences.
Technology: North Hills Prep is committed to providing our students with a state-of-the-art campus outfitted with a wide range of technology enrichment. Smart Boards are interactive whiteboards that allow teachers to deliver dynamic lessons, access an unlimited variety of instructional material and online visual media, write notes and save and electronically send work done in class. Smart Boards stimulate the visual learning and interest of the elementary students to high school seniors and encourage natural collaboration between teachers and students. The computer lab includes both Mac and PC computers and is a valuable resource for teaching crucial skills necessary for our students to succeed in today’s information-based society. Technology-based curriculum options train students in Microsoft and Adobe programs, as well as programs for film editing, animation and graphic design. All students are offered numerous learning opportunities through the use of several innovative and practical software programs such as Inspiration 9, Write Out Loud, Read Out Loud, Solo Sign In, Co-Writer 6, Draft Builder 6, and Kidspiration. Students also have access to an AlphaSmart device allowing them to gain knowledge and practice in keyboarding. Students with graphomotor challenges may also have more frequent access to an AlphaSmart. Every classroom is equipped with a student computer as well, for use by students as needed. Finally, the Homework Page is available through a link on the website and allows parents to keep up with their student’s assignments. Content is updated regularly by teachers.
Residential Program: The Help Group’s Project Six Residential Program is located in the San Fernando Valley within Los Angeles County. Residents reside in a dorm-like setting, complete with an art and music studio, computer lab, fitness center, indoor basketball court and a large gymnasium. Project Six residents experience a nurturing environment where positive and constructive feedback is integrated into a structured daily schedule. Supported by a highly skilled, compassionate and caring clinical and behavioral staff, residents are encouraged to address their individual needs in a proactive and productive manner. Each resident has a personal adviser for additional guidance and support. On-going communication between the school, classroom teachers and the residential staff, as well as the availability of study skill instruction, tutoring and academic enrichment, ensure a full integration of the educational program into the residential setting.
Transitional Services: The transition from high school to the next chapter is one that should be carefully and thoughtfully addressed. For those who are college bound, NHP’s college counselor ensures that appropriate courses and standardized tests are taken throughout the student’s high school career. During the junior year, the counselor, student and parents work together to identify schools in which the student is most likely to succeed and then assists the student in the application process. Students who are seeking to enter the work force post-graduation are eligible to participate in vocational training programs that offer career assessment, pre-employment training, job placement and on-the-job training. These programs are funded through the California Department of Rehabilitation and the State Department of Education.