Welcome to NPA!

Welcome to NPA!

High school graduate shakes hands with administrator and receives his diploma.
A group of Thai and American students smile together under a blue sky, some students are riding elephants.
High school athlete plays tennis in a navy uniform.
Three pictures of school lunch: edamame bowl with vegetables, Los Bagels bagel with cream cheese and guacamole, and sushi.
Students smile together in formal dresses and tuxedos during the annual Cotillion Ball at NPA.
NPA high school students perform the play Into the Woods in costumes.
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Over 95% of NPA graduates are admitted to four-year colleges of their choice, many with substantial scholarships.

Our School
The Northcoast Preparatory Academy, an International Baccalaureate World School chartered through the Humboldt County Office of Education, was founded in 2000 to create a respectful and inspiring learning environment in which academic achievement and responsible citizenship are valued equally. We have high school and middle school campuses in Arcata, California. 

Our Students
NPA students are active learners eager to discover more about all aspects of the world they live in, who value citizenship and service to others, and who, rather than simply trying to succeed in the society that they have inherited, seek to play an active role in solving its problems and to thrive in the process of doing so.

Our Curriculum
NPA’s curriculum is based on confronting primary source documents, critical thinking, opportunities for independent and collaborative investigation in the sciences, national and international travel, musical and dramatic performances, community service, analytical and creative writing, and university-level courses. NPA is currently ranked #1 in high schools in Humboldt County by US News, and #62 in the state in the US News College Readiness Index. 

NPA high school students smile in front of the Seal of Biliteracy Award with certificates
Language plays an important role in fostering international mindedness, and many NPA Seniors are awarded the California Seal of Biliteracy each year for mastering a second language.


Enroll in grades 6-8 at our middle school, or grades 9-12 at our high school

  • Excellent Student-Teacher Ratio
  • Respectful Learning Environment
  • International Baccalaureate Curriculum 
  • International Mindedness and Travel Opportunities  
  • Demonstrated Success in Preparing Students for College
  • Emphasis on Lifelong Learning