New England Classical Academy


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At New England Classical Academy, the fine and performing arts are "full partners" with academics and athletics. We understand that the arts offer a wide range of practical and personal benefits to students who participate in them regularly, and so we stress the centrality of the arts as part of a complete education.


At New England Classical Academy, drama and theater is an integral part of our curriculum, and students 1-12 take part in weekly drama classes. Fall and spring theater productions allow students to understand the plays they have read in their Humanities Seminar not just as literary works, but "from the inside out," both as actors and backstage crew.

Drama Mission Statement

The mission of the drama curriculum is not just about acting, but to develop imagination, to learn how to speak with intent and emotion, to move with confidence, agility and skill and most of all to learn about our humanity through great stories, real and fictional. From the earliest plays of Greece, through contemporary works, grades one through twelve explore different styles and history of drama and music.

In class, students play games and engage in creative drama, learning improvisational skills and developing confidence and imagination. Singing songs from musicals, classical works and folk songs helps develop projection, diction and emotional expression as well as providing them with a connection to the larger world of song and the pleasure of singing “in harmony.” Acting work develops memorization skills, and much more importantly, develops physical expression and empathy of characters from all points in history.

The goal is not to produce accomplished actors but to develop their innate skills as human storytellers, so that they may stand up and speak with clear intent, appropriate emotion and physical confidence and skill.

PAST NECA Productions

  • November 2019: Murder in the House of Horrors
  • April 2019: Cyrano de Bergerac, Claremont Opera House
  • November 2018: A Family Reunion to Die For
  • April 2018: Grimm's Tales, Claremont Opera House
  • October 2017: Writing a Will Can Be Murder
  • May 2017: A Midsummer Night's Dream, SCA outdoor stage in Charlestown, NH
  • November 2016: Touchtone M for Murder
  • April 2016: The Canterville Ghost, Claremont Opera House
  • October 2015: The Groom Had Cold Feet
  • March 2015: Les Miserables, Claremont Opera House
  • November 2014: Murder Mystery
  • April 2014: The Winter's Tale, Claremont Opera House
  • March 2013: The Man Who Came to Dinner, Claremont Opera House
  • April 2012: The Phantom of the Opera, Claremont Opera House
  • March 2011: Arabian Nights, Claremont Opera House
  • April 2010: The Lion, The WItch and The Wardrobe


From the earliest grades, students are surrounded with the finest examples of music - both classical and popular, secular and sacred - through the Core Knowledge curriculum. Students also learn how to read musical notation and sing in our Lower School choir. Upper School students study music theory and participate in the Schola Cantorum, our Latin choir, singing sacred chant and polyphony. Our younger students in grades 1-6 participate in a weekly choir class.

Visual Arts

Our visual arts program is conceived in the tradition of the atelier or studio in which apprentices learn technique and taste from the masters. Far too many people enter adulthood believing that they "can't draw" or "don't have an eye for color." Yet with the proper instruction, anyone can draw a good likeness from nature. Our students begin to look at fine art from the earliest grades with an eye to appreciation and, eventually, imitation.   Students work in all mediums of art, including clay, paper craft, drawing, acrylic and watercolor painting, pastel and more.  In addition, students study art history from the earliest cave drawings though contemporary artists of the 21st century.


Ski Program

The NECA/Mount Sunapee 2019-2020 Ski Program will begin at the start of January 2020. The program runs January 7, 14, 21, 28, and February 4 (with a make up day on February 11). We are seeking volunteer chaperones, both on the slopes and off. If you are able to chaperone, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your availability, what level group, and if you ski or snow board, or if you are a non-ski chaperone. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all on the slopes soon!

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Future Programs

We are looking to increase our offering of extra-curricular athletic programs and if you are able to volunteer coach any of the following: track, bowling, or golf, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you!

Physical Education Activities 

  • Gymnastics/tumbling (K-5)
  • Contra-dancing (K-5)
  • Ski/Snowboard Program (K-12)
  • Swim Program (K-12)
  • Historical Fencing (6-12)
  • Ballroom Dancing (6-12)
  • Range Day (7-12)