New England Classical Academy

Announcements

Check the recent NECA News found on the News section of the website for upcoming dates for NECA cleaning schedule. For all those families needing to work Volunteer Hours, this is the best and fastest way to do it!

FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEERS: Keep an eye out for an upcoming fundraising meeting to help with some exciting and new fundraisers we're launching in 2017!

We are always in need of cleaning supplies and are glad to accept donations in kind anytime!

Feeling generous? Please consider a donation to our Fuel Fund.

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Upcoming Events

Faculty In-Service
Wednesday, August 15 through Friday, August 24
OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, August 29
Labor Day Weekend - No School
Friday, August 31
Labor Day Weekend - No School
Monday, September 3
First Day of Classes
Tuesday, September 4

Arts

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.

Drama

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

  • 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

Music

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.

Athletics

Ski Program

Great program this year with Mount Sunapee for skiers, snowboarders. Thank you to all NECA parent volunteers who helped beginners to intermediates. See you on the slopes next year!

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