Student Academic Programs

Encouraging students to explore new learning techniques that inspires their inner drive.  NJPA provides programs that offer high quality enrichment opportunities that reach beyond the classroom.  Students are inspired through academic events that promote learning, creativity and team building.  Our goal is to prepare our students to have a lifelong love for learning.

The Student Academic program collaborates with students in K-12 in our county service region.  We are attentive to provide students with education experience that introduces learning outside the typical school setting.  The programs range from rigorous competitions to beautiful displays of artistic masterpieces.  We encourage you to step outside the classroom and explore the Academic offerings – try something new!


knowledge bowl

Knowledge Bowl

This interdisciplinary academic competition promotes academic achievement and rewards academic excellence. During a Knowledge Bowl meet, teams of students work cooperatively to solve oral and written questions while teams race against each other to be the first to “buzz in” and answer the question correctly. No team is eliminated during a meet and every team participates in every round. Questions are related to all areas of learning typical of secondary educational programs.  Knowledge Bowl competitions test students’ recall and problem-solving abilities, critical thinking skills and teamwork skills.


Senior High- Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Students compete in competition rounds in January, February, and March. The Regional competition is held in March with the top teams advancing to the MSC State Knowledge Bowl competition.


Junior High- Grades 7, 8, 9

Students compete in competition rounds in January, February, and March. The Regional competitions for both 7th/8th Grade and 9th Grade Students are held in March where winners are recognized and celebrated.

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

Elementary/Jr. High - Grades 3-8

The Spelling Bee is designed to help students improve their spelling and increase vocabulary development. The Spelling Bee is a series of spelling contests starting at the school and district level with winners advancing to the regional event.  In the spring of each year NJPA sponsors the Regional Competition – “Lakes Bee” for Region 5 Member schools. The winner of the Regional Lakes Bee advances with an all-expense paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. to represent our Region 5. 


Art Show     Freshwater Art Show

      May 11, 2018 - Centennial Auditorium - Staples, MN

Freshwater Education District in partnership with NJPA are excited to celebrate the annual Art Show and Performing Arts Expo. The Art Show will showcase students from grades 4-12 with pieces from a variety of categories including painting, drawing, crafts, mixed media, digital art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and pottery/ceramics.


Academic DeclathonAcademic Decathlon

Senior High - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Participation in Academic Decathlon® changes the lives of students and offers them the opportunity to experience the rigors of team and individual competition. The Academic Decathlon® curriculum addresses a number of national content and curriculum standards and tests students of all skill levels in 10 events: economics, math, science, social science, literature, art, music, essay, speech and interview. Teams consist of nine students: three “A” or “honor” students, three “B” or “scholastic” students, and three “C” or “varsity” students, as well as alternates.


 Other Great Programs


For more information regarding these programs, please contact:

Katie Embree

Student Academic Coordinator