Northfield Academic Programming

Program Guide

A comprehensive list of course offerings at Northfield for the 2020-21 school year, graduation requirements, college credit opportunities and more can be found in the 2020-21 Course Registration Guide

Courses for College Credit

Visit the CDE website to find out how AP and IB courses articulate as college credit at different Colorado colleges and universities.

Academic Program Overview

Building upon the traditions of the country’s best high schools, Northfield High School offers a progressive and diverse academic program that allows for exploration of personal interests, an interdisciplinary approach, and collaboration among students in supportive, personalized learning environment.

All students take core classes in Math, Science, History, and Literature, plus a world language (Spanish, French, or Mandarin Chinese), along with a variety of elective options. Please continue reading the Course Descriptions for more details.


At Northfield High School, we believe that effort and excellence should be recognized and celebrated. Honors designations can be achieved in all core academic classes. Our approach to honors designation for academic excellence in coursework embodies this principle. Students receive honors designations based on the level of challenge they take on and the level of mastery they achieve in each class. Honors is based not on placement but on effort and accomplishment.

Curriculum and Pedagogy

  • Challenging, engaging and rigorous coursework for all 9th and 10th graders to provide academic continuity and preparation for the IB Diploma Program curriculum in 11th and 12th grades.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program coursework for all upperclassmen
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Guided-Inquiry and Project-Based


  • Performance-Based Assessments and Student Portfolios
  • Use of Technology and Blended Learning
  • Experiential and Service LearningIB Access for All

Every student will have access and the opportunity to pursue the International Baccalaureate® Diploma. All 11th and 12th grade core academic courses are IB. All 9th and 10th grade courses align to the IB curriculum pathways. This forms a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with a strong correlation to college success.

Use of Technology

Technology is embedded in all courses to support differentiation and academic interventions.

Interdisciplinary Coursework

Working in teams, teachers create interdisciplinary units and projects in all courses. This creates a unified learning experience for students and demonstrates the interconnectedness of knowledge.

Performance Assessments

End-of-unit and in-class assessments, projects, and exams require students to apply higher-order thinking and communication skills. These assessments demand creativity and application of knowledge in a variety of outcomes.