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Our entire ethos as a community is to prepare students for what’s next. NEIA innovators take a journey of self-discovery to identify their passion, find their purpose, and bring their ideas to impact. The college admissions process is the next step on that journey.


Prepared for what comes next

We are here to help students navigate the experience through a simple process that begins in grade 9. At NEIA, our team works with students and families to ensure we have an open and collaborative approach. With that in mind, we provide an easy-to-follow timeline and various resources to help navigate the process.

Our students understand the value of teamwork, are adept at navigating change, and have real-world experience—precisely the types of skills colleges and universities seek. While the college admissions process can be stressful, we are confident that NEIA students will leave our community feeling self-assured and prepared. We approach this experience as we do all things at school with an open mind, a dash of grit, and a good sense of humor.

NEIA offers a comprehensive range of programs and services designed to support students and families throughout the academic journey. For students, we provide expert academic advising, interview practice sessions, and intensive programming through our Success Days, helping them navigate the application process with confidence. College representatives visit our institution, fostering direct connections and information sharing. We also offer guidance in discovering summer opportunities, developing impressive resumes, and honing their storytelling skills through our “Tell your story” Workshop. With our tailored support and resources, we empower students and families in making informed decisions, succeeding academically, and exploring various pathways for their future endeavors.

We are providing students with the intellectual tools and experiences to have the flexibility to adapt to a changing world.

For Colleges

  • Welcoming college representatives to campus for in-person and virtual visits for the Fall 2023 semester.
  • Utilizing SCOIR for college search and college application management
  • Please reach out to Marie Assir to schedule a visit at
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College Planning Timeline

  • Grade 9: Explore!
    Discover what is personally meaningful and what is essential in the world. Engage in human-centered design and real-world inclusion. Explore global perspectives and engage in community service.
  • Grade 10: Begin!
    Many colleges and universities offer virtual tours. Grade 10 is a great time to begin thinking about the kind of school you might consider attending — large or small, near home or farther away.
  • Grade 11: Connect!
    Time to work with the college admissions team at NEIA to formally start formalizing a plan to prepare for and take exams (SAT/ACT), plan college visits, identify faculty members to write recommendations, and create a preferred list of colleges and universities.
  • Grade 12: Create!
    Create a college application plan, which may include taking exams (SAT/ACT), consulting with family members, advisors, and others to narrow down your choices, submit applications, learn about, and apply for financial aid.  Continue to work hard through the winter and spring terms. Receive acceptance letters in the spring, make any final visits, and respond with your decision.


Whether you're seeking more information about our grade 6-12 program or have any questions about the academy, this is the right place to start. Please take a few minutes to fill out this form, and our dedicated team will get back to you as soon as possible.