Nova Middle School

NOVA Middle School is South Sound`s intellectual home for highly capable learners.
With our core values of connection, commitment, intention, and joy, NOVA`s teachers invest in each student`s potential and individuality.
For more than 25 years, we have fostered the joyful pursuit of intellectual, social, and emotional expansion through a challenging curriculum that nourishes highly capable students to develop identity, self-empowerment, and community.

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.State or regional independent school association
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-8
Year Founded1992

Student Body

Total Students106 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
12%
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade Nova Middle School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size18 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$18,316
Tuition NotesTuition is an all inclusive fee - it does not cover optional purchases. We offer three payment plans. Financial aid is awarded based on information we receive from FAST and the families. Funds are awarded during the admissions process.
% on Financial Aid
35%
Admissions DirectorJulie Hankins

Sports

Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, SoccerBasketballCross Country,
Soccer

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Math Counts

Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Spring Play

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer

School Notes

"I love NOVA, because it immerses highly capable, exceptionally motivated middle school students like my daughter in a challenging, engaging and broad curriculum with unique experiences to champion their development into future leaders, innovators and philanthropists."-NOVA Class of '15 Parent                                        

Founded as an independent middle school in 1992, NOVA's unique curriculum and personal environment have been positioning highly capable and exceptionally motivated students for life-long success. Now in its third decade, NOVA continues to develop ethical and creative problem solvers who reflect the school`s mission elements of respect, responsibility and active participation by improving the world through their actions, ideas and dedication.   

What Makes NOVA Unique  
A broad cross-discipline honors education exposing students to more critical subjects than other middle schools.
  • NOVA students find challenge and enjoyment in a full curriculum catered to advanced learners, including math, science, language arts, history and geography, foreign language, visual arts, music, athletics and electives often not available to students participating in other middle school programs for advanced learners. 
  • Whereas most middle schools no longer even offer foreign languages, visual arts, comprehensive music and inclusive athletics,
NOVA immerses students in these subjects and experiences in an effort to create well-rounded graduates capable of solving complex issues utilizing multiple perspectives. Development of critical thinkers capable of succeeding on tests, as well as in real world academic, business, social and organizational life:
  • NOVA students learn math, science, language arts, history, geography, foreign language, technology, and many other subjects in ways that not only enable success on standardized tests, but more importantly, create understanding of how principles, equations, data, research, and advanced concepts are applied to find solutions across disciplines. 
  • Beyond achieving high scores on AP, SAT and other tests, NOVA students develop the skills, confidence, responsibility and ethics to position themselves for success wherever they go and whatever they choose to lead, innovate or solve throughout their lives. 
Healthy and inspiring atmosphere for maximum learning:
  • A comprehensive Social & Emotional Health program integrates classes and activities to champion compassion, understanding, collaboration and essential life skills to position students for confidence, happiness and success now and in the future with school, work and life. 
  • Students at NOVA want to be here and are excited to learn, because in this middle school it is cool to be smart, creative, inclusive and to try new subjects and activities. 
  • This means NOVA`s stellar faculty and its network of the region`s prominent professionals can explore deeper discussions and more complex subject matter. 
  • Since NOVA`s budget and mission aren`t tied to local, state or political whims, the curriculum is always evolving to stay relevant to students, the times and the necessity to successfully matriculate into any public or private high school environment.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
Nova changed my child`s life. I watched my sullen, bored 5th grader come alive again at Nova. It`s not just the incredible academics, but the staff and teachers that make Nova such a special place to be. Kids know it`s a safe place to take academic risks and that allows them to open up in incredible ways. You watch your child grow to new heights and in new ways you were never expecting. Sending my child to Nova was one of the best decisions I have made not only for my child but for our family as well. The Head of School, Barbara, offers amazing parent workshops and brings in lecturers to speak to supporting, loving, and living with your gifted child. It helped us become an even stronger family unit. We miss being at Nova dearly. It was truly a life-changing few years.
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My son was just accepted to this school. I am pleased with the staff so far. With him being in the gifted program in elementary school, I am excited for his entire curriculum to be ''gifted'' education. I want to make a note, however, that this school is NOT grades 7-9. It is grades 6-8.
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