NSU University School

  • At NSU University School, the classroom is our cornerstone, but we recognize that true development takes a combination of academics, arts, athletics, and community service.
  • By allowing our students to focus on their individual talents and strengths, we are able to bring out the best in them today - and well into the future.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild-Moderate
Year Founded1971
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2015

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%

Academics and Faculty

% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Number of AP Courses27 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Polo Uniform Shirt and black, khaki, or navy bottoms)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$22,875
Tuition NotesCost ranges between 19,500 and 26,100. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Admissions DirectorLynne Fazzio


Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WeightliftingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.29 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Art Club, Best Buddies, Book Club, DFYIT, Drama Club, Education on Organ Donation, Forensics Team, Future Business Leaders of America, Government, Gray Is the Way, Habitat for Humanity, Kids Interested in Stopping Stereotyping, Law Club, Love Jen, Medical Professions, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Newspaper, Peer Ambassadors, Physics Club, Pink For Life, Soccer Club, Spanish National Honor Society, Sprinkle of Sunshine, Stock Market Club, SWAT - Students Working to Advance Technology, Thread of Hope, Tutoring Club, Yearbook

School Notes

  • On a vibrant, expansive campus that currently houses nearly 1,800 students in junior kindergarten through grade 12, NSU University School students enjoy a challenging academic curriculum with a wide range of choices, strong fine and performing arts options, and a robust athletic program. NSU University School helps develop global leaders who acquire the knowledge, skills, and habits that are required for them to be successful. This year, the Robotics Team won the highest award at their recent tournament and ranks number 1 in the state of Florida, the speech and debate team ranks in the top 1 percent in the nation (third year in a row) and our students have taken home four National Championships, and our production of Fiddler on the Roof won 8 Cappie Awards.
  • NSU University School`s Early Childhood Program (starting at age 4) provides students with a warm, inviting, and safe school environment where state-of-the-art teaching takes center stage. Starting as early as junior kindergarten, NSU University School sets a foundation for success and a love for learning in a child-centered setting. Our innovative classroom design facilitates collaboration, cooperation, active learning, and personalized instruction, taught by educators who are passionate about teaching and have a wealth of experience with young learners.   
  • While there are many resources available to students who attend NSU University School, its location on the campus of Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a unique advantage. NSU University School`s collaboration with NSU-the ninth largest, not-for-profit, private university in the nation-offers our students a host of opportunities.   As part of NSU, NSU University School affords students unprecedented access to college-level resources, which gives students an advantage as they prepare for post-secondary school life. NSU University School has a number of innovative academic programs where collaboration with NSU has led to new levels of research and scholarly achievement. Many University School students are Science Research Program participants, Robotics Team members, Independent Research Study participants, Math Fellows, and Writing Fellows. Through these affiliations, they have the opportunity to work alongside and share a campus with world-class NSU scientists, researchers, and distinguished professors, who visit NSU University School classrooms and mentor students.  
  • NSU University School has the right formula and the right environment to promote all students` abilities to learn, grow, and succeed academically, socially, and personally. Students go on to attend many of the nation`s most prestigious universities and, more importantly, most of them are admitted to their college of first choice.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (26 reviews)
I believe this is the best, well-rounded, top end private school in the area. We have 5 children and toured the major private schools in the area, and I thought University School was the best. The campus is beautiful, modern, and high tech. The staff and students were all open, kind, and accepting. I have met some great fellow parents at the school.
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The teachers and administrators are great! An AWESOME school. I would highly recommend NSU to anyone that wants their kids to prosper. Students are encouraged to try to experience everything and find the best in U. It has an amazing balance of being academically challenging and extremely nurturing with the best resources in technology, academics, arts and athletics.
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My daughter is currently a Junior Kindergarten student at the Lower School. Our experience has been beyond amazing. We love the school family. The staff and faculty are all extremely caring and everyone knows my daughter personally. In just the first 2 months she was writing her name and making leaps and bounds in her academic capabilities. They also have her with an amazing teacher, Ms. Payton who was perfect for her. She works with her on behavior and coping habits in addition to the traditional functions of a teacher. We will be returning for kindergarten and could not be more excited!
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Walking into University School was an experience like no other.Everything from the true genuinely warm welcome from the staff to the lovely spirited campus,their impressive curriculum and the endless opportunities and resources they benefit from being in the NSU Campus were just a few of the ongoing reasons why we were truly blown away by the school.Our four year run with the school has been nothing short of what we expected from when we first toured. Every teacher at University School is beyond passionate and caring; the school approach to customized teaching is very unique and caters to each child at their own learning speed,they guide them and encourage them to strive and grow in an non- stressful environment.U School offers an array of extracurricular activities that keep all the students motivated in their passions and interests while being exposed to a vast diverse atmosphere.If you are looking for the perfect College preparatory school, I would highly recommend U school.
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I have 3 kids at University School (11th, 8th, and 5th) with very different personalities and learning styles. The best thing about U School is that all of them happy and are engaged in learning from teachers who really know and care about my kids. U School is a leader in experiential and project-based learning that requires kids to problem-solve and build the skills that will take them through the 21st century. The philosophy at U School is student-centered and the goal is to help kids find what excites them and then help them pursue their passions and interests. When you add to that the opportunities in arts, athletics, debate, robotics, and the resources of Nova Southeastern University, I can't think of a better place for my kids!
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Outstanding environment for my 2 girls. Teachers are extremely qualified, safety is a priority, the cafeteria food is yummy and healthy, the programs are stellar...cant imagine them going to any other school!
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My children have all excelled at NSU University School. From the superior academics to the wide range of extra curricular activities in both the arts and sports, it`s easy to find a niche for all children. The Fellowship programs that are intertwined with Nova University, offers opportunities that no other public or private institution can touch at a high school level. Bar none, University School is a school that stands in a league of its own. Their students are independent thinkers who excel in all they set out to do.
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I have a child at NSU University School that is currently in 4th grade. She started at University School in Pre-K when we relocated to South Florida from New York. I am grateful every day that USchool became her home away from home. What a wonderful feeling as a parent to hear your child tell you that she loves school! I am continually impressed with the academic curriculum. The administration works tirelessly to evolve methods of teaching and keep facilities up to date in a modern, technology driven world. The school has not only taught my daughter to be a good student, but to also be a good citizen. The parents at school are a wonderful, warm and diverse group. We have both made friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime.
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NSU University School offers the best school experience I could have imagined for my kids. The teachers are invested in the students' success, and they do everything in their power to ensure college readiness. NSU University School is fantastic school with endless opportunities. There is a zero-tolerance policy for bullying and excellent support from guidance counselors and faculty. The campus itself is very safe, with security guards on staff 24/7. NSU's sport facilities and arts program are truly incredible...state of the art! They are dedicated not only to sports, but to wellness as a whole. NSU's academics are exceptional. The school fosters a love of learning in every student.
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Have two sons, one in High School and another one in Middle School. Moved to Fort Lauderdale, and started in NSU University School half a year ago. My sons felt welcomed from day one. Teachers and counselors work hand-in-hand and respond to 100% of my inquiries/emails in a timely manner. Learning environment is led and executed by highly educated faculty. Education is valued and executed through experiential learning. My son in middle school is building a robotic hand in Science to provide it to a person in need. My son in High School is already participating in a Fellowship which provide him with the opportunity to work on a project with College professors/staff and students at NOVA university. More importantly, my two sons are eager to go to school every day and are happy while challenged and motivated to study!As parents, we surely have peace of mind. I highly recommend NSU University School.
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USchool has been an incredible educational experience for my son. Their approach to education and development fits him, and my vision for the type of person I want him to become. Independent, Self-reliant, and happy. He has thrived with their holistic approach to education, and development, in a "smaller" environment, with amazing facilities, engaged staff, where his strengths are accentuated and his weaknesses are developed. Every school talks about tailored education, but USchool delivers.
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I am incredibly impressed with the academic integrity of the school. The teachers and administration have the highest level of compassion, care and creativity in molding the well rounded student and citizen. Bravo to the leadership team for making this school a wonderful place to learn and grow.
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I am a staff member at NSU University School and consider myself incredibly blessed and fortunate to work in such a positive, nurturing environment centered around the growth and success of our students. I've witnessed firsthand the impact our educators have had on our students educational journey, beginning at age 4 and progressing to the 12th grade. I am wowed by the breadth of extracurricular activities and opportunities for involvement/leadership the school offers, as well as the respect and kindness the student body exudes. I'm proud to call myself a Shark. Not only do I feel that I am making a difference using my talents here, but that I am also a valued member of my team. We are continually striving to innovate and make things better for our school community.
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My son has been at NSU University School since 6th grade (he is a High School freshman now). The school has been amazing. I cannot say enough positive things about the individual support, wonderful teachers, staff and student body that make my child happy to wake up and go to school every day. He is academically challenged and very involved in extracurricular activities including Student Government and Speech and Debate. We believe that our son's education is an investment that has already shown incredible returns and I am thankful every day that we made the decision to join the "U-school" family.
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Whenever I email someone, if they are not the ones in charge, the immediately connect me with that person. Everyone is helpful. Academics are incredible. The way they encourage the children and make them see what is good in them, and help them develop it.
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We love University School. The teachers and staff are amazing and it`s such a warm environment the students and families. Our kids are getting an excellent education and are so happy everyday.
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NSU University School has provided an amazing experience for both of my children. Starting in JK, they teach kids in a way that engages them and encourages a life-long love of learning. My kids can't wait to get to school each and every day! It's amazing to see. The "extras" are just as special in the day-to-day experience as academics. My kids learn so much through Spanish, French, Art, Character Education, etc. I'm looking forward to watching them grow in the Lower School and then ultimately take part in all that the Middle and Upper School have to offer!
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My children are "lifers" and amazingly (Wow! Where did the time go?!?!) my youngest enters high school in the fall! My children have been taught not only as individuals but to be individuals. Their strengths have been celebrated and their weaknesses realized, remolded and developed. So many opportunities are afforded our children from the world-class facilities, the compassionate and experienced faculty and a full range of athletic and arts experiences. Everyone can find a "U" in you!
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Great school, amazing teachers that go above and beyond to get to know the students and their individual needs. Having a great experience. The school has a warm, community feel. Kids are happy and thriving.
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Our 7th grade daughter is a "lifer" at University School, having been in attendance since Pre-K. We could not be more happy with the academic excellence that exists at the school as well as the amazing added benefits of being affiliated with top-notch Nova Southeastern University. Nowhere else can you find the college campus feel that applies to education at this college preparatory PK-12 institution. Unique, added benefits include access to NSU's wonderful facilities, staff and faculty relationships. The phenomenal University School Arts and Athletics programs are the "icing on the cake." Excellence above and beyond in a college preparatory setting - that is University School of Nova Southeastern University.
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I have a child at University School that just started 1st grade! This is her 3rd year. She started in PK. I relocated to South Florida from the Northeast and I am grateful every day that University School became our home away from home. Most importantly, she is extremely happy! I continue to be impressed with the high standards of the academic curriculum. The administration works diligently to keep the methods of teaching and the facilities extremely updated in a modern, technology driven world. The families at the school are a wonderfully warm and diverse group of people. I know that both my daughter and myself have made friendships that will last a lifetime. I know my daughter will continue to take advantage of all that University School has to offer.
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As a parent and an educator, I could not be more pleased with the education that my children are receiving at University School. My sons are having the most fabulous high school experience as a result of instructors that really know how to captivate the minds of young adults and prepare them for their college. The school's incredible sports and arts programs offer students a multitude of choices for involvement. Students are also encouraged to join different service clubs that help support the community. We are most definitely very happy to be a part of the USchool family.
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Our 6th grade daughter has been at USchool since Kindergarten (lifer). We are so happy with all of the academic, extra curricular and additional options that USchool has to offer. Not only does she enjoy school and learning but she has enjoyed participating in the theater program, orchestra (playing violin), dance class, and so much more. USchool really has a lot to offer students who are interested in enjoying a well rounded school experience. We are so happy about our choice in attending USchool!
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My kids have been at uschool since kindergarten. We are loving the new lower school director. He is warm, welcoming and has a solid grasp on academic excellence. Our fifth grader comes home and talks about how nice he is to all the kids and that he eats lunch with them everyday. Our middle school daughter is in seventh grade and we are very happy with her teachers and experience in general. She is challenged academically and has surrounded herself with a great group of kids. All in all, thumbs up!
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I have two children at University School, one in middle school (currently in 6th grade - started in K) and one in the lower school (currently in 3rd grade started in PK). I have been extremely pleased with the caliber of the academic curriculum combined with the opportunities offered in both arts and athletics. They are constantly updating and renovating the facilities to improve students experience on campus. They focus on educating children to become caring, creative individuals who will find the best in themselves.
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Our family loves this school! We feel that our child has excelled academically and socially since they started in 1st grade. We look forward to the college counseling process as we enter high school.
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