Enrichment Programs

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Summer AdvantageLinkSenior Exit PortfoliosCommunity ServiceClubs and Extracurricular ActivitiesStudent LeadershipArtSummer School

SUMMER ADVANTAGE

Summer Advantage bridges the transition from middle school to high school. During this two-week program, typically held in June or July, incoming freshmen will:

  • Complete assessments to determine English, Spanish, math, and socio-emotional levels.
  • Set goals for high school
  • Establish familiarity with school layout, expectations, and resources
  • Build and strengthen friendships with classmates

When students require extra academic support, LINK connects them with teachers and peers who can help boost performance and overall success.

Participation in LINK includes:

  • Meetings twice weekly with assigned teacher to address individual student needs
  • An additional hour of targeted support after school
  • Heavy focus on reading, writing and math

LINK is updated monthly to ensure all students have access to the program as needed. Regardless of LINK status, all teachers are available to provide assistance before and after school so every student has an opportunity to master content.

SENIOR EXIT PORTFOLIOS

All seniors are required to complete exit portfolios that contain a heartfelt collection of work to represent their reflections and achievements in academic studies, personal growth, and extracurricular activities.

Senior Exit Portfolios are evaluated on:

  • Demonstration of character, skills, and academic development during the student’s high school career
  • Gathering of evidence, organization, and preparation
  • Formal panel presentation and interview with working professionals, community leaders, and educators

COMMUNITY SERVICE

NOVA Academy believes that a true component of citizenship is demonstrated when individuals make an effort to positively impact their community. By fulfilling the required hours of volunteer service, students will be able to gain insight and empathy, acquire life and job skills, and build a résumé toward their college and professional careers. Students are required to complete 20 community service hours annually for a total of 80 hours before graduation.

CLUBS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Our club program provides students a voice in their school, fosters interest and growth, and promotes a positive culture on campus. Over the years, NOVA has been home to many different student-driven clubs, centered on such topics as parades and film, as well as athletic clubs dedicated to sports like quidditch, soccer, and running.

NOVA also hosts and partners with independent student and youth organizations, such as Global G.L.O.W., an international mentoring organization that transforms the lives of strong girls from vulnerable communities around the world by empowering them to realize their full potential.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Associated Student Body Council (ASB)

The Associated Student Body Council (ASB), often referred to as NOVA’s Leadership Program, plays a large part in creating and maintaining a positive culture on campus. In addition to helping facilitate events found at most schools, such as awards assemblies, student orientation, back to school night, and open house, our Leadership also hosts numerous activities both during and after school hours, including prom and other dances, fundraisers, and spirit competitions. 

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors play an important role representing NOVA Academy as part of a dynamic program that includes leadership development and training. Responsibilities include willingness to take initiative by leading committees, activities, and small groups while maintaining a professional manner. In addition, Ambassadors serve as stewards of the student voice with all stakeholders of NOVA Academy, including donors, parents, student body, and community leaders. To be considered for the position of Ambassador, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 and have received no F’s during the previous semester.

ART

Art is a vibrant facet of our program and invaluable to all students, regardless of their future pursuits. Art teaches social responsibility by providing a positive means of self-expression and understanding of others’ viewpoints, as well as a foundation for creativity, ingenuity, and innovation. Students are introduced to fundamentals in both drawing and painting. For those who desire to continue an art focus, students can take Studio Art, Textile, Video Production, and Advance Placement Two Dimensional Design. Small class sizes provide an exceptional opportunity for individualized instruction and development. Every year culminates with a student art show in May in conjunction with Downtown Santa Ana’s Artwalk.

SUMMER SCHOOL

Summer school is offered to help students who need extra assistance with their coursework or whose grades were unsatisfactory during the regular school year. Contact our campus directly for more information about scheduling for the next summer session.