Innovation in Learning

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Family | The Whole Child | College Pathways | Technology

FAMILY

NOVA Academy believes in creating a friendly, family-driven culture that helps ensure every student feels a sense of belonging and personal support. This is accomplished by utilizing a block of time during the school day to bring students together as a family unit. Upon enrollment, students are paired with others in their grade so their “families” can grow and progress together throughout their time at NOVA. This concept has been so successful that it has been replicated at other schools.

Family time is dedicated to:

  • Student growth, accountability, and support
  • College planning, goals, and reflection
  • Service and compassion for others

THE WHOLE CHILD

Our holistic approach to education centers on the development of each student’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being.

NOVA Academy’s commitment to The Whole Child includes:

  • Offering therapeutic and support counseling by licensed therapists and Masters of Social Work interns to help with life’s challenges and individual student concerns
  • Addressing socio-emotional needs that improve students’ abilities to form and sustain positive relationships, express ideas and feelings, and build self-confidence
  • Employing caring and supportive faculty and staff who are committed to helping each student thrive

COLLEGE PATHWAYS

As part of NOVA Academy’s commitment to college readiness, College Pathways is an area of focus in required student seminars that are taken at each grade level. College Pathways centers on college-related themes and prepares students for the college admissions process.

Over the course of four years, students are taught and assisted with topics that include:

  • College applications
  • College essay writing
  • College course support
  • Scholarships and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

TECHNOLOGY

Technology is maximized to promote learning and equip students with skills they’ll need in an increasingly technical world. NOVA Academy always strives to provide the best and latest tools that advance computer-based learning opportunities.

This includes:

  • Laptops available for every student
  • Campus-wide WIFI
  • Hapara, a cloud-based instructional management system that gives teachers a central view into the activity of learners to allow differentiation of instruction and a safe learning environment
  • Interactive software and programs customized to close individual student learning gaps
  • Apple computers for design and yearbook classes
  • Virtual desktops for teachers