Q: What is a charter high school?

A: Charter schools are public schools of choice, meaning that families choose them for their children. Because they are public schools, charter schools:

  • Are open to all children
  • Do not charge tuition
  • Often have smaller class sizes
  • Are free to be more innovative (like an early college high school)
Q: Does my family need to live in Santa Ana to attend NOVA Academy?

A: No. Because we are a charter school, NOVA Academy accepts all students, regardless of the city in which they live. Currently, students enrolled at NOVA Academy are from a number of surrounding communities, including Anaheim, Buena Park, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Orange, Tustin, and Westminster; as well as Santa Ana.

Q: What is an early college high school?

A: An early college high school blends high school and college work so students may earn their high school diploma and college credit simultaneously.

Q: Is there a fee to attend NOVA Academy?

A: No. NOVA Academy is a public school so there are no tuition fees. College courses (including books) are also provided free of charge.

Q: What grades does NOVA Academy offer?

A: Grades 9 through 12.

Q: Can students transfer to NOVA Academy at any grade level or must they start as freshmen?

A: Students can transfer at any time.

Q: Can my student transfer to NOVA Academy in the middle of the school year?

A: Yes, if space permits.

Q: Are NOVA’s students "problem children?"

A: No. Students attend a charter school by choice, not because they are in trouble. By attending, students at NOVA Academy have committed to a rigorous, college culture that focuses on high expectations and diverse academic experiences.