Extracurricular Activities

Studies show that teens who participate in extracurricular activities demonstrate higher levels of academic achievement, greater character development, greater social development, and a greater sense of the importance of community involvement. NOVA Academy is pleased to offer free after-school programming that helps students strengthen their individual talents, discover new interests, and—most importantly—have fun!

Recent extracurricular activities include:


A professional instructor introduces various art techniques and guides students through the design of their own masterpieces, such as watercolor paintings, drawings, and sketches. Instruction has included use of colored pencils, pastels, acrylic paints, and more.

Global GLOW Student smiling

Global G.L.O.W. (Girls Leading Our World)

G.L.O.W. provides girls around the world with out-of-school safe spaces to learn and explore, and trusted and knowledgeable mentors to help them discover new techniques for self-empowerment, advocacy, and skill-building. Through this group, girls are equipped with the tools they need to grow into confident, self-aware, and successful women.

Students practicing guitar


Aspiring musicians receive professional instruction in mariachi. Our Las Aguilas mariachi music program teaches students to play and perform instruments such as guitar, vihuela, and guitarron—no previous experience required!

STEM Science

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

SHPE Jr. (Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers) is facilitated on campus by UCI STEM students who share their passion for math, problem solving, and building things with hands and minds. Projects have included racing balloon cars, projectile motion rockets, extracting fruit DNA, wooden bridge construction, and more.

Spirit Team group photo

Spirit Team

This energetic group receives professional and faculty-led instruction in blended choreography that includes dance and cheer. Spirit team members show positive support through performances for athletic games, assemblies, and events on campus and in the community.