My daughter graduated last year and she has breezed through her freshmen classes due to the foundation Nova gave her. She took a 300 level English class and was the only one to get an A, in great part because she was the only one who would correctly read the prompt and ANSWER it. Same in her science classes.
On the minus side, it is a small school. If you fail to find your cohort to hang with, there aren't a lot of options. Still, I believe that generally the students are accepting of kids whatever their quirks or non-quirks. However, if your kid needs 30 friends to feel complete or a hundred extracurriculars to choose from, that will be a tough sell.
I can think of several instances where the teachers or staff took immediate action involving bullying. Of course, you can't catch everything or convince every student/family but they make a consistent and honest effort.
Our family came to Nova from a different district that was highly regarded and doing well. It was overcrowded, understaffed, and most of the attention went to kids who were struggling. We have been at Nova 4 years. We are very happy. The staff is engaged and challenging. In addition, the expectation around behavior in and out of class is great. Kids are asked to think about their character. Are they fair, kind, and patient? These are life skills.
Yes, they have homework every night. Yes, they are still able to have athletics and extracurriculars during the week. These kids are taught how to manage their time.
The content of the curriculum is fantastic! My 2nd grader is covering Alice In Wonderland and The Canterbury Tales.
I think a lot of people who take the time to review are disgruntled. Nova is certainly imperfect. But, in comparison to what we have experienced, Nova is far better.
My daughter was the only new kid in her grade. At recess, on the 1st day, a kid made a comment about her ears sticking out.
Her new classmates told the child that he wasn't making a kind choice. They asked the teacher for help. She felt supported right away. That was the only incident and we have been at school many years.
We felt our son was a more experiential learner and didn't know if Nova would be a good fit. While the classroom is structured, the kids change classes 3 or 4 times a day. This, along with 2 recesses worked out fine.
Different teachers teach differently. Multiple approaches.
Teachers make the history come alive through music, art, and dramatic presentations. Kids are excited to study each new unit.
My daughter felt shy to clarify her reading work. Teachers made themselves available each day after school to meet her needs.