Never busy work. It's just the right amount to solidify concepts. A great combo of nightly work and long-term projects. Teachers are always in sync so a student never gets homework piled-on by numerous teachers at once.
At NOVA it is cool to be smart and to take risks. Many students try disciplines, classes, sports (like volleyball, soccer), and activities (drama, debate) for the first time. It is a supportive group that challenges one another to expand, keep trying and find passions in new things.
NOVA School is simply an amazing all-around experience for a middle school student. No other school, public or private, within a 70-mile radius is even in the same ballpark as NOVA for offering the combination of core and enrichment classes, social-emotional development, supportive community, activities, and personal environment.
The tuition is far lower than nearly any other independent middle school in the region, and despite what another reviewer claims, it includes everything (even the yearbook!) Volunteering is a small part of being in the community -- 20 hours per year, but you'd have to work hard avoiding it to not find something to fit your fancy. (Most families exceed their service time.)
Students at NOVA want to be there, and it shows. Science, math, language arts, visual arts, music, foreign language (Spanish, French), history, robotics, video game coding, drama, journalism, songwriting, cooking, film, debate...you name it, NOVA has it and teaches it at a level ensuring the student is far beyond his or her peers when entering high school. And that advantage carries throughout life.
Basically, if you look at how much it costs, how NOVA students perform in high school, the colleges/universities they get into, and the average academic (and also athletic/music) scholarship awards they get, the return on investment with NOVA is a no-brainer. Plus the students will be happy, healthy, creative and first-rate leaders and collaborators.
If your child is lucky enough to be one of the students accepted, thank your lucky stars!!!
Our daughter is our third child to attend Nova. We have found the small class sizes and personal attention from teachers to be very beneficial. Teachers know each student and work with them and their parents to make the most of these important 3 years. If there are issues that arise, teachers are great with communication and in our experiences very helpful and willing to collaborate for the best outcome. The pace of schoolwork seems a bit accelerated. There doesn't seem to be time for anyone to sit around and get bored. Students learn to take responsibility for their work and become proactive in their education. Our older children entered high school with solid study skills and strong work ethic. This good foundation has carried into their university experience. They have continued to build on those formative years. To address an earlier comment; Parent involvement is required and if the family doesn't complete their volunteer hours they are billed for the remaining time. This is fully explained in the contract signed at the beginning of the year .
Parents involvement is forced or you have to pay around $600 more than the actual tuition. Teachers don t get paid to have after school classes/ activities but parents do. Nova gives all the credit of the kids success at the after school activities and winning at the competitions to the school and they use it on their advertisements. Just some of the teachers are quality teachers. Teachers communications aren t professional. They get easily offended by parent s suggestions or questions and they treat your kid differently. They put lots of negative characterization on the school report for the each kid which the parents get so offended. Discipline is too loose or too harsh which the kids are so confused. The rules aren t clear for kids. The kids play soccer on the muddy field and they have to take their shoes off to get to inside even they have to go to the bathroom with no shoes. The kids have to do PE outside in the heavy rain and sit in the classroom all wet for the rest of the day. They also eat outside because there is not enough space for kids to eat inside.