Welcome to Nova!
Nova Classical Academy is a K–12, public charter (tuition-free) school located at 1455 Victoria Way in St. Paul. Nova offers a rigorous academic and virtue education program in the classical tradition. Our curriculum is strongly language-centered, with students receiving daily instruction in history, grammar, math, science, writing, and language. Student schedules also include regular instruction in physical education, music, and art.
Applying for 2014–15
- Nova is full in all grades for the 2014–15 school year with the exception of ninth grade. Applications for the 2014–15 school year are still being accepted and will be added to the appropriate grade-level waiting list in the order they are received.**
Please note that Nova’s waiting lists do not carry over from year to year. If your child does not receive a place at Nova for the school year to which you are applying and you remain interested in the school, you will need to submit a new application during the next on-time enrollment season to be included in the grade-level waiting list lotteries for the following school year.
Applying for 2015–16
Applying for grades K–12 is the first step in the enrollment process.*
- November 4, 2014—Applications for the 2015–16 school year will be posted in the Enrollment Materials section of Nova’s website and in the Main Office.
- January 10, 2015—School Showcase/Open House
K–Grade Five: 1–3pm; presentation at 1.15pm
Grades Six-Nine: 3–5pm; presentation at 3.15pm
- January 30, 2015, 4pm—On-time application deadline for 2015–2016.**
Applications received after the deadline will be placed at the bottom of the appropriate grade-level waiting list.
- February 2015—Grade-level lotteries for the 2015–16 school year will be held in early February. Families of applicants will receive notification in mid-February indicating their child’s place on the waiting list or that their child is being offered a spot at the school.
Enrollment Events for 2015–16
We will hold our annual School Showcase on Saturday, January 10, 2015.
Kindergarten–Grade Five: 1-3pm; presentation at 1.15pm
Grades Six–Nine: 3-5pm; presentation at 3.15pm
Reservations are not required.
Kindergarten tours are offered for prospective parents beginning in September 2014. Tours are led by a Nova staff member or parent volunteers and provide an overview of education at Nova Classical Academy. To schedule a Kindergarten Tour, please follow this Kindergarten Tour Request link.
Lower School Tours
Because of the very limited number of open places available in grades 1–5 each year, Lower School Tours (grades 1–5) for the 2015–16 school year will be provided in the spring of 2015 for parents whose children have been offered a place at Nova 2015–16 school year. The tours will be guided by a Nova staff member or parent. A registration link for Lower School tours will be available in February 2015.
Upper School Tours
Upper School Parent Tours will be offered to parents prospective students applying for grades 6–9 for the 2015–16 school year beginning in September 2014.* Parent tours are guided by a Nova staff member or parent. Upper School Tours begin in December.
To schedule an Upper School Tour, please follow this Upper School Tour Request link.
Upper School Student Shadow Days
Shadow Days are offered for prospective sixth- through ninth-grade students applying for the 2015–16 school year. When shadowing, students are hosted by a current Nova student for the entire school day (8.30am–3.45pm) and experience the classroom and life at Nova firsthand. Shadow Days for prospective 2015–16 Upper School students begin in December. To schedule an Upper School Student Shadow Day, please follow this Upper School Shadow Day Request link.
*Per Nova Classical Academy’s Board of Directors, Nova will not fill places that may open in grades 10–12 for the 2014-15 or 2015–16 school years. (e.g., Nova’s 2015–16 tenth-grade class will be populated by current Nova ninth-grade students that return for high school in the fall of 2014.) Applications for grades 10–12 will be accepted and kept in Nova’s lottery database through the end of the first semester of the school year to which the student is applying in the event that the Board of Directors should reverse their decision and decide to accept new students into grades 10-12 of the high school .
**Applications are considered on-time during the “Enrollment Season” (2014–15: November 1, 2013–February 24, 2014 at 4.00pm; 2015–16: November 4, 2014–January 30, 2015 at 4.00pm;); it does not matter when in that time period the application was received. The lottery is conducted within two weeks following the on-time application deadline. Families are notified if they are offered a spot or placed on the lottery waiting list. Applications received after the on-time application deadline are placed at the end of the appropriate grade-level lottery list in the order in which they are received.
Nova Classical Academy seeks to enroll a diverse and representative student body, welcoming applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, special needs, or English as a second language status.
Nova Classical Academy employs a licensed Director of Students Services and has contracted for such special education services as are determined necessary for its students.
For more details on enrollment policies and procedures, please visit the Application and Enrollment Materials page.
For directions to Nova, please click here.
If you have enrollment questions, please email Linda LaFrombois or call her at 651.209.6320, ext. 206.