About Nova Classical Academy

Know Yourself. Know the World!

Welcome to Nova Classical Academy, we are a public charter school free and accessible to all students looking for an exceptional education in a classical setting. While we are known to excel at academics – we consistently rank in the top schools in the state each year – you might be surprised to learn our extracurriculars are fast coming into their own level of excellence. Our success can be credited in part to our unique yet time-honored approach to teaching thought and discipline of both the mind and heart. This practice not only ensures that all students are seen and heard but has proven to produce compassionate, articulate graduates poised to contribute as global citizens.

Know yourself. As a Nova Classical student, you are empowered to be intellectually curious. You get the opportunity to explore who you are and what you want to be. A focus on character values in daily interactions instills the habit of engaging with others in a thoughtful, kind-hearted manner. As you grow in knowledge and are encouraged to exercise self-expression and self-discipline, confidence becomes second nature. You learn to know your strengths and abilities and will grow into your own person, prepared and self-assured.

Know the world. You will be educated in the time-honored classical traditions and exposed to concepts and philosophies from around the globe. You will learn not only facts but how to gain knowledge. You will analyze, evaluate, and critique information and begin to develop independent thought. And lastly but most importantly, once you have obtained this knowledge, you will develop the skills of argument and persuasion, and become accomplished in the art of communication. You will be ready to engage with the world.

We invite you to join our inclusive community of learners.

Take a virtual tour: Explore our website for a glimpse of what it means to belong to the Nova Classical community. Review our curriculum guide and follow us on social media to hear our success stories.

Feel free to contact me directly at any time. Please call 651.209.6320, ext. 208 or email bwedlund@novaclassical.org.

It’s a Great Day to be a Knight,

Dr. Brett Wedlund

Executive Director

Our Mission

In a supportive community and through a systematic, accelerated college-preparatory education in the classical tradition, Nova Classical Academy challenges its students to develop intellect, to attain the habits of learning and mastery, and to live a virtuous life of duty and ideals.

School History

Nova Classical Academy began as a small group of parents who felt that public school students should have access to the same quality of education as many private school students. They wanted a school that was academically rigorous, that valued scholarship and individual excellence as well as self-discipline and virtue, that taught students to think and reason from a solid foundation of knowledge and skills, that allowed all students to study at an appropriate pace, and where parents, staff, and students all shared a unity of purpose.

Our Future

Nova Classical Academy has a K–12 charter. We opened in St. Paul in the fall of 2003 with grades K–6 and we have added grades yearly toward our goal of providing a complete K–12 education, beginning with our first ninth-grade class in the autumn of 2009. We graduated our first class of seniors in the Spring of 2013. After renting spaces for nine years, we were very excited for our new building in Victoria Park which houses our full K–12 programs. We believe strongly that an effective education must be systematic, comprehensive, and must have continuity from year to year. We provide many volunteer opportunities for parents to contribute to the success of the school.

About Charter Schools

Charter schools are tuition-free, public schools started and operated by teachers, parents, or community members. Your taxes pay for charter schools just as they pay for traditional public schools. Charters are part of the state system of public education but operate independently of the school district in which they are located.

Charter schools must agree to be held accountable for specific academic and non-academic outcomes. They must have an authorizer to oversee the school’s accountability efforts. Nova Classical Academy’s Authorizer is Friends of Education.

For more information on charter schools, visit the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools websites.

School Report Card

Each year the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) issues a report card on each school.  Nova Classical Academy’s School report cards can be found on the MDE Website. The report cards show test results, graduation rates, demographics, staffing profile, student progress, academic standards, and more.

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