In 2020, $40,200 raised by 126 generous donors!
Why Should I Support Nova?
Nova is a public charter school. As we do receive state funding ‘per-pupil funding’, it is significantly less than that of a public school. Determined by state legislature, ‘per-pupil funding’ follows every MN child to the school of their choice. Both traditional and public charter schools receive the same ‘per-pupil funding’.
So what’s the difference? The big difference is levy dollars.
Why Donate to Nova?
Nova isn’t a private school, why does it ask for money? Nova is a public school that thankfully, provides our kids with an exceptional private-school caliber education. But, as a charter school, Nova has a disadvantage compared to traditional schools. While we both receive state funding, traditional public schools are able to supplement state funding with levy dollars. Nova cannot do this.
How does the lack of school Levy dollars impact Nova?
Unlike traditional public schools, Nova (and other charter schools) do not receive any funds from local, voter-approved levy dollars. Property tax levies make a huge impact on school funding. In St. Paul, Nova (and other charter schools) receive $3,500 less in funding per student. That’s $3.5 million less than if Nova was a traditional public school per year!
Your Generosity Brought…
Chromebooks and updated computer labs, Science equipment, Rain gardens, the Nova Athletic Field, choral risers, guest speakers, need-based field trip scholarships, Exhibition Hall, Playworks program, improved outdoor equipment, friendship bench, facility upgrades, classroom enhancements, reduced fees for athletics/activities (need-based), better onsite communication for emergency service workers, updated signage for our building that aids with visual security, and more!
How Can I Support My Child’s Classical Education?
This is a great question! To narrow the resource gap, Nova depends on fundraising. Our primary source of donations is from our community! This is not unusual for charter schools.
In spring 2019, during our 10 Days, 10 Ways spring campaign, Nova raised $35,000 participating in the Nova Fun Run!
Save the Date! May 7, 2021!
Nova Classical Academy
c/o Business Office
1455 Victoria Way
Saint Paul, MN 55102