Transformation Begins Here
Every student has their own educational journey. Create your path at NOVA Middle School.
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Worried your child will be lost in a sea of middle school kids? NOVA is an intentionally small community that recognizes students as individuals.
It isn’t just about challenging academics. NOVA also supports social, emotional, and leadership development during the critical middle school years.
Does your child seem like a mash-up of different intellectual, emotional, and social ages? We support kids (and their parents) during this transformative time.
NOVA Middle School is South Sound’s intellectual home for highly capable learners. With our core values of connection, commitment, intention, and joy, NOVA’s teachers invest in each student’s potential and individuality. For more than 25 years, we have fostered the joyful pursuit of intellectual, social, and emotional expansion through a challenging curriculum that nourishes highly capable students to develop identity, self-empowerment, and community.
When Governor Inslee gave the order to close Washington schools, we were ready. NOVA Middle School’s distance learning program launched on Monday, March 16. For students, that meant no interruption of their classes as NOVA moved its program online.
With a dozen teachers and 104 students from grades six through eight, NOVA was able to move swiftly in transitioning to distance learning. A week before Governor Inslee's order took effect, NOVA's Head of School, Barbara Mitchell Hutton, called faculty and administration together to develop a plan to keep classes going. When the Governor's order came, NOVA's program was ready to take flight.
During the past three months, our dedicated faculty have continued to bring NOVA's innovative learning to our students. Now we are planning for the fall. We will, as always, be responsive to the guidance of the governor, OSPI, the CDC, and the Washington State Department of Health. In addition, we will use an inclusive process that involves input from our Board, Faculty, Staff, and Families as we examine choices along the way. Our commitment is to prioritize the health and safety of our community first and foremost, and to support our teachers in delivering on our mission with as little interruption as possible.
Connection is one of NOVA's core values. Always important to us, it has taken on an even greater meaning during this time of distance learning. Discover what connection means to parents, students, and teachers in this short video.