NOVA Middle School's Story

NOVA Middle School was founded in 1992 by Lisa Iverson to fill the regional need for a middle school program focused on the education of highly capable students. NOVA has continually evolved to deliver the most innovative and effective academic, social, and emotional learning experiences for middle schoolers. Change, driven by emerging needs and deeper understanding, has been a constant thread. Still, NOVA continues to be grounded in best educational practices in middle school and highly capable/gifted education and by a deepening understanding of social, emotional, and critical brain development during early adolescence.

Originally located in Lacey, Washington, NOVA purchased its current location in 2002. With additional space and faculty, the school has steadily grown from its initial size of 25 students to its capacity at 108 students. NOVA earned its accreditation with the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (now the Northwest Association of Independent Schools) in 2000. NOVA was accredited by NWAIS in 2006 and again in 2017.

As NOVA Middle School enters its second quarter century, we count over 600 graduates. NOVA alumni engage in local, regional, and global communities in a myriad of roles including as educators, entrepreneurs, employers, farmers, students, community leaders and volunteers, professionals, doctors, musicians, lawyers, politicians, artists, scientists, environmentalists, and more. Most importantly, they are people who find and pursue their passions and make an impact in their communities.