We Believe

Our Mission

Fostering the joyful pursuit of intellectual, social, and emotional expansion through a challenging curriculum that nourishes highly capable middle school students to develop identity, self-empowerment, and community.

Our Vision

Inspiring lifelong learning for a more compassionate, engaged world

Our Values

NOVA is committed to creating and sustaining a community that instills character, skills, and experiences that will last a lifetime. To that end, NOVA has identified four values that anchor the relationships and programs that support students and NOVA's vision and mission.


We embrace the power of care, compassion, and relationships.

  • Valuing individuality, diversity, and shared experiences.
  • Fostering self-awareness, community and a global perspective.
  • Cultivating social and emotional health through a safe and supportive environment


We are passionately devoted to our work.

  • Nurturing a sense of responsibility, personal investment, and ownership of learning.
  • Engaging fully in our interactions and with our content.


We design experiences based on expertise and reflection.

  • Utilizing emerging best practices for highly capable early adolescents.
  • Maximizing opportunities for students to deeply explore content.
  • Practicing communication that is clear, direct, consistent, and timely.


We celebrate and delight in learning and discovery.

  • Inspiring curiosity and growth.
  • Linking intellectual challenge to satisfaction, purpose, and joy.