Giving

Partner with us to support our students, teachers, and community.

Every gift demonstrates your commitment to NOVA, and shows our students the important value we place on giving back to the community. Please join parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends to help keep NOVA at the forefront of independent education for highly capable adolescents in our area.

I love Nova! I think back on my time there as so amazing. How cool to be among all of these other smart and quirky kids at that time in my life.

I am now a Naturopathic physician with a practice in downtown Seattle. I don't think I could as easily succeeded in high school, college and med school without the foundation NOVA gave me in middle school.

Annual Report 2018-2019

Our annual report is now online! For best results, view it in fullscreen mode

Q: What makes NOVA an independent school? 

A: NOVA operates without financial support from federal or state government agencies, and is self-governed by our Board of Trustees. Unlike public schools, which are funded by tax dollars, independent schools rely solely upon tuition revenues and philanthropic gifts to meet operating and capital expenses 

Q: Why not raise tuition? 

A: One of our guiding principles for NOVA school is diversity, including socio-economic diversity. Our tuition is kept as low as possible to help ensure that NOVA remains accessible to as many families as possible. 

  • Tuition is non-tax deductible contracted contributions, while gifts to the NOVA fund are fully tax-deductible. 
  • Charitable gifts can be matched by your employer, while tuition cannot. 

Q: Could NOVA operate on tuition alone? 

A: Not without looking significantly different. NOVA Middle School's integral components like low student-to-teacher ratio, faculty and curriculum development, technology, rich enrichment program, athletics and science equipment, and field trips would be compromised. 

Charitable gifts are a vital part of an independent school’s strong financial profile.