Neuroscience makes visible that learning, sleep and overall well-being are significantly reduced when a student's brain is stressed or anxious. NOVA is designed to intentionally reduce student stress and anxiety, and to promote a healthy, well rounded student life. Here's how: 1) Strategically scheduling courses so that students are not overwhelmed 2) Giving students the time and space they need to FOCUS on their work 3) Incredible student support from faculty who care deeply about student well-being. 4) Promoting a sense of belonging for each student through specialized strengths-based "Pathways," supportive relationships with faculty and peers and opportunities to shine in areas of strength. 5) Embedding student CHOICE within each course. Each course is navigated by student choice in ways similar to a "choose your own ending" novel. When students have choice, they are in control of their learning which reduces stress and anxiety. For more information, just complete the "connect with us" form and we will tell you everything you want to know!
Each NOVA course is navigated by the student like a “choose your own ending"novel. At each decision point, students make choices about which task they will take up, and each task employs a different learning modality. Learning sciences show that students employ a range of learning modalities to learn new information, and that the learning modality they need is context dependent. For example, some students learn through written text, others learn through spoken word. Some even require video, music, or art in order to learn. Additionally, that learning modality might change according to the content that the student is trying to learn. In keeping with this philosophy, NOVA students choose the learning modality and task that suits them best as they work to complete the course. In this way, NOVA offers an education that is individualized by the student as they make guided choices while they learn.
We affirm that all students (really all people) need to be seen, heard, and valued (Brené Brown, Into the Wilderness). We also teach students the important life skills involved with how to see, hear, and value others. When a student joins NOVA, they are joining a connected and established learning community. The founding faculty volunteered their time, talent, and treasure to build this school out of love and concern for children, for the field of education for each other and for the world. We know each other well, and we care deeply about the well-being and learning of our students. We believe that meaningful learning can only occur in the context of meaningful relationships. As such, we intentionally create opportunities to connect with students in ways that help them see that this is where they can learn because this is where they belong.