The Nova Project is committed to a student-centered education. Students choose their classes and are directly involved in creating their schedules. In the classroom and through independent learning contracts, students can follow their own passions while creating unique and individual ways to demonstrate their learning.
This philosophy of student involvement extends beyond the academic to the school and its governance. Students take responsibility not only for their own learning, but also for the institution in which their learning occurs. Nova students have an equal vote with staff members on issues including allocations for the school’s budget, hiring decisions, and planning for the school’s future.
Learning to take responsibility for one’s own education is an educational experience in itself. Nova’s coordinating system and active committees provide a network of supports, enabling students to grow into this responsibility.