Nova Classical Academy

Public, Charter K-5

 1455 Victoria Way
       Saint Paul, MN  55102-8888

 (651) 209-6320

District: Nova Classical Academy

SchoolDigger Rank:
52nd of 848 Minnesota Elementary Schools

Student/Teacher Ratio:  17.4
Number of students:  471

Racial breakdown:

Two or more races:
Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients:  10.2%

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We updated the 2016-17 rankings and test scores for this school on Monday, August 7, 2017.

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Compare Details In 2017, Nova Classical Academy ranked better than 93.9% of elementary schools in Minnesota. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2017 the calculated Average Standard Score was 85.76. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (80.5%), Asian (7.6%), two or more races (5.1%). (See more...)
Compare Details 10.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Nova Classical Academy is 17.4. (See more...)
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SchoolDigger ranks Nova Classical Academy 52nd of 848 Minnesota public elementary schools. (See Nova Classical Academy in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Nova Classical Academy 2nd of 441 Minnesota school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Nova Classical Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 86.34 28th 664 95.8%
2005 90.83 3rd 673 99.6%
2006 89.76 9th 744 98.8%
2007 87.77 19th 764 97.5%
2008 88.50 13th 767 98.3%
2010 80.20 68th 788 91.4%
2011 77.91 113th 799 85.9%
2012 75.23 150th 805 81.4%
2013 83.58 64th 809 92.1%
2014 82.11 80th 811 90.1%
2015 83.28 78th 820 90.5%
2016 87.49 38th 842 95.5%
2017 85.76 52nd 848 93.9%

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by a parent
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Open Quote This school is a dangerous example of what happens when schools do not stand up against discrimination. A quick google news search will tell you everything you need to know to make an informed decision. It is a charter school, so it is an open enrollment school. If you are selecting a school of "choice", choosing somewhere else would be safer for your child. Close Quote

by a parent
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Open Quote As a parent of several NOVA students for over 10 years, I caution parents considering sending their children to NOVA. We are leaving NOVA at the conclusion of this academic year. A large problem is that NOVA built a new school facility. Because of increased operating costs NOVA was forced to increase the number of students entering NOVA & to accept lateral transfers in the upper school. High performing classical schools do not accept lateral transfers in upper grades due to the difficulty in getting those students to do well in classes such as Latin. There is a small but growing group of liberal parents among these newer families who seek out NOVA only because of our high test scores. These parents are not interested in classical education but are well versed in catch phrases, wearing buttons and t-shirts instead of logically discussing issues. The high test scores are the direct result of parent involvement & the parents being the primary educators. NOVA was built on direct parental involvement. The board of directors this year just removed direct parent involvement in selecting curriculum materials and placed this power in the hands of a few board members who are social justice warriors. Several families that were at NOVA from the start have now left or preparing to leave at great emotional and financial cost. NOVA has replaced their original reading program for a less rigorous one, removed Singapore Math from the upper school, and removed the instruction of logic from the school of logic (6-8 grade). Logical? No, but necessary as NOVA moves further and further away from classical education. The dumbing down of NOVA has begun and a true classical education is being replaced by social justice. The most vocal parents have enlisted the help of outside community organizations who advocate for gender neutral bathrooms allowing boys and girls to share bathrooms and locker rooms starting in kindergarten through 12th grade. Like most ordinary public schools, the values of parents take a back seat to organized movements advocating social change by targeting our youth. Close Quote

by a parent
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Open Quote We have been a part of the community at Nova for many years now and have been pleased with the experience. A true model of the Classical teaching method, Nova has not only imparted academic subject matter but also a love of learning and greater sense of the world,its history, and our responsibility to its citizenry. We are grateful for our time here thus far and look forward to experiencing all the greatness that is yet to come, for ourselves and the Nova learning community. Close Quote

by a parent
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Open Quote This was a GREAT school, with a leaning toward classical education. Many dedicated exceptional teachers. Parent lead, and a community that compromised. In the previous 3 years the compromising has ceased, and a new administration and board have removed parent participation, chosen a less quality curriculum to make it easier on staff , and have embraced an agenda that will seriously damage performance and quality of a recently stellar public school. Very sad to see such a good school go down. Close Quote

by a parent
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Open Quote I couldn't be happier at Nova! Caring teachers who attend to the learning needs of my special needs child. Love it!! Close Quote

by a teacher
Saturday, December 3, 2011

Open Quote The negative reviews of Nova below are exaggerated and, at times, factually inacurate. Nova educates EACH child according to his/her abiltiies. I hope that as parents read such reviews, they consider that there are multiple sides to each and every story, and that doing one's research is paramount to selecting a good school and working in a partnership between any school and family. Close Quote

by a parent
Saturday, April 23, 2011

Open Quote Our child was failing for almost a year. NOVA kept assuring us everything would be fine. A law known as Child Find states that schools have an obligation to take appropriate assessment steps when a child is suspected of having a disability. NOVA did not take these steps. NOVA finally agreed to evaluate our son, and stated that he did not have a disability. We were also informed that he would be held back the following year. We enrolled him in another school and found out that he has ADHD, Dyslexia and a Speech Language Impairment. Can you imagine propping up your test scores on the backs of disabled children? Close Quote

by a parent
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Open Quote NOVA is a one trick pony. They take above average students and produce above average test scores. This is not much of an accomplishment. In contrast, consider a local public school, Somerset Elementary. The percentages of challenging students enrolled at Somerset (English as a Second Language, Special Education, Free and Reduced Lunch) are 200 to 300 percent higher, and Somerset still matches or beats NOVA's MCA scores. Now that's impressive!
If your child is above average, he/she will probably be okay at NOVA. If your child is average or below average; your child will probably struggle, and be ignored until you remove him / her from the school. If you don't remove your child, your child will most likely be held back. You will be told that grade retention is usually a successful intervention. However, this directly contradicts the vast majority of research done over the past century. Finally, the systemic neglect of Special Education students at NOVA is deplorable. Close Quote

by a parent
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Open Quote Amazing school. A private school education for free! Great teachers, smart curriculum, great organization, character education, and so much more. I'm thankful every day that my child got in to Nova. Close Quote

Enrollment information for Nova Classical Academy

Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 152 12 11 0 0 n/a n/a 0 175
2005 196 9 13 3 0 n/a n/a 0 221
2006 230 14 19 3 0 n/a n/a 0 266
2007 269 11 25 3 0 n/a n/a 0 308
2008 312 12 28 4 0 n/a n/a 0 356
2009 351 8 32 11 1 n/a n/a 0 403
2010 487 20 54 10 0 n/a n/a 0 571
2011 357 11 26 9 0 0 9 0 412
2012 376 13 14 11 0 0 22 0 436
2013 400 15 19 13 0 0 22 0 469
2014 382 17 30 12 0 1 27 0 469
2015 379 18 36 13 1 0 24 0 471

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Nova Classical Academy

Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 175 9.8 17.9 13.7
2005 221 12.0 18.4 8.6
2006 266 16.6 16.0 10.9
2007 308 19.1 16.1 13.6
2008 356 23.6 15.1 14.9
2009 403 25.8 15.6 13.9
2010 571 20.8 27.4 12.6
2011 412 21.6 19.0 11.7
2012 436 22.8 19.0 12.2
2013 469 23.5 19.8 12.4
2014 469 26.1 17.9 9.6
2015 471 27.0 17.4 10.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Nova Classical Academy

Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 175 9.8 17.9 13.7
2005 221 12.0 18.4 8.6
2006 266 16.6 16.0 10.9
2007 308 19.1 16.1 13.6
2008 356 23.6 15.1 14.9
2009 403 25.8 15.6 13.9
2010 571 20.8 27.4 12.6
2011 412 21.6 19.0 11.7
2012 436 22.8 19.0 12.2
2013 469 23.5 19.8 12.4
2014 469 26.1 17.9 9.6
2015 471 27.0 17.4 10.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Minnesota Department of Education.

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