Nova Classical Academy

Public, Charter K-5

 1455 Victoria Way
       Saint Paul, MN  55102-8888


 (651) 209-6320

District: Nova Classical Academy

SchoolDigger Rank:
38th of 842 Minnesota Elementary Schools


Student/Teacher Ratio:  17.9
Number of students:  469

Racial breakdown:

White:
81.4%
Asian:
6.4%
Two or more races:
5.8%
Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients:  9.6%

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Updated Tuesday, August 16, 2016, based on the 2015-16 school year test scores.

Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2016, Nova Classical Academy ranked better than 95.5% of elementary schools in Minnesota. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2016 the calculated Average Standard Score was 87.49. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (81.4%), Asian (6.4%), two or more races (5.8%). (See more...)
Compare Details 9.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Nova Classical Academy is 17.9. (See more...)
Compare Nova Classical Academy employs 26.1 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2016 Rankings:

Nova Classical Academy:

SchoolDigger Ranks Nova Classical Academy 38th of 842 Minnesota public elementary schools. (See Nova Classical Academy in the ranking list.)

Nova Classical Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Nova Classical Academy 2nd of 428 Minnesota school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Nova Classical Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 86.34 28th 664 95.8% 5 star ranking
2005 90.83 3rd 673 99.6% 5 star ranking
2006 89.76 9th 744 98.8% 5 star ranking
2007 87.77 19th 764 97.5% 5 star ranking
2008 88.50 13th 767 98.3% 5 star ranking
2010 80.20 68th 788 91.4% 5 star ranking
2011 77.91 113th 799 85.9% 4 star ranking
2012 75.23 150th 805 81.4% 4 star ranking
2013 83.58 64th 809 92.1% 5 star ranking
2014 82.11 80th 811 90.1% 5 star ranking
2015 83.28 78th 820 90.5% 5 star ranking
2016 87.49 38th 842 95.5% 5 star ranking

Test score data source: test scores: Minnesota Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Nova Classical Academy Test Scores

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Test score data source: Minnesota Department of Education

About the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment: The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind.

Students in grades 3-8 and 10 take the Reading MCA-II Assessments. Students in grade 11 take the Mathematics MCA-II. Between 2006 and 2010, students in grades 3-8 took the Mathematics MCA-II, but starting in 2011 students in these grades take the Mathematics MCA-III. Beginning in 2008, students also take Science MCA-II Assessments in grades 5, 8 and high school. The MCA-II series is aligned to Minnesota academic standards adopted in 2003, while the MCA-III is aligned to 2007 standards. Results from the original MCA, the MCA-II, and the successor MCA-III series, should not be compared because they are aligned to different standards.

Source: Research and Assessment, Minnesota Dept of Education

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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

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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

Test score 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

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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

Test score 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 FRAC Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Nova Classical Academy

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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

Test score 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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