Macedonia, Skopje: NOVA International Schools

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Date: 12/01/2011 Location: Skopje Macedonia Description: NOVA International Schools - State Dept Image



NOVA International Schools is a coeducational day school that enrolls 476 students from 37 countries. It offers an American curriculum to students in grades PK-12, and the International Baccalaureate diploma program. The School was founded in 1997 and the campus is spaciously situated in a residential neighborhood near the city center. The school year is divided into 2 semesters and extends from late August to mid-June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member school board.  It is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). It is also incorporated under Macedonian law and accredited by the Macedonian Ministry of Education. The school is a full member of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA).

Curriculum: Experienced and caring educators provide a challenging curriculum, and also address individual needs in partnership with the learning specialists on staff. The curriculum aligns to the PK-12 Massachusetts Common Curriculum Framework, making additional provisions for the AERO standards, the IB program and the AP program. In the early education center and the elementary school (PK-4), NOVA offers a mastery approach to well-defined learning and social outcomes, and employs frequent formative and summative assessments to document student progress. The middle school and high school (5-12) offer courses in the English Language Arts, Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Macedonian, and Albanian), Mathematics, Science, ICT, Social Studies, Fine and Performing Arts, and Physical Education. The high school offers the full IB program and many Advanced Placement courses. The school is home to Supernova athletics; middle and high school students can join a range of individual and team sports in the fall, winter and spring season, and compete with local schools as well as the blue league CEESA international schools. NOVA strongly supports the continuation of learning and character development through a variety of extra-curricular activities and service learning opportunities, which are encouraged for elementary and middle school students, and are required for high school students. NOVA is a center for all College Board, ETS (TOEFL), NWEA and the IB Diploma examinations. Three quarters of NOVA graduates matriculate to universities abroad, predominantly to EU countries and the U.S., and to a lesser extent in the region.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year there are 71 faculty members, 15 administrators, 4 learning specialists and 32 support staff.  The student to full-time faculty ratio is 6.7:1. 

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment is 476 students. Of those, 22 are enrolled in the early education center (PK-K), 96 in the elementary school (1-4), 115 in the middle school (5-8), and 243 in the high school (9-12).

Facilities: The purpose built school campus is comprised of an early education building, an elementary and middle school building, a high school building, ample outdoor spaces which include a gated playground, small soccer field, basketball court and a large amphitheater. It offers wireless connectivity to the intranet/internet. On campus there are four science labs, two art rooms, three computer labs, two libraries, three full-service cafeterias, an indoor amphitheater, two music and two dance studios, a photography lab, a fitness gym and a book store. The school uses an adjacent sports and recreational center for its physical education classes and for bigger events and competitions. The school uses university science labs for advanced lab work.

Finances: Annual tuition rates for 2011-2012 school year are as follows: PK and K: €3,550; grades 1-8: €4,550; grades 9-12: €4,850. The school charges a onetime capital fee of €450 which is applicable to those entering grades 1-8 and a recurring annual capital fee of €150 applicable to grades 1-12. The School also charges an application fee of €80 and a non-refundable deposit of €500 (deducted from tuition). All fees are quoted in Euros, also payable in U.S. dollars.

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