NOVA International School is an independent, college-preparatory, coeducational, day school that offers an educational program from prekindergarten (2.5 year olds) through grade 12. The school was founded in 1997, and the campus is 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. During the year students have a 1-week fall break (October), a 3-week winter break, a shorter (February) break, and a 1-week spring break (April).
Organization: The school is advised by a 9-member School Board (2 members are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador); accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS); authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), and by the College Board (testing center and AP Capstone); a full member of CEESA (Central and Eastern European Schools Association); and also accredited by the Macedonian Ministry of Education.
Curriculum: Prekindergarten groups for 3- and 4-year old students use play-based learning. The elementary and middle schools use the U.S. Common Core Standards for literacy and numeracy and the International Curriculum (Early, Primary and Middle Years) for inquiry-based learning. Specialty classes are included for students in PK-8, and elective classes are offered in grades 6-12. The high school offers the IB Diploma Program, the AP Capstone Diploma, and a full range of Advanced Placement courses. The instructional language of the school is English. The school uses Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), the PSAT and SAT to benchmark academic achievement and growth. Languages are offered in grades 1-5 as an after-school program and in grades 6-12 as electives; and languages include French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, Albanian, and Macedonian. The Center for Differentiated Learning (CDL) offers support for classroom integration of children with IEPs and pull-out interventions that are tailored to their specific needs. After-school activities are offered to all grades in sports (soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, tennis, gymnastics, cross-country), arts (drama, band, choir, ballet, hip hop), languages, math, science, robotics, game development, knowledge bowl, and debate. The school is home to Supernova athletics; grades 6-12 participate in CEESA events and sports. The majority of NOVA graduates matriculate to EU countries and the U.S.
Faculty: At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, there are 135 faculty members from 10 different countries
Enrollment: At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, student enrollment is 818 students from 45 countries (PK-grade 5: 274; grades 6–8: 153; and grades 9–12: 391.)
Facilities: The school campus is comprised of buildings dedicated to early education, elementary and middle schools, and high school, and outdoor spaces which include 3 gated playgrounds, a small soccer field, a basketball court, and a large outdoor amphitheater. The entire campus offers wireless connectivity. There are 5 science labs, 2 art rooms, 3 computer labs, 3 libraries, 3 full-service cafeterias, 2 indoor amphitheaters, 2 music studios, 2 dance studios, a drama room, a small gym, and a photography lab. The school uses an adjacent sports and recreational center for its physical education classes, bigger events, and competitions. The school uses university science facilities for advanced lab work.
Finances: Annual tuition rates for the 2019-2020 school year are: PK3–PK4: €3,950; grades K-8: €11,500; and grades 9-12: €12,500. The school charges an enrollment fee of €450 applicable to those entering grades 1-8 and a capital fee of €350 applicable to grades 1-12. The school also charges an application fee of €100 and a nonrefundable deposit of €1,000 (deducted from tuition). The following fees are optional: snack €105, hot meal €370/semester, and bus transportation €525/semester. (Fees are quoted in euros and are also payable in US dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2019 and are provided by the school.