NOVA International School is an independent, college preparatory, co-educational day school that offers an educational program from pre-kindergarten (2.5 year old) through grade 12. 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. 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. It is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), authorized by the College Board (testing center and AP Capstone), a full member of CEESA (Central and Eastern European Schools Association), and accredited by the Macedonian Ministry of Education.
Curriculum: 3-year old and 4-year old prekindergarten groups use play based learning. The elementary and middle school use the U.S. Common Core Standards for literacy and numeracy, and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for inquiry based learning. Specialty classes are included for students in PK-8, and elective classes are offered in the middle and high school. 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 they 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. A majority of NOVA graduates matriculate to EU countries and the U.S.
Faculty: In the 2018-2019 school year, there are 126 faculty members. The student to faculty ratio is 6:1.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, enrollment was 755 students representing 45 countries (PK–grade 5: 266; grades 6–8: 129; and grades 9–12: 360).
Facilities: The school campus is comprised of dedicated early education, elementary and middle school, and high school buildings, and ample outdoor spaces which include 3 gated playgrounds, a small soccer field, a basketball court, and a large outdoor amphitheater. The campus offers wireless connectivity. On campus, 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 fitness gym, and a photography lab. The school uses an adjacent sports and recreational center for its physical education classes and for bigger events and competitions. The school also uses university science labs for advanced lab work.
Finances: Annual tuition rates for the 2018-2019 school year are: PK3–PK4: €3,900; grades K-8: €11,300; and grades 9-12: €12,300. 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 non-refundable deposit of €1,000 (deducted from tuition). The following fees are optional: snack fee of €75, hot meal fee of €370 per semester and bus transportation fee of €525 per semester. (All fees are quoted in euros, and are payable in US dollars).
Information and statistics are current as of October 2018 and are provided by the school.