NOVA International School is an independent, university-preparatory, coeducational, day school that offers an educational program from pre-kindergarten (three-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 two semesters and extends from late August to mid-June. During the year students have a one-week fall break (October), a three-week winter break, a shorter (February) break, and a one-week spring break (April).
Organization: The school is advised by a nine-member School Board (two members are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador.) The leadership includes the school’s founder, Director, division principals, Business Manager and HR Manager. The school is also supported by a security team, facilities and ICT department, business and accounting office, administrative and admission office, and five counselors. NOVA International School is 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) by the College Board (testing services) and accredited by the Macedonian Ministry of Education. NOVA is a full member of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA).
Curriculum: Pre-kindergarten (three- and four-year-olds) curriculum is a play-based curriculum learning environment. Our PK4 students also experience learning that prepares them for the next stage, kindergarten. The elementary school uses the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards, which are aligned with the U.S. Common Core state standards for literacy and numeracy. We use the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) standards for science and social studies. Specialty classes, such as art, music, dance, and physical education are included for students in grades K to 5. Art and music are taught and assessed based on the AERO standards, dance based on McRel standards and P.E. based on the SHAPE America’s national standards. Macedonian classes are offered K-5 for Macedonian citizens, and a cultural studies class is offered for non-Macedonian citizens where students learn more about the diversity of each other’s cultures. The secondary school offers the IB Middle Years (MYP) and Diploma (DP) Programs. Macedonian language classes are offered in grades 6-12, and foreign languages are part of the curriculum for grades 6-12, including: French, German, Spanish and Italian. The school uses Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) as well as the PSAT 8/9/10/11, to benchmark academic achievement and growth. The Center for Differentiated Learning (CDL) offers support for classroom integration of children with IEPs and pull-out interventions tailored to their specific needs. After-school activities are offered to all grades in sports (soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, tennis, gymnastics, cross-country, swimming), arts (drama, band, choir, ballet, hip hop), languages, math, science, robotics, knowledge bowl, and speech/debate. The school is home to SuperNOVA athletics; grades 6-12 participate in CEESA events and sports. The majority of NOVA graduates matriculate to higher education institutions in EU countries, the U.S., and Asia/Australia.
Faculty: In the 2021-2022 school year, NOVA has 199 total staff including 118 teachers.
Enrollment: At the start of the 2021-2022 school year, student enrollment is 781 students.
Facilities: The school campus is composed of buildings dedicated to an early education center, elementary, lower secondary and upper secondary school. The outdoor spaces include three gated playgrounds, a small soccer field, a basketball court, and a large outdoor amphitheater. The entire campus offers wireless connectivity. There are five science labs, three art rooms, two libraries, two full-service cafeterias, two indoor amphitheaters, two music studios, two dance studios, a drama room, an elementary gym, and a design studio. 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 2021-2022 school year are: PK3–PK4: €4,050; grades K-5: €11,800; grades 6-8: €11,900, grades 9-10: €12,800; grades 11-12: €12,850. 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: hot meal €450/semester, and bus transportation €750/semester. (Fees quoted in euros and payable in U.S. dollars.
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