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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Nova Classical Academy Upper School is a top rated, public, charter school located in Saint Paul, MN. It has 519 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 87% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.

Nova Classical Academy Upper School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
87%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1380
12 responses
Average ACT
31
100 responses
AP Enrollment
31%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$60,746
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,110
National
$949
Median Home Value
$197,986
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
20%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 10 responses
  • 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony
    30%
  • Ascot
    30%
  • Nova Classic Race
    20%
  • Carnival
    10%
  • National Book Week Assembly
    10%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
519
Free or Reduced Lunch
12%
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
17%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
40.3%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
40%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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It is a very small and tight knit community. Everyone at least knows of almost everyone else which can be both a blessing and a curse. There are a lot of friend groups, but I wouldn't say they are are exclusive and everyone is friendly if you are friendly in return. The teachers have a lot of personality and while they may not click with everyone, I think they represent their subjects very well and many have inspired me!
Something to note is that it lives up to its reputation of being rigorous. The workload is incredible and you must be good at time management. Junior and Senior year are especially difficult in terms of work with added AP stress and college applications and a senior thesis. However, if you apply yourself, the teachers genuinely do want you to succeed.
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It worked for me. I love the small classes, willingness to work hard, I loved the encouragement and the close friendships/mentorships with teachers. I will say that towards the end of highschool (junior/senior year) I procrastinated and lost motivation for my schoolwork- but I regret this because I believe that a lot of the work we were doing made us more rounded human beings. You may not know why you're reading Dante, but a couple years later you'll realize you're glad you did.
Nova was a good school, save the constant administration rule and policy changes. At Nova, you always had something to do. You were never doing nothing, even outside of the classroom. Homework and extracurriculars kept me busy all four years. One of the things I would change about Nova is the scheduling. Sure, It's great to have school start later in the day than most other schools, but I'd rather have five minutes to get to class instead of three. I'd rather get home at 4:30 instead of 5 pm. I'd rather have consistent rules every year instead of different rules every nine months. I'd rather have teachers with more flexible office hours during the day than being stuck in one spot unable to get my question answered until the next day.

Nova was a good school. I met some of my closest friends there and found a career path that I love. I'm proud to be a Nova graduate, and I hope that they will make changes to improve the lives of students in the future.