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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    C+
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Nova Classical Academy Upper School is a top rated, public, charter school located in Saint Paul, MN. It has 481 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 84% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.
Address
1455 Victoria Way
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Telephone
(651) 209-6320
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Nova Classical Academy Upper School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
84%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1340
11 responses
Average ACT
30
85 responses
AP Enrollment
31%
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$58,347
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,050
National
$949
Median Home Value
$188,465
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
Report
  • 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
481
Free or Reduced Lunch
11%
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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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.
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I have two daughters at Nova and have been very pleased with the level of care the teachers and coaches take to ensure they are challenged--yet nurtured. It's been such a positive experience. Students are friendly and kind and welcomed both of my daughters when they were new to Nova (last year and 3 years ago). We feel extremely lucky to be a part of such an amazing school. We were worried about the rigor and homework loads, being new to Nova, but teachers do an incredible job of setting the expectation early on--along with stressing the importance of daily preparation in order to stay on course.
Our daughter attended Nova from grades K- 6 grade. We had to pull her out because she was suffering emotionally due to Nova's shaming disciplinary tactics (public demerits that are given if a student forgets a pencil), their lack of a school counselor (and this goes through grade 12- what?!)- "they don't talk about feelings at Nova" and the intense competition and pressure to perform with no place to turn if the it's too much, leads to some very stressed out kids who take their frustrations out on each other! Yes, their academic standards are superior, but It comes at a price.