The Novus Academy is a creative, innovative, vibrant, independent school for bright students with learning differences, high-achieving students with cognitive difficulties, and students with high cognitive abilities and above-average academic performance. Novus students benefit from evidence-based, high-quality, comprehensive, and meaningful educational programming, as well as small class sizes and a culture that inspires confidence, respect, and self-worth.

Below are a few examples of learning differences and how The Novus Academy can help.

Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD, ADHD)

ADD or ADHD are some of the most common learning differences children have. Key behaviors include wandering off task, disorganization, moving about in situations where it is not appropriate, impulsivity, and an inability to delay gratification.

All of these behaviors are normal to some degree, but for people with ADD or ADHD, these behaviors are more severe, occur more often, and interfere with how they function socially and at school.

Children with ADD or ADHD need guidance and understanding from their parents, families, and teachers to reach their full potential and to succeed. For school-age children, frustration, blame, and anger may have built up within a family before a child is diagnosed. Parents and children may need special help to overcome negative feelings.

How The Novus Academy Can Help

Novus helps your child learn and use strategies to successfully self-regulate and manage themselves outside of the classroom. Social skills are incorporated and reinforced from your child’s arrival in the morning until school dismisses for the day.

In class, teachers use multi-sensory methodology in classwork and provide frequent physical movement opportunities.

Your child will be placed in small classes according to abilities and instructional needs. Multiple grades can be in the same class. Teachers will assess your child’s subject mastery and performance on a monthly basis and adjust their classes as needed.

Novus arranges its environment to help prepare students for a world outside of school—a world of distractions, sights, sounds, and movement. The colorful and whimsical décor nurtures creativity and imagination.

Anxiety or Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 32% of children between ages 13 and 18 have had an anxiety disorder. Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life, but for a person with an anxiety disorder the feeling does not go away and can get worse over time.

Depression causes severe symptoms that affect how a person feels, thinks, and handles daily activities like sleeping, eating, or going to school. Depressed teens may feel tired and have no energy, feel worthless, or act angry, irritated, or frustrated at minor things.

How The Novus Academy Can Help

The Novus Academy provides a safe space and a discreet, supportive environment for your child. Novus supports outside therapists who work with your child. Small class sizes at Novus help teachers be alert to signs of depression and anxiety. Bullying is actively addressed.

Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, or Dyscalculia

Dyslexia impairs a person’s ability to read and spell, despite the child having a normal intelligence level. Dysgraphia causes a person’s writing to be distorted or incorrect, and they may also have trouble spelling. Dyscalculia or mathematics disorder makes basic arithmetic skills difficult to learn and retain. Children with dyscalculia may have difficulty counting money, remembering phone numbers, or participating in games that require constant counting or scorekeeping.

In public schools where teachers may not be knowledgeable about these conditions, the student can be labeled as “lazy,” inattentive, or having low intelligence.

How The Novus Academy Can Help

The Novus Academy bases its Language Arts and reading curriculum on the widely recommended Orton-Gillingham approach and alphabetic phonics methodology. In class, teachers use multi-sensory instruction and employ multiple learning styles to ensure your student understands the content. Teachers do not shorten or omit assignments. Rather, they help your child develop strategies to perform on a level with their non-disabled peers. For students with dysgraphia, we provide laptops and teach writing skills using the Keyboarding Without Tears and Handwriting Without Tears programs.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Including Asperger’s

Autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder because the type and severity of symptoms people experience varies widely. Children with ASD might have difficulty sustaining a conversation and may talk at length about a favorite subject without noticing that others are not interested or without giving others a chance to respond. They may get upset with changes in routine or have an intense, all-consuming focus on certain things like trains or dinosaurs.

How The Novus Academy Can Help

Your high-functioning student with autism will benefit from Novus’s small class size and teachers who are trained to assist students with the social and emotional difficulties that often go hand-in-hand with autism.

Novus helps your child learn and use strategies to successfully self-regulate and manage themselves outside of the classroom. Social skills are incorporated and reinforced from your child’s arrival in the morning until school dismisses for the day. Afterschool clubs and activities help your child build social skills while interacting with peers.