FAQ

No, your child doesn’t need to have been diagnosed with a learning difference.  Our program is excellent for students with and without difficulties learning.

Our student to teacher ratio is a maximum if 12:1

At this time, we are not able to best meet the needs of non-verbal students.  To receive optimal benefit from our school program, students must be able to learn within small group settings.

We accept students throughout the school year as long as there is space available in the classes a prospective student would need.

We provide an extremely successful program that is designed to address the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of our students.

You can be involved as a parent in a variety of ways.  You could consider actively participating with our Novus Academy Parent Association (NAPA).  We also encourage parents to actively participate with their child’s educational program and communicate frequently with staff.

We believe strongly that our students must be prepared to function independently throughout their lifetimes.  One of the first things a Novus student learns is that he/she must be prepared for the world as they find it, when they find it, and where they find themselves as they go through life.

All of our students are pre-tested at the beginning of the school year and post tested at the end of the school year.  We also continually assess throughout the school year to ensure measurable progress is being made over time.  Novus staff track progress, results are discussed with students and parents are provided with copies of all assessment information.

We do not provide lunches for our students.  They bring lunches from home.

Parents make arrangements to bring their children to and from school.

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The number of classrooms per grade level varies from one year to the next.  It is dependent on individual student need.

Children are placed in classes based on their instructional levels and the methodology that best meets their individual needs.  Classes take place in developmentally appropriate groupings.

Yes, all Novus Academy teachers are certified.  Their certifications vary and are aligned with the instruction each teacher provides.

We do not have a nurse on site.  We have staff trained to meet the daily needs of our students.  In the event of an emergency or a situation that requires care beyond our levels of ability, parents would be notified and appropriate health care providers would be contacted.

Students receive direct instruction Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:55 and 4:00.  Specifics regarding the content areas are best answered with links to the sections containing the information.

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Students receive instruction in classes with peers that have similar learning goals.  Within each classroom instruction may take place within the small group, in smaller groups, and/or one-on- one.  Instruction is delivered using a wide range of strategies that are designed to meet the needs of each student.

Novus is a non-profit independent school.  IEP’s are used in Public schools.  Our students do not have IEP’s.  Rather, frequent assessments, observations, goal setting, and parent/student/teacher conferences are utilized to determine the efficacy of the program for each student.

When students present with behavioral difficulties, their needs are addressed on an individual basis.  Novus is not a school for students with significant disruptive behavioral disorders.

We don’t refer to our procedures as “discipline” and don’t have a one size fits all plan.  We actively teach our students that all choices and actions have consequences.  Some actions may lead to positive consequences and others can lead to negative consequences.  Students are taught why they are choosing to behave in the manner(s) they are.  Then they are guided in the development of meaningful consequences.

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