School Details

Nova Academy

1010 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 569-0948
5

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 9-12 369 students 12 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Santa Ana Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • Santa Ana Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Santa Ana Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Nova Academy is a charter high school in Santa Ana. The principal of Nova Academy is Erin Craig and can be contacted at erin-craig@olivecrest.org. 369 students go to Nova Academy and identify mostly as Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 19% of the Nova Academy students have "limited English proficiency." 88% of the 369 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Nova Academy is 12:1. Community Day Intermediate and High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 97% 92%
Asian 1% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 1% 3%
Unspecified 0.5% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 57211%
Filipino 0.2% 0.2%
Multiracial 0.2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.07%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88% 81%
Limited English proficiency 19% 56%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Nova is such a great school in my opinion. They really want you to do your best and the teachers are always open and very supportive. I can't imagine myself in another school! Yes it's very small and doesn't offer the 'high school experience' that is shown in movies and everything. But I believe it can still offer great memories.

  • (1 year ago)

    Excellent school. Committed faculty that care about each student. Teachers clearly understand how to help their students achieve academic success. I am very impressed by this school and their culture of family and relationships.

  • (1 year ago)

    I honestly can say this shool's environment is to small the building is awkward to be in it doesn't really feel like a school.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is excellent in the education area the teachers are well qualified

  • (5 years ago)

    Nova Academy is a SUPERIOR school. They live their mission statement. 'Dedicated to the vision of creating a learning environment where students are empowered to develop self-sufficiency and a sense of pride in their academic success'. I have two daughters in the 11th grade who came from a great but very large public school. My daughters felt lost and started to believe that they were not going to graduate. On the other hand NOVA Acadamy takes the time to know their students their weaknesses and strengths and build on them. My daughters are extremely happy there. I love to see the smiles on their faces of accomplishment. 'I did it mom. They see for themselves that they can do it and their principal teachers and all the staff show them they believe in them and took the time to show them they could' Thank you Nova Academy your passion shows!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Wonderful school! The staff keeps us well informed about our student's progress. He has become more enthusiastic and serious about his studies since entering this school. Can't wait to see what the future brings!

  • (5 years ago)

    My student did not begin attending the NOVA academy until the second semester. His previous school was very large and with such a large number of students the teachers did not have time nor the ability to actually teach. Consequently my student was lost felt unsafe due to lack of control and basically felt that staff didnt care whether he succeeded or not. However with the NOVA academy staff (teachers principal & admin) he feels worthy again and tells me everyday how extremly happy he is to be there and how much he feels valued. His number one comment is that he loves his teachers! There is nothing more gratifying than your child being happy and him knowing that his future is bright. College Skills and General Business classes are strong assets and truly help the students with choosing their direction and paths with education careers and family.

  • (5 years ago)

    Nova Academy is superior to other schools. Dr. Eastman the teachers and staff are on tract with their students. My daughter is in 9th grade and already started her college classes. I'm require to participate in the school meetings and event which has help me stay in touch with her teachers and on top of my daughters progress. The school commitment to excellence it's obvious.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teaching faculty is helpful and easy to reach. I receive regular phone calls about the progress of my student.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school offers an AA Degree and a High School Diploma when your child graduates from high school! Two years of free college and you get free textbooks as well. You spend your 4 years of high school but could also have 2 years of transferable college credits. It is in partnership with Santa Ana College. It's great and has improved a lot!

  • (6 years ago)

    Horrible experience! I pulled my student out the first year. The staff including the principal had absolutely no control over the students. Parents night was an absolute mess full of chaos and with no structure. Keep your children away!

  • (7 years ago)

    Great because it has small personalized classes and they offer free tutoring!

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