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Fall 2019

Dates: September 4, 5, 6 and 9th

Times: 9:30 - 11:30 am

Location: Nova High School

We’re seeking volunteers to teach workshops! Learn more >

Fall 2019 NovaCon is just around the corner! NovaCon is a conference hosted for Nova students twice a year, at the beginning of each semester. It is focused on social justice, art and community. The conference is designed to connect Nova students to our community and also to the many communities we are nested within.

Workshops are planned and facilitated by students, families and community facilitators. This format also allows teachers to meet individually with every student before the semester starts to craft their unique educational experience. We can’t provide this unique educational experience without the support of folks like you! We’re looking for Nova community volunteers to offer workshops on a wide range of topics. Learn more here >

Nova’s 2nd Annual Pride Flag Raising Ceremony


We are celebrating 50 years of Pride, of revolution, and of fighting for our rights. There are many ways to celebrate and get involved.  We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go, so while you’re celebrating at Volunteer Park, Trans Pride, or Pridefest, also try and get involved in activism in any way you can.”

In honor  of Pride Month, the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, our LGBTQ+ youth and the adults who support them, please consider a donation to Nova High School:

Nova Project High School students raised the Trans Flag and Philly Pride Flag to recognize the origins of the LGBTQ+ movement at its 2nd Annual Pride Flag Raising Ceremony on Thursday, June 6th.

Student remarks:  “Thank you for coming to the Nova Projects 2nd annual pride flag raising, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. This year we have put up the Trans Flag and the Philly Pride flag to recognize the origins of the LGBTQ+ movement, which was started by courageous queer and trans people of color.


Nova in the News

TRES LECHES is on fire!

Tres Leches - Nova alumni Zander Yates and Alaia D'Alessandro with Ulises Mariscal - were included in KUOW’s recent article Beyond Grunge: 15 Artists Redefining Seattle Music. Congratulations to Tres Leches and a big thank you to Zander for coordinating the music and AIAIA for performing at this year’s Novaplosion. Stay tuned for the 3rd Annual Novaplosion in Fall 2019!

Seattle band Tres Leches. What Are You Doing. Film Crew: Ace Wilson, Ulises Mariscal, Anonymous


When translated from Spanish to English, Amorfo means changeable, amorphous. That's not just the name of Seattle punk trio Tres Leches' debut album, but also its entire M.O. During their riotously fun shows, members Alaia D'Alessandro, Zander Yates and Ulises Mariscal frequently switch instruments on stage. Their songs are bilingual diatribes, skeptical of capitalism and invested in the power of community. Describing their brand of punk requires a lot of prefixes like art-, pop- and noise-; the band even has an incredible ska-punk iteration of the Leadbelly children's song "Ha-Ha This Away." Few bands in Seattle are as thrillingly unpredictable. --Martin Douglas

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Nova’s Naramore Art Contest Winners

Nova artists were awarded prizes in the Naramore Art Contest currently on exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum through May 26th. Our students will be honored at the awards ceremony on May 3rd:

  •  Bella Daly for Untitled 1 - 1st place Drawing

  • Hanna Frink for Untitled - 2nd place Mixed Media

  • Joseph Wiwakan for Untitled 1 - 3rd place for Mixed Media

eyva & mark Interviewed by Channel Q

Nova’s Principal, Mark Perry, and Vice Principal Eyva Winet, were recently interviewed by the hosts at Channel Q, a national radio station, about Nova’s past, present and future.




Nova High School student Ellric Smith’s play entitled The End of the World is Brought to You by… was selected by the ACT Theater to be performed at the Young Playwrights Festival.

Congratulations Ellric!  

Azura Tyabji at the National Youth Poet Laureate Competition

Azura Tyabji shares what it's like to be a Nova High School student with the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors.

Azura Tyabji, Seattle Youth Poet Laureate and 2018 Nova graduate was named a national ambassador for the National Youth Poet Laureate Competition.

Azura performed at the National Commencement at the Library of Congress April 4, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Reporter Max Paradiso in the New york times

The 464-seat Auditorium Arvedi was designed around the sound of the instruments. For the recordings, every light bulb in the hall was unscrewed to eliminate a faint buzzing sound. Credit: Isabella de Maddalena for The New York Times

The 464-seat Auditorium Arvedi was designed around the sound of the instruments. For the recordings, every light bulb in the hall was unscrewed to eliminate a faint buzzing sound. Credit: Isabella de Maddalena for The New York Times

Max Paradiso, reporter and Nova alum recently wrote an article featured in the New York Times about preserving the sounds of Stradivarius violins by quieting the town of Cremona, Italy.  

Max is a freelance reporter, award-winning author and part-time gelato eater. Mostly foreign affairs, human rights, Iran, Europe and wine. You can learn more about his work here.

What’s Nova?

Nova High School is an exceptional Seattle Public School. Nova provides a high quality, individualized education for high school students seeking an alternative experience.

As parents and guardians, we have seen first-hand how Nova ignites intrinsic motivation and builds personal efficacy in young people.

All kinds of students thrive at Nova because it is a student-centered and relationship-based education.

Learn more about Nova High School >


Nova's 15th animation showcase 'Luminescent Slime Garden' Premiered June 2016 at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle.

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Our Mission:


The Friends of Nova (FON) are parents and guardians dedicated to supporting Nova High School students, teachers, staff and families. We do this through volunteering, raising funds, community advocacy, and educational opportunities. 

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We hope you’ll join us!

Enroll your student at Nova.

Sign up for the weekly Friends of Nova newsletter.

Come to a Friends of Nova meeting or event.

Volunteer to support students, teachers and staff.

Donate to the Friends of Nova. Your contribution goes directly to students, staff and teachers.

Contact us if you have questions or want to learn more.

Nova High School is a stimulating learning community that welcomes, integrates, challenges, and supports students of ALL backgrounds, identities, and abilities to become their best selves.
— - Erin, Parent & FON Volunteer
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