Friends of Nova

What’s happening at Nova?

Good news for competency-based learning!  House Education passed HB 1599 and HB 1089, bills that will delink high school graduation from the results of standardized tests.  Details are yet to be determined, but this is encouraging news.

However, there is nothing definitive yet from the state regarding testing vs. graduation alternatives for class of 2020 and beyond. Please remind your students to attend school for testing this week and next week as scheduled. 

Students, please check in with your coordinators if you have any questions.

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transfer today!

Because Nova is a Seattle Public Schools service school, currently enrolled high school students can transfer to Nova at any time during the year. 

High school and prospective 9th grade students can also register for the upcoming year.  Learn More >

Upcoming Nova Events


Join us for an epic evening of music, support and inspiration with our friends AIAIA, Planet 39, MCDK, Stoffel, , Jesse Stout and current Nova High School artists.  

  • Get All Ages Tickets Here: $12 + donations much appreciated

  • Concert is free for current Nova students with Student ID

  • All proceeds from the show go directly to Nova High School

  • Go here to learn more about Novaplosion!

Nova in the News

(We’re celebrating the work, stories and contributions of Nova students, teachers and staff. Do you have exciting Nova news to share? Send it our way! )

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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

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 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.

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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