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Nova Academy

 500 West Santa Ana Blvd.
 Santa Ana, CA 92701
[P] (714) 569-0948 x 1027
[F] (714) 542-0493
http://www.nova-academy.org/
[email protected]
Renee Lancaster
FOUNDED: 2005
INCORPORATED: 2006
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Organization DBA NOVA Academy
NOVA
NOVA Academy Early College High School
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 32-0079174 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of NOVA Academy Early College High School (NOVA Academy) is to inspire, educate, and prepare all students to be successful in college, career, and in life. 

Mission Statement

The mission of NOVA Academy Early College High School (NOVA Academy) is to inspire, educate, and prepare all students to be successful in college, career, and in life. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $5,202,072.00
Projected Revenue $5,222,801.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Academic Support Programs
  • Social-Emotional Support Programs
  • College Opportunity Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

The mission of NOVA Academy Early College High School (NOVA Academy) is to inspire, educate, and prepare all students to be successful in college, career, and in life. 

Background Statement

Launched in 2005, the founders, Dr. Donald Verleur and Mrs. Renée Lancaster, of NOVA Academy envisioned a school where students were given the purpose and vision to see beyond their immediate environment and into a successful future. With an initial cohort of only nine students, NOVA Academy helped students who were behind in credits achieve their dream of going to college. Driven by community demand for our unique model, NOVA Academy grew rapidly from nine students in the first cohort to serving more than 600 students in the 2016-2017 school year. 

As a tuition-free, public charter school, NOVA Academy's achieves our mission by offering an academically rigorous, blended high school/college curriculum that is founded upon our "Whole Child" approach. We view our youth as more than just students. We also consider the comprehensive needs of the child including their social, emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being. This "Whole Child" approach has shaped how we structure our courses, programming, and a wide array of programs that have results in a 97 percent graduation rate, a rate much higher than other schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD).
 
Through our blended curriculum, students from disadvantaged backgrounds have the opportunity to earn college credits by attending college courses at Santa Ana Community College or on our campus taught by Concordia University, Irvine, and University of California, Irvine professors in addition to a high school diploma. A blended curriculum is crucial for disadvantaged students as many are the first in their families to pursue postsecondary education.  

Impact Statement

2016-2017 Accomplishments:
1.NOVA Academy Santa Ana moved into our new state-of-the-art educational facility on August 22, 2016. 
2. NOVA Academy received the Silver Ranking for U.S. News & World Report for Best High Schools in 2016 and 2017.  
3. Ninety-eight percent graduation rate and 98 percent college attendance rate.
4. 100 percent of NOVA Academy seniors took courses that satisfied college entrance requirements.  
5. NOVA Academy seniors were admitted into Brown University, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State San Francisco, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Penn State, San Diego State University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCI, UCLA, UCSD, and USC. 
 
2017-2018 Goals:
1. Sustain state-of-the art facilities where teachers develop innovative, authentic, and rigorous learning environments. 
2. Offer all students extraordinary, project-based education relevant to today's college and career planning.
3. Engage learners in a creative, interactive, and connected setting.
4. Encompass a gymnasium or similar facility to house physical education and CIF athletics programs.
5. Increase capacity to serve more students.  

Needs Statement

Our 2017-2018 most pressing needs fall into 3 categories: Academic Excellence, The Whole Child, and College Readiness. We seek to provide even more access to:
1. Academic Excellence:
   a. Increasingly diversified A.P. course offerings
   b. Highest technology available to advance and encourage learning 
   c. Experimental learning through internships and shadow days at local    businesses
   d. A STEAM approach to education that uses Science, Technology, the    Arts, and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry,    dialogues, and critical thinking. 
2. The Whole Child 
   a.  Financial literacy programs that teach students fiscal    responsibilities as they transition from high school into adulthood
   b. Leadership and volunteer opportunities, both in the community and    on campus
   c. Equipment, uniforms, transportation, and coaches that will sustain a    robust CIF athletics program 
 3. College Readiness
   a.  UC-level and private school college courses offered on site
   b. Programs and opportunities that ensure students' seamless transition    to college by securing community support that redirects funding    currently dedicate to:  
      1. Registration
      2. Textbooks
      3. SAT and ACT practice and entrance exams
      4. A.P. test
      5. Transportation  

CEO Statement

With just nine students and a rented classroom, NOVA Academy was born. While we've come a long way from our humble beginning in 2005, the core belief upon which NOVA Academy was built has never changed: Education opens a door to hope and opportunity. 

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donate through the mailDonate through our website https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/NOVAAcademyEarlyCollegeHighSc/give.htmlDonate through the phone. Please call our Director of Development, Courtney Schlott, at 714-569-0948. Donate through an in-kind donation.Donate through a Planned Gift. Please call our Director of Development, Courtney Schlott, at 714-569-0948.  

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
Santa Ana

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Charter Schools
  2. Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations - Philanthropy/Charity/ Voluntarism Promotion (General)
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Programs


Academic Support Programs

NOVA Academy implements personalized approaches to learning and alternative instructional options, which allow access to and progress in the rigorous standard-based curriculum. Our LINK Program provides individualized support not performing academically at their best. Summer Advantage offers "bridge" programming that allows incoming students to foster a sense of communication and relationships amongst one another and with school staff, designed to address academic and social needs of students. 
Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Tutorial Programs
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
NOVA Academy had 100 percent of LINK participants getting back on track academically during the 2016-2017 school year. 
 
Incoming freshmen were more prepared, confident, and had built meaningful relationships with other incoming freshmen when entering into the 2016-2017 school year because of Summer Advantage.  
 
 
Program Long-Term Success  The long-term success of our Academic Support Program is to provide students with the opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills needed to smoothly transition to higher education or a career with marketable skills, and ultimately, to live an enriching and fulfilling life. 
Program Success Monitored By 
Our overall success are illustrated through the results of our School Accountability Report Card and California Assessment  of Student Performance and Progress:
1. We monitor our dropout rate
2. We monitor our school climate (pupil suspension and expulsion)
3. We monitoring test scores such as the California Assessment Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) 
Examples of Program Success  --

Social-Emotional Support Programs

Students have access to social/emotional support programs such as our family class where students meet weekly with a small cohort, so they can build relationship and provide peer-to-peer support. Through our partnerships with USC and Cal State University, Fullerton, and Cal State University, Long Beach, our students may also receive therapeutic counseling from interns enrolled in a Master's of Social Work program. Families can also benefit from monthly seminars and workshops designed to help them provide support to their student.  
Budget  $150,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Guidance & Counseling
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Our Social-Emotional Support Programs served 65 students, with over 339 sessions. As a result, students were able to improve their academic standing and focus on their social/emotional well-being. 
Program Long-Term Success  As we look towards the future, we are committed to providing each and every one of our students with the resources and supports to overcome their social/emotional barriers, maximizing their chances of achieving success in college, career, and in life. 
Program Success Monitored By  Our Social-Emotional Support Programs are monitored by our Counselors to assist our students with their social/emotional problems that are interfering with their academic success. Our Counselors monitor the number of sessions each student has with the Counselor or Intern. Our Counselors also monitor the progress of our students being able to overcome their social/emotional problem.  
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College Opportunity Program

NOVA Academy utilizes the Early College Model, in which, high school students have the opportunity to enroll at a partner college and earn college credits. Through our College Opportunity Program, students from disadvantaged backgrounds have the unique opportunity to earn college credits in addition to a high school diploma while at NOVA Academy. While earning college credits, students gain the knowledge and skills needed to smoothly transition to higher education or to a career with marketable skills, and ultimately, to live an enriching and fulfilling life.
Our College  Opportunity Program allows students to drive their academic success in high school and beyond; students are able to select college courses that support their individual academic goals. This blended curriculum is crucial for disadvantaged students as many are the first in their families to pursue postsecondary education. As a result of our curriculum and approach, we have a 97 percent graduation rate. 
Budget  $300,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Our short-term success goals for the 2017-2018 school year are:
1. To have 50 percent of NOVA Academy students concurrently enrolled in college courses
2. To have students earn 700 college credits  
3. To have 100 percent of our students meeting the UC/CSU admission requirements
4. To have 100 percent of our students being accepted into college.  
 
Program Long-Term Success  Our long-term success is best demonstrated through the success of our students. For instance, graduates of NOVA Academy have gone on to attend universities and colleges such as, Brown University, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State San Francisco, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Penn State, San Diego State University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCI, UCLA, UCSD, and USC. 
Program Success Monitored By  Each year, our Counselors and staff collect a variety of academic data about our College Opportunity Program, which include, the number of students concurrently enrolled in college courses while attending high school, the number of credits earned by our students, and the percentage of students accepted into college to ensure our program is having our desired success. This data allows us to evaluate the success of or College Opportunity Program. To complete the collection of our outcomes, our Counselors and staff collect this data from our partner college and universities, Santa Ana Community College, Concordia University, Irvine, University of California, Irvine, and our academic database. The academic data about our College Opportunity Program is released at the end of the year. We also track the colleges and universities are students are accepted to and attend after graduating from NOVA Academy.
Examples of Program Success  --

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Renee Lancaster
CEO Term Start Aug 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Dr. Donald Verleur 2005 2016

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. John Bowen Director of Operations --
Dr. Andrea Brumbaugh Principal of Santa Ana Campus --
Miss Courtney Schlott Director of Development for NOVA Academy Children's Foundation --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Best High School - Silver Level U.S. News and World 2017
Best High School - Silver Level U.S. News and World Report 2016
Best High School - Silver Level U.S. News and World Report 2015

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 32
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 75%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 19
Hispanic/Latino: 19
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 29
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Mr. Sanford Otsuji
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cornerstone West Payment Systems
Board Chair Term Apr 2016 - Apr 2019
Board Co-Chair Dr. Susan Garrett
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation California State University, Fullerton
Board Co-Chair Term Feb 2016 - Feb 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Dr. Susan Garrett California State University, Fullerton Voting
Ms. Brenda Gonzales Parent Representative Voting
Ms. Gloria Grana Community Volunteer Voting
Mrs. Karen Lester Lester Foundation Voting
Mr. Norm Lester Lester Foundation Voting
Mr. Sanford Otsuji Cornerstone West Payment Systems Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 78%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 45%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 30%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

Board of Directors of NOVA Academy Children's Foundation:
 
 
Natalie Battersbee, Senior Educational Consultant 
Douglas Hodge, PIMCO
Mary Moore, Teacher
Jill Muckenthaler, Wallace Air Cargo
Zackary Nassir, Ernst & Young, LLP 
 
NOVA Academy Children's Foundation is currently expanding their Board of Directors. If you are interested in joining the NOVA Academy Children Foundation's Board of Directors, please contact our Director of Development, Courtney Schlott, at 714-569-0948 ext. 1023, or via email at [email protected]  
 

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $5,222,801.00
Projected Expenses $5,202,072.00
Form 990s

2015 990s

2014 990s

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $6,448,840 $6,633,760 $5,323,017
Total Expenses $5,720,985 $5,374,548 $4,950,096

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$202,964 $775,371 $279,836
Government Contributions $6,243,927 $5,858,057 $788,165
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $6,243,927 $5,858,057 $788,165
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 $50,000
Earned Revenue $0 $0 $4,135,239
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,949 $332 $0
Membership Dues $0 $0 $0
Special Events $0 $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind $0 $0 $16,972
Other $0 $0 $69,777

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $4,557,535 $3,941,985 $4,446,299
Administration Expense $1,163,450 $1,432,563 $503,797
Fundraising Expense $0 $0 $0
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.13 1.23 1.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 73% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $3,161,393 $2,718,504 $2,362,438
Current Assets $1,255,114 $2,225,279 $2,206,740
Long-Term Liabilities $65,547 $16,128 $1,209,326
Current Liabilities $61,745 $396,130 $106,078
Total Net Assets $3,034,101 $2,306,246 $1,047,034

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 20.33 5.62 20.80

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 2% 1% 51%
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) 0%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

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