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Nova Academy Childrens Foundation Inc

 500 W SANTA ANA BLVD
 Santa Ana, CA 92701
[P] (714) 569-0948 x 1021
[F] (714) 542-0493
https://www.nova-academy.org/santaana/
https://www.nova-academy.org/coachella/
[email protected]
Tristen  Seagondollar
FOUNDED: 2005
INCORPORATED: 2015
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Organization DBA NOVA Academy
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 47-2288700 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

It is the mission of NOVA Academy Early College High School to inspire, educate, and prepare all students to be successful in college, career, and in life. This mission is based on the principle that all students, no matter their background, deserve the opportunity to pursue higher education and enter a career that provides economic stability.  To achieve this goal, NOVA offers an academically rigorous, blended high school/college curriculum. Students at NOVA are provided the opportunity and support to attain up to two years of college credits while earning their high school diploma.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of NOVA Academy Early College High School to inspire, educate, and prepare all students to be successful in college, career, and in life. This mission is based on the principle that all students, no matter their background, deserve the opportunity to pursue higher education and enter a career that provides economic stability.  To achieve this goal, NOVA offers an academically rigorous, blended high school/college curriculum. Students at NOVA are provided the opportunity and support to attain up to two years of college credits while earning their high school diploma.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $6,005,928.00
Projected Revenue $6,110,788.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • College Opportunity Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

It is the mission of NOVA Academy Early College High School to inspire, educate, and prepare all students to be successful in college, career, and in life. This mission is based on the principle that all students, no matter their background, deserve the opportunity to pursue higher education and enter a career that provides economic stability.  To achieve this goal, NOVA offers an academically rigorous, blended high school/college curriculum. Students at NOVA are provided the opportunity and support to attain up to two years of college credits while earning their high school diploma.


Background Statement

Since its founding in 2005, NOVA Academy Early College High School has provided a rigorous yet nurturing learning environment, giving students the unique opportunity to earn college credits through a combination of courses offered at local college campuses as well as on-site at Nova. All of this is achieved while earning their high school diploma. As a tuition-free charter school accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), NOVA Academy instills a culture of college readiness while sustaining a 98% graduation rate— a significant stride toward future financial security for its predominantly economically disadvantaged students. 

Impact Statement

Due to its outstanding 2018 programming and student achievement, NOVA Academy was recognized among U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools in America,” and honored by the California Department of Education with the 2019 Distinguished Schools Award, making it the only high school in the district and only charter school in Orange County to receive this distinction. Members of NOVA Academy’s Class of 2018, many of whom are first in their families to go to college, were accepted to Chapman University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and other prestigious institutions.

Needs Statement

This year, NOVA Academy seeks to address five urgent needs:

  1. Increase student eligibility for dual enrollment in high school and early college courses, and maintain school-wide enrollment levels in AP and Honors courses.
  2. Improve California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASP) achievement levels across all student populations in Math and English Language Arts (ELA).
  3. Further develop English Learner (EL) support programs to improve student progress towards language acquisition goals.
  4. Fully implement Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into high school curriculum.
  5. Expand family engagement opportunities, and increase parental involvement and satisfaction with academy programs.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

For support inquiries please contact Tristen Seagondollar, Director of Development ([email protected]). For volunteer and community engagement opportunities please contact Elizabeth Rojas, Director of Family Engagement & Community Involvement ([email protected]).

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
From its campus in the heart of downtown Santa Ana, NOVA Academy empowers over 400 students from the surrounding communities, providing early college access through collaborating post-secondary institutions, including UC Irvine, Concordia University, and Santa Ana College.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Charter Schools
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Programs


College Opportunity Program

In order to empower NOVA students for success in post-secondary education and prepare them for a future of professional achievement, NOVA provides early college access through dual enrollment in high school and college courses. NOVA Academy’s College Opportunity Program permits all NOVA students meeting program admission requirements to enroll in college courses while earning their high school diplomas. Prior to enrollment in an early college course, students are counseled as to the nature of the class, and advised of whether a specific course is fully transferable to University of California baccalaureate programs as Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)  or a career-based exploratory course.

 

Classes are offered each semester through neighboring post-secondary institutions including the University of California at Irvine, Concordia University, and Santa Ana College. Programming consists of courses offered both on the NOVA campus and college site taught by university professors, and online college courses available at NOVA Academy via campus-wide Wi-Fi. In addition to tuition-free enrollment in early college courses, NOVA provides students with college textbooks and materials, transportation to and from Santa Ana College, and exam and application fees for eligible students. Last year, NOVA Academy students completed over 300 college credits across 120 different early college courses.

 

NOVA Academy also provides students with the opportunity to earn college credits outside of the dual enrollment program through 10 different Advanced Placement classes. In addition to AP courses, NOVA offers honors classes at most grade levels to increase academic rigor and encourage student enrollment in AP and College courses.

Budget  $645,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) scores indicate that NOVA students meeting or exceeding state standards in English Language Arts (ELA) has been consistently 20-25% higher than the state average for the past three years, and 38-40% higher than the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD). NOVA’s 2018 CAASPP scores in math also indicate increased student proficiency from the prior year, and 2017-18 student enrollment in AP and Honors courses nearly doubled that of 2016-17.  Over the last three years, NOVA’s graduation rate has increased 3.8%, and consistently exceeded both the state and SAUSD averages.
Based on these trends in student performance and participation, projected 2019 outcomes for the Early College High School model include: student eligibility of at least 50% for dual enrollment in college courses, student enrollment of at least 50% in AP and/or Honors Courses, increased CAASPP scores across in Math and ELA.
Program Long-Term Success 

To ensure the success of its students in these challenging courses, NOVA provides several academic support programs, with specific activities designed for Early College students. Support programs include: LINK/Tutorial— a school-wide supplemental instruction and tutoring program implemented as part of the standard campus schedule; summer school credit-recovery and enrichment courses; the Summer InNOVAtion program— an orientation and skill-assessment program for incoming students, wherein freshmen are provided with an extensive roadmap to best achieve early college success at NOVA. Ongoing efforts to augment these programs and best promote academic excellence is a top priority for NOVA Academy. Another major focus includes further implementation of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English-Language Arts and math.

 

In order to be better prepared for success both professionally and in post-secondary academia, all NOVA students also enroll Seminar, a unique class designed to augment each student’s study skills, academic discipline, and learning methods. Seminar includes a dedicated College Pathways section, instructing students in college admissions and preparation, application procedures and essays, and FAFSA student aid and scholarship acquisition.

Program Success Monitored By 

As a Local Education Agency (LEA), NOVA Academy submits and is held accountable to an annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). NOVA’s 2018-2019 LCAP consists of four categorized academic and program goals, organized by relation of state education priorities and evaluated via quantitative metrics (i.e. student scores in California Assessment of Student Performance exams, enrollment eligibility for early college programming, departmental implementation of new state standards, etc.)

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Management


CEO/Executive Director RenĂ©e Verleur Lancaster
CEO Term Start 2005
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Renee Lancaster is the CEO and Co-Founder of NOVA Academy Early College High School. She is an advocate and leader on behalf of underrepresented students, dedicated to helping young minds pursue their college dreams. For the last 13 years, she has endeavored to connect with students on an individual level; to learn their stories, their challenges, their dreams, and to hear how she can help. She has devoted her entire career to ensuring all students are given a chance to succeed, regardless of background or personal challenges. This commitment led her to co-found NOVA Academy in Santa Ana in 2005 and Coachella in 2010. 
 
Drawing on her background in psychology and human development, Renee formulated NOVA Academy's mission to encapsulate the early college high school model, while incorporating a holistic approach to education, focusing on college preparedness as well as social and emotional intelligence to help maximize each student's potential.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Best High Schools in America U.S. News and World Report 2017
Best High Schools in America U.S. News and World Report 2016
Best High Schools in America U.S. News and World Report 2015
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 2005
Accreditation University of California: Office of the President 2005

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 29
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 8
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 95%
Staff Professional Development --

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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

Reporting and Evaluations

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

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Sanford Otsuji
Board Chair Company Affiliation Safe Harbor International
Board Chair Term July 2018 - June 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Dr. Susan Garrett California State University, Fullerton Voting
Brenda Gonzalez NOVA Academy Parent Voting
Gloria Grana Retired - Fund Development Voting
Karen Lester Kenneth A. Lester Family Foundation Voting
Norm Lester Kenneth A. Lester Family Foundation Voting
Dr. Sanford Otsuji Safe Harbor International Voting
Rick Wier U.S. Government 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: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $6,110,788.00
Projected Expenses $6,005,928.00
Form 990s

2017 990

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audited Financial Statement

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $8,363,029 $300,000 $6,448,840
Total Expenses $7,557,926 $61,820 $5,720,985

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $300,000 $202,964
Government Contributions $8,244,253 $0 $6,243,927
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $8,244,253 $0 $6,243,927
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 --
Earned Revenue -- $0 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $21,298 $0 $1,949
Membership Dues -- $0 --
Special Events -- $0 --
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 --
Other -- $0 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $5,771,220 $54,912 $4,557,735
Administration Expense $1,786,706 $6,908 $1,163,450
Fundraising Expense -- $0 --
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.11 4.85 1.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses 76% 89% 80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $5,241,484 $287,430 $3,161,393
Current Assets $859,722 $287,430 $1,255,114
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 --
Current Liabilities $385,185 $0 $127,292
Total Net Assets $4,856,299 $287,430 $3,034,101

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.23 inf 9.86

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? --
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Documents


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