Main navigation

Nova High School

2410 E Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Main Office: 206-252-3500
Office Phone: 206-252-3500
Fax: 206-252-3501

Nova School Profile

Alternative Learning Experience School

Nova is an Alternative Learning Experience school authorized by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Nova Project is committed to a student-centered education. Students choose their classes and are directly involved in creating their schedules. In the classroom and through independent learning contracts, students can follow their own passions while creating unique and individual ways to demonstrate their learning.

School Leadership and Board District

Building History and Information Building History

Horace Mann School is on the Seattle Historic Preservation Landmarks List. Visit the city website to look up information about the landmark status.

Community Partners at Nova Community resources and programs at Nova


CSIP and School Report

About CSIP

The Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP) is an action plan for each school that identifies the areas a school plans to focus on in the current and coming school year, the performance goals they want students to achieve, and how the school plans to collaboratively meet these goals

The plans are updated regularly to reflect the strategies being used at each school. This document also serves as the school-wide improvement plan for our Title I schools

About School Reports

School Reports show a brief snapshot of a school’s academic growth, student climate, accountability, family and staff engagement, and overall school performance.

School reports are produced by the State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for each school and district in the state and updated periodically throughout the year as data becomes available.

On state assessments, students who are expected to participate but do not, such as absences or opting out, are counted as non-proficient. This may affect the school’s overall proficiency rating.

Questions about school reports? Contact us: Research and Evaluation Department, research@seattleschools.org

About School Climate Surveys

School Climate Surveys are used for school-level improvements, climate surveys are given to all staff, students and families each year. The staff and student surveys are given to respective groups in person at schools; the family survey occurs in the spring.

Discipline Dashboard

As part of Seattle Excellence, Seattle Public Schools’ Strategic Plan, the district is committed to interrupting disproportionate practices in discipline. To support this work and to increase transparency and accountability, the district has created and published public facing discipline dashboards for each school which became available on November 1, 2021.

Discipline dashboard data reflects the current school year and will be updated quarterly throughout the school year. For questions or concerns, please reach out to the school leader for a specific school.

Academic Year: Current academic school year.
Accessible/Default: Click here to switch to an accessible version of the dashboard.
Actions by Month: Count of disciplinary actions by month and exclusion type.
Actions: Count of disciplinary actions for an exclusion type.
Attribute: Student Attribute (gender, race/ethnicity, special education served, 504 plan)
Days: Count of exclusion days for an exclusion type.
Days of Exclusion: Count of exclusion days.
Discipline Rate: Count of students with at least one disciplinary incident divided by count of all enrolled students.
E. Expulsions: Count of emergency expulsions for a student attribute.
Enrolled: Count of enrolled students.
Exclusion Actions: Count of exclusionary actions for a student attribute.
Exclusion Days: Count of exclusion days for a student attribute.
Exclusion Type: Short-term suspension (SS), Long-term suspension (LS), Emergency expulsion (EE), In-school suspension (IS), Expulsion (EX), and Interim alternative education setting (IA).
Exclusionary Actions: Count of exclusionary actions.
Expulsions: Count of expulsions for a student attribute.
FERPA Compliance: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Compliance. *
Incidents by Day of Week: Count of disciplinary actions by day of week.
Incidents by Grade: Count of disciplinary actions by grade.
Incidents by Hour: Count of disciplinary actions by hour.
Incidents by Exclusion Type: Count of disciplinary incidents for an exclusion type.
Incidents by Student Attribute or Support Service: Count of disciplinary incidents. Incidents are counted as many times as there are students involved.
Incidents per 100 Students: Count of disciplinary incidents divided by enrolled students and then multiplied by 100. Incidents are counted as many times as there are students involved.
Rate: Discipline rate for an exclusion type.
School Name: School name.
Students: Count of students with at least one disciplinary incident.
Suspensions: Count of suspensions for a student attribute.
Weapons: Count of disciplinary incidents in which a weapon was involved.

* Please note: When a group has fewer than 10 enrolled students, all values for at least the two smallest groups are suppressed.

Nova Levy Projects

BEX IV

The Horace Mann building is a historically landmarked school, built in 1903. It was closed as an elementary in 1968 and from 1970 to 2014 housed alternative programs. The original design plan included an addition to the north of the school, but until now, it was never constructed. It opened as the location for Nova High School in 2015.

Levy Approved : 2013

Budget : $12,641,000 (includes multiple funding sources)

Project Description

The project, completed in Feb. 2015, included seismic and modernization improvements to the 33,000-square-foot existing building and a 15,000-square-foot wing constructed on the north side of the property.

The modernization included complete mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades, new exterior siding, refurbished windows, interior finishes and technology improvements. Earthquake safety, life safety and accessibility (ADA) improvements were also addressed.

An additional vehicle entrance was added for a reconfigured parking lot area and rain gardens installed to improve storm water discharge.

About BEX

The Building Excellence (BEX) Capital Levy funds projects such as those that modernize or replace aging buildings, fund technology for student learning, address earthquake and safety issues and major preventive maintenance needs throughout the district.

BTA II

In 2004, Seattle voters approved the BTA II capital Levy. The Levy funded nearly 700 facility improvement projects and technology upgrades at every school in the district. 

  • 2007 : New science room, exterior renovation, mechanical upgrades at Mann

BTA I

The $150 million Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics (BTA I) capital Levy was approved by voters in February 1998. BTA I funded more than 465 small and large facility projects at every school in the city. The projects included safety and security upgrades, roof and window replacements and technology and athletic field upgrades.

  • 2004 : Reroof, Fire Alarm, Exterior Restoration, Art & Science, Waterline Replacement at Mann

About BTA

The Buildings, Technology and Academics (BTA) Capital Levy supports the district’s long-range plans to upgrade and renovate aging school facilities and address enrollment growth.

The BTA IV Capital Levy was approved by voters in 2016. Seattle Public Schools will receive these Levy funds from 2017 through 2022.