About

Continuous School Improvement Plan and School Profile

Nova CSIP

In Seattle Public Schools, we understand that a shared vision of practice is essential to fostering the learning communities that each of our students and adults needs to thrive. This shared vision enables educators to work in concert to build their practice with a focus on student learning and principles of targeted universalism?a strategic framework where targeted and differentiated efforts are required to meet the needs of specific student populations, so every student meets the universal goal.

Each school annually publishes a Continuous School Improvement Plan (or CSIP) to outline the goals for our school, our students, and our parents and families. The CSIP provides a clear summary of the steps we will take collaboratively to improve our educational practices in order to support the academic and social-emotional needs of our students.

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

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.