Mission, Vision & Philosophy

Goals

Goal 1: Enhance the quality of teaching and learning through faculty induction and mentorship programs

Goal 2: Build the athletic program to balance the strength of our academic, arts, and service programs

Goal 3: Better utilize Nova Southeastern University resources and facilities to benefit our students and faculty and enhance collaborative projects with other NSU centers

Goal 4: Advance the Capital Campaign through greater constituent ownership and participation

Goal 5: Increase and improve staff development opportunities

Goal 6: Form strategic partnerships with other like-minded institutions known for excellence and innovation

Goal 7: Involve all stakeholders in developing a comprehensive 3-year Strategic Plan to achieve the vision of national recognition for excellence and innovation

Goal 8: Communicate NSU University School's competitive advantages to both internal and external audiences

Mission

NSU University School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, independent college preparatory school that provides a challenging and personalized education within a supportive environment for students of average to gifted abilities. Our students are prepared for productive lives and leadership roles through a program that focuses on academic excellence, extracurricular participation, and service to others.

Vision

NSU University School will be recognized among an elite group of independent, college preparatory schools for maximizing student potential through a distinctive, progressive model of education. Guided by a distinguished faculty who collaborate with NSU research professionals, we provide transformative experiences that engage and inspire students. This model of excellence integrates innovative, challenging, and personalized programming in the academics, arts, athletics, community service and a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities.

Philosophy

NSU University School offers programs of study designed to prepare students for college and for effective citizenship beyond the college years. Within a caring environment marked by high expectations, students master skills and knowledge, improve their ability to think critically, and develop a sense of civic responsibility.

NSU University School accepts the premise that each child is unique in ability, talent and learning style. In accepting that premise, the school recognizes its responsibility in creating an appropriate learning environment for each student.

To facilitate educational programs that complement and are in harmony with each child's individual needs and interests, we have developed a curriculum where the average, above average, or gifted student is able to work toward his or her potential. We provide opportunities in small group settings for each child to grow academically at his or her own rate.

As a consequence of our belief in the value of each individual, students are treated in a positive and supportive manner. In an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, NSU University School students increase self-awareness, develop independence, and accept responsibility for their own actions in cooperation with the school staff, administration, family, and peers.

Accreditations and Memberships

NSU University School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Florida Council of Independent Schools, and the Florida Kindergarten Council. NSU University School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Educational Records Bureau, The College Entrance Examination Board, the National Association of College Admission Counseling, the National Association of Laboratory Schools and the American Camping Association.

Important Note Regarding Background Checks

NSU University School performs criminal-background checks on its employees and volunteers with unsupervised access to children, but cannot attest to the background of the various parents/families and friends with whom their child may associate away from school. Parents, students, and employees should regularly visit the public registry to review it for individuals who may have prior criminal records and sex offenses. Information concerning registered sex offenders and predators in Florida may be obtained by visiting http://www.fdle.state.fl.us, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sexual Offenders database. Information may also be obtained by contacting the FDLE’s toll free telephone number: 1-888-FL-PREDATOR (1-888-357-7332).