Students Answering QuestionFrequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to many of the questions you may have about NSU University School.

What are the school hours?
Junior Kindergarten & Kindergarten – 8:15am – 2:45pm
Grades 1 -5 – 8:15am – 3:10pm
What is the average class size?
Class sizes range from 14 to 24 students with an average of 20. There are 14 to 16 students in each of our junior kindergarten classes.
Is there a Gifted Program?
NSU University School provides several levels of instruction so that all students can be academically challenged within a supportive classroom that is appropriate for their ability level. NSU University School embraces the approach that teaching and learning is student-driven and developmentally appropriate. Our overall curriculum exceeds the requirements set forth by the State of Florida and many of our students are working above grade level.
How will my child’s placement be determined?
Your child’s placement is determined by a number of factors. Report cards, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, and the admission test results are used initially. Students are closely monitored during the first few weeks of school to determine whether each student has been properly placed.
What kind of information will I receive about my child’s progress?
NSU University School believes that collaborative relationships between parents, teachers, and students are built on regular, open communication about classroom goals, student academic achievements, and personal development. Parents are invited to attend a Back to School Night a few weeks into the school year to meet the teachers and hear about the curriculum. In addition to regular report cards, Middle School and Upper School parents can view their child’s grades on a continuing basis by logging onto a secure web site. Parents can expect to receive either written or oral communication from a teacher when the student is not meeting expectations. Parents are always welcome to contact any teacher via email and a parent-teacher conference may be scheduled when requested.
Is there a school uniform?
All students are required to wear an approved NSU University School monogrammed polo shirt. Lower School students may wear shorts, skorts or pants in approved colors; Middle and Upper School are required to wear monogrammed uniform shorts or pants in navy, khaki, or black with a belt. No sandals or flip-flops are allowed.
Are textbooks provided?
In Middle and Upper School, we require our families to purchase their own digital resources and textbooks. Digital resources are purchased through parents annual payment of the Activity Fee (Lower School) or the Technology Fee (Middle/Upper School) and textbooks can be purchased through the bookstore on campus or on-line at www.nsubooks.bncollege.com.
Are lunch and snacks provided?
Yes, healthy snacks and lunch are included in the cost of tuition. For a list of frequently asked questions regarding our lunch program, please click here.
How are discipline problems handled?
Carefully developed rules and regulations are enforced to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all students. Students have rights and responsibilities as outlined in our Student/Parent Handbook regarding assembly, privacy, learning, and discrimination. Any actions that violate the code of conduct results in disciplinary action ranging from a reprimand and conference to expulsion.
What is the policy regarding drugs and alcohol?
NSU University School believes that all students have a right to attend a drug and alcohol free school. Therefore, we have zero tolerance for drug and/or alcohol use among our students.
What is the role of computers in the classroom?
At NSU University School, technology does not replace good teachers; it enhances good teaching. Our faculty utilize technology to enrich their programs. Our media centers are research oriented and have computer labs which can accommodate an entire class. Beginning in kindergarten, our students learn typing and word-processing skills. Additionally, we have portable laptops for classroom use and every building is wireless. Middle and Upper School teachers also have the option of using an electronic classroom at the NSU Library, Research, and Information Technology Center. Computer classes teach students effective and efficient use of commonly used software as well as research methods and techniques. Our teachers take computer classes and participate annually in technology workshops. Homework assignments are posted weekly by each teacher on our web site.
What extracurricular activities are available?
NSU University School provides many opportunities for involvement and expects every student to participate in extracurricular activities as part of their total school experience. Extracurricular activities include athletics, clubs, student government, and fine arts. A Cultural Arts Enrichment program offers Lower School students a wide range of activities at a nominal fee. Upper School clubs and student government meet during advisory time so that students who play on a sports team or participate in the fine arts program after school can also participate in these activities. Additionally, community service hours are required for our high school students.
Is there an after-care program?
Lower School students have the option of an After Care program, which provides after-school supervision until 5:30 p.m. Middle school students must be picked up by 3:30. For those that need to stay longer, we offer a wide variety of options ranging from an hourly charge for supervision in our homework room or on the playground, to twelve-week programs including computer classes, drama workshops, and various art classes. Prices for these programs vary.
Are there opportunities for parents to volunteer?
NSU University School welcomes parent involvement. Volunteers regularly visit junior kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms, as well as the art room and media center. In Middle and Upper School, parents participate in Junior Achievement Programs, special events, and fundraising projects. In addition, there are family organizations that hold monthly meetings and support school functions. The University Family Organization (UFO) provides support to teachers and administration in grades junior kindergarten to grade 12; the Athletic Council supports our athletes; and the Families for the Arts (FFTA) supports the entire fine arts program in all three school divisions.
Is there school transportation?
NSU University School does not provide transportation to and from our school. However, transportation is available through outside vendors or any one of the independent third party providers listed on our transportation page. Please note that we do not endorse any particular vendor; therefore, we ask that you call these providers directly for availability of service and route information.
Does NSU offer a monthly payment plan to help pay for tuition/fees?
To help you finance your education expenses, NSU University School is pleased to make the services of Tuition Management Systems (TMS) available to you and your family. The TMS Interest-Free Monthly Payment Plan allows you to spread your education expenses over monthly installments for only a small enrollment fee. There is no interest and no pre-qualification or credit check for this service. For more information on your specific payment options or to enroll in the Interest-Free Monthly Payment Plan, visit the TMS web site at www.uschool-nova.afford.com or call 1-800-722-4867 to speak with an Education Payment Partner.