NSU University School Student/Parent Handbook 2016-2017

Page 5 Notice of Nondiscrimination Nova Southeastern University admits students of any race, color, sex, age, non-disqualifying disability, religion or creed, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, and does not discriminate in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. 1: INTRODUCTION NSU University School, a fully accredited independent college preparatory day school, enrolls students in junior- kindergarten through twelfth grade, and are recognized as part of NSU . The school is a part of Nova Southeastern University, the largest independent university in the Southeast. NSU offers fully accredited programs from the undergraduate through the doctoral level. Nova Southeastern University has distinguished itself by its innovative and unique educational programs. One of the university’s primary goals is to provide a lifelong continuum of educational opportunities that promote individual growth and development. NSU University School represents the fulfillment of this goal for children from junior- kindergarten through high school. NSU University School is organized by clustering appropriate grade levels together into the Lower, Middle, and Upper School divisions. An administrative staff headed by a division director manages each of these entities. The head of school, whose staff includes the three division directors and two associate heads of school, is responsible for the overall operation. As a not-for-profit corporation, NSU University School relies on the local community and its own families for financial support with its annual fund-raising program. The Development Office, in conjunction with volunteer organizations within the school, operates an Annual Fund and several fund-raising events each year. Families whose children attend the school are expected to support these development programs. To facilitate educational programs that complement, and are in harmony with, each child’s abilities and interests, the school has developed an educational framework within which a student can work toward his or her highest potential. In an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, a student at NSU University School increases self- awareness, develops independence, and accepts responsibility for his or her own actions in liaison with the school staff and administration and with peers. The effectiveness of the teaching/learning process is dependent on a professional and collaborative relationship among student, teacher, and parent. Much can be accomplished by the school when students and parents work cooperatively with us as a team, making decisions in the best interest of the child. Your trust and support are important to us and vital to your child’s continued growth and progress. Additionally, a positive partnership, marked by courtesy, warmth, and openness should be expected by faculty members and parents alike. MISSION STATEMENT NSU University School is a junior-kindergarten through grade 12 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. NSU UNIVERSITY SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY NSU University School offers programs of studies designed to prepare students for college and for effective citizenship beyond 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 the premise, the school recognizes its responsibility in creating an appropriate learning environment for