The Board of Trustees has launched a comprehensive search for the next Head of School of NOVA Middle School in Olympia, WA for a position to begin July 2022.  Olympia, the capital of Washington state, is at the southern end of Puget Sound.

The Information for Candidates document will be available in late April.

About the School

NOVA Middle School was founded in 1992 to fill the regional need for a middle school program focused on the education of highly capable students.  NOVA has continually evolved to deliver the most innovative and effective academic, social, and emotional learning experiences for middle school students.  Change, driven by emerging needs and deeper understanding, has been a constant thread.  NOVA continues to be grounded in best educational practices in middle school and highly capable/gifted education and by a deepening understanding of social, emotional, and critical brain development during early adolescence.

Highly capable learners have unique learning needs including depth, complexity, pace, and authenticity.  NOVA provides a full-time comprehensive environment to support the students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth.  The program is research-based incorporating both accumulated knowledge and emerging understanding of highly capable learners.  NOVA places a priority on professional development reflecting NOVA’s commitment and focus on their students.

The small school environment of NOVA allows students to be known by their classmates, by their teachers and by the administrators.  In NOVA’s intimate setting meaningful relationships are formed and community members are able to better respond to one another in ways that can make a difference.


Inspiring lifelong learning for a more compassionate, engaged world.


Fostering the joyful pursuit of intellectual, social, and emotional expansion through a challenging curriculum that nourishes highly capable students to develop identity, self-empowerment, and community.


NOVA has identified four values that anchor the relationships and programs that support students and NOVA’s vision and mission.


We embrace the power of care, compassion, and relationships.

  • Valuing individuality, diversity, and shared experiences.
  • Fostering self-awareness, community, and a global perspective.
  • Cultivating social and emotional health through a safe and supportive environment.


We are passionately devoted to our work.

  • Nurturing a sense of responsibility, personal investment, and ownership of learning.
  • Engaging fully in our interactions and with our content.


We design experiences based on expertise and reflection.

  • Utilizing emerging best practices for highly capable early adolescents.
  • Maximizing opportunities for students to deeply explore content.
  • Practicing communication that is clear, direct, consistent, and timely.


We celebrate and delight in learning and discovery.

  • Inspiring curiosity and growth.
  • Linking intellectual challenge to satisfaction, purpose, and joy.

Accreditation and Affiliations: NOVA Middle School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and belongs to the National Association of Independent School (NAIS) and the Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS).  NOVA is certified by the Washington Board of Education as meeting the state requirements for a private school.

Diversity and Inclusion

The NOVA School Association believes that every person has the right to educational and workplace surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination.  It is the NOVA School Association’s policy that no person will be subjected to unlawful discrimination based on race, color, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.  NOVA School’s non-discrimination policy applies to all facets of its administration.

In October 2015, the Board adopted the following statement that deepens the expectations for the NOVA Middle School culture and establishes an overarching theme of commitment to diversity for NOVA Middle School as an organization.

 “The complex, interconnected global environment in which NOVA students will live as adults requires that NOVA Middle School provide a community in which a wide range of views, life experience, cultural backgrounds, ethical, economic, ethnic, religious and political views are evident and honored. NOVA students have an opportunity to develop a range of communication skills that will contribute to greater understanding of a diverse and changing world.”

These two statements together describe the commitment to diversity held by NOVA Middle School.  The work to operationalize this commitment is ongoing.

 How to Apply

Click here to view the Information for Candidates Report.

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials in a Single Merged Document:

  • EC Candidate Summary Sheet (Contact Joan Beauregard for this document)
  • Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • A list of five or more references with contact information (name, relationship to candidate, phone and email addresses)
  • Up to three letters of reference (optional)
  • Educators Collaborative Disclosure Form (Contact Joan Beauregard for this document)

Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to: