About Us

What Makes Studia Nova Different?

There are many forms of virtual education, including public charter schools and private online schools. Studia Nova is one of many virtual school options for students, so what makes us different?

Studia Nova is founded by Scientists, Engineers, and Educators that are passionate about education. Our courses are taught not just by teachers dedicated to learning, but by experts in their field of study. We select our curricula knowing how it fits in with the big picture.

Studia Nova classes are taught by humans, not just monitored by computers. Classes have anywhere between weekly and daily lectures, just like college. In addition to lectures, students can access our teachers anytime through online chat help. In one click the student or teacher can initiate a real-time call from the chat. Studia Nova provides an unprecedented level of support to our students. If a student is progressing just fine in a class, lecture is not required. The courses are entirely self-contained and the student can move as fast and furious as desired.

Studia Nova is 100% Pro-Parent, which bears some explaining. We work with parents and students to understand the family’s educational goals, and help chart the path forward. Does your family want to accelerate learning, and push your student? We can help encourage your student to perform at their maximum. Does your family want your student to take time and explore various fields of study? Studia Nova is there to guide your student. Parent voices matter at Studia Nova, pick up the phone and call us anytime.

Studia Nova focuses on three key elements to academic success in all our classes. Reading comprehension, skill at writing, and mathematical ability. These three topics are woven throughout the curricula. If a student has great reading comprehension, can write a decent essay, and has achieved a solid grounding in mathematics, all doors are open. Studia Nova students write plenty, and our teachers grade a lot of writing assignments. We call this ‘writing through the curriculum.’

The benefit of private education matters in getting results. Public education, whether Traditional or Charter burdens the learning process with many superfluous tasks and annoyances. Public schools are limited in how they adapt to the student’s needs. Private schools can adapt quickly and change out curricula that is not getting results for that student.

Studia Nova is service oriented, we are providing parents an educational service, and along with that goes a service level agreement. While no one can guarantee educational outcomes, we can provide the level of responsiveness your family needs.

Results speak for themselves. Studia Nova routinely tests student’s grade level performance and measures our ability to move students forward. Most our students make 2 to 3 years of progress in one academic year. We get rid of the busy work and just focus on the learning. This is how to build confidence, by building skill!

What is our Educational Philosophy?

Research-based, outcome-focused, standards-based, 21st century…there are plenty of buzz words in education. Education might have more buzz words for common, every day concepts than any other profession.

The Studia Nova Program is inspired by Susan Wise Bauer’s Well Trained Mind, Liping Ma’s Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics, and our founders’ personal experience in the engineering and science fields. The Studia Nova approach combines classical education; a strong, conceptual mathematical foundation; and a core understanding of critical concepts in technology and science to prepare students for college-level work in the most challenging technical degrees.

The overall form and organization of the Studia Nova program follows the classical education approach,  dividing learning into three stages, frequently referred to as the Trivium.  The first stage of learning  is called the grammar stage (generally K4) where students embrace memorization, the second is called the logic stage where students are trained in logical thinking processes (grades 5-8), and the final stage of the Trivium is called the rhetoric stage (High School), where students formulate more complex arguments and ideas from the information they are learning.

The classical approach puts a strong emphasis on reading gradually more and more complicated, whole books and does not shy from proven strategies of memorizing short literary works, copy-work (writing out great works of literature), and practicing dictation in the early years.  Only after students have learned something of the world, then learned to order their thoughts logically, are they asked to make persuasive arguments.  This stands in stark contrast to main stream education that teaches students to emotionally argue points of which they have very little factual knowledge.  The track record of classically trained home-schoolers in the area of language, reading, writing is outstanding.

However, the purest classical approach puts in-depth study of mathematics and science after the Trivium, in the next level of education called the Quadrivium.  We have learned that this is unnecessary, that children can, should, and do learn advanced concepts in arithmetic at a very young age.

So where a classically-minded approach would focus on memorization during the grammar stage, the Studia Nova curriculum aims to build deep conceptual understanding before committing that knowledge to memory. As Liping Ma has shown us, there are deep concepts in simple arithmetic, that once internalized, ease the student more gracefully into Algebra. However, conceptual understanding is no substitute for memorization of basic math facts, learning flawless execution of time-honored processes like long division, and getting sufficient practice.

Studia Nova uses the classical approach to organize the instruction of Science and Technology.  Whole books are read on various science topics, including histories of science,  while  textbooks and worksheets are avoided. The Science program is meant to be integrated with daily life to ignite curiosity while providing a conceptual foundation to build on in later study. Science concepts committed to memory are only those ideas that are needed to build on in later study, so that no hard-won knowledge is a dead-end.

In summary, our educational philosophy is based on the wisdom of the ages, modernized for the information age. We place a stronger focus on math, science, and technology than typical for classical education, but retain the rigor and common sense approaches that classical study champions.