Who We Are


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 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.


In the mid 1960s and early 70s, Marilyn M. Segal, Ph.D., renowned developmental psychologist, educator, and early childhood education researcher, pioneered a Head Start program that was housed in her family’s synagogue, Temple Beth El. Segal, a graduate student at Nova University and Abraham S. Fischler, Ed.D., then Nova University president, shared a vision for a student-centered, inclusive academic environment, rich with opportunities for individuality and self-expression. Encouraged to relocate her program to the Nova University campus, Segal founded University School in 1971. The following year, NSU University School was formally accepted as part of the Nova University family.

From its humble beginning in 1971 to its expansive campus in 2010, the fundamentals at NSU University School have remained the same. Outwardly, University School was drastically different in the early 70s than it is today. Initially, University School was housed in a modest two-story building, now the Rosenthal Student Center.

Because of its rapid growth, in 1975, University School moved into what we now know as the old Lower School building. USchool was divided into three houses—the Lower, Middle, and Upper houses—with semi-open environments. Considered a progressive school, students were encouraged to learn at their own pace, which gave rise to multi-aged environments. They thrived in a friendly atmosphere of mutual respect and were challenged academically.

Today, NSU University School’s core values remain the same. Our faculty and staff members are enthusiastic, proud, and committed to finding the best in all USchool students. They encourage students to be active participants in their education, to become independent thinkers, and to grow into the leaders of tomorrow.


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.

Core Values

  • Academic Excellence
  • Student-Centered
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Opportunity
  • Scholarship/Research
  • Community
Students hand-in-hand


There are 1850 students enrolled in Junior Kindergarten - Grade 12.



On top of 50+ nationalities being represented at USchool, various assemblies and clubs exist to celebrate the differences within our student body.

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Our connection to NSU provides students with unprecedented access to college-level resources and opportunities.



100% of our students are accepted to top colleges and universities.



Approximately 20 students are recognized each year by the National Merit Scholarship Program.



The Speech and Debate team is one of the Top 10 speech and debate programs in the country.



Our Upper School Robotics teams have qualified to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship for five consecutive years.

Award winner


Our Middle School Chinese teacher of 15 years was named Teacher of the Year by the Florida Chinese Teachers Association.

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