Although Skylar Ronkin took up the sport of pole vaulting her sophomore year, she has vaulted her way from junior kindergarten to the finish line that is senior year having experienced successes of all sorts at NSU University School. Ronkin's commitment to the NSU value of academic excellence is evident in the numerous awards and distinctions she has earned such as being named a National Merit Semifinalist, National AP Scholar, earning a nearly perfect SAT score, and being named the Valedictorian for the Class of 2019.
Who We Are
NSU University School cultivates a passion for learning and a culture of innovation. We provide a college preparatory education emphasizing personalized excellence in academics, extracurriculars, and service. Enriched by our university community, we empower students to embrace experiential learning, leadership, diversity, and inclusiveness while inspiring them to be responsible and engaged global citizens.
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.
NSU University School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion ensures that all students, faculty, staff, and families are treated with respect and are equally celebrated for their unique identities, backgrounds, abilities, values, talents, and experiences. We encourage thoughtful and meaningful discussion to create an equitable and engaging environment that offers students and staff access and opportunity to realize their full potential.
We understand that our school community will be enriched by embracing equity and social justice. As such, the school expects students and staff to work together in building an inclusive community. Students are encouraged to explore different cultures, interests, and perspectives through innovative educational experiences designed to teach understanding and acceptance. Our goal is to inspire and prepare them to thrive in a complex, multicultural, and global society.
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 accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Florida Council of Independent Schools, and the Florida Kindergarten Council.
NSU University School is also 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.
There are 1900 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.
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.
On average, approximately 15 students are recognized each year by the National Merit Scholarship Program.
SPEECH AND DEBATE
The Speech and Debate team is ranked in the top 1% of speech and debate programs in the country.
Our Upper School Robotics teams have qualified to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship for six consecutive years.
Our Middle and Upper School students received nearly 30 awards at the Florida Statewide Chinese Competition.
The sky is the limit for senior Aysha Zackria, an NSU University School "lifer" who has cultivated various passions while demonstrating a true love for learning during her 14 years at USchool. She is mindful and enthusiastic about seizing every opportunity that is presented to her because she knows she can handle doing so. "I'm a person who wants to do everything, and I think that having access to so many things has been really important me," Zackria said. "USchool is the land of opportunity; there's so much to do here."
For senior Michael Gonzalez, science, service, and sincerity have defined his eight years as an NSU University School student. Having taken 10 Advanced Placement classes in high school and currently enrolled in six, Gonzalez sees a challenge and tackles it head-on without hesitation. He ultimately desires to learn as much as he can and takes full advantage of the personalized education we offer at USchool.
Although it is housed outside of the Middle School, students from JK to grade 12 will have the opportunity to interact with the garden this year as our teachers find ways to incorporate it into their existing curricula.
Upper School students in Advanced TV & Film Production are learning how to become citizen journalists under the direction of our new TV & Film teacher, Mr. Harry Maxon.