The NOVA Academy in Santa Ana, California

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NOVA Academy
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A licensed marriage, family, and child therapist, Dr. Jorge Galindo shares with his wife a practice in Irvine, California. Prior to starting his private practice, Dr. Jorge Galindo worked at Olive Crest Residential Centers.

Olive Crest offers multiple programs and client services, including a charter school called NOVA Academy. Working with the Santa Ana Unified School District and Santa Ana College, NOVA Academy offers students in grades 9 through 12 both high school and college credits.

A small charter school, NOVA serves 400 students. The school’s curriculum aims to empower students, helping to develop their pride and ability to be self-sufficient. Many of the students come from low-income or otherwise challenging backgrounds.

Teachers focus on providing one-on-one instruction and preparing students for standardized tests. This strategy has proven effective as Academic Performance Index (API) scores steadily improved between 2008 and 2013. In 2013, over 85 percent of the sophomores passed both the math and English sections of the California High School Exit Exam.