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About Academics, Special Education, and English Learners

THE PREMISE OF NVMI'S ACADEMIC PROGRAM: NVMI's academic program in middle school is about getting students prepared for success in high school. The high school program is built around successful completion of the A-G requirements for admission to Cal State and University of California schools, as well as private colleges and universities. Some specifics about NVMI's curricular program:

Math - NVMI uses the Open Up program for middle school and the College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) program for high school, both of which are specially designed to help students make meaning out of mathematical concepts called for in the Common Core State Standards. See or for more information.

English - NVMI uses the Engage New York Common Core curriculum, with a focus on close reading of informational texts, expository writing, speaking, and listening. See for more information.

Science, Technology, and Engineering - NVMI teaches to the "newly adopted" Next Generation Science Standards, attempting to help students think and act like scientists.  In high school, we use the Health and Science Pipeline Initiative (HASPI) curriculum for biology, chemistry, and physics (see which is designed to help students consider health and science careers. NVMI offers a robotics program for all grade levels, and is expanding its computer and engineering offerings as part of a strategic plan over the next five years.

History/Social Sciences - NVMI teaches to the California content standards for History/Social Science, with a focus on student use of primary source documents to understand the interconnectedness of our world, its people, its geography, and it natural resources.

Languages other than English - NVMI teachers Spanish in high school, and allows interested students to study a variety of other world languages through computer-based instruction (French, German, Latin, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, and more).

Visual and Performing Arts - NVMI has a wonderful military band program and extensive instrumental music program for students in grades 6-12.  It also offers visual arts courses for students in high school.

A copy of the NVMI Course Catalog can be found here: PDF iconcourse_catalog_2020_may_4a.pdf

SPECIAL EDUCATION: NVMI happily serves any students with special needs through a capable and caring staff and programs and supports specially designed to help children receive a high school diploma and go on to college.  NVMI is the only charter school (to our knowledge) in LA County that offers a mental-health infused special day program for all grade levels. We also offer a variety of special day program classes at all grade levels, and resource services at all grade levels. For information about special education at NVMI, contact Karla Uribe at  Here is a link to the Special Education Local Plan: 

ENGLISH LEARNERS: NVMI also happily serves any students for whom English is not their primary language. Those services are likewise designed to help children receive a high school diploma and go on to college.  NVMI supports students at all English levels, including newcomers to the United States. For information about English learner programs at NVMI, contact Karla Uribe at



CURRICULUM MAPS: are located on NVMI's google drive. For access, please email Trish Pulos at