NSU University School

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Basic Information

Address: NSU University School 3375 SW 75 Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
Phone Number: 954-262-4506
Fax Number: 954-262-3691

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Additional Information

President: George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. (Nova Southeastern University)
Principal: William J. Kopas, Ed.D. (Head of School of School at NSU University School)
Admissions Director: Lynne Fazzio, M.Ed.
Founded: 1971
Ages/Grades: Junior Kindergarten (Age 4) - Grade 12
School Setting:

NSU University School is one of the only schools in the state of Florida that is located on the campus of a leading research university, affording our students unprecedented access to college-level resources and opportunities.

School Schedule:

Instilling a sense of personal and civic responsibility in students is something we take seriously. Our students learn the value of helping others, and you see that spirit at work at every age level. From packing goods for earthquake and hurricane victims to writing letters to those serving in the armed forces, our students and faculty put their hearts into helping others. By the time our students graduate, they typically accumulate more than the required 75 community service hours.

School Size: 1850
Student/Teacher Ratio: 14:1

Junior Kindergarten $17,500; Kindergarten $20,200; Grades 1-5 $23,600; Grades 6-8 $25,850; Grades 9-12 $28,250


Lower School
Middle School
Upper School
College Counseling
Experiential Learning


NSU University School students find limitless opportunities to pursue existing passions and to uncover interests and talents they never knew they possessed. They achieve excellence, guided by dedicated faculty who know all of our students as individuals and are committed to helping them achieve at their highest possible level. By the time our students are ready to graduate, they are equipped with the skills they'll need to thrive in college and beyond.


Percentage of Graduating Class: 100%
Support Services:

NSU University School provides specialized and individualized academic support services for students in grades JK-12 through our Student Academic Services Department (SAS)

Camp Programs: Yes
Summer School: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Technology is an essential part of a student’s life at NSU University School and is integrated throughout the curriculum in order to further support our students’ path to digital responsibility and global citizenship and prepare them to succeed in the 21st century. NSU University School requires a PC laptop running Windows 10 or later, or a Mac OSX laptop device, with the capabilities of running flash, for all students in Grades 6-12. Chromebooks are not permitted. Laptops are recommended for students in Grade 5.

School Championships:

On average, approximately 15 students are recognized each year by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The Speech and Debate team is ranked in the top 1% of speech and debate programs in the country.

USchool placed 1st in the state in the Purple Comet Math Competition high school division.

Approximately 30 Middle and Upper School French students competed at the Congrès de la Culture Française en Floride, earning superior and excellent distinctions.

The Robotics Team is ranked #1 in Florida in Design and Programming and qualified to compete at the world-level for six consecutive years.

In 2019, 20 students signed national letters of intent on Signing Day committing them to colleges such as Duke, Loyola, and University of Georgia

Lower School students won 1st place in the central division of the Broward County Council of Teachers of Mathematics (BCCTM) competition.

In 2019, students won over 70 awards for their outstanding art and writing.

Varsity Boys Basketball and Varsity Swimmers earned state championship titles; Varsity Football team won regional championships; Varsity Boys Soccer and Varsity Girls Basketball won district championships.

Upper School production, Curtains, earned 22 Cappie nominations and 6 Cappie awards.

100% of our graduating seniors are accepted to top colleges and universities around the nation.

Our Middle and Upper School students received nearly 30 awards at the Florida Statewide Chinese Competition.

The Upper School offers nearly 30 AP classes for students looking to earn college-level credits.

School Clubs:

NSU University School offers a multitude of extra-curricular opportunities to challenge and nurture our diverse community of learners, athletes, artists, musicians, and more. Through our robust activities offerings and special events, students of every interest, passion, and talent are sure to find enrichment and inspiration. In fact, we continually encourage our students to bring their ideas for new clubs and/or activities to the forefront, therefore our list of extracurricular opportunities is always growing.


Notable Graduates/Alumni:

Josh Gad ('99) - Actor. Writer, Producer
Lauren Book ('03) - Florida State Senator
Scott Weinger ('93) - Actor, Writer
Matthew Pearl ('93) - New York Times Best-Selling Author
Mike White ('13) - NFL Quarterback
Mandel Ilagan ('95) - Executive Producer at Nickelodeon
Alex Weisman ('06)- Broadway Actor
Stacey Sher ('79) - Oscar Nominated Hollywood Producer
A.J. Steigman ('04) - Entrepreneur, Competitive Chess Champion

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Admissions Deadline: Rolling
Mission Statement:

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.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

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

Additional Information:

NSU University School is a fully accredited, private school, and as such, our teachers are held to the highest teaching standards. They model innovative teaching methods and understand the importance of continuously developing and refining their own best practices in teaching. They pursue advanced degrees, attend local and national conferences, and also collaborate regularly to share learning strategies, which results in an educational experience that is transformative, innovative, and unique.

NSU University School teachers are passionate and well-qualified educators who facilitate collaboration, active learning, and personalized instruction in each of their classrooms. They develop deep, enduring connections with their students and support them in the classroom, on stage, and on the athletic fields.

USchool teachers ignite a genuine love of learning within their students and use proven teaching strategies tailored to meet their individual needs. Our personalized approach and small class sizes ensure that teachers get to know each child's unique interests, strengths, goals, and learning style. As a result, our students become confident and self-driven, both traits admired in college and beyond.

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.