///Scuola Vita Nuova
  • Scuola Vita Nuova - Front of Building
    Scuola Vita Nuova is a K-8th grade charter school in Kansas City, MO. The school offers no bus service. Teachers connect with parents face to face when students are dropped off and picked up each day. Students at SVN are expected to wear uniforms. These are white, black, or red tops and black, khaki, or blue bottoms.
  • Assistant Principals, Allyson Thurston, Ariel White and Jessica DiGiovanni work with Principal Nicole Goodman to create a safe and responsive learning community at SVN. All members of their multicultural school community are welcome and supported.
  • Front office of SVN
    At SVN, parents are greeted each day. If a parent speaks a language other than English, SVN has Spanish speaking staff members available at all times or if other languages are needed, SVN contracts interpreting services to ensure parents are able to easily communicate with the school.
  • Kindergarten class working with their teacher on writing skills
    In Kindergarten, these students are working on their writing skills along with their teacher. Here, they are discussing a book that they read before they practice writing about it. SVN has a high number of students that speak English as a Second Language. SVN provides support, beginning in Kindergarten, for students who need it the most.
  • Kindergarten student artwork on display in the hallway.
    In the hallway, Kindergarten students display their learning about different types of lines by creating Line Lions. Teachers at SVN work to infuse creativity into instruction each day.
  • First grade students with their teacher in class.
    In first grade, students are recognized for reaching academic milestones in class before they begin working on a phonics lesson with their teacher. SVN is a Leader in Me school. This means that in addition to their academic classroom learning, students are taught the 7 habits of happy kids and a empowered to be leaders in their community.
  • Bulletin board reading charts for each student.
    In the hallway, students are celebrated for every book that they read. These charts show how many fiction and nonfiction books students have read.
  • Literacy Lab working closely with first graders on reading.
    Many of our younger students have the opportunity to work with Literacy Lab volunteers on their reading skills.
  • Second grade students working on class assignments
    Technology is used to support instruction at SVN. Students in K-2nd grades use ipads and students in 3rd-8th grades are 1:1 with MacBook computers.
  • Outside of many classrooms are hooks like these where students store their belongings.
    Outside of many classrooms are hooks like these where students store their belongings.
  • Collaborative student work spaces
    SVN has many collaborative spaces like these where students can gather to work and teachers can check in with kids individually.
  • Third graders completing work assignments
    In third grade, students complete an assessment. Teachers review assessment data regularly to ensure all students are mastering grade levels standards.
  • A teacher works with a third grade student individually in class
    Here, a teacher works with a third grade student individually in class.
  • In every classroom are libraries like this one where students can select a book at their reading level.
    In every classroom, there are libraries like this one where students can select a book at their reading level.
  • Third grade students show their creative work with math fluency in the hallway outside of their classroom.
    Third grade students show their creative work with math fluency in the hallway outside of their classroom.
  • Between the two buildings, students have an open green space where they can play during recess. This space also hosts a community garden where vegetables are grown and eaten by students
  • In fourth grade, these students are participating in writer’s workshop.
    In fourth grade, these students are participating in writer’s workshop. They are reviewing before they begin writing and are eager to share what they know with their teacher and classmates.
  • Fifth and sixth grade students work on an assignment with their art teacher.
    Students in grades K-4 attend art class at least twice a week. Students in 5th – 8th grade choose fine art electives each semester.
  • Fifth grade band members practice reading music.
    Students in grades K-4 attend music class at least twice a week. Students in 5th – 8th grade may participate in band if they choose.
  • Sixth grade students in gym class.
    Students in grades K-4 attend PE class at least twice a week. Students in 5th – 8th grade choose from a variety of electives each semester.
  • A new building for 7th and 8th grade students.
    At SVN, 7th and 8th grade students have classes in a newly built separate building. It can be accessed from the main building by following this walkway. Students transition between the two buildings throughout the day.
  • Scoula Vita Nuova cafeteria
    In the cafeteria, students at SVN are served breakfast and lunch that is prepared each day by the SVN Food Service team. Students are exposed to a variety of healthy foods, all prepared and cooked in the SVN kitchen.
  • Teacher helping a seventh grade student complete a project.
    Inside the middle school building, seventh grade students were completing a social studies project connected to this date in history. Here a teacher stops to help a student.
  • Students working independently on assigments
    While their teacher helps a peer, these students work independently on their school issued computers.
  • Eighth grade students are completing a math assignment online.
    These eighth grade students are completing a math assignment online.

Scuola Vita Nuova (K-8)

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535 Garfield Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64124
816-231-5788 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Jessica DiGiovanni, K-8 Principal Allyson Thurston, K-4 Principal Ariel White, 5-8 Principal Nicole Goodman, CEO
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2019-2020
  • NO Transportation provided
  • After-Care only

Quick Facts

Our Mission

To provide a safe, healthy, collaborative community of engaged learners who are inspired academically while fostering a supportive network for its families.

Points of Pride

  • 100% Parent/Teacher Conference participation (face to face) for 9 years in a row (Fall and Spring).
  • SVN is a Leader in Me school focused on developing leadership habits within our students every day!
  • Our teachers develop rigorous curriculum that ensure students are mastering key concepts that are needed for academic success.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: No Before Care available.
  • After Care Hours End: 5:30 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 1999
  • Total Enrollment: 313
  • Affiliation: Charter

Charter Sponsor

  • University of Central Missouri - Warrensburg


  • Tuition: NO Tuition

Our Demographics


Receive Special Ed Services


English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • N/A

Arts Programs

  • Band
  • Instrumental Music

Sports Programs

  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)

Clubs + Activities

  • N/A

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
  • Parent Communication App
  • Schoolwide Volunteers
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Application Process

Application Details

Although many schools have application deadlines, most continue to accept applications for available seats on an ongoing basis.

  • Application Open: January 1, 2020
  • Application Close: March 2, 2020
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: September 1, 2020
  • Residence: Students must live within the KCPS boundaries. Preference will be given to siblings and students residing in a two mile radius of Scuola Vita Nuova.

How to Apply

Enrollment Procedure: Scuola Vita Nuova will maintain an open enrollment period for the upcoming school year from January 1st – March 1st. Applications for new students will be accepted during open enrollment. Scuola Vita Nuova will exercise a lottery system to determine enrollment.

Admission Preferences

Siblings , Geographic

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Student Performance

Standardized Test Results



Why It Matters

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests are scored (or graded) according to four achievement levels: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The number shown here is the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced. When comparing scores between years, please remember that the test Missouri gives has changed several times.

Please note that private schools are not required to participate in these exams.

In 2019, the average English score in Missouri was 48.7%; the average Math score was 41.9%, source

Attendance Rate 90/90


Why It Matters

Schools strive for students to have at least 90% of their students have 90% attendance because kids learn best when they’re IN school.

In 2019, 87.3% of Missouri students were in attendance at least 90% of the time, source.

Third Grade Reading Scores


Why It Matters

Third grade is the important time when kids switch from learning to read to reading to learn and is an important benchmark for a student’s educational development.

In 2019, the average 3rd grade reading score in Missouri was 48.7%, source

Missouri Annual Performance Report (APR)


Why It Matters

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) creates a “grade” called the Annual Performance Report (APR) for each public school. It is made up of five variables: General Academic Achievement + Subgroup Achievement* + College and Career Readiness + Attendance + Graduation Rate (where applicable).

* Subgroup Achievement: A school shows improvement in performance for students in identified subgroups, including free/reduced price lunch, racial/ethnic background, English language learners, and students with disabilities.

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Parent Perspective

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