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Newhope Academy

Private | 6-12 | 51 students


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Posted May 18, 2014

New Hope is unorganized, there's an extreme amount of favoritism, and it's all around a horrible school. My daughter was enrolled in 2013 and she is only getting worse than when she started. Do not torture your child by making him or her attend New Hope.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 19, 2012

I love this school. I love the staff and I love, love, love the teachers! My daughter was at New Hope for all 4 years of high school. She graduated this past June. It was not always an easy journey. The school is strict and very structured and my daughter is not. The administration changed after the first year and that made a huge difference and it just kept getting better and better. It is a safe, loving environment where kids are free to express themselves and learn in the manner that suits them best. I am sorry my daughter had to graduate. I hope New Hope starts a transition program in the future.
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Posted March 5, 2012

If you're thinking about going to New Hope Academy, think again. The administration is very unorganized and show much favoritism. Never in my life have I seen such poor performance in a school.

Posted July 7, 2010

We tried to enroll our daughter at NHA for 2 years but our local school system would not support it.. She is finally in the NHA system and for the 1st time in her life she loves school and even likes doing homework. The teachers and therapists are exceptional.
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Posted April 14, 2010

Our daughter has been at New Hope for 1 1/2 years. What a blessing this school has been for her! She is doing very well both academically and emotionally, and finally feels she is at a place that understands her needs and learning style (she has ADHD and nonverbal learning disability). The teachers and staff at New Hope are dedicated to both the students and the parents. We very much feel part of a wonderful team that is committed to our daughters success. We are so glad we found New Hope.
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Posted April 14, 2010

My daughter entered New Hope Academy 3 years ago. At the time, she was distressed both physically and emotionally, and had just completed her 3rd inpatient stay. She was unable to get out of the car and enter the doors of her local HS, and ended up missing many days of school and failing all her classes. In seven weeks she will graduate from New Hope with a 3.8 GPA, ACT of 27, and acceptance letters from two respected 4 year colleges. She is happy, outgoing, stable, confident, hard working and delightfully silly. New Hope s dedicated teachers and therapists worked together as a well coordinated team in providing an excellent academic foundation as well as a highly effective therapeutic approach which, in my view, saved my daughter s life, and positioned her for success in the years ahead. The transformation has been nothing short of miraculous. Thank you New Hope.
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Posted April 14, 2010

New Hope does a good job handling some challenging students, making them feel successful, thru a blend of academic and effective social expectations, along with tailored therapeutic sessions. NHA has dedicated individuals in both teaching and therapeutic staff that make a difference. We think our child, diagnosed with emotional disorders, will be successful in life after NHA, and are certain she would have 'eaten alive' in the social environment of her home high school, despite the fact that that school is an excellent high school.
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Posted April 14, 2010

Thank goodness for New Hope Academy! The teachers and therapists have helped our child develop into a good student and happier person. The staff works hard to connect with the students to teach and guide their development in a very wholistic way. The progress our child has made in remarkable!
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Posted March 2, 2010

Very disappointed in the quality of this school. I agree with previous parents' review, very neglectful to my child's needs, both therapeutically and educationally. I felt as though they overlooked my thoughts and opinions as a parent, and I feel they did the same to my daughter, dismissing her thoughts and ideas as nothing more than symptoms of her illness. Would not recommend this school, staff is at best unhelpful and unproductive, and the administration is extremely inconsistent with rules and decisions. It was not a good situation for my child, who was here because she needed a stable environment. This school failed to provide.
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Posted February 24, 2010

Neglectful to my student's theraputic needs. Unhelpful administration and teachers. Last resort, especially if you want your child to succeed.
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Posted January 17, 2009

As a student at New Hope I find this school to be very helpful in many aspects. On the other hand this school has a reputation for over punishing students. Sometimes even punishing an innicoent. It doesn't happen very often but when it does those punished are immeadetly hushed upon their return to school. it seems to me that it's becoming more frequent. Their actions have come to personally offend me. We are people too, not just a bunch of messed up students.
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Posted January 8, 2009

The school is wonderful for students who have difficulty functioning in large school settings. The teaching staff are very experienced and care about the students. Administration is consistent and professional. Although students do not partake in extracurricular activities, they do try to incorporate fun activities school wide throughout the school year.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 29, 2008

I fully agree with a previous statement. The teachers are great, the administration seems inexperienced and unable to make intelligent/consistent decisions.
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Posted January 24, 2008

Awesome teachers, they really care.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 5, 2007

Very much a last resort. Explore other options before this.
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Posted November 2, 2006

Great teachers, erratic administrative decisions.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 51%
Black 8% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Hispanic 6% 24%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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6289 West Howard Street
Niles, IL 60714
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