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New Hope Academy

Private | PK-12 | 175 students

Individualized math & reading program, strong academics w/ emphasis on the arts

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $123,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,260.

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Thursday, September 25, 2014

My child is entering her third year at New Hope Academy. She likes the small atmosphere and the personal attention that teachers give her. I went from having a child who hated school to a child who looks forward to her school day. I am impressed with the level of learning and the opportunities the children have. From the foreign language program and the in-depth music program to the dance program, I am seeing opportunities that were not available in her last school. I am very happy with our experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2014

My daughter has attended this school since Pre-K. She is now in first grade. She is reading books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The kids have a weekly spelling test, math test, reading test as well as science and/or history test. She loves her school and each teacher she has had. She is part of the school's Performing Dance Center and Dance Company. She is also participating in the school play. The kids are confident and well behaved. The school does focus on character as a result; both the young children and the teenagers are pleasant to be around. As an adult walking into the school, the kids hold doors for you and speak to you. High School kids speak to my 6 year old daughter like she is a person. It is a rewarding community to be part of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

School has very low educational standards. Their main focus is character education which they fall short on many levels. Academic programs are mainly based on home school methodologies. They hire friends of the principal, whom started the school. Most of the High School graduates go to community college before entering state universities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2013

worse that pointless. no written or spoken apology for damage done 2 eithernor both of my children. Was duen long ago. awe were there for hours yesterday also. we will pay more next year for a school we like even less andnis 25 miles away but my kid will be unharmed there. mUCH PARENT INVOLVEMENT WAS US
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2013

New Hope Academy is a great school Academically and Socially. We are very pleased with the Prinicipal, Teachers and Administration there. It is very apparrent that they have the best interest of our children at heart. We have been a part of the NHA Family for five years and we are very pleased with our childs academic progress. Our child is consistently challenged, they love school and everything about NHA. NHA fosters a great learning environment with lessons and curriculums that prepare our children to advance forward through upper grades and on to great Colleges. NHA frequently host Open Houses. If you are seeking a great school, please take the time to attend one. The small classroom environment fosters close interaction among the students and teacher. NHA exudes a warm and positive environment in all that they do. And trust me, they do alot Academically, Socially, and Physically along with having a great Arts & Dance Program. We are very pleased with the communication by the teachers as well as the Administration. They issue an FYI weekly keeping parents well informed. The PTA is great and very involved and engaged with the school and our children as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

Our elementary aged children have been enrolled in NHA for 3 years. We have been extraordinarily pleased with their teachers (very approachable, warm, and engaging) and the curriculum (seems to be on par with their peers at public/other private schools - and are reflected in their standardized test scores.) It is a smaller school, so there is a lot of parents/teacher/admin interaction and involvement., which is wonderful as a parent who wants to be involved in my child's education and know what is going on. Honestly, we couldn't have asked for a better 3y for our kids - and we look forward to them continue thriving at NHA for years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2012

My child has been with NHA for six years. I have pulled him out and placed him in what was supposed to be a good public school, just to turn around an bring him back to NHA. My child was able to perform academically in the school, but the environment he was exposed to was the problem. I realized that as a parent, I could supplement academics, but could not supplement emotional growth. NHA pushes your child do do THEIR personal best academically while providing character building. The teachers and staff all make it their duty to support every child whether or not it is their personal student. From my experience, the adminstration gives honest advice without worrying if they will "lose the student to another school." This aspect lets me know that their true interest is my child's development, not the school's budget. Of course I would love to see more from the school, for example an updated appearance and high tech classrooms, but sometimes, brand new is not always best. NHA's traditonal charm, family environment and diverse community has worked for years. The students I know that have graduated have all moved on to being successful adults.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2012

I am a teacher and parent at NHA. I am more than satisfied on both counts. New Hope Academy is not perfect-- no school is! It is a great place to work. It's a place that feels like home to me and my children. They're getting a good education AND are part of a wonderful community. I have recommended NHA to so many people, and so far, no one has been unsatisfied! Also, there is no high teacher turnover. I don't know why a previous poster has that idea.


Posted May 30, 2012

I have been associated with New Hope Academy for 10 years as a teacher. I'm not sure I understand the review that addresses the issue of high teacher turnover. Many that I work with have been here more years than I have. The main reason a teacher might leave is due to a spouse's job change or they decide to stay home with their children. In addition, all classroom teachers are required to have at least a bachelor's degree. I would suggest that anyone considering our school check out our teacher profile on the school's website. I love it here! Because we do have smaller classrooms, we are able to give our students extra attention. We also do a lot of critical thinking activities; not just rote memory. Please come check us out! You will not be disappointed.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 14, 2012

Don''t believe the hype! The school has an excellent program for pre k and kindergarten, after that, you are doomed. There is a high teacher turnover without explanation and you may think someone is a good teacher and then you look up and they are gone. The principal does not listen to parents and she does whatever she wants. The teachers may/may not have degrees, it just depends on how bad they need a teacher. Some of teachers bad mouth the school themselves. The one good thing they do is make sure that your children are safe, other than that, it is a waste of money. One lady in the office is exceptional and the other new lady is clueless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2012

Our daughter, now in 4th grade, has attended NHA since Pre-K. She is proud of her school and loves going there. My wife and I love the fact that our daughter is in a small class (8 children); that religious values are affirmed and character education is regarded as important; that the relationships between students and teachers are very close; that she gets to interact with international students; and that there is a sense of security and community at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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 December 12, 2011

I think that the difference with this school more than any other school I have worked at is that children don't fall through the cracks. There are regular student guidance team meetings including parents, staff and sometimes older students, which anyone can request where we all brainstorm together exactly how a child can be helped and motivated. We all work together for the sake of the child. This approach works. I am very impressed with the level of teacher committtment. Before this I worked at diplomatic schools overseas and New Hope is one of the best.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 8, 2011

My daughter has attended New Hope Academy since Kindergarten and she is now in the third grade. My husband and I love this school and the great academic benefits, unity and diversity that it offers. NHA continues to be a great learning and social environment for her. She continues to be challenged and has shown great improvement academically and socially over the years. The staff is great and it is very evident and apparent that they love our children and have their best interest at heart. It is a great school and I continue to refer it every chance that I can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2011

(continued) In addition, my kids participate in soccer, T-ball, basketball, tae qwon do, ballet, hip hop, tap, and drama. All these activities take place during aftercare and doesn't require me to do any running around. I pick the kids up at 6 pm and all that stuff is already done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2011

The teachers at New Hope really seem to love teaching. I am very pleased. My daughter has been there for over 3 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2011

NHA has helped my son improve academically since graduating from Montessori school (3rd grade). His SAT test scores are great but we weren't able to compare his scores on a national level. I believe the selection of the test was made by NHA administration but parents weren't able to view scores from a national standpoint. Something to ponder. The building doesn't have air-conditioning in certain sections which makes it difficult for my son because of seasonal allergies. Through past experiences, I've had to reference NHA's handbook to make sure guidelines were followed. When mistakes are made, sometimes administration won't readily account for their error. A good practice is for both parent and administratioin to engage in ongoing communication for the sake of the child. Often times, the parent has to initiate the first step. In some cases, more collaborative effort should be made on behalf of the school. Improvement can be made in several areas to help support the child's education and their future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

I have two boys that have gone to this school since kindergarten. They are now in the 4th and 6th grades. The academic and moral foundation that the school has given them is excellent. Both boys have been accepted to the Johns Hopkins center for talented youth and they both participate in the schools after-school Robotics program. They've worked on researching and developing their own ideas to solve real issues facing today's engineers. They've developed solutions including cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, designing a concept car that included autopilot and ran on bio-fuels, designing a cardiac patch made of polystyrene to grow with the heart. All of which they had to present in competition. Currently they're working with a school in Mexico on researching whether the idea of a polystyrene cardiac patch is actually possible. An exercise I feel is preparing them for working with people all over the world. The school also has an after-school ACE team (a group that promotes climate education). A couple of years ago some of our students (elementary, middle and high school) went to an engineering conference in Baltimore and won all of the laptops they were giving away!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2011

New Hope Academy. I have three children that have gone through the Pre School program. Wonderful program, true love and care for each child. Lots of hands on projects. My kids went into Kindergarten reading already. One of my children graduated from their middle school program with a very strong academy foundation. He tested and got into the Roosevelt Science and Tech program with an almost perfect score. My other two children continue at New Hope in the elementary and the middle school. The Saxon math program that the school uses is excellent. My children love the school and I am relaxed as a parent because not only is excellent academically but the school offers a positive environment that encourages the children to make the right choices. This is a very important point for me because in most schools, the goodness of the children is in constant struggle with the negativity of the environment. The positive and family environment of the school creates rounded and beautiful human beings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2011

PreK program is excellent. Family oriented school and chilren have a sense of security there. Principal is open to suggestions but how much is really considered is questionable. Also, the school is so busy struggling with enrollment and keeping teachers that they can't focus on whats important...and that is working on a stronger academic program. Something as simple as a music teacher has changed every year in the past 3 years. There are no after school progams/clubs that encourage children to step outside the box to be creative or individual. The school doesn't focus at all on encouraging an analytical approach to learning, rather it simply forces students to memorize and regurgitate facts. In a society where it is crucial that our children become critical thinkers, very capable writers, and articulate communicators the middle and upper school doesn't prepare students for this task. Love the fact that it has incorporated an International program but even that is lacking and needs some improvement. For a 20 year school it still has some growing pains. It's an OK school if your just looking to "pay" for an OK education. Much more out there to choose from
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 79% 35%
White 16% 42%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 20% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 60% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 10% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation UMD
PGCC
Penn State
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • ASL in Pre-K 4 and Korean & Spanish K-12
  • American sign language
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:45 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Joy Morrow
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Part-time study
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (301) 459-2813

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Global
  • Mathematics
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • ASL in Pre-K 4 and Korean & Spanish K-12
  • American sign language
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • 504 plans: qualified students
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • carpooling
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Town of Landover Hills
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Girl scouts
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Recycling club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
32
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
60

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$7000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
UMD
PGCC
Penn State
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 20%
4 year college - 60%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 10%
Workforce - 10%
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7009 Varnum St
Landover Hills, MD 20784
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Phone: (301) 459-7311

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