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Landover Hills, MD
Students enrolled: 175
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7009 Varnum St
Landover Hills, MD 20784

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(301) 459-7311
(301) 459-2813
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December 01, 2014
I am a staff member and parent of this school. New Hope has a family atmosphere and small class sizes that foster genuine relationships teacher to teacher, teacher to student, and teacher to parent. Administration is responsive and caring, staff is more than a body in a position - the relationships are personal an authentic. Parents are more than willing to work with the teachers to do what's best for students. Students are respectful and open to new experiences; many of them seem grateful for a smaller and safer environment in which to learn. The interfaith, international (high school) environment creates an accepting atmosphere that creates globally aware and astute students. This school is a gem and if parents want a place where their child is exposed to a variety of cultures, ideas, and experiences from equally interesting staff then this is the place. It is unfortunate that people with isolated experiences have axes to grind and find it necessary too denigrate the school. These are the people who will be toxic to any environment. I am happy that the principal and board stand by policies and won't succumb to strong arming tactics or threats. A great place!

- submitted by a teacher
November 06, 2014
This is our first year and thus far, we are pleased with the level of instruction our children are receiving.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
June 07, 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
June 06, 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
June 04, 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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
March 05, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
November 08, 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
November 08, 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
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
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
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
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
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
March 08, 2011
I have been teaching at New Hope Academy for two years and have been provided with great support whenever it is needed. If there is a struggling student, the tools needed to help that child becomes available. We teachers are lucky to have great communication with parents which makes it a family atmosphere.

- submitted by a teacher
February 09, 2011
We have a son (pre-school) and daughter (1st grade) at New Hope, and our daughter has been there since pre-school 3. New Hope has many great attributes: a caring and accessible principal; a diverse staff and student population; and a stong, demonstrated emphasis on character education. It's a very nurturing environment. The teachers and staff seem to geniunely care about the students' academic and personal growth, and there is a willingness to teach to the individual child's needs to the extent possible.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2011
I have been a parent of two boys at NHA for the last 9 years! My kids have gone from pre-school through 6th grade. I love the school and appreciate the teachers' attention to my boys. They really get to know the child and are quite helpful when there are issues. NHA is a very small school. There is teacher turnover just like any other school, but there are always a core of teachers that lend stability to the academic program. Incredibly, when necessary, the principal is able to find well qualified teachers who bring new ideas and creativity to the classroom. In nine years, I've had only one teacher with whom I had an issue. Our High School students do well at four year colleges. A lot of our graduates tend to go to junior college because they are only 16 or 17 years old. Because of the flexibility of the High School program, kids can graduate early and often take college courses during their senior year. Most of the kids who first go to junior college move on to four year Universities and go in with several credits under their belts. To me NHA has been wonderful; I am so glad that my friends recommended the school nine years ago.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
Not academically challenging for middle and high school levels. Most children go directly into community colleges and later transfer to 4 year colleges. Seems many are not academically prepared... They cannot retain teachers and most new teachers leave the very next year. If you are interested in providing your child with a useful, quality, academic experience, please do your research and COMPARE the quality of the academics to other schools, especially when you are paying your well-earned money for it.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2010
I am so glad I found New Hope Academy. My daughter has attended for three years. New Hope has a small town community feel to it that is precious, and the academic foundation is strong. It fosters a love of learning, and the principal knows every child's name. The teachers look out for your child and truly care about the children. Older students interact with the younger ones, and my little girl loves the fact that 5th graders say hi to her and know her name. My daughter is in first grade, and yet is reading at the third grade level. She is doing math a full grade level higher. They have a vibrant arts program and she enjoys participating in theatre and dance recitals. Love this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2010
I have had four children go to New Hope Academy. My eldest two were able to be accepted into the highly competitive Eleanor Roosevelt Science and Technology High School Program. I now have one 8th grader and one 6th grader at New Hope. The advantages of New Hope are that it is a small close-knit school. Children feel safe and comfortable there and will not fall through the cracks. If your child is having any problems you will know immediately and be able to take appropriate action. It is very easy at New Hope to meet with teachers and discuss any issues. My children have all done well academically and I think New Hope offers a great academic foundation. The down-side is that New-Hope is tuition funded and so has limited resources. There are not as many extra-curricular activities as you might find in public tax-funded schools. Overall, a great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
Love the Teachers and Staff. They really take care of the students.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2009
I recently withdrew my son from NHA. Although it is a great school, I really didn't see a significant difference compared to the public school he attended 3 years ago. We all want to think we are giving our children the best education, but just because it cost a few thousand dollars a year doesn't make this school better. I don't want to go into details about this school, but parents do your homework and check our your neighborhood school. These schools are really just as good. Save your money for your child's higher education.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2009
I have been very pleased with the academic and social guidance my son has been receiving at New Hope. The older students have been good role models for my son. I will enroll my 3-year old in the fall. I particularly like that the principal is open to discussing any topic. She seems to know the children and parents individually. One of the best things about New Hope is that there is a spirt of community and if parents come up with new ideas they are discussed at PTA meetings and very often implemented. Examples inlcude the PTA subcommitties for academic development and website design. The school administration has been very receptive to the ideas that have come from parents. The school nurse is a great health teacher and organizer of school events. She is really an asset to the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2008
My daughter attends New Hope Academy and I have noticed over the years that the school has gone down hill. The playground is in great need of repair. I think the whole school can use a face lift. The school is talking of raising tuition cost due to the economy, but honestly I don't see where the money is going.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2008
This is my son s third year at NHA and I must say that the end of last year and beginning of this year has been completely horrible. What is happening to our schools in PG County! This use to be a great school, but many of the teachers that started this school are retiring. The teachers don t return your telephone calls and the majority of them don t use email. I have to literally go to the school to have contact with my son s teacher. The school is a Wreck! The bathroom facilities are disgusting and doesn t work most of the time. The playground is in desperate need of repairing. The school nickel and dime us for any and every thing. The school speaks of diversity but that is just a ploy to get you in. Parents don t waste your money. I have wasted enough for us all.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2008
Two of my children have graduated from New Hope Academy. They are well educated and very well rounded. What I am really impressed with is the result of the individual efforts that the teachers put into the students to make them grow as active and responsible citizens.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2008
My four kids came up through New Hope Academy. My youngest, an 11th grader who is graduating a year early, has already received college acceptances and scholarship offers. Two of my kids (along with many others from this school) went from New Hope Academy to the competitive Science and Tech program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. I think New Hope offers a great program for kids who are willing to work.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2008
New Hope is a great school and if you want a small school that really cares then you will love it. The PTA is active, students are kind and smart and never like to leave at the end of the day.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
The rules are harsh, and teachers are way over-protective. If students even hug, detentions will be given, which will be on your permanent.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2007
If you want a challenging education for your child, New Hope Academy is not the place for you. If your child has learning difficulties, the nurturing evironment will help your child succeed. You are led to believe that your child is learning well above grade level, when they are not. The academic standards do not meet my expectations. Academically, the students do not transfer well to other private schools and some public schools. If you want your child to be prepared for middle school, high school, or college, and you have a choice, choose another school.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2006
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- submitted by a student
June 08, 2006
the school is diverse and i think that important for children to interact with children of all different races. new hope has alot of good trips that are educational, but fun. for example the 7 and 8th grade went to a court house and learned the consequnces you get when you do illegal substances. overall NHA is a good school.

- submitted by a student
December 15, 2005
My son has attended New Hope Academy since Pre K-3. We've seen his social skills blossom. He read his first book independently at age 4 (still in Pre -K). Now that he is Kindergarten, it seems that his academic progression has slowed significantly and there less verbal communication from teacher to parent. We are considering changing schools so that he will not become bored from not being challenged. He is at the head of his class and because the teacher has to be sure to keep pace with all of the children, we fear that this will hold him back. Overall, we are happy with the school. The main reason our child is still there is because he loves it and feels safe. My advice is to set your priorities and go for it!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
the parents are very involved. i mean a lot of thie kids car pool and on my last yr at new hope we got a basketball team and a cheerleading squad. I was on the cheerleading squad. There is no tryouts as long as you cme and fill out forms you can be on the team. We even one first place in our division at the cheerleading competition at six flags last year. I also took drama and i think it was very good. We performed Peter & The Wolf at the public playhouse. It is extremely safe at New Hope because none of the students are bad kids. But wjat does need some work are the teachers. I feel they pick bad teachers and they need a better selection. But overall, I love the school!

- submitted by a former student
June 14, 2005
I have a son who attended New Hope for PK 3/4 class. I found that the curriculum is different, but successful. My son in very busy and needs an environment where he will be given the opportunity to develop social skills as well as the academic knowledge. He attended Jericho the previous year and because of the rigid structure his self esteem dropped extremely low. Since coming to New Hope, he has really blossomed. I have been working with him at home, and through the schools efforts along with my reiteration, he is reading 3-4 letter words. He is 4 years old. Granted, he is academically ahead of the class, but that is because of the community effort to develop his mind, spirit, and social skills. This is a good school, and very nurturing environment and I recommend it highly. You will receive what you put into your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2005
My child attended the preschool and our experience was very disappointing. All I can say is make sure the curriculum meets the needs of your child. NH staff is very nurturing and the environment is welcoming but the preschool is lax when it comes to curriculum strength. Learning through play is emphasized all the time. So if you are looking for strong academic development, and less play for your preschooler, this is not the school for you. The leadership at NH is mainly concerned with achieving motor skills and social communications. The teachers may be highly qualified, but they have limited contributions to how the school is run as the Principal sets the curriculum. The extent of parental involvement is multiple fundraising. If you're going to spend the money for private school by all means get what your paying for. I would not recommend this school for preschool.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2004
Best little kept secret in PG county! Ms. Karen is a hardworking dedicated teacher, my daughter was there in KG last year and is going into first grade. Great community-highly involved parents, worth the money!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2003
My daughter went to kindergarten here. Her primary teacher, Mrs. Karen, was exceptional. She always went the extra mile to make sure the children were well rounded/educated. The children had a lot of field trips, they could read by the time Christmas came around, and they were well trained (disciple). The teacher found ways to teach the children how to talk about and work out their problems. I didn't hear the teachers yelling at the children all day (as I do now in a public school) because they'd found other ways to get the kids' attention. I am absolutely unsatisfied with every aspect of my child going to a public school. My daughter would still be at New Hope Academy if the expense wasn't so great. Definitely recommended.

- submitted by a parent
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New Hope Academy
7009 Varnum St, Landover Hills, MD  20784
(301) 459-7311
Last modified New Hope Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
New Hope Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top