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PK-12
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Woodbury, MN
 

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6758 Bailey Road
Woodbury, MN 55016

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(651) 459-4121
(651) 459-6194
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January 27, 2015
We've had 3 kids here since 2012. Our oldest 2 love it and are thriving, one of which has mild Asperger's. Our youngest however hates it there. For her it's mostly the social aspect. There are a lot, if not all, of very wealthy families here. For her class there just seems to be an over-abundance of helicopter mothers and an excessive amount of attention seeking via faked medical needs it seems. It has been a terrible experience for her. The 4th grade teacher who she started out with was horrible and I've heard from several other parents who've had that teacher for their kids have the same opinion. She needs to retire. She's just terrible. I would not recommend starting any child in 4th grade with her. For our son, now in high school, it has been the absolute best school choice we could have ever made. Also for our oldest daughter who attends there. But for our youngest we are seriously considering switching. Every child is different and needs different things. The school is great at helping financially if you are struggling. When we moved we had 2 mortgages & we got half off. If you make <$100K you can get aid. But know that the average income is well above that.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2014
There is only one word I would use to describe this school: LOVE. Everyone here is just so loving. Teachers and administrators actually care for the students enrolled at New Life Academy. Every student works together for the common goal of bettering every other student. But in specifics the schools principle is the best leader for our school. He gets and understands kids. Every teacher has a actually passion for teaching and wants their students to learn. The best decision my family ever made. God has been guiding our students through the lives of the factuality at NLA. The building itself is almost brand new. Also the school curriculum calls for the use of technology in the class room to help kids in the future due to the mass advancement of technology. My kids can not stop talk about their education. I am so happy the way God continues to bless our family through New Life Academy.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2014
My family has been so blessed by New Life Academy! The genuine care and concern showed to my 3 children has exceeded any expectation I had. We have lived in different areas and have several different school experiences...by far the exceptional learning environment NLA provides will make a lifelong difference for my children. Outstanding Christ-centered education with loving staff that care deeply for their students and are very approachable and hands on.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2014
As a parent of children who have attended New Life Academy since my kids were very small, I have the highest appreciation for the staff. They are the most caring and loving staff that you will find. From Kids Day Out- Elementary (which my kids are in now), my children were both showered with love and attention each day. The staff at Kids Day Out always were very welcoming and let me know how my child's day was. They were creative, and when my child was having a rough day, the director and the teachers in my children's classes would call to let me know. I appreciated when they did that to let me know as a mom. I did not want my children to be crying all day and I think that is one part of the Kids Day Out Program that sets them apart. They care for our children!!! The elementary teachers here at New Life also do an excellent job of teaching our children what it is to be Christ like and continue to push our children to be the best that they can be in all areas, socially, spiritually, and academically. My children have loved coming to school each day since they were 6 months old and we can't think of a better school for our children to attend!

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2014
I have never encountered a school where the teachers and administration care so much about the students more than at New Life Academy. I've had my children in the Parents Day Out program and at both the elementary and high schools. As a parent, I am so pleased with the high academic standards as well as the care and concern my children receive from the teachers. This is great place to send your kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2014
My child participated in the Kids Day Out program which turned out to be an extremely bad experience for my child and family. The Director was friendly at first and did a good job in selling their program which was in the process of becoming licensed as a daycare by the State of MN. After attending for a few weeks, the Director became unwelcoming and quite rude. Each week when I dropped my child off, the staff was rude as well and you could easily tell that they did not like their jobs. Many of the workers are not into small talk and won't even chat with you about how your child's day was. It seems like all the kids hated it there as I always saw several children screaming their heads off every time I was there. I truly got a sense that the workers did not care about my child. Especially if you have a special needs child, they are not trained nor do they have the skills to deal with special needs children. There is no compassion. Please don't send your child here!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2013
New Life Academy is a blessing! NLA cares about all aspects of the whole student - physical health, mental health, spiritual development and of course, their academic progress. The teachers are outstanding and provide a stellar education to the student body. The students are assessed on a continual basis to ensure their success. The teachers/staff genuinely care about the quality of education offered at NLA and regularly participate in professional development to carry out this goal. They live out their mission statement : "We are here to educate and energize each student to impact their world for Jesus Christ and to reach their full potential in scholarship, leadership and service out of love for God and one another."

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2013
New Life is exactly the balanced education my kids need. Covering both strong academics as well as nurturing the soul. Classes are small enough that teachers can make a big impact on the students and differentiate their learning. There are many great offerings to challenge our students as well as strong extracurriculars. We wouldn't consider sending our kids anywhere else!!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
A fair review would be to say that there are many fine Christians there working hard; but there are classes that did not cover as much of the curriculum as expected. I hoped for more feedback on homework. Some teachers are attentive, some are too busy with their computers. Focus seems to be on fundraising and enrollment; would be nice to see detailed MAP, SAT, and ACT scores posted and news on plans to increase them. . There is little to nothing available for students who struggle and no oversight of what services they do claim to offer. If your child receives extra help ask for plans, reports and testing data showing growth.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
A fair review would be to say that there are many fine Christians there working hard; but there are classes that did not cover as much of the curriculum as expected. I hoped for more feedback on homework. Some teachers are attentive, some are too busy with their computers. Focus seems to be on fundraising and enrollment; would be nice to see detailed MAP, SAT, and ACT scores posted and news on plans to increase them. . There is little to nothing available for students who struggle and no oversight of what services they do claim to offer. If your child receives extra help ask for plans, reports and testing data showing growth.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2012
New Life Academy is a great school with an outstanding administration, as well as great teachers. Having teachers that are no only outstanding teachers, but teachers that are really concerned about the total well being of your child means a lot. NLA is constantly striving to for excellence in all that they do. We have known several NLA graduates that went on to do well in college and to be strong Godly people.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
I teach in public school and am so glad that I sent my daughter to this school. She was homeschooled until ninth grade and Newlife made the transition smoothless for her. The Principal is incredible and very supportive. The teachers are extremely caring and supportive of my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
April 20, 2009
My son started New Life as a seventh grader. He was doing poorly in the public school and since we switched him to New Life, his whole life has changed dramatically. He loves everything about New Life. He is now a tenth grader and wouldn't change schools for anything. He loves all of his teachers, the classes, and despite what one of the other reviewers said, he loves the music program. If your child needs structure, this is a great school for him/her. My son said there are no individual groups of kids that hang out together, whenever there is a party, all the kids in the class are invited, nobody is left out.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 05, 2009
We have been at New Life for two years now, my kids are in 1st grade and Kindergarten and so far have been very pleased with the school. Most of the teachers at NLA seem to be in the right profession; they are just gifted and know how to treat each child as special. Specifically, we had a wonderful experience with Mrs. Thigpen (pre-K) teacher - she is God sent. Your kids will love her -- she is so sincere. This is just one I have mentioned in particular, but there are so many teachers like her too all over the school. The only down side is the cost. I would love to keep my children there, but I don't know how much longer we can afford it. Academically and Biblically, they are strong too

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 28, 2009
5 star rating. This school is above most other schools in academics and building great character. Sports are excellent too.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2007
The quality of the academic programs are very lacking. They just give a lot of worthless homework that usually took me 5 hours a day to complete. New Life has very few AP classes, and does not do a good job of preparing you for the AP tests. The availability of music is nowhere near public schools. They only offer band, and choir, and a small vocal group called Morningstar. If you are looking for a solid music program, New Life is not the place you want to go - trust me. After switching schools, I do not regret leaving New Life at all. The teachers in my new school are so much more motivated, and they are willing to challenge their students and get the most out of them. *The homework load is ridiculous.

- submitted by a student
September 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2006
I love this school. At first, I hated it. That was before I went to a public school. The uniforms are a lot more comfortable to me than trying to figure out what to wher in the morning. I love NLA!

- submitted by a former student
August 01, 2006
We had an absolutely wonderful year. We were new to the school this year and found it to be an encouraging environment in academics, spiritual and personal growth and exceptionally caring. The Administration from Admissions to Administrator were excellent to work with. The teachers were great to work with. If there was a down side it would be in the area of consistently upholding the rules.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2006
New Life Academy is a great school. Our 3 kids started there in 3rd, 7th ,and 10th grade - two have graduated and gone on to college, the last one will be a junior this year. The NLA teachers are the best - they really care about the kids and want the best for them. The teachers are excellent Christian role models. My kids learn not only academics, but how to be a caring, loving, serving Christian in today's world. The teachers reinforce the values we have as a family. The athletic opportunities and the coaches have also been a positive influence on my boys. They have learned teamwork and self-confidence. They have had opportunities to play sports that they probably wouldn't have had at a large public school. We have no family in town, but we consider the teachers, coaches, and families of NLA part of our family.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2005
New Life Academy is both good and bad. The students seem to enjoy their small, discussion type classes and most teachers are always willing to help. The bad thing about New Life is that they don't offer many extracirricular activities. All they have is sports! They only tend to have 2-3 different sports per season though- Fall: Soccer, Volleyball, Football(played with a different school because New Life is such a small school to have their own team) Winter: Basketball, and Cheerleading. Spring: Baseball, Softball, and Golf. Students cannot be involved in sports unless they average a C+ or above, which is a pretty good idea. Overall, New Life Academy is a great environment for students wishing to experience small classes.

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2005
Sorry, but New Life Academy is not the greatest school. The quality of the classes is very much lacking, and it has much less to offer than a public school. Furthermore, New Life Academy has no extracurricular activities except for sports. The only thing I like about the school is their vigorous emphasis on the Bible and chapel with the childrens involvement.

- submitted by a student
December 09, 2004
New Life Academy is one of the best private schools that exist in the state of Minnesota. I have researched a lot of school and this academy ranks tops with its academics, licensed teachers, moral focus, and welcoming environment. It has very high ACT scores, 96% of its graduates continue on to college, and the teachers actually care about my children, not to mention they are all educated professionals. My children and I are proud to be a part of this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
New Life Church is wonderful however, New Life Academy leaves much to be desired. My niece was pulled out after first grade because of the teacher's lack of any type of coordinated curriculum, lack of teacher-student, one-on-one assistance and/or concern. Teacher had personal problems that carried over into the classroom on a daily basis. Just a horrible experience for a first grade child.

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2004
I have two high school age students at the school and believe it's a superior education to what we came from (a public school 5 years ago). As it is college prep, the grading scale is high, which makes it difficult for a more 'average' student to make the honor roll. Even the non-AP courses are demanding, but the teachers are readily available and are willing to help. Their home phone numbers are published in the directory, and they are willing to take calls at home and help students as needed. Students are challenged at all levels. As a Christian school, students study the bible and learn to apply Christian principles to their daily lives. Students graduate well-prepared for college, and for life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2003
My son went there through 5th grade. We are trying to transfer him to another school for 6th grade but are on a waiting list. Up through 5th grade, I found the history and science curriculum very lacking. It seems Bible class is given a higher priority at the expense of history and science. Very disappointing. Spelling, English are very well done and the Math is superior. They really push the math. In 4th grade, the homework level was way over the top. It took at least 1 - 3 hours each night. 5th grade was much more appropriate. Since its a private school, you are always asked to donate more and more. They do a wonderful job with younger students and having musical programs, etc. As a parent, you have to get there very early to get a good seat to see your child in the performances, though. All in all, a great school for elementary, but I feel it's time to pull my son out for a more balanced education.

- submitted by a parent

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New Life Academy
6758 Bailey Road, Woodbury, MN  55016
(651) 459-4121
Last modified New Life Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
New Life Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top