To gains skills with inter-cultural competency, which are needed to successfully navigate our global community, educators must model and encourage students to consciously experience and embrace diversity. At New Hope Academy we explore many levels of diversity from ability, race, nationality, age, ethnicity, religion and culture. We share food, music, literature, dramatic arts and dance from many cultures and religions.
Students learn languages beginning in the preschool with American Sign Language (ASL), and move on to study both Korean and Spanish, eventually concentrating on one language within a semi-emersion environment. New Hope Academy has the most comprehensive Korean foreign language program in the U.S. A. today, teaching K-12th grades. Qualified Upper School students may participate with Youth For Understanding to study abroad.
Around 20% of our upper-school is comprised of international students from a variety of countries. We have created a unique English language and culture intensive program, to support our international students English acquisition needs.
For 20 years annually, The New Hope Gambia Project sponsors a 3 week humanitarian aid venture to The Gambia with student, faculty and parent volunteers. The New Hope community sponsors scholarships for over 50 Gambian students per year to attend schools in The Gambia, the smallest and one of the poorest countries in Africa. An upper-school elective, the International Development Class, provides students with real-life experience by acting as agency staff resourcing and securing surplus medical equipment for hospitals in The Gambia. Students learn professional and business skills needed for global community effectiveness in the not-for-profit sector.
True empathy comes through understanding and appreciating the value of people who are different and the deeper realization that we all share common hopes and dreams. Personal exposure to ideas, values and beliefs of others are needed to create true connection and friendship with others. Interacting with other people and understanding their situation also helps children feel gratitude and appreciation for what they have, and empathy for those who have less.