LOCATED IN THE METROPOLITAN AREA OF WASHINGTON D.C, New Hope Academy International High School is a private college preparatory high school in Northern Prince George’s County MD.
WE ARE COMMITTED to supporting our students to achieve their personal potential and to model character and integrity in all their future endeavors. NHA is a STEAM school combining a strong Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum with a broad commitment to the Arts, including music, art, dance, drama and performance. Currently, we are expanding our sports programs and looking at building new gym and classroom lab facilities.
With extensive graduation options, our alumni attend top universities, garnering many scholarships.
OUR LOW STUDENT TEACHER RATIO allows students to receive individualized attention and achieve academic excellence. Teachers create exciting and relevant learning projects including many opportunities for field study. We prepare our students to engage with the world from a global perspective through exposure to a diverse community of learners and faculty, with 25 percent of our student body and many faculty coming from many nations and cultures.
Program Structure and Graduation Options
Included in the Upper School, eighth graders follow the high school schedule, taking all classes from Upper School faculty. The 8th grade year helps our students’ transition to meet the challenges of a college preparatory curriculum. With more freedom, comes added responsibility and higher expectations. Students in the 8th grade start a college e-portfolio file, for tracking college choices, academic achievements, community service hours, and academic work, to insure their preparation for college applications.
New Hope High School offers a wide variety of options for individual paths to graduation. High school students want and need to feel empowered to begin to make significant life choices and to take on adult responsibilities. The following graduation options provide them with excellent opportunities to do so, while still allowing for parental input in the context of a strong, supportive, educational environment.
More About Program Structure and Graduation Options
Students may elect to take all of their high school requirements within New Hope Academy. This option allows for students, who qualify, to take Honors and Advanced Placement courses.
The next option allows for motivated, high-achieving students, who maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA, to complete high school by the end of junior year. Students who graduate early will need an additional English class to meet MD state graduation requirements. With this option, students may also elect to spend their senior year studying abroad.
A third path allows students to take some, or all of their courses, during the senior year at a local community college, or a four-year university, and receive concurrent high school credit. Students gain experience and confidence to handle the academic rigors of college courses and schedules while still under the guidance and daily support of their parents, and high school teachers. By taking college level courses while still concurrently enrolled in high school, students do not need to pass an Advanced Placement test to earn college credits.
Yet another possibility is for students to complete required senior coursework either at New Hope International High School or via college classes, and to participate in an internship related to an area of the student's career interest. New Hope students have interned in many fields such as: education, technology, government, photography, law, culinary arts, and business. Some students also may elect to complete classes in the mornings and work a job in the afternoons to gain work experience or earn money towards continuing their education.
Our Program and Curriculum
Through tasks involving projects and cooperative learning, high school students learn how to work with others as a team, a critical life skill. Students are responsible for many individual projects and presentations, giving them opportunities to monitor themselves on deadlines and practice presentation skills before a group. Daily homework is required, and students are working on at least one long-term project at any given time.
More About Our Program and Curriculum
Students read, analyse, and discuss literature, discovering their personal preferences in writing styles and interests along the way Students are tested and placed in math classes that allow them to move at an accelerated, regular, or slower pace, depending on their aptitude and math foundations. Teaching courses from remedial math through AP Calculus, everyone’s needs can be met. Students don't just study about science - they DO science with rigorous labs, data logs and experiments. Concepts taught in history and the social sciences are similar to those in survey courses at a college level, but with age-appropriate writing projects and assessments. Committed to technological proficiency, teachers and students utilize the latest tools as a means of integrating computer skills into life and work. Technology class options include courses on programming, animation, robotics, 3-D printing and video game design. Foreign languages offered at New Hope Academy are Korean and Spanish. New Hope also offers a comprehensive English as a Second Language( ESL) for English language learners.
A wide range of speciality and elective classes are available in areas such as the fine arts, dance, fitness, golf, health, cooking, choir, rock band, and others.Each student makes a valuable contribution to shape the program. Students' personal interests can even influence the direction of the school's curriculum and the design of elective courses. Students appreciate their role as contributors to the greater community via mentioning of the younger students, supporting The Gambia Project, disaster relief efforts, and weekly community service to the school community. With a tradition of incorporating regular field trips into our activities, teachers take advantage of the rich cultural, historic, civic, and ethnic resources using the entire Baltimore/Washington community beyond the school walls.
International and Intercultural Experience
The international makeup of our faculty and student body allows our students to benefit from an enriching international and intercultural experience. Top colleges and universities know that an important part of the educational experience for students includes their interaction with students from other cultures. . Admission to New Hope International High School is selective, and the students at our school - whether from the U.S. or abroad - are an impressive group of young people. More than one-fifth of our Upper School students are international students, who come from a wide range of home countries just to study at New Hope International High School. Our faculty is also quite diverse culturally, religiously, and ethnically.
Student admission is based on the following: tests conducted by NHA in reading, writing and math, a written essay, previous report cards, standardized testing, any previous psycho-educational testing, IEP or 504 plans, current teacher recommendations, observations by our staff and a personal interview with the admissions team. Generally, a minimum of a 2.0 GPA average is required for admission. Good character is a prime criterion for success at New Hope International High School and weighs heavily in admitting students. We seek students who are service-oriented, demonstrate civic and moral virtue, and can set an exemplary standard as role models in the school.
New Hope is a safe, secure environment where students can work in peace.
- upper school student '18
The students were eager to learn , the atmosphere was conducive to learning; and the staff was like a second family.