Academic Excellence

Empowering each student to reach his or her God-given potential.

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  • Biblical Worldview

    A worldview is a lens in which a person views their life … we intentionally teach a Biblical Worldview in which students learn to look at every subject area, relationship, community, and culture through the thrust of scripture.  There are 4 themes that run consistently throughout the Bible: Creation, Fall, Redemption, Glorification. The lens of a Biblical worldview consist of 2 parts:  the 4 themes and the answers to the 4 big questions:  1) Who is God 2) Who am I 3) What is my purpose 4) Where am I going after I die.
  • Classical Education

    At New Hope Academy we adhere to author Andrew Kern’s definition of classical education:  Classical education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on truth, goodness, and beauty … so that, in Christ, the student is enabled to know, glorify and enjoy God.
  • Integrated Curriculum

    We purposefully integrated our curriculum beginning with our humanities by incorporating important people of the time, culture, geography, philosophy, religion, art and music for the time periods our classes are studying. The humanities theme and domain are studied throughout the year with great depth and follow a scope and sequence allowing the students to study the units in chronological order throughout world history.

Humanities

Humanities is the foundation upon which our commitment of excellent education is built. It is a study of world culture emphasizing the classical scholastic approach of moral philosophy. We are equipping students with the tools for a lifetime of learning: a working knowledge of the timetables of history, a background understanding of the great literary classics, a familiarity with the sweep of art, music, and ideas, a fundamental knowledge of geography, a Biblical understanding of current events, and an emphasis on a Christian life paradigm. The idea is to study human achievement I context; both in terms of its historical and societal sequences and in terms of its providential and cultural importance. Through the study of humanities, a student has the opportunity to connect the past to the present and begin understanding his own destiny.

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  • Art

    Art enables the students to express and communicate their thoughts, ideas, imagination, and understanding of themselves and the world around them. Students will study the artwork of renowned artists, allowing them to observe reproductions or several works by the same artist. Each student will study artists and their work during the course of one year.

    Art expresses the thought, worldview, and artistic style of the day. Students study the art of a time period in conjunction with their humanities unit, observing and discussing specific works of art.

    Hands-on experience with art in different mediums is offered once a week with an art teacher, allowing students to experiment and learn different techniques.

    Classes will take field trips to museums, galleries, and other locations so students may see fine art firsthand.
  • Foreign Languages

    The grammar stage of Spanish begins with simple vocabulary in Pre-K and progresses to the alphabet, simple phrases, sentences, and questions. In second grade the students begin to read print and speak conversationally.

    Beginning in third-grade students study Latin. Latin significantly improves verbal skills, mathematical reasoning powers, and strengths in other academic areas. We view Latin as a foundational aspect of our classical program. Each year, the students learn 500-600 words in Latin as well as the grammar necessary to master this ancient language. By graduation, students should be able to read on an intermediate level in Latin, parse and diagram complex English sentences and draw out the meaning of hundreds of difficult English words based on their knowledge of Latin.
  • Music

    Music has been an influential aspect of all cultures since the beginning of time.

    It is our desire to incorporate music into each student’s life in three specific areas:

    Hands-on experience through personal participation in musical activity, allowing students to express themselves and enjoy the art of music. Each student will have music class once a week with a professional music teacher.

    Within the music class, instruction will be offered in the academics of music: reading notes, learning about the various musical instruments, the components of an orchestra, and so forth.

    The study of famous composers and their work each year. Listening to the works of the great composers and growing familiar with their music, giving the students an ear to recognize and appreciate the composers’ works.
New Hope Academy adheres to the teachings of respected educator Charlotte Mason, whose educational philosophy is summarized into three categories: 1) an atmosphere 2) a discipline 3) a life.