New Hope International High School
New Hope International High School is a private school located in metropolitan Washington, D.C. , in northern Prince George's County, MD. Our college preparatory program is committed to academic excellence, individualized attention, inter-cultural harmony, and character-building. An international emphasis is reflected in our vision and curricula. Faculty, each with specialization in their curriculum fields, hale from various countries and cultures. With twenty-five percent international students, New Hope High School provides a diverse and global educational experience. Because we are a smaller school that limits our class size to 21 students, we are able to individualize the educational program allowing the students to do exciting, relevant learning projects. NHA is a STEAM school combining a strong Science, Tech, Engineering and Math curriculum with a broad commitment to the Arts, including music, art, dance, drama and performance. With extensive graduation options, our alumni attend top universities, garnering many scholarships.
Included in the Upper School, eighth graders are taught by the high school teachers, with classes following a high school structure and format. This helps to prepare them for the challenges of the college preparatory curriculum. An added cutting-edge benefit is that New Hope High School offers a wide variety of options for graduation. High school students want and need to feel empowered to begin to make significant life choices and to take on adult responsibilities. These graduation options provide them with excellent opportunities to do so, while allowing for parental input in the context of a strong, supportive, educational environment.
- The first option allows for a high achieving student that maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA, to complete high school by the end of eleventh grade. This requires taking an additional English class to meet requirements.
- A second option is for student to take some or all of their courses in their senior year at local community or four year colleges and receive concurrent high school credit. This is an excellent option that allows the student to 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.
- A third option is 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 elementary education, technology, government, photography, law, culinary and business. Some students also may elect to complete classes in the mornings, working a job in the afternoons to gain work experience or earn money for college.
Our Program and Curriculum
Through tasks involving projects and cooperative learning, high school students learn how to work with others, 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.
Students read, analyze, 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 abilities. Teaching through AP Calculus, everyone’s needs can be met. Students don't just study 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 tests. Committed to technological proficiency, teachers and students utilize technology as a tool integrating computer skills into life and work with advanced tech classes in animation, robotics, 3-D and video game design. The foreign languages taught are Korean and Spanish. Specialty and elective classes are available in fine arts, dance, fitness, golf, health, cooking, choir, rock band, and others. Students appreciate their role as contributors to the greater community via mentoring of the younger students, supporting The Gambia Project, disaster relief efforts, and weekly community service to the school community. International and Intercultural Experience.
International and Intercultural Experience
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. 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. The international makeup of our faculty and student body allows our students to benefit from an enriching international and intercultural experience, providing an implicit education in many of the cultures that make up our shrinking world. Top colleges and universities know that an important part of the educational experience for students includes their interaction with other students. 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 the students are F-1 visa international students, who have come from their home countries just to study at New Hope International High School. Our faculty is also quite diverse. In addition to the varied subcultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds of our American teachers, several of our high school faculty members were born and raised in other countries: South Korea (teaches Korean), Dominican Republic (Spanish), Italy (Art), Japan (Technology), and Spain (Dance).
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.
Accountability of Students
Many graduates from New Hope Academy Middle School have said that the intimate personal experience of the school taught them how to relate to many different types of people, people they might never have come to know if they had been in a large school where they could choose to relate only to other students like themselves. New Hope International High School offers a foundation for young adults to acquire habits of lifelong learning as well as the ability to make successful family and career choices. New Hope International High School provides students with a clear educational atmosphere; encouraging a focus on learning. In a structured, safe environment providing solid support for the development of personal ethics and morals, students are held accountable for their behavior and choices. Students with a serious history of violence will not be admitted. All new admissions are on a ten-week probationary period.
There shall be no discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the admission of children, in the employment of faculty, or in the administration of policies.