International Program

Students from foreign countries studying in the Unites States

New Hope International High School
New Hope Academy

New Hope Academy is certified by SEVIS as an I-20 School and is able to accept international students into its program. Every year foreign students come from a variety of countries to the United States to study at New Hope.  International students typically apply to attend high school.  It is possible for younger siblings to attend New Hope Academy if host families are available.

New Hope is certified by the Maryland State Department of Education as a non-public school.  Its classes, credits, and diplomas are recognized and accepted by all other private and public schools, colleges, and universities.

New Hope International High School provides a well-rounded college preparatory, liberal arts-style curriculum.  Our program is designed to prepare students to be future leaders.  We seek to balance traditional preparation for the rigors of college and future careers while also emphasizing the arts and experiential learning.  With a strong social consciousness, we work to guide each student to acquire the knowledge needed to fulfill one’s civic duty and promote inter-cultural harmony.  Students are encouraged to be globally conscious, with the intention that our graduates will use their skills for the betterment of our larger global community.

NHA uses the Saxon curriculum which provides a solid math foundation. We are able to offer all levels of high school math, up to and including AP Calculus, and we test all incoming students to ensure proper placement in the math program.

Four years of science courses ensure our students all receive training in the scientific method.  This includes regularly scheduled laboratory time focused on hands-on experiments, data collection, laboratory logs, and group work.

The English courses at NHA place an emphasis on literature through a guided discussion format. Students continue to build vocabulary through reading and writing.  Students prepare for college by developing the skills necessary to navigate a college course load and to meet the expectations for successfully completing extensive research papers and reports.

Integrating technology and the Reading Plus program, NHA offers an English as a Second Language (ESL) course five days a week to international students to support their acquisition and mastery of the language.

NHA will work to locate a host family for International High School students who do not have personal contacts in Maryland, though this is not guaranteed.


New Hope Academy (the umbrella institution for New Hope International High School) is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students. For more information about our program for international students (coming from foreign countries to study in the United States), including information about fees see our page: International SEVIS I-20 (F-1 Visa) students: fees and information. For more information on the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), please visit their web site (www.ice.gov/sevis).