Rooted in Faith
By Dr. Tonja Williams | Head of School, New Hope Academy
New Hope Academy is a Christ-centered school educating students of diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds through a biblical worldview to prepare each child to flourish academically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. In 1996 New Hope Academy was founded based on the vision of a connected community seen in Isaiah 41:17 and Isaiah 61:1-4. The school continues to be a pillar of education and hope in the Franklin community. New Hope’s five core values are Christ-centered, formative learning, the personhood of each child, equitable access, and connected community.
To New Hope Academy, being a Christ-centered school means that we believe that all things were created by God for God. Grounded in the authority of scripture and prayer, we seek daily to be centered on the grace and love of Jesus. He is the source and motivation for all that we do, and we rest in and depend on His faithfulness.
New Hope believes that children are created in God’s image, to be regarded with dignity and respect, and are capable of the discipline and delight of learning. Each child is seen, known and loved. One demonstration of this is through the presentation of birthday books. Each child is presented with a book in his/her honor on his/her birthday, and the book remains in the library for years to come. Teachers present the book during devotions, speak a blessing over the student, and then pray over him/her.
At NHA, our education is rooted in a Christian classical tradition. The teacher seeks to cultivate wisdom and virtue by nourishing the child’s mind and soul around beauty, goodness, and truth. Our teachers bring learning to life through a thematic, multidisciplinary educational model carried out via small-class discipleship. The class size at NHA is twelve to sixteen students. We integrate our curriculum beginning with our humanities by incorporating important people of the time, culture, geography, philosophy, religion, art, and music for the historical period studied. Our integrated curriculum is accomplished by combining subjects, emphasizing projects, using sources beyond textbooks, and forming connections among concepts and themes.
New Hope Academy believes that our Christ-centered education should be accessible to all. We seek to be a catalyst for change in the cycle of poverty by removing financial and social barriers for the underserved in our community. An equitable Christ-centered education instills vision and confirms hope for all students. We reserve up to forty percent of enrollment for students who live below or near the poverty line.
New Hope believes in the necessity of building authentic, loving relationships with one another to fully experience the beauty and vastness of our Creator. A connected community of cultural, racial, and economic diversity is a gift to be nurtured and enjoyed. Through these meaningful relationships, New Hope is dedicated to reconciliation across economic, racial, and cultural differences.
New Hope Academy is a Pre-K- 6th grade school located at 1820 Downs Blvd in Franklin. We will host our Preview Day on Friday, October 27th, for prospective families from 8-10 a.m. or 12-2 p.m. If you are interested in attending Preview Day or learning more about New Hope Academy, please contact the front office 615.595.0324 or email our Director of Admissions, Mrs. Doris McMillan, at email@example.com.