Our Mission

NewHope Academy's mission is to provide students with a safe, therapeutic, and educational environment where they develop skills to become effective learners, gain personal insight, and acquire coping strategies. Students earn school credit while working to achieve their intellectual and social-emotional potential.


Our students tend to...

  • Be of average to above-average intelligence

  • Withdraw socially and emotionally

  • Experience difficulty “fitting in” a mainstream environment

  • Have difficulty reading social cues

  • “Slip through the cracks” until their problems are severe

  • Procrastinate (specifically with homework and long-term projects)

  • Have difficulty with executive functioning

  • Have talents in art and music

  • Have the potential for academic achievement

  • Struggle with gross and/or fine motor skills

  • Have difficulty with social skills

  • Use frequent illness to avoid school and may become “school avoidant” 

  • Appear sad, lonely, anxious, hopeless, or depressed

  • Harbor anger and hostility but do not act out in school or in the community

Calendar & Events

NewHope News

Most Creative for Reduce, Reuse and Wreath-cycle!

How can changing our behavior to reduce, reuse and recycle help amphibians in their many life stages and habitats?

NewHope helped deck the halls at Shedd Aquarium by making a holiday wreath of 100% recycled and recyclable materials that celebrated the theme Toadally Recycled, inspired by Shedd’s new special exhibit, Amphibians. The first 200 entries from Chicago-area classrooms were hung around the Caribbean Reef exhibit and other areas from Nov. 22 to Jan. 5.

Volunteer Service

NewHope is committed to increasing students' appreciation of service and community. We strive to build a strong sense of community through volunteer work, fundraising, and school spirit. Our opportunities through the end of this year are:

February -- Feed My Starving Children
March -- Save-A-Pet
April -- Equestrian Connection

Cultural Diversity

Part of our experience at NHA is to expose students to different cultures and experiences. Every month we will introduce students to a new culture through food, documentaries, as well as guest speakers.

We have explored Ethiopia, Greece, and Ireland. Next up we travel to Israel, Japan, and Mexico. Check out our Cultural Boards located around the school.

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