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Accreditation, Awards, Memberships


  • Approved by the Illinois State Board of Education
  • Service students in grades 6-12 with Emotional Disabilities, Autism, Learning Disability, and Other Health Impairments


School of Excellence Award since 2010 from National Association of Special Educational Teachers (NASET)

The distinction has been bestowed upon only a few select qualified licensed private special education schools in the State of Illinois. Selection as a NASET School of Excellence is the highest level of recognition a private special educational school can achieve through this professional association. This honor is presented to private special education schools that meet rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional dedication, commitment, and achievement in the field of special education.


NewHope Academy is a proud member of the Chicago Area Alternative Education League (CAAEL).  CAAEL, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has been providing a full spectrum of academic, athletic, and art programs to the Chicagoland area's most at-risk youth since 1976. Each year, CAAEL offers 900+ events for 5,000 students from 30 Illinois counties.

The customized leagues and events, which take place during the school day, help our students develop compassion and tolerance, work as a team, and accept the consequences of their choices.

CAAEL truly is a celebration of what at-risk kids are capable of as it improves school attendance, increases compliance with school rules, and enhances academic performance.

To learn more about CAAEL, please visit CAAEL.ORG

NewHope Memberships

Illinois Association of Private Special Education Centers (IAPSEC)
National Association of Private Special Educational Centers (NAPSEC)
Professionals in Learning Disabilities & Special Education (LPPSE)

Staff Memberships to Organizations and Associations

American Psychological Association (APA)
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
Council for Exceptional Children
Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)
Illinois Art Education Association
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
​Illinois Principal's Association
Illinois Psychological Association (IPA)
National Council for Social Studies
National Council for Teachers of English
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) 
Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society

Other Staff Achievements

Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers Program 2014 Fellowship 
Student Leadership Day Coordinator