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New Hope Academy


How do I schedule a tour?

  • Initial tours are for parents, advocates, school districts, etc.
  • Students do not attend tours and will see the school when being considered for enrollment
  • Contact our Program Coordinator, Megan Larson, to schedule a time at 847.588.0463 x203

How do I know if school is closed?

Our administrative team monitors conditions during any winter storm.  Very early in the morning, we evaluate the conditions around our building and in your area school district.  There are times when NHA will be open and your district will be closed. 

Should weather conditions not permit NHA to open, you will be notified through our automated telephone system, “One Call Now” and an announcement via TeacherEase.  Additionally, you can find school closing information on our web page and recorded on the main phone message.

If NHA is closed, all after-school activities will also be canceled.  

Why do we have third semester or ESY (Extended School Year)?

  • Third semester is available to all students enrolled in our program
  • Provides consistency and structure for students while maintaining their academic and social emotional progress
  • Allows students to earn up to two credits toward graduation
  • Helps students that are credit deficient to meet graduation requirements
  • Continuation of all related services (individual, group, and family therapy) 

How long will I be enrolled at NewHope?

What is the purpose of family therapy?

  • Increase and foster communication among family members
  • Increase conflict-resolution skills while decreasing conflict among family members
  • Gain a better understanding of the student's disability
  • Understanding family dynamics and how they affect student's success
  • Provide a safe place for family members to communicate

What is the purpose of group therapy?

  • Improve social and communication skills
  • Learn new and appropriate ways to interact with others
  • Receive feedback from group members
  • Learn how others think and what others may think of you
  • Learn how to appropriately control your emotions
  • Provide added support
  • Provide an opportunity to grow and develop
  • Learn problem-solving/conflict resolution skills
  • Move toward your goals in life

The therapists' or group leaders' role is to promote emotional safety and to provide feedback to group members. The group leaders set appropriate limits and determine the appropriate boundary levels of the group.