New Hope Academy

  • The culture of our school comes alive on our Facebook page - @MyNewHopeAcademy Please schedule a tour to come feel the experience and learn about the "Best Kept Secret in Concord." New Hope Academy (NHA), formerly known as Concord Christian Schools, began with the preschool in 1967. Currently, NHA is undergoing a revitalization of all programs. The transistion in K-5 grades from a traditional school methodology to a project based teaching and learning (PBL) will be prominent in coming school year. In addition, preschool is currently being certified by First 5 (offering educators professional development to best serve our families). The preschool curriculum is Reggio Emilia inspired. We are lifelong learners, which means we are not who we were, yet not who we want to be. Our purpose is clear and we are constantly improving to be who God created us to be. "We are blessed beyond measure to impact our community and be the light for so many families who are searching for purpose for their children and their families. We are 'heart and soul' with New Hope Church; meaning we work concurrently to be excellent in all that we do for families in the East Bay area." - Mr. Ben Balk, President. NHA is a nursery (beginning in 2017) through 5th grade school. We are unique because we have an authentic, engaging, learning by doing, classroom environment where students grow to be lifelong learners through curiosity, risk, and reflection.
  • New Hope Academy believes in educating students to live healthy lives spiritually, mentally, and physically. We involve parents in activities to help promote student learning in the classroom and the community.
  • Our school`s purpose is to provide an academic environment that glorifies God, builds leaders of character, and instills optimism through growth mindset.
  • Mission - Create kids for the Kingdom.   Vision - New Hope Academy develops students who grow in the Kingdom of God, spiritually, mentally, and physically. Our goal is to inspire all of us to worship with a new sense of expectation and purpose, and to let our lives be the evidence of His presence on earth.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Religious AffiliationPentecostal
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded1967
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students81 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade New Hope Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio14:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Khaki bottoms and polo top)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$5,900
Tuition NotesThis is approximately $6400 less than the state average to educate a student in CA.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMrs. Ruth Hesseltine
Admissions AssociateBen Balk


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
After School Programs

Arts and Music Programs:
Band Instruction, Fine Arts Program, Recorders Program

School Notes

  • Our Curriculum
    Few people-least of all children-learn best by studying dry textbooks, listening to long lectures or memorizing facts for an impending test. NHA allows students to engage in rich/varied sources using their own innate curiosity and creativity. NHA will utilize project-based learning (PBL) as the instructional delivery method. By integrating PBL we empower students to take ownership of their education. Learn by doing, projects are the process of learning not to show what students learned. "Fail forward" In project based learning students intrinsically are: interested in what's happening in the community and world at large, engaged in their own learning, taking ownership of their education and how they'll apply it later in life, collaborating naturally to solve problems -- both the challenges presented by their teachers and the issues they face every day. 

    The development of Christian character takes precedence over the accumulation of knowledge and thus is our primary emphasis. This in no way diminishes the school`s commitment to the highest standards of education; rather, we believe all students innately will learn with the correct amount of influence by peers and instruction. Our methodology includes:
    • Small Classes actively engaged learning through discovery and practice (know, do, reflect)
    • Service to others
    • Narration: the art of telling back what a child has earned in his or her own words
    • The Discipline of Habits: training the child to do what he or she ought to do in the areas of Attention, Thinking, Imagining, Remembering, Truthfulness, Observation, Punctuality, Courtesy, and Wholesome Thoughts, amid others
    • Art of "Reading Aloud" and presentation
    • "Prayer Pals" - pairing students in the upper grades to be reading partners with children in the lower grades to foster a love of reading and a sense of belonging
  • Assessments
  • Evaluation
    Particularly in the younger years: the de-emphasis of grades, rewards, and incentives to replace extrinsic motivations with interior strengthening of adventure and wonder. Our generation is one in which children`s lives are largely dominated by scheduled activities. Studies have shown students who spend time making their own decisions during open time (playing or not) gain confidence and ownership in their decision making abilities. We do not attempt to dictate every moment of a child`s school day, rather, as maturity allows, we provide increasing opportunities for the student to exercise the best choices in this important area. A great reference is "Beyond Measure"

    We want families to spend as much time together as possible, therefore we expect parental involvement in multiple activities. The formation of activities will vary depending on the local community needs, parental involvement, and must be mission driven, including but not limited to horse care and riding, speech/drama, garden planting and development, baking/cooking, adopt-a-park, story time, invention club, etc. We anticipate heavy parental involvement either as a leader, volunteer, or in seeking field experts in the aforementioned areas. 

    Physical Activity
    The brain goes through a crucial development period in the first 10 years of life. This period has a long-lasting influence on a kid`s future interests. Enrolling kids in physical activities that are fun, inclusive, educational, and appropriate for their age and skill level, helps ensure early positive exposure to physical activity and increases their likelihood of staying active throughout their life. We will take an active role in the student`s physical health by providing daily activities such as yoga, stretching, play-park, sports.

    Garden Center (beginning 2017)
  • Benefits of School Gardening for Students
    Gardening offers hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in a wide array of disciplines, including the natural and social sciences, math, language arts (e.g., through garden journaling), visual arts (e.g., through garden design and decoration), and nutrition. With recent concern over relatively weak science and math skills among American children, the need for innovation in science and math teaching is apparent. There is mounting evidence that students who participate in school gardening score significantly higher on standardized science achievement tests (Klemmer, 2005). Further research along these lines can be found at Cornell University`s Garden Based Learning website and at the California School Garden Network.

    Mental Health
    We will transform children's lives by providing vital social and emotional learning programs to reduce stress and aggressive behavior, improve focus and academic performance and increase resiliency for success in school and in life. MindUp Curriculum is accredited by CASEL, MindUP equips children, educators and parents with vital social and emotional literacy skills, helping them increase focus, improve academic performance, reduce stress, gain emotional resilience and optimism. Rooted in neuroscience, the program teaches self-regulatory behavioral control while offering engagement strategies for learning and living. Our StudentsOur students do not just read Shakespeare - they perform his plays. They do not merely learn about art and music - they create it. And they do not merely receive discipleship - they also provide it. Middle schoolers are paired with younger children as prayer partners so they develop real relationships (during the 1 hour lunch breaks on Tues and Thurs). Our students feel like they are in a family and therefore comfortable around each other and confident that they are accepted for who they are.  Our students will have prayer journals to write or draw pictures it`s a way for them to explore their personal journey in defining their gifts in Christ. It is our role at NHA to show students how to pray, when to pray, and who to pray for. We will create leaders for Christ, therefore students will be encouraged to lead prayers or give devotionals.

    Our students will meet all California State Board of Education Academic Standards and Framework with excellence. 

    Why students need spirituality
    Teens experience a "spiritual surge" in the second decade of life and that successful "spiritual individuation" is the single most protective factor against the many risks, including depression and addictions that can derail teens (Miller, 2016). Research shows that teens who have a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ (compared to those who don`t or who are simply religious) are 70-80 percent less likely to heavily use or abuse substances, and are 80 percent less likely to have a recurring depression (some depression is normal, as part of the spiritual search for meaning).Features of our school teaches: Gratitude, Respectfulness, sense of safety, meaningful purpose, life is messy - its ok, wonder, curiosity Our Instructors/CoachesSmiles, hugs, and handshakes - encouragements and prayers - are just some of the hallmarks of the staff at NHA.

    Class sizes will range typically from 10-18. This allows them time to spend with each child, accounting for his or her unique skills and learning style. Instructors will be Christ-followers who live everyday in their purpose not by choice but by calling into the vocation. They will have the enthusiasm to create life-long learners who are relevant and purposeful to the world they live in. Instructors will be engaged in PBL or other professional development each year to include one major conference and weekly enrichments led by the Principal and/or President (instructors are encouraged to read and research projects as a life-long learner).  

    Our Staff Educator Certification offers a full teaching staff an introduction to STEAM and allows them to take it in their own direction.  All staff members receive online accounts to complete the video supported virtual training. The Tier 4 level of certification allows educators to become trained in STEAM theory, development and practicum through our full set of training videos (about 7 1/2 hours total runtime) plus transcripts, program documents, and one-year access to STEAM Lesson Plan Bank. Additional training of Tier 5 includes additional help writing custom STEAM lesson briefs which result in having a STEAM Certified Staff. 

    Our Parents
    We believe that God has given parents the responsibility for educating their children, and that the school is to function as an extension of the home. Young children need to spend most of their time at home in order to internalize family values, to learn by doing, experimenting and observing, and to spend time outdoors. Parents should take an active role in the educational experience. An excellent time to volunteer as a leader or support team member is in Afternoon Adventure. It`s important to have parental role models as it takes a community to grow kids in the Kingdom. While we will fill our doors with devoted Christians, we also recognize some parents may not have a strong relationship with Christ, yet know they are missing something in their lives and don`t know how to explain it. We welcome those families; we only ask that parents be active in prayer-life and church, no matter the Christian denomination. 

    Our Church
    We believe that New Hope Church is directly aligned in our campus for families to participate in service, volunteer, learn, and be an advocate for Christ. Students will experience service regularly in New Hope Church. While it`s not mandatory to be members of New Hope church in order to have your family attend NHA, it is an expectation that families will have a Christian church to belong to. If families don`t have a church home, we want them to experience God in an unforeseen way at New Hope Church."It is our MISSION for people to EXPERIENCE God, be DISCIPLED, and SERVE all."

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