NHCS recently celebrated its 60th Birthday! Founded in 1961, we have a proud tradition of preparing students for Kingdom Living. Scroll down to learn the full story!
Born In 1961
New Hope was founded in 1961 by Reverend E.V. Steele. Originally intended to be a school to train missionaries, NHCS was built on the current property, taking its name from New Hope Road, on which the facility was built. The school at the time included 5 classrooms for grades 1-9, and dormitories were located on-campus for attendees whose families lived far away. You read it right; we used to be a boarding school!
Expansion to K-12
The following years, under the school's first principal, Phil Lewis, NHCS expanded its educational staff to allow for education in 1st through 12th Grade. Under the next principal, Joseph Nash, the building and staffing were expanded to include grades Kindergarten through 12.
The beginning foundation for what is now the gym was created at this time as well, with the pour of a concrete slab to serve as a blacktop area for basketball games and recesses.
Further facility development took place over the course of the 1972-1973 school year as the gym building was constructed. By the LORD's provision, this facility was constructed through hard work from volunteers and gifts of financial support.
The facility we currently use as our main eating area was developed through a capital campaign and construction process that took place over the course of the 2002-2003 school year. Construction work was again donated by many dedicated staff, families, and volunteers, as well as the Servants on Wheels Ever Ready (SOWERS) group.
Following the initial lockdown of 2020, New Hope was forced to close its doors and switch to an online learning model through Zoom. The faculty immediately rose to the occasion and transferred the remainder of their curriculum to an online format in compliance with the local mandate.
Right now, and moving forward...
Following the end of the 2019-2020 school year, Administration decided to pursue an in-person learning model that would allow the school to offer quality education without sacrificing the safety of the students. It was this dedication that led to the creation of the Cohort System, a procedure that allowed students to return to in-person learning by keeping student groups separated by class. NHCS diligently held this policy through the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years, until the threat of the pandemic subsided and school restrictions were eased. In the wake of this unexpected event, our enrollment has doubled from what it was before the pandemic. We are honored to be approached by more families than ever before, and we look forward to a bright future!