Open-Letter to York City School Board
New Hope students share an open letter with the York City School Board after being denied their first-amendment right to speak at the March 19th school board meeting. Hear what New Hope students had to say to the York City School Board members.
In January 2012, the York City School District denied the renewal of the charter for New Hope Academy Charter School. Throughout the denial process, York City School District has alleged several claims against New Hope Academy, its Board of Trustees, and 3Cord Inc., our educational management company. Our goal is to inform our community, partners, and potential students and families on the facts surrounding the case to keep our school open.
School choice matters.
Closing New Hope would mean closing a door to the possibility of college, a brighter future and more importantly, positive changes in education. New Hope Academy Charter School is the first school in York City making statistical changes in urban education since 1966. Don't stop progress. Empty schools mean empty futures. School choice matters.
New Hope Academy Charter School was founded in 2007 after parents and community activists communicated that York City schools lacked rigorous, safe schools for children in grades 7th through 12th. The founders chose to design New Hope Academy to service these grade-levels, knowing the hurdles they would face. They knew that children would enter New Hope Academy at an academic deficit based on the lack of progress made by district schools for 7 years prior to New Hope’s opening. The founders of New Hope Academy Charter School took on this challenge by creating a structured school where children could thrive academically, and successfully transition from high school to post-secondary education.
Why Our School Matters
Since it's inception in 2007, New Hope Academy Charter School has successfully achieved the following:
- 93% attendance rate
- 91% graduation rate – (first senior class 2011)
- 99% Safer than schools within the York City School District
- 84% of students have continued their education at post-secondary institutions
- 1.3 million dollars in merit-based scholarships were awarded in 2012