Applications are Open for the 2021–2022 School Year at NELA!

Nueva Esperanza Leadership Academy (NELA) is a Christian school for grades K-8 that integrates servant leadership, trauma-informed practices, and social-emotional learning into all aspects of the curriculum. NELA values diversity and celebrates uniqueness. With Christ as our perfect model of love and service, we are a community where children, families, and staff can feel safe, loved, and connected. Our mission is that all of our students are known deeply and loved unconditionally so that they are able to learn holistically—and, in turn, each student knows that they are safe, loved, and capable of learning. NELA offers affordable Christ-centered education by trauma-informed professionals who believe that all children are capable of success and worthy of love, no exceptions! Social-emotional learning and relationship-building are at the heart of our school, and we walk beside and encourage our students as they discover and develop their God-given gifts and talents. We have high expectations for our students—and rigorous academic goals—with constant opportunities for success and growth. As our students learn, grow, and discover their purpose, NELA encourages them to see a future where they can shine their lights in the world as positive, empowered leaders who serve and love others. 

For more information, or to request an application packet, please contact NELA Principal Darilyn Hackett at or 509-492-4474.

NEW LOCATION—Tierra Vida Community in Pasco

NELA MISSION: Our students are KNOWN deeply, LOVED unconditionally, and LEARNING holistically

NELA VISION: Affordable Christian Education and Servant Leadership Development through holistic learning

NELA PHILOSOPHY: All children are capable of success and worthy of love—NO EXCEPTIONS!

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