NELA

Known, loved, and learning

 

Nueva Esperanza Leadership Academy (NELA) is a private, Christian school for grades K-8, where each student is known deeply, loved unconditionally, and learning holistically.

 

NELA offers a small, safe and loving environment designed for students to discover their passion as they grow personally and academically. Building on servant leadership principles, coupled with trauma informed practices, the school’s spiritual foundation fosters a culture in which students are given many opportunities to use their gifts to honor and serve their community and connect with the world around them.

About the academy

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Academic enrichment

Recognizing that students learn best when subject matter is connected to their unique interests and passion, we teach students in small group settings and engage them in a variety of hands-on learning experiences, including group research, personal projects, science, technology, and the arts.

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Servant leadership

All students are trained in the philosophy of servant leadership, where they learn to identify their unique gifts and dreams, see themselves as servant leaders, take on leadership roles, learn from the stories and lives of others, and serve the needs of the community around them.

Servant leadership

All students are trained in the philosophy of servant leadership, where they learn to identify their unique gifts and dreams, see themselves as servant leaders, take on leadership roles, learn from the stories and lives of others, and serve the needs of the community around them.

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Mindfulness and resilience

As a trauma-informed school, our staff maintains a safe space for all students to be known, loved and learning.  Students learn mindfulness techniques and are encouraged to practice them throughout the day. Affirmations are also reinforced through a daily student pledge.

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Christian education

With Christ as our perfect model of love and service, students have scheduled times to read the bible, engage in conversation about key bible stories, learn to communicate with God, and seek to understand their unique purpose in God’s dream for the world.

Christian education

With Christ as our perfect model of love and service, students have scheduled times to read the bible, engage in conversation about key bible stories, learn to communicate with God, and seek to understand their unique purpose in God’s dream for the world.

NELA is a Kids at Hope school

We believe that children succeed when they:

  • are surrounded by adults who believe they can succeed.
  • have meaningful, sustainable relationships with caring adults.
  • can articulate their future.

Student pledge

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I am special.

I am created by God with unique gifts and talents!

I am creative, smart, and capable of success.

I have dreams for the future, and I will climb to reach those goals and dreams every day.

All children are capable of success and worthy of love. 

NO EXCEPTIONS!

Stories

Scott: a friend when you need one

Luis was having a bad day -- a day where life seemed unfair and no one was being his friend -- so he climbed into our safe space in the office and declared he was “leaving NELA forever!” He said, “the only person I like ...

Jackie: Servant Leader of the Month

As a teacher we look for students who exemplify characteristics that can help guide other students in the classroom. Jackie is a student who strives to lead by example. She is the first to offer her assistance to students who need guidance on the playground ...