The History of New Horizons
New Horizons Academy was founded in 1974 by Dr. Theresa Smith, an educational pioneer, leader, and advocate for children with learning differences. Dr. Smith overcame her own learning challenges to earn her doctorate when she was in her 50s ultimately. She worked at New Horizons Center for Learning well into her 80s until she passed away in January of 2008.
Our mission is to compassionately provide a successful future for uniquely-abled students through supportive relationships, differentiated instruction, and customized accommodations. New Horizons Academy provides a personalized instructional setting that enables each student to achieve academic success in a safe, nurturing environment and to prepare each student to become a fully participating member of society.
Our educational objectives are to coordinate with families and students to understand individual strengths and learning styles and to facilitate student transition to public or private settings, including college, vocational career training, and meaningful employment.
Kindergarten – 12
Students are taught foundational concepts in lower school (grades K-5), and teachers teach to mastery. Students who do not understand a concept are re-taught until the student masters the concept.
In upper school (grades 6-12), our goal is to prepare students for life after they leave the school environment. Whether moving on to a four-year college or into the realm of employment, NHA endeavors to fully prepare students for the outside world.
New Horizons Academy is a fully accredited school through the Cognia World Commission.