New Heights 4 Kids began in 1999 to meet the needs of children who were not succeeding in public school. Social pressures, especially for students in their early teen years, can be devastating to some young people. In the years NHCS has been in operation, we have met the needs of young people who were dealing with problems due to poverty in the home, mixed-race heritage, physical problems such as obesity, educational difficulties, and psychological challenges such as extreme shyness and mild autism. Reaction to these problems was resulting in unacceptable levels of absenteeism, emotional withdrawal, sexual acting-out, physical illness and academic failure. We also have had some students who were looking for a school where their Christian values would be not only accepted but reinforced. NHCS addresses these needs through three basic values. These are the value of the individual, the value of community, and the value of a Godly heart. The development and teaching of these values drives every policy and practice of NHCS. The school is small, with a potential student population of 50 students and seven teachers or supervisors. Supervisors develop a personal, mentoring relationship with each student with an emphasis on building trust and acceptance. Curriculum is highly individualized. We are dedicated to teaching a full academic program while also providing for special emotional and social needs in our students. Every student is encouraged to set goals and take responsibility for their own educational development. Another advantage of a small student body is that social exchanges can be closely monitored to protect each student. This results in a safe, non-threatening environment that relieves the students from anxiety, and teaches them to be accepting of differences in their community. A casual but uniform school dress code reduces the stigma of poverty in the minds of many students. The lack of emphasis on boy/girl relationships can be very relaxing to many young teens. NHCS deliberately and actively teaches social behaviors such as good manners, respect for authority, concern for the needs of others, protecting the weaker members of the community, and taking responsibility for your actions. As a Christian school, NHCS views the spiritual growth of our students as ultimately important. Teaching the value of a heart for God takes precedence over all other goals. We believe that leading students to develop their God-given potential as a response to His call is the most significant contribution we can make in the lives of our students and their families. Weekly chapels, Bible classes, teaching Christian character development and Bible memorization are employed as means to this end. There is also an emphasis on teaching scriptural principles in all academic subjects. Because of a commitment to staying small enough to meet the special needs presented by our student body, NH4K has an acceptance policy based on the needs of the applying student and on our perception of the student’s ability to fit in with the rest of the student body. We have never based acceptance on the financial resources of the applicant's family, academic ability, race, religion or ethnic heritage. We ask every applicant to be willing to cooperate with us and God in the process of growth and change.