The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.
This Month's Highlights
Slated to start this month, a study of Written Composition is incorporated into this study for students in grades 7th through 12th. Grades Kinder through 6th will focus on great works of literature, their authors and the art of oration.
Class of 2013 - Meeting
Graduating seniors should attend (or send a representative) to the Class of 2013 Meeting, scheduled for February 20th at 1:00 p.m.
Graduation & Completion 2013
This year's Commencement Ceremonies and completion certification will be held at the beautiful Wyndam Hotel & Resorts on Friday, May 31st at 7 p.m. Make sure to circle this date on your calendar. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
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I have earned all the credits which the state requires for graduation, but I didnâ€™t pass the stateâ€™s end-of-the-year assessment test and was denied graduationâ€¦ Click Here
I want to enroll my child in both the RightTrack Program℠ and the FastTrack Program℠. Is this possible? Click Here
Iâ€™m an adult. Can I still get my high school diploma through NHHSA? Click Here
My child receives Social Security benefits. Can he/she be home schooled without losing those benefits? Click Here
Cues: HomeWork Program℠(HWP) Students
Martial Arts Schedule Change>
The Martial Arts / Character Development classes have moved from an afternoon schedule to a morning schedule. Classes are now Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Dress Code Modifications
Now that we have had a chance to work within the structure of the new dress code policy, we have made the modifications necessary to help avoid confusions.Â Click here to read the new policy.Â (You will need to scroll down to the Dress Code section of the NHHSA Philosophy, Academic Policies & Enrollment Manual.)
We have instituted a Current Events Desk for students who need to take a quick break from the regular academic studies.Â Â The desk is stocked with educational magazines and newspapers â€“ Popular Mechanics, Discovery, The Smithsonian, The Philosopher’s Magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal , to name a few â€“ that keep students informed and encourage them to stay up with what is happening in the world around them.Â Students who are on-target in their studies may spend up to one-hour at a time at this desk.Â Students who are not on-target, can still enjoy a ten minute break there daily.
HWP students, please remember that tutoring is by appointment, whether you intend to tutor on-campus or through Skype. We absolutely want you to take advantage of this service, but in order to direct traffic fairly, we need your cooperation in calling ahead of time.
Because of continuing problems with log in for foreign language students taking Spanish, we changed the password. The new password for Spanish students: spanishstudent
If you are taking Spanish or French using our on-line study, please do not change the password.Â All HWP students have been assigned the same password, and when you change it, you lock other students out.
If you are waiting to pick up a book you need for class you are taking, keep your eye on the content of this sidebar section.Â We will post the arrival of your book as soon as we receive it.
On the Book Shelf—Parents
What follows is a list of books we recommend for every parent’s book shelf:
"I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn."
— Albert Einstein
VIDEO INTRODUCTION TO NHHSA
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New Horizons Home School Academy (NHHSA) offers elementary and secondary schooling solutions that fit the personal and academic needs and lifestyles of most students and their families.Â We offer on-campus and off-campus study programs, and year-round academics. We are nationally accredited. To understand the philosophy behind our distinctive teaching methodology, read our Discourse on Education.
Gifted and Talented students thrive with our method of accelerated and comprehensive studies. Likewise, students with academic struggles are encouraged by programs that suit their particular needs.
Our accredited elementary and high school curricula meet the standard requirements as determined by law and the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and can be modified to meet state requirements for any state in the United States. All curricula, whether for on-campus or off-campus study, address the four core subjects of English, Math, Science, and History at a studentâ€™s given grade level as well as select subjects such as Foreign Language, Health, Speech, Communications Skills, Philosophy, and the indispensible Critical Thinking Skills.
The following is a list of some of the programs we offer along with a brief description of each.Â If there is a particular program that most interests you or most suits your needs, click on it for more information.Â We also invite you to contact us should you want further information or to receive a free consultation regarding enrollment.
To see our 2011/2012 Curriculum Requirements for High School Graduation, please click here.
On-Campus Study featuring a small classroom environment for grade levels 1st through 12th. On-campus students can participate in or avail themselves of any of the programs described below, with the exception of the specialized Orchard Classroom, at no extra charge. Additionally, on-campus students can attend either Day or Evening Classes or both (evening classes available August through May) at no extra charge. Space is limited. Call for availability. What is the cost?
Off-Campus Home Study program, which we call the HomeWork Program℠. This program is excellent for students who travel frequently, students who prefer home study over the public teaching systems, young adolescent girls who are pregnant but want to complete their schooling, or students who, for a myriad of other reasons, just simply prefer to study at home. Programs available for students in 1st through 12th grades. Enrollment is equivalent to enrollment in any accredited, private school and is also available to out-of-state home schooling students (see our Home Schooling Laws and Frequently Asked Questions pages). What is the cost?
The FastTrack Program℠ is a college preparatory program that allows a student to complete high school in a minimum of two (2) and maximum of three (3) years. This program is available to on-campus or off-campus students who meet the criteria. What is the cost?
The Grad Program℠ is for the high school student lacking five (5) or less credits for graduation. This is also an excellent program for any ADULT seeking to complete high school. Adults seeking to enlist in one of the branches of the military benefit from this or the FastTrack Program℠. This program can be done on-campus or off-campus. What is the cost?
The Orchard Classroom℠ is a non-traditional study environment that is highly recommended for students who are not doing well in a traditional classroom setting. This would include children with learning disabilities, social disabilities or a very poor record of academics. This is strictly an on-campus program. What is the cost?
English as a Second Language (ESL) NHHSA℠ offers ESL Classes for children or ADULTS. Applicants for this program can select a private, one-on-one, class setting or home study. Private, one-on-one classes are scheduled by appointment. Call or email for more information, cost, appointment availability, or to schedule your assessment. Appointment times fill up fast.
On-campus students enjoy a small classroom environment in a well-structured and well-disciplined, yet relaxed–setting.Â Students work on their personal study programs at a pace that is individually supervised. The learning environment is transactional, that is, it is a result of a two-way interaction between educator and pupil. Certain grade levels also benefit from an interactive, group lecture environment for Verbal, Non-Verbal & Written Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, and Mathematics. Space is always limited for on-campus study, so please call for availability.
The HomeWork Program℠ is a unique schooling program developed especially for students who, for whatever reason, experience greater academic gains while studying in their home environment.Â Enrollment in this program is equivalent to enrollment in any accredited, private school.Â Study assignments are tailored to meet student requirements on a student-by-student basis and are given to the student as a monthly syllabus.Â All HomeWork Program℠ assignments are issued in hard copy, and are created to be student friendly.
Programs for out-of-state students are modified to fit their state's requirements.
The HomeWork Program℠ is an excellent option for:
Students who prefer home study
Military families who travel or re-locate often yet want to stabilize their student's academic routines
Teens who want to work while completing high school
Adults who want to acquire their High School Diploma
The FastTrack Program℠ is a college preparatory program that allows a student to complete high school in a minimum of two (2) and maximum of three (3) years. All high school graduation requirements remain intact but are programmed at a higher level of intensity of study, allowing the student to exceed the average quantity of monthly work completed and a faster completion for graduation. Although it is recommended for students with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 (90%) or for students who successfully completed Advanced Placement (AP) classes in middle school, any student can apply to be accepted into this program on a probationary basis. This program is available to both on-campus and off-campus HomeWork Program℠ students.
The Grad Program℠ is essentially for the high schooler lacking five (5) or less credits for graduation. Both on-campus or HomeWork Program℠ students are eligible. The program targets only the must-have subjects and credits that the student needs, laying out a curriculum which addresses these exclusively and that allows the student to complete the requisite study in step with her own capabilities. It is a quick, but thorough, graduation solution that eliminates the fluff of added, unnecessary requirements and allows any student the ability to complete studies and receive a diploma without the need for state-run, public-school mandated testing. (The state of Texas does NOT require private school students to pass the TAKS test as a pre-requisite to graduation, and colleges or universities do not require this testing for enrollment.)
The NHHSA℠RightTrack Program/Character Development℠ is created for students who have had disciplinary problems, a disciplinary record or other behavioral problems, students with moderate focus and productivity problems, students with ADD or ADHD or, in some cases, students who have been diagnosed with a Pervasive Disability Disorder such as Asperger's or Autism. It is exclusively available to on-campus students or HomeWork Program℠ students who live in the El Paso area or neighboring communities and can be done in combination with any other program listed herein. Students are recommended for this program at the discretion of the Director of the NHHSA℠.
All students are welcome to set a new beginning in motion at NHHSA℠ but are required to participate in our martial arts program. On the RightTrack Program/Character Development℠ the academic curriculum remains standard and is augmented with a martial arts curriculum that directly addresses focus, discipline, coordination, and attitude difficulties.
Not all students are able to follow the same pattern of schooling required of the general student population. Learning or social disabilities, classroom anxiety, and/or a history of poor or traumatic schooling experiences can each adversely impact a student's scholastic performance and even the student's desire to learn.
New Horizons Home School Academy℠ has created a classroom environment and program specifically dedicated to working with these children. Called the Orchard Classroom℠, this program is a perfect integration of conventional and unconventional methods of study that incorporates elements from the School of Gestalt and Experiential Teaching, right-brain development practices, and structured teaching strategies that address a student's entire academic, social, and communication skills.
In essence, the Orchard Classroom℠ is focus-intensive: its aim is to teach students to overcome learning obstacles that obscure both academic and personal ability. Our sights are set on their regained motivation to study and improved social skills. Achievement is gauged by their self-integration into a number of learning environments and by their responsible interaction in social settings.
Class size is strictly limited to 10 students. Students must apply and be accepted into this program. Tuition charges differ from other New Horizons Home School Academy tuition costs. You may call and speak with our registrar, or contact us for further information.
The Orchard Classroom℠ is an on-campus program only.
NHHSA℠ Physical Education classes consist of a well-rounded martial arts program. Students learn and practice the Koryukan style of martial arts as developed by Professor Sal Moralez. The Koryukan style brings together the essential practices and characteristics of karate-do, kobudo (traditional martial arts weapons such as sword and bo staff), jujutsu, Korean, Filipino & Chinese martial arts. Students may take the martial arts as an elective at any time. Students who require P.E. Credits are required to take it. There is an additional tuition fee for all students taking martial arts as a part of their academic curriculum whether the classes are being taken as an elective or as a required subject. Out-of-state students would need to make other arrangements for Physical Education, and these could include organized sports where verification of attendance is feasible.
There is good news for home school graduates seeking to enlist in any branch of the Armed Services.
An amendment to Section 522 of Senate Bill 1042 requires the Secretary of Defense to create a uniform policy of recruitment to include home school graduates for all four branches of the Armed Services. The new law makes it clear that home schooled students do not have to obtain a GED (which carries the stigma of being a dropout) in order to enlist. This bill was signed into law by President Bush in January 2006.
Section 591 of Public Law 109-163, the National Defense Authorization Act requires all four branches of the Armed Forces to institute a uniform recruitment policy for home school graduates and to communicate this policy down to the recruiting officer level. New Horizons Home School Academy℠ helps put your credits in order so that you can earn your High School diploma quickly and enlist in one of the branches of the Armed Forces without losing any more time. Likewise, if you have earned all of your high school credits but did not earn your diploma because you were unable to pass a standardized test, call us. We can help. And the process is easier than you would imagine.
Enrollment in New Horizons Home School Academy℠ is on-going, and students are welcome to enroll at any time throughout the scholastic year and in the summer. On-campus enrollment is limited, so you must call for space availability.
NHHSA℠ also offers a complete summer program for students who need to catch up on their credits (high school), for students who wish to enhance their academics or for students desiring to get a leg up on the next scholastic year (all grade levels).
The school honors all work a student has completed and all credits earned up until the moment of enrollment irrespective of whether or not the student transfers at the end of a semester. Mid-semester transfers with applicable credits are acceptable. Please contact one of our facilitators for answers to any of your questions.
NHHSA℠ aspires to provide students of any age, creed, race, or socio–economic background academically superior home schooling curricula designed not only to achieve excellence in study performance on a child–to–child basis but also to encourage a love and an appreciation for learning.
For a free consultation on your student's personal needs, please contact the HomeWork Program℠ Director at (915)856-7243 or Toll Free at (866)224-0218. See the Who We Are, Our Mission, and other links off the "About Us" main menu for more information about the school and its foundational principles.
At NHHSA, we aspire to provide a new concept in educational principles.Â We aim to create a progressive learning model that encourages a student’s natural desire for open-ended discovery, that is functional and integrative, and that underscores the student’s own contribution to the material being learned.Â
We seek to advance an appreciation for and a love of scholarship.Â It is our aim to reconcile our successes on our student’s accomplishments, rather than reconcile our student’s successes or failures based on our enterprise.Â
And finally, we aspire to continue to provide elementary and secondary school students with high quality home study programs that, literally, bring education to life.