From the Director

September 2017

Dear NHES Parents and/or Potential Applicants,

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new and returning families to the 2017-2018 academic year, as well as to those of you who may be perusing our website looking for an educational placement for your child.  New Horizons offers its students a unique learning community that fosters not only academic excellence but also social, emotional and ethical development.  Now entering our 34th year, we look forward to building upon this established New Horizons “whole child” approach as well as enhancing our school community spirit.

Throughout this school year, continued focus will be placed on collaboration amongst our faculty to elevate and enhance our curriculum.  Integrating technology in meaningful ways will remain an area of emphasis as well as the use of inquiry-based projects and innovative multi-sensory teaching methods.  Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) is a methodology that we will continue to incorporate as it aligns itself with our mission to encourage students to be creative, critical thinkers well versed in the 21st century learning skills needed for success.

Efforts to enrich also apply beyond the classroom, as our faculty consistently strives to find compelling ways of promoting our school spirit and overall sense of community.  School wide family events including First Fridays, Parent Game Day, Jump Rope for Heart, Family Bingo, and back by popular demand for sure this year, our Decades Dance, provide wonderful opportunities for our students to showcase their talents, collaborate with families and for us to just have some good old fashioned fun together.

Furthermore, our outdoor learning spaces remain an integral part of our dynamic teaching philosophy at New Horizons and plans to continue to realize the full aesthetic and educational potential of our grounds.  We are currently reaping the benefits of being awarded Cape Fear Garden Club’s annual grant by fully establishing a new butterfly garden in Lauren’s garden space.  Efforts to increase awareness of our school in the Wilmington community are also in full swing and remain paramount.  With these and other improvement projects in the works, I ask you for your continued support whether it be by volunteering, participating and attending our events, or by simply sharing with family and friends what makes New Horizons an outstanding educational institution.

We enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to provide your children with the best educational experience possible in every regard.  I truly believe with your support and collaboration, there is no limit to what we can achieve for our students and our school community.  Our faculty believes that each and every child will “thrive here.”  I personally invite you to join us in this journey.


Donna Clark

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