Our History

Located in Wilmington, NC, New Horizons Elementary School was founded in 1983 by a group of parents and professional educators who came together with a vision for a private school that would nurture achievement and personal development in its students. With over a quarter-century of experience and research, our school today is the product of elements we have found to be crucial to the country’s most highly effective schools: a dedicated and caring staff, parent involvement, and a comprehensive curriculum that goes beyond the classroom to encourage student growth, both creatively and academically.


Guided by a legacy of excellence, NHES builds the foundation for students to be confident in their potential in an ever-changing world.

Value Statements

Our culture is built upon enthusiasm, collaboration, responsibility and deliberate actions that ensure NHES as an enduring and trusted school of choice for Southeastern North Carolina.

Our vision as educators is to value authentic learning, to be attentive to individual developmental needs, to instill the joy of purposeful effort and collectively build confident, lifelong learners.

We are proud of our legacy of excellence and know that success comes through partnership with parents, students, faculty and the greater community.

Our Philosophy

New Horizons Elementary School was founded on the principles of teaching through a whole child approach and as such, strongly believes in the pursuit of academic excellence, while also recognizing the important role of character development in early childhood education. We celebrate our students’ individuality and encourage them to embrace not only their own unique attributes but those of others as well. Promoting kindness, respect, tolerance, and citizenship are of utmost importance as we provide an encouraging environment that challenges students to reach their academic goals. New Horizons is a tight-knit community where students, parents, faculty, and staff all work together to create the best learning environment for all of our students to achieve and grow.

From The Director

On behalf of our faculty and staff, thank you for your interest in New Horizons Elementary School! For 40 years, New Horizons has nurtured personal achievement in our students through a whole-child approach that focuses on academic excellence as well as social, emotional, and ethical development. We provide a tight knit dynamic learning community that ensures personal attention for every student, which in turn allows for their unique gifts, talents, and learning styles to be recognized.

Our dedicated faculty infuses engaging lessons, inquiry-based projects, and STEM into a proven curriculum that encourages innovation, creativity, critical thinking as well as proactive problem-solving. Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Sciences, and Physical Education form the core of our academic program within which students are also afforded ample opportunities to explore enrichment courses such as Spanish, Music, Art, and Health.

At New Horizons, we strongly believe in our ability to provide the necessary foundational skills that empower students to become life long learners and leaders, as well as active, mindful citizens who are successful in the classroom and beyond. We welcome the opportunity to be a part of your child’s educational journey and look forward to meeting you.


Dr. Amanda Jacobs

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