Local private schools urge New Hope parents to consider all options

The leaders of local private schools issued a statement Friday to remind parents that they, too, are an option for students who could be displaced if New Hope Academy Charter School closes.

Last week, the state Charter Appeal Board upheld the York City School District’s decision not to renew New Hope’s charter, saying the school must close Jan. 15.

The school, which has about 815 students, has vowed to fight the decision and plans to seek approval to remain open while it appeals in court. Meanwhile, the city district has said it has plans in place to accommodate the potentially hundreds of students who could return to district schools.

But the York County Heads of School – the leaders of York Country Day School, Christian School of York, York Catholic and Logos Academy – released a statement Friday saying they, too, are ready for New Hope students.

“As educational leaders in our community, we’re committed to helping deliver a caring, immediate response to this unusual challenge for every member of New Hope Academy’s family,” the statement says. “The community’s combined energy must be focused squarely on the needs of all affected students.”

The statement says that even despite the decision on New Hope, parents “continue to have a range of public, charter and private school options available.” It notes that city students are eligible for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit programs, both of which help fund scholarships for students.

“We urge every impacted parent to contact our schools, as well as area public schools, to request immediate information about the full range of educational choices for their child,” the statement says. “We stand ready to assist every student and parent impacted by New Hope Academy’s closing.”

Of course, cyber schooling, home schooling or other charter schools are also options for students, and I’ve heard some New Hope parents mention those as possibilities for them.

Related links: Will New Hope get to remain open during appeal? Similar decisions have varied.

About Angie Mason

I’m the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what’s happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at amason@ydr.com or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1

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