Our Mission The New Hope-Solebury School District inspires and empowers all students to become passionate, confident, and innovative learners with the ability to adapt to a diverse and global society.
Our Vision The New Hope-Solebury School District will support innovation, inclusion, and authentic personalized learning while fostering the development of the whole student.
The New Hope-Solebury School District’s Comprehensive Plan will serve as the focal point of District planning from 2020-2023. Formed over a span of 12 months with a thoughtful analysis of school practices by over 80 stakeholders, including students, faculty, support staff, community members, parents, business leaders, administration and board members, the planning process served to facilitate communication and collaboration, promote shared practices and resources, and to unite our school community around common goals. As we look forward, the Comprehensive Plan will support the District's efforts to expand the curriculum, enhance the student learning experience, and to further prepare students for life beyond the classroom, while also meeting state and federal requirements from the Department of Education. An overview of the goals and associated action steps is described below.
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Differentiate in the Classroom: The District is committed to ensuring that all students have access to rigorous, high-quality instruction that meets their academic needs. The District will enhance differentiation in the classroom and expand the scope of curriculum to help all students achieve their personal level of success.
Review Instructional Program Scheduling: The District will investigate and propose bell schedules that facilitate research-based instructional best practices, meet the varying needs of the student population, and increase instructional time to enhance the breadth and depth of curriculum.
Identify Academically At-Risk Students: The District will refine its Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) to better meet the needs of students. The MTSS teams will be trained and prepared to ensure at-risk students are identified early, supported with a defined intervention process, and monitored effectively.
Promote Diversity and Inclusion: The District will support a curriculum reflective of multiculturalism and rich with themes of diversity. We will include our students and staff in meaningful learning experiences around a celebration of diversity.
Realize the Portrait of a Graduate: Graduating seniors will demonstrate the development of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication (the 4 C’s) and evidence the 10 indicators of "Portrait of a New Hope-Solebury Graduate."
Technology Integration and Innovation
Meaningfully Integrate Technology: The District will continue to provide stimulating learning environments with a focus on meaningful and purposeful technology integration across the K-12 curricula.
Keep Apace with Innovation: The District will stay ahead of cutting-edge technology innovations that support student learning and develop a long-term budgeting plan to remain current. This plan will consider new developments in educational technology, the needs of the District, and improvements critical to keeping pace with changing technologies.
Improve Student Technological Competency: Students will leverage technology and take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning. Students will utilize technology to identify and solve problems and to create new, useful, and imaginative solutions.
College and Career Readiness
Implement the Act 339 Guidance Plan: Plan 339 examines ways we can further our students’ exposure to college and career learning activities to their understanding of the opportunities available to them after high school. The District will facilitate experiences that engage community organizations and businesses for internships, externships, career fairs, and mentorships.
Introduce College and Career Earlier: The District will expand its APEX program to include ninth graders. Introductions to the MBIT will start in fifth grade and be revisited in ninth grade.
Support the Needs of the Whole Child: The District has noted increased levels of anxiety and depression among students. In response, we will implement a series of measures to foster students social and emotional well-being.
Communications and Community Engagement
Foster Community Partnerships: The District will develop and build upon established partnerships with community organizations and agencies to support our students and families. We will engage with local businesses, district residents and alumni, and nonprofits for the benefit of students and the community-at-large.
Pursue a Communications Audit and Plan: The District will undergo a communications audit to review effectiveness with distributing information via email, website, social media, and other public forums. The District will develop a communications plan to outline strategic goals and timelines.
Build Heightened Community and Regional Awareness of the District: The Communications Plan will endeavor to develop local and regional awareness of the District and the accomplishments of its students and staff. We will share the District’s programs and successes to help residents understand the value of the New Hope-Solebury School District.