Who We Are
Serving over 400 children from three-years-old to sixth grade, New Hope Christian Academy is rooted in the heart of the Frayser community of Memphis and built upon the core ideas of teaching, learning, and discipleship.
New Hope Christian Academy is an urban, college-preparatory elementary school providing students with a challenging intellectual and Christ-centered education.
The goal of New Hope Christian Academy is to ground students in the knowledge of God as uniquely revealed in Jesus Christ and attested to in the Scriptures. The Academy places a unique emphasis on the immediate community in which the school is located, and it seeks to provide the highest standards for intellectual and Christ-centered learning through the development of lasting relationships with students, families, and the church community. Through relevant learning and a student-centered culture of thinking, the New Hope education strives to equip every child with the tools necessary to serve as God’s image-bearers while effectively pursuing high school graduation and a college education.
Around 1995, seminary student Steve Carpenter desired to make a difference in the lives of under-resourced children in Memphis. He dreamed of offering a strong academic, Christ-centered education for inner-city children. Soon enough, Mr. Carpenter found encouragement and financial support from a lifelong friend to push this dream to fruition. As his vision began to materialize, he gained a partner for this step of faith in his former co-worker and friend, Mrs. Lila Wilkinson. Growing more and more surrounded by support, Mr. Carpenter’s dream began to take shape as what has become today’s New Hope Christian Academy.