An Inspired Idea
New Village Academy draws inspiration from a wide, but interrelated set of practices, models, and ideas. Our name itself comes from the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child," invoking the belief that lifting up our youth collectively must be at the heart of our school, of the Annapolis community, and of the future success of our planet if we are all to thrive.
This vision is rooted in the more collectivist traditions of African and American indigenous peoples and represents our commitment not just to a (re)new(ed) vision of community for Annapolis but also to a more expansive knowledge and values base drawn from the cultural strengths, heritage, and wisdom of all of the communities represented in Annapolis and in our student body.
Because our students lead and define their own learning pathways, because families play a central role in their students' Navigation Team, and because multiple definitions of success are embraced, our educational approach can bring to the forefront cultural values, histories, and ways of learning that have long been missing from public schooling.