Welcome to New Life Academy!
Since 1977, New Life Academy has partnered with Christian parents to help their children grow in their God-given gifts and develop a love for learning. NLA was founded on the unchanging truths of God’s Word; every aspect of what is taught is done through a Biblical Worldview.
Our school community is made up of Preschool-Grade 12 families. The strong relationships built between students, teachers, and families who love the Lord and desire to be more Christ-like, are what sets our school apart.
At New Life Academy, students begin learning how to live out Jesus’ message from an early age. The tree, a living, organic, growing, and abundant plant, offers a beautifully profound yet simple journey of discipleship at New Life Academy. Discover below how we educate faith-filled, future-ready leaders by reading through our Who We Are, What We Do, How We Do It, and Why We Do It sections.
Who We Are
New Life Academy was founded with a vision to share God’s Word and the Gospel’s Truth with the next generation.
New Life Academy was founded in 1977 as a ministry of New Life Church to serve the community through Christian Education. Pastor Dick Wiens, his wife Patti, and a handful of other prayerful partners felt called to open a church and school in Woodbury, MN. In January of 1977, a pilot program started with just ten students and two teachers leading to a 22-acre land purchase in 1979 to further the mission of the Church and Academy.
Since then, New Life Academy has grown in both size and impact through the abundant grace and blessings of God. NLA is now a thriving Early Ed-Grade 12 school, serving more than 775 students with teachers and staff who care for students and point them to the truth of God’s Word.
Today, parents partner with NLA and their local church to teach what it means to be a Christ-follower and how to live that out in their daily lives. As part of their covenant with our community, NLA requires that at least one parent comply with our statement of faith, agree with our social positions, and commit to actively living them out in their lives. NLA commits to supporting families through unity around the shared beliefs and values of the Christian faith. This partnership is central to who we are as a school.
How We Do It
New Life Academy is creating meaningful relationships with children and families to develop the next generation’s hearts, minds, and characters to be grounded in Biblical truth. This is our daily goal inside and outside the classroom.
NLA operates with a Christian Education approach to teaching students. This means that Biblical wisdom is integrated in every aspect of learning so our students can develop according to their specific abilities while being empowered to live a life characterized by love, trust, and obedience to Christ. Our distinctives help demonstrate how we do that in each aspect of the Academy.
Our school is committed to providing Christian education to as many families as possible. As we look ahead, our established five-year strategic plan (2021-2025) serves as a guide to propel our staff and community forward to achieve our goals through four strategic pillars: Belong, Believe, Become, and Build.
With a curriculum shaped by God’s Word, instructors teach students to analyze everything through a Biblical lens. Rather than sheltering our students from views different from their own, NLA teachers show students how to engage with these perspectives Biblically.
Faith isn’t a separate entity reserved for Chapel and Bible class – at New Life Academy, our faith is part of every interaction, every day, giving students real-life examples and opportunities to live out the Christian faith.
Choosing a Christian school doesn’t mean compromising academically. In fact, our faith inspires a higher level of excellence. Every course challenges and inspires students to live ethically, think critically, and love generously. Our culture of discovery encourages students to think beyond the walls of the classroom and prepares them for college and beyond.
Team-building, leadership development, humility, and gracious attitudes in wins and losses alike define New Life Academy’s athletic program. The core of our program is not only to develop in skill but to strengthen the heart and character of the student on and off the field. Students are encouraged and supported to compete with excellence for the glory of God.
Our fine arts program encourages students to express themselves creatively on canvas or on stage. From music to visual and performing arts, students develop self-confidence through a variety of opportunities. Students explore gifts and passions while seeking and developing their identity in Christ.
As a family of Christ-followers seeking His Kingdom together, our community offers students dynamic, formative relationships to awaken a deeper love for the Lord.