New Hope Academy
615-595-0324 ext. 301
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1820 Downs Boulevard
Franklin, TN 37064
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Dr. Tonja Williams
Term Start July 2022
Tonja's Experience: Dr. Tonja L. Williams begins her tenure at New Hope Academy having most recently served nine years as executive principal of Head Middle Magnet School of Mathematics and Science in Nashville, Tenn. Prior to Head Magnet, Williams was academic and curriculum principal for Nashville's Glencliff High School. She also spent seven years as assistant principal for Nashville School of the Arts.

Dr. Williams has a bachelor's degree in science and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Mississippi State University. She also earned an education specialist degree from Middle Tennessee State University in administration and supervision. In addition, Williams holds a doctorate from Trevecca Nazarene University in educational leadership and professional practice.

During that time, Williams shepherded both Head Magnet and Nashville School of the Arts to Tennessee State Reward School status. Additionally, she was a two-time finalist for Nashville Metro Public Schools "Middle School Principal of the Year" and named 2022 "Outstanding Principal of the Year" by the Greater Nashville Alliance of Black School Educators. Further accolades include multiple "Teacher of the Year" awards, the 2017 "Outstanding Administrator Award" from the Tennessee Music Education Association, and a 2020 Athena Award, celebrating women who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their profession.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Mr. Parker Page Director of Advancement
Mr. John Bryant Academic Director


Full Time Staff 30
Part Time Staff 12
Volunteers 300
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 90%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was the Strategic Plan adopted? August 2021
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? No
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy? Yes


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Annually
Senior Management Yes Annually
Non-Management Yes Annually


Affiliation Year
Association of Christian Schools International 1996
Boys & Girls Clubs of America 2001
Brentwood Chamber of Commerce 2004
Chamber of Commerce 2004
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) 2015
Williamson County Chamber of Commerce 2004

External Assessments and Accreditations

Assessment/Accreditation Year
Southern Association of Independent Schools 2022


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Youth + Excellence = Success (Yes) Award 100 Black Men of Middle TN, Inc. 2004