School Details

New Life Academy of Excellence

3159 Campus Dr, Norcross, GA 30071
(678) 301-7002

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-2 296 students 16 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

New Life Academy of Excellence is a charter elementary school in Norcross. The principal of New Life Academy of Excellence is Alphonsa Foward, whose e-mail is 296 students go to New Life Academy of Excellence and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 4% of the 296 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 7% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at New Life Academy of Excellence is 16:1. Norcross Christian Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin


  • Martial arts self defense

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 62% 32%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 10%
Asian 5% 10%
Hispanic 13% 26%
Multiracial 10% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 10% 28%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 54%
Economically disadvantaged 4% 59%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    My child has attended New Life since Kindergarten and despite any change we have experienced we can honestly say that this was the best decision ever for our daughter. She has excelled in more ways than one and is continuously improving academically emotionally and socially and that's what's important. New Life is striving for the best and often shows that in the display of multiply avenues such as administration responding to the needs of the parents adding technology and working really close to support the teachers while there educating our children. My family is VERY pleased with Mr. Foward and the entire New Life Academy Family!!! Go New Life!!!

  • (10 months ago)

    My husband and I moved from Massachsetts and when we arrived we were unable to find a Pre-K. We both knew when our child attended school we would love a charter school since that is what we hoped if we still lived in Massachsetts. However we found New Life and was looking forward to visiting the school. We were concerned about if she would catch up because she did not have Pre-K like the other children but her teacher was very attentive and she excelled!!! We were so impressed with the teachers the vision of the school and the staff that we just knew our other daughter would attend also. One daughter in 4th and the other in first we are so thankful that we were able to find this school and excited for our daughters future both speaking writing and having coversations in Chinese! If you want your children to have an education where the are already outside the box and not thinking out the box this is definitely the school that can make this happen!

  • (1 year ago)

    My opinion is if that parent sends her child to the school and gives an honest assessment of her experience w/ the school - but mistakenly typed CRTT instead of CRCT - you should not try to belittle them and their honest review. It does not make you any bigger or smarter of a person. My experience w/ the school has been similar to hers. Who made you the police of the review section of this site?

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is great but the direction has gone a bit blur.. and certain administrative staff can be unfriendly. But still better school than other nearby.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love New Life Academy of Excellence! The staff members are kind and professional. We have a kindergartner and she simply loves her teachers her friends and she loves to share all the things she is learning when she comes home to her family.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has been at new life for 5 years and it is a great school

  • (1 year ago)

    My son attends New Life Academy and we LOVE it! The teachers and administration are very supportive and go above and beyond for the children. I am thrilled that on any given day the administrators & teachers know each child by first name as well as their parents. This is a great school if you want your children to be challenged more academically although homework is a little excessive but helpful. I think that almost all of my son's teachers are very experienced and thoughtful. Thank you so much New life Submitted by a parent

  • (2 years ago)

    This school does well on testing. Their scores went down last year but they are still on top as far as CRTT is concern. Unfortunately I can't say the same about their administrative team. They do not appropriated parents and have an if you don't like it leave attitude. The principle is no where to be found and if you have an issue you can forget it. Some of the teachers out there thinks that they are God's gift to the school and do what ever they want and the administrative team back them up. This is a school of choice. The parents at this school are looking for better choices and better opportunities for their children. Not every student there has a low rated school in their neighborhood. Administration should stop acting like it. Like we don't have a choice. They should embrace that with all the choices we have we choose NEW LIFE. Some of us are there because we want more than just an excelling CRTT scrore. We want the use of a second language and the martial arts that's included. We want an environment where all The parents are looking for bigger and better for their kids.

  • (2 years ago)

    wish the principal was more hands on. Big suit and big no show. Love the education up until grade 3. Took daughter out to put in private school. Will move my K out when he goes to 3rd grade too.

  • (2 years ago)

    In response to the last comment..The catering service uses Cambro warmers to keep the foods warm not the warming center...(just thought you might want to visit during lunch times) I never said the teachers where unacceptable..they are very structured child too is in the gifted program so my child is suceeding. I am a parent that has attended several 'in house' meetings that the large number of parents do not even know about. So in perspective I do know a little bit more about whats going on behind closed doors. I would never say things that are untrue or false. Just because a child achieve and suceeds in life does not omit the ones that do not. Many children in this school are having dificulties.. My child absolutely loves this school.. And on another note my child is eight so if there were' issues' outside school he/she is very responsible when it comes to expressing feelings and concerns no matter what the cause may be. Just because a school does not fit my 'liking' or requirements it fits my child's educational needs and it would be unreasonable and selfish of me to transition my child. But I do keep my First Admendment rights!

  • (2 years ago)

    The last review is completely wrong in all respects. This is also my child's 4th year at NLAE. There is a warming kitchen that is used by the catering company. It was never intended for individual use by students. There are too many reasons why that would be a terrible idea to list them here. This is an excellent school with wonderful teachers and administrators that welcomes parental involvement. This is a public school and standardized tests are required even though they are not the best means for measuring a student's achievement. My daughter is doing exceptionally well in every thing including Mandarin and is in the gifted program. If your child is not succeeding it is more likely due to issues outside this wonderful school. Karate is the only PE offered. As a parent it is my job to ensure that my child gets sufficient exercise and she does. The school is only responsible for her education and it is doing an outstanding job. In short if you feel this school does not meet your child's need then find another.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child is a kindergartner and I have seen much improvement already. The teachers are capable and the campus is clean and safe. I have my personal complaints but those issues does not impact my child's learning. Unltimately I choose NLAE because of the above three basic necessities. NLAE deserves a lot more money and much more credit and recognition than they are currently receiving. NLAE receives only half the fund of the public non charter Gwinnett schools but the education they provide is far more superior.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent all the way around. My son loves the school and so do I. Best decison I have made so far in my sons education.

  • (3 years ago)

    1. POSITIVES *Very dedicated professional teachers. *Uniforms are nice and always a plus. *Good CRCT score. *Very clean hallways and Classrooms. *Safe environment. *They are somewhat strict in certain areas - which is good for the most part. *NLA is probably a better option than most of the other local public schools. 2. NEGATIVES *Like many schools a teacher told me that the CRCT test is taught to the kids so the school's score is inflated. Same teacher also told me that the school actually scores BELOW the national avg. on the Iowa Test. *Your child will never be fluent in Mandarin Chinese as they are only exposed to it for just a little bit on a daily basis. *May be a rowdiness issue w/ some of the kids. *Communication from management tends to be poor. *They do not encourage parental involvement. *Some of the management appears to be related to each other. *They are of the pill popping mindset to get the kids to sit still in class. I've spoken to a handful of dissatisfied parents and some have changed schools. Therefore depending on where you live... if you are unable to go private NLA may be your best public option.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son has been with NLAE since Kindergarden and is now in the 3rd grade. I cannot express enough how this school has been a Godsend to us! They truly leave no child left behind and I constantly feel as if the teachers staff and administration are in our corner. This school has a personal 'family' enviornment. My child is one that needs constant reinforcement with his work and the teachers have always gone above and beyond to give him the attention needed to be successful. The teachers call directly whenever there is a concern. This school has just about a 100% CRCT pass rating. Parents help parents and the administration is nothing but professional. The students study Manderin Chinese Language as well as Tae Kwan Do. It is truly and enriching experience

  • (4 years ago)

    NLAE is a school that is continuing to strive for success. I have two kids at the school and we have been supporters of the school since 2008 when my son was in Kindergarden. I feel too many parents give the school such a hard rep because of a bad experience. In every school regardless to its finances or credentials you will have one or two parents having a problem. I do agree with some of the early post that the school "lack diversity". I would love for my child to learn and grow around a diverse group of kids but that's not stopping me from supporting the school its staff and its mission. Far too many times people find the negative instead of working around it to gain a positive.

  • (4 years ago)

    I really llike the school. The students workn harder and they always teach above the grade level. The problem with the school they need to have some kind of band ormusic program where kids can learn to play instruments or some type of tech class for the upper grades6-8. Overall great school especially for the lower grades.

  • (4 years ago)

    Let me first say that I am a white parent and my child is in the 3rd grade. I am very disappointed in the under tones of racial discrimination where the diversity of the school is concerned. This school is open to all races. And you go to school to learn not to worry about if someone looks like your child! My child is advanced in reading Chinese and math. That's why I send my child to this school. If your so worried about the "diversity" than this not the school for you.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is very good. They need more diversity (more White Asian Hispanic). The education here is good. The committment to discipline is good (although I think they yell too much). The administration is top heavy. They have too many people there who do unknown things and require unknown wages that could be used for the school. They are unorganized and will send out notices of important happenings for the next day or next week. They have little to no control over some of the things that happen there. If you are complaining about no cafeteria or playground you are not serious about this school. There is more to education than that. Even in a different school PE would be a joke and the school food unhealthy. If you can't spend a few minutes in the morning preparing a healthy lunch for your child then just pop then on the school bus and look no further into this school. You need to go and really look hard to make sure that the culture of this school is right for YOUR family. It is a choice and you need to be committed to the Charter School system. They are DEPENDENT on the body of parents for assistance. They need to improve communication with parents.

  • (4 years ago)

    I agree with the parent on the previous post. Putiing your child at NLAE is a CHOICE. I have noticed that the parents that seem to complain the most are the ones that have issues themselves which affects their kids. The purpose of a school is to educate and they are obviously doing a great job at it. Out of ALL the schools in the state of GA. only 2 were awarded 2 awards for BEST TEST SCORES and MOST IMPROVED and 1 was NLAE. Also on this website they were one of the few that received a 9 out of 10 rating. With that said you have issues with no CAFETERIA? It is better to pack your childs lunch to ensure they are eating healthy and it is cheaper. And for everyones information. PE after a certain grade unfortunately is NOT a REQUIREMENT but they still allow the children at least 30 mins. of play. So pick what is important to you a cafeteria a playground or a great education??????? I choose education. Also have you seen the kids that go to regular public schools. THEY LOOK AWFUL. I love the uniforms!!!! Also the fact that it is a small envionment and everyone knows everyone and I feel that my child is safe at NLAE unlike some of these public schools.

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