Academics

Achievement Goals

Hope Academy is committed to a diligent focus on outcomes and a serious goal setting process.

The ultimate outcome that we expect to achieve is that all our students will perform at or above grade level by the 8th grade. It is further expected that our students will be prepared and will enter honors and advanced placement level classes in high school, graduate high school, and go to college.

Our goal will be to raise the level of performance two years for each year of school until our students are at or above grade level.Hope Academy teachers employ a variety of methods to assess student progress.

Curriculum

The Hope Academy curriculum serves a two-fold purpose of developing foundational skills mastery and unleashing the joy of learning through immersion in a wide variety of disciplines.

Curricular emphasis is placed on the core areas of reading, writing, and mathematics with regular assessment and monitoring for progress.

Students apply core knowledge through in-depth explorations in science, history, and Biblical studies. Hope Academy teachers use a variety of innovative approaches and technologies to achieve desired student outcomes.

The curriculum chosen will be challenging, traditional and college-prep. Opportunities for the arts, field trips, service learning, and physical education are integral parts of the curriculum.

Our Philosophy of Education

Homework

At Hope Academy homework is a critical part of the learning process allowing students to develop into independent learners who are capable of taking individual responsibility for academic work in high school and college.

Hope Academy will create assignments that will enable students to learn and practice organizational skills, self-directed learning, time management and independent study skills. As students move on to high school and college, these skills will be vital tools that students will use to become successful students and professionals in our community.

While students should expect regular homework assignments, the quantity of homework given will be reasonable and reflect the maturity and ability of the students. Parents will be asked to commit to both providing a quiet learning space in the home for studies and to commit to ensuring that all assignments are completed.

Assessment

Standardized/quantitative assessments are used along with qualitative measures such as student portfolios.

Quantitative assessments include:

  1. Regular progress monitoring through a leveled reading assessment – (Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)
  2. An annual comprehensive achievement test – (TerraNova[updated California Achievement] & NC EOGs)
  3. Students will read on grade level or above by 8th grade. Students who enter the school reading below grade level will advance two grade levels per year until they reach grade level.