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Instructional Academic Program

Hope Elementary's teachers encourage intellectual depth and rigor, hold high expectations for students, and help each child grow to his or her potential. Student achievement and learning goals come directly from the school's mission and vision statements and its motto, "Learning to Lead...Leading To Learn".  These guide all aspects of the school community, including program development and setting student-achievement goals.  Our technology program focuses on the use of technology resources and tools.  Our goal is to integrate these resources and tools into projects and disciplines using the same hardware and software professionals use in the real world.  The primary focus is on creating a curriculum to foster an appreciation of technology through creation, collaboration, knowledge acquisition, and an understanding of current and future technology issues.  

At Hope Charter Leadership Academy, we have implemented multi-grade structures in all of our classrooms.  We have found through research and previous observations that our multi-grade students have done as well academically as our single grade students and have actually grown socially and personally.  This multi-grade structure introduces our lower grade students to higher academics while focusing on their current curriculum.  It also encourages our higher grade students to exercise leadership skills in the classroom in assisting younger classmates.  Our class breakdown is as follows: (2) K/1 Classrooms, (2) 2/3 Classrooms, and (2) 4/5 Classrooms. 

We also use
 core classes, special classes, choices, enrichment, and remedial intensives to foster in-depth learning on technology-related topics.  All classes learn how to navigate our technology available at the school.  Students utilize educational websites to support the curriculum in English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science. The ultimate objective is to ensure each student has a wide range of technical proficiencies for their academic level by the time they attend middle school. 

7 Habits Leadership Focus

Hope Elementary is proud and extremely excited to be implementing the Leader In Me philosophy in our school.  The Leader In Me is based on the work of Dr. Stephen Covey's book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." The goal of the Leader In Me program is for students to understand that they all have the essential qualities to become leaders.  The Leader In Me also helps to create a common language within our school and the community by teaching all of our stakeholders the Seven Habits.   The Leader In Me will be integrated into Hope Charter's core curriculum.  Stephen Coveys seven habits are a simple set of rules for life-inter-related and synergistic, and yet each one powerful and worthy of adopting and following. The seven habits are: 
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek first to Understand, Then to be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw 

 

YMCA: Y Learning Academic After school Program

The Y Learning Academic After school Tutorial Program of the YMCA is a unique program that is available to students of Hope Charter Leadership Academy.  Y Learning is an after school tutorial program that has been designed as a school partnership with teachers, administrators, students, parents and the YMCA counselors; by extending academic and social support to students in grades K - 5. The program's main purpose is to increase reading, writing, and math achievement through experiences that include a emphasis on social, emotional, and character development. Providing well-structured and engaging activities that inspire children to learn using a variety of innovative methods is reflected through the multidisciplinary approach.  Students participate in our after school program at no cost to our families.  Program hours are Monday - Friday from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm on regular school days and 11:30 am - 6:00 pm on Early Release school days.  Snacks are provided for students each day. Assisted learning activities per grade include: 

Kindergarten & First Grades: 

  • Small group reading led by volunteers and staff
  • Homework assistance and tutorial
  • Computer Lab Time using i-Ready (individualized online instructional tool for blended learning in reading and math)
  • Recreation time (focusing on youth health and wellness, and character building)


Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades: 

  • Reading time with a focus on comprehension
  • Homework assistance and tutorial
  • Computer Lab Time using i-Ready (individualized online instructional tool for blended learning in reading and math)
  • Interactive learning activities in stations
  • Skill practice: reading, writing, math
  • Recreation/Structured Games time (focusing on health and wellness, peer socialization, and character building)

Elementary Specials Classes

Rhythm & Music Education 
Students attend music class on a weekly basis.  Students are taught using standard curriculum. Throughout the program students will learn various aspects of music, music theory and history, as well as become introduced to recorders.

Spanish Education 
Students in grades K through 5th grade participate in Spanish class.  Students learn vocabulary through stories, skits, and games.  They enjoy culinary specialities from Spain and Latin America, they learn about the geography, the history, and the many varied cultural traditions of the Spanish-speaking world.  The intermediate level of Spanish encourages the development of oral language proficiency and prepares the 4/5 Multi-Grade classes as they continue the foreign language experience in middle and high school. 

Health & Physical Education / Karate Education 
Students participate in physical education classes on a weekly basis.  The Healthful Living Education curriculum promotes behaviors that contribute to a healthful lifestyle and improved quality of life for all students.  The Healthful Living Education curriculum, when fully integrated, supports and reinforces the goals and objectives of its two major components health and physical education.  When the concepts of these two areas are integrated, learning is enhanced to its maximum.  At Hope Charter Leadership Academy we have specialized our Healthful Living Curriculum.  Our instructional program includes Health, Physical Education, and Karate instruction.  Our Karate program is led by Sensei Gary Crawford, a 3rd degree Black Belt who has been practicing karate for 18 years.  Through his program, he seeks to empower students using the 5 Precepts passed down from Master Gichen Funakoshi which are: 
1.  See Perfection of Character
2.  Be Faithful
3.  Endeavor
4.  Respect others 
5.  Refrain from Violent Behavior. 

Students improve in the areas of confidence, concentration, self-discipline, and fitness.  Appreciation of others is highly valued and merely learning how to fight is not. Intermediate level students in grades 4/5 are provided karate belts at no charge during their participation for the school year. 

Library/Media/Technology 
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade have a weekly scheduled library time where they are able to go to the media center and check out books and participate in mini library lessons and/or book reads.  Students are also afforded the opportunity to work with computer workstations, laptops, or iPADS to complete research, or integrate technology with other instructional activities with their classroom teacher facilitating.