Our Philosophy Is Simple

WE ALLOW EVERY CHILD TO BE BOTH SUCCESSFUL AND CHALLENGED THROUGH INDIVIDUALIZED AND SMALL GROUP LEARNING.

Using a multi-media approach, our faculty strives to meet each child’s academic, physical, emotional, and social needs at an individual level.  Our goal is to ensure self-esteem through success and growth through challenge.

WE RESPECT AND VALUE EACH MEMBER OF THE HOPE ACADEMY FAMILY.

Working together, Hope Academy’s families, faculty, and administration create a supportive and stimulating educational environment for each child.  Open classrooms allow families to share in the learning process.  An open-door administrative philosophy promotes family involvement and input.

WE FOCUS ON FINDING SOLUTIONS.

As an independent school, Hope Academy puts people ahead of policies. Within established guidelines and procedures, we seek creative strategies.   As administrators and teachers, we strive to model respectful, cooperative problem-solving.

WE ENCOURAGE AND EXPECT INDEPENDENT THINKING.

Respectful debate and discussion are encouraged at Hope Academy, enabling students to appreciate different approaches and viewpoints.  Hands-on learning and theme-based projects promote creativity and independence.

WE EMBRACE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AS A CORE SUBJECT.

We routinely take the time to monitor choices of voice, words, and actions.   Administrators and teachers model appropriate character skills through their daily interactions and weekly assemblies.  Role-play, group discussion, and one-on-one counseling facilitate awareness of the connection between thoughts, actions, and consequences.  Our goal is to assist children in developing a moral compass and self-control.

WE CREATE DAILY OPPORTUNITIES FOR SELF-EXPRESSION, BOTH WRITTEN & ORAL.

Recognizing that the ability to communicate skillfully shapes lives, we provide multiple opportunities for students to develop fluency in writing and speaking.  Small classes enable every child to present information to a group, fostering comfort levels in public speaking from a very early age.

WE RECOGNIZE THAT MISTAKES ARE ESSENTIAL TO LEARNING.

We carefully provide a nurturing environment in which children learn for understanding rather than for test-taking.  We emphasize the goal of fluency instead of merely focusing on a grade.  Our faculty takes the time to develop strategies that emphasize each child’s individual skills and natural aptitudes.

WE SEIZE TEACHABLE MOMENTS.

The South Carolina Curriculum Standards serve as our minimum standards.  However, we do not restrict teaching to those units.  Classroom curriculum is not dictated by standardized testing.  Teachers have the freedom to share their own expertise and experiences.  Additionally, we encourage each student to identify, cultivate, and share areas of personal interest and application.  This philosophy permits frequent inclusion of guest speakers, field trips, and enrichment activities.

WE HAVE FUN.

Instilling a love of learning is critical to our philosophy.  Our administrators and teachers know and appreciate each student as an individual.  We purposefully find ways to enjoy the process of learning, incorporating movement, conversation, and laughter throughout the school day.

WE DEMONSTRATE THAT INCLUSION BRINGS EXCITING POSSIBILITIES FOR ALL STUDENTS, FAMILIES, AND STAFF.

Hope Academy’s unique educational model intentionally places children with autism into classes of typical students.  In small classes with additional staff, children with autism successfully study grade-level curriculum as they learn to interact with and imitate their typical peers.

Typical children thrive in Hope Academy’s classrooms where individualization promotes unlimited growth. They gain self-esteem and problem-solving skills as they help a friend who has a different approach to life and to learning.  They focus on abilities, not disabilities; see strengths, not weaknesses; accept, not fear.