At HOPE, we approach learning through inquiry and hands-on exploration. We do not rely on rote memorization, but rather help students make meaningful, immediate connections to what they are learning through in-depth unit studies. In our classrooms, you will frequently see students working in pairs or groups to solve problems or practice new strategies.
Project based learning is an important aspect of our academic program. Through project-based learning, students are able to apply both their studies of Biblical virtue and academics to real life situations. Students investigate four to six topics per year that challenge them to delve deeply into through research and analysis, thereby compelling them to become problem-solvers and inventors.
Students have developed strategies to make clean water accessible around the world as well as raised money to drill new wells across Africa. Other students have studied various world problems such as slavery, illiteracy, poverty and developed practical solutions which involved developing connections among organizations, raising awareness, and even inventing products to make a difference. The projects at HOPE develop critical thinkers and problem solvers with an outward focus. Through the University- Model, parents and students work together to explore these ideas at home. What started as a school project can easily become a mission the whole family is called to whether it is supporting the drilling of wells, training orphans with life skills or serving with local missions.
The University-Model® structure provides you more time with your children. More time to create memories through meaningful learning experiences, Biblical discussions, and to simply be present together. It provides more time to impress on our children’s hearts the things that matter most. It is these experiences and conversations that our children will remember and not depart from when they are old. Consider your own childhood memories. What was most meaningful? What have you not forgotten?
As students move through elementary school, developing a greater sense of responsibility and independence, the parent begins to transition into the role of a Guide for Dependent Study rather than a Co-Teacher.
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YOUR WEEK AT A GLANCE
Elementary School Grading System
HOPE provides a standards based report of student progress two times per year for all Elementary students. The report includes information regarding content mastery and academic development based on grade level goals. Formal letter grades are assigned during middle school and high school.
In order to protect the integrity of the University-Model® and provide ongoing feedback as well as accountability for co-teachers (parents), weekly homestudy assignments are graded with a number grade. The average of all homestudy assignments will be calculated and noted on the report card at the end of each unit. Repeated incidences of less than satisfactory performance on homestudy assignments will require a conference with a student’s teacher and/or Administration.