1. Is HOPE a homeschooling co-op?
No. HOPE is a private Christian school registered with the state of North Carolina. Our classes are led by paid, experienced, professional educators who are prayerfully screened and selected by Administration. All students who enroll will be required to attend the full schedule of classes three days per week. Unlike a co-op, parents will not be asked to teach or devote a certain number of hours in the classroom in exchange for the right to attend.
2. Are the Common Core Educational Standards used at HOPE Academy?
National and state standards are used as a guide for academic planning and curriculum development. HOPE Academy is not required by law, nor are we tied financially in any way to state or national standards. However, as a school we have deemed it valuable to use such standards as a guide. Our students are assessed using a standardized, third party assessment each year, which is aligned with the Common Core National Standards. All academic decisions are based on prayer, research, and the developmental and academic needs of our students in order for them to be globally competitive.
Common Core standards only encompass the subjects of English Language Arts and Mathematics.
3. Do you serve students with special needs/ I.E.P.’s?
Yes. God has specifically called us to serve students with a variety of special needs. However, in order to maintain balanced classrooms, HOPE has a limited number of openings in each grade for students with special needs. To qualify for consideration at HOPE, students must be able to function independently in the classroom with little to no assistance. Determination of eligibility is made through the application process by an outside professional review of all testing and accommodation paperwork, as well as a secondary interview. Additional fees will be assessed for ongoing support services related to this program.
4. What are your class sizes?
To better meet the individual needs of our students, our classes have low student-teacher ratios. Our average class size is 16, but in some cases may reach 20 students. Our larger classes in the lower grades have assistants.
5. What days and times are classes in session?
Elementary School: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:15 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Middle and High School: 8:00 am until 3:35 p.m.
Carline will run for 15 minutes prior to the start time and 15 minutes after the end time.
6. My child is academically gifted. Are you able to meet his needs?
HOPE differentiates learning both in the classroom and at home. At HOPE, we continually assess students’ understanding and provide differentiation through small group instruction. At home, parents have the opportunity to challenge their student’s learning through teacher-designed extensions of homestudy assignments, as well as parent-initiated independent study opportunities.
7. How do you select teachers?
HOPE’s teacher selection process is very rigorous. Teachers must demonstrate an active relationship with Jesus Christ and be engaged in a local Christian church. A proven history of excellence in the classroom is a key criteria for consideration. All teachers must be certified (or eligible for certification) to teach in North Carolina or be highly qualified in their field of expertise.
8. Do you provide training and support to new co-teachers?
Yes, HOPE provides extensive training, as well as ongoing support through workshops and class meetings. All new co-teachers are also paired with a HOPE mentor parent who will provide ongoing support and prayer during the transition to this model
9. How long can we expect to work on homestudy days?
Parents should anticipate 2-4 hours of work (plus breaks/lunch) for Elementary students and a 4-5 hour day for Middle School student and a 6-8 hour day for High School students. Parents with multiple elementary aged children at HOPE should anticipate a 5-6 hour school day at home.
10. My wife and I work full-time outside of our home. Would HOPE be a good fit for us?
This model requires that one parent devote their full attention to their student(s) for most of the day on both Wednesdays and Fridays. If both parents work outside the home on a full-time basis without the ability to work a modified schedule, a more traditional 5 day per week school is a better fit.
11. Will this model allow us more flexibility to travel?
In order to maintain the integrity of the school, parents will be asked to adhere to the published school calendar. HOPE follows NC state attendance standards and as such, voluntary school absences must be kept to a minimum. While the model does allow some flexibility, it is the expectation that students complete homestudy assignments on time, even while traveling.