STUDENT LIFE OPPORTUNITIES AT HOPE ACADEMY
Social opportunities and activities that extend beyond the classroom are key to a strong community. Our Student Life offerings complement HOPE’s academic program by providing engaging, hands-on opportunities to extend learning outside of the classroom. These fun and unique activities help build community among our students, provide opportunities to explore new interests, and strengthen their God-given gifts and talents. Please visit our various program pages for more information.
HOPE students have the opportunity to participate in various hands-on service learning projects throughout the year which provide a very tangible reinforcement of the biblical virtues they are learning, while modeling Christ’s love to others. These experiences are designed to directly connect with the topics they are studying in class (i.e. homelessness, poor access to water in many parts of Africa, etc.) and students extend their learning through self-reflection, journaling, and discussion. Here are just a few examples of the ways HOPE students have served:
The Men of Hope (dads) and students meet up at a local Chic-fil-A one evening per month and then head over to Brookdale Place Assisted Living in Concord. While there, they play several rounds of BINGO with the residents and have come to develop relationships with many who are living there.
School-wide serve day
The entire school spread out over Cabarrus county to perform various acts of service on a homestudy day. Projects included cleaning and landscaping at West Cabarrus Church, sorting food and clothing at the Main Street Mission in China Grove, and landscaping/ painting at Brookside Assisted living facility.
This was a school-wide event to raise money for Samaritan’s Purse and The Christian Foundation for Persons with Disabilities. As a result of their efforts, several classes funded 5 new water wells in Africa and our 1st Grade class donated over $1,000 to provide services for those who are disabled.
Purposeful acts of kindness
The entire school participated in both group and individual acts of kindness. Some of the many acts included a Bike-a-Thon to raise money for Cookies for Kids Cancer, gathering to make 500 sandwiches for the homeless, making cookies and thank-you notes for the military, firemen and construction workers, and filling backpacks with snacks for homeless children.
Upper school extracurricular activities
Praise and Worship Team
This dynamic group of 6th-8th grade students meet once per week during morning block to plan Praise and Worship for the lower grades. They practice songs, develop brief lessons and small group activities, learn how to work the sound board and slide presentations, and gain confidence in large group communicating. The Praise and Worship Team leads worship for the lower elementary students 1-2 times per month. There is no fee to participate, but students must remain in good standing at HOPE to maintain their status as a team member.
High School students may participate on the yearbook committee which is staffed by parent volunteers. Students will assist in photography, design, layout, and editing the book for final print.
After-school enrichment activities are wildly popular at HOPE and are open to HOPE elementary students in 1st-5th grades. Kindergarten students may participate in the spring semester. These 8-week activities meet once a week after school on Mondays or Tuesdays in fall and spring, and allow students in all grades to explore new interests in a fun environment with other HOPE students. All activities are led by HOPE parents or teachers. There is an extra fee to participate and activities are subject to change. Current and past offerings include:
- Basic Hand Sewing
- Glue, Goo and Games (crafts)
- Crazy Chemists
- International Foods/Cooking
- STEM Solar-Powered Car Construction
- LEGO Robotics
- Jr. LEGO League
- Number Drummer Percussion Ensemble