One of the key components of HOPE Academy’s Family Ministry program is our Parent Mentor Program. The Parent Mentor program was piloted in 2014 and was formally presented as a best practice at the NAUMS national conference in 2015.
This resource proactively supports new HOPE parents in their role as co-teachers. Mentors are assigned prior to the start of the school year and partner with new parents to encourage and assist during the transition to a new school and the University-Model® specifically.
Examples of current and past programming includes:
- Large group dessert and coffee reception
- Small group meetings at a local restaurant
- One-on-one prayer time at home
- Celebratory end-of-the-year lunch
HOPE Academy provides multiple parent training opportunities throughout the year in order to prepare and equip parents to be successful in our unique school model.
New Parent Orientation
New Parent Orientation is a required event for all new HOPE parents and typically takes place one evening in early August.
Orientation topics include:
- How to successfully transition to a University-Model® School
- The basics of homestudy and time management
- A brief review of policies and procedures
- A question and answer session
New and returning HOPE families attend Parent Training as a required full-day (Saturday) event near the start of school. This is a great day full of fellowship and community-building time with practical, subject-specific learning sessions led by educational experts and designed to support parents in their role as co-teachers at our school.
Coffee and Curriculum
Coffee and Curriculum is an opportunity for parents and teachers to meet on a school-day, once per unit.. During these sessions, teachers present upcoming unit topics, project details, and answer questions related to coursework and homestudy.
Throughout the year workshops at HOPE Academy offer practical training in subjects related to academics, parenting, and life skills.
Examples of past topics:
- Math Concentrations
- Executive Functioning Skills
- Grade-Level Spelling and Reading
- Love and Logic
- Adolescent Development
The prayer team is comprised of parents who meet monthly to pray for our school, staff, and personal needs for the families at HOPE Academy. This team is open to anyone who wishes to participate, regular attendance is not required.
MEN OF HOPE
The Men of HOPE strive to be the “hands” to lead service opportunities within the school and community, and this group is open to all HOPE fathers (and grandfathers). Currently the Men of HOPE provide a regular service day for our students and host the last day of school Field Day. The men catch up occasionally for burger nights and participate in Bible studies together.
Moms Connect events serve as a time to connect, encourage, pray and spur on one another. This group is open to all HOPE mothers (and grandmothers). Moms Connect events include parent-to-parent learning sessions, author/speaker brunches, and casual open-forum discussions about all things related to being a parent and HOPE student(s).