Electives | Hope Academy

Electives

ENRICHMENT COURSES

Elective courses enhance what HOPE Academy currently offers for core classes. These electives vary year by year. Here are some examples of the enrichment courses we offer:

ART

Upper school art places an emphasis on creativity inspired through a Biblical world view. Students may produce collaborative and individual art works during project based learning and teacher instructed content. In this class students learn:

  • Foundations of art
  • Processes of art
  • Art history

CULINARY ARTS

Students will learn the art of Full Service Catering. For the culmination of this class, students will implement a real-life catered event. Students will be responsible for all aspects of the event-planning. Students will have opportunities for leadership, collaboration, empathy, and resourcefulness. In this class students will learn:

  • Types of catering
  • Outstanding client services
  • Proposal writing
  • Budgeting
  • How to create ambiance
  • Fine dining table setting and service
  • Client meeting etiquette
  • Menu planning

DIGITAL PORTFOLIO

Using Weebly for Education, students in Digital Portfolio create personal websites that showcase school-related learning and personal development.  Participants identify their sites’ audience and name their top intangible skills. These factors are considered in each area of site development, including a personal introduction and school-work profile sections.

The online platform allows students to show the process of project development, not just the finished product. Project challenges, revisions and stages of development can be highlighted visually in academic achievements. As well, these websites bring dimension in communicating depth of student skill, character and work that traditional transcripts and resumes are limited to share.  

HOME AND AUTO

The Home and Auto Course is a hands-on class preparing students with life-skills including performing routine maintenance to their vehicles. In this class students will learn:

  • Key operational functions and parts pertaining to home and auto
  • Basic repairs that do not require a profession
  • Familiarity with tools used to maintain and repair their home and auto

THEATRE

Upper school theatre gives students the opportunity to grow in public speaking, clear communication, confidence, and understanding how other people think and feel. Students will learn the basics of stagecraft and stretch themselves as they try new things, take risks and put themselves out there. Previous theatre class sections have put on productions, written their own scripts or created characters for a sustained sitcom project. In this class students will learn:

  • The basics of nonverbal communication
  • How to communicate emotions
  • How to receive and give constructive feedback
  • Improvisation skills
  • Collaboration
  • Empathy
  • Confidence

WORSHIP BAND

This dynamic group of middle and high school students meet once per week to plan and practice songs for our school Praise and Worship. Students may play an instrument, sing vocals or help with audio/visual aspects. This class not only prepares songs for our worship time but students also gain confidence in large group communicating and performing. The Praise and Worship Team leads worship for the Middle and High School as well as school-wide 1-2 times per month.

YEARBOOK

The High School Yearbook class creates a team responsible for HOPE’s student-produced yearbook. Topics such as high-quality sources of information, best practices for interviews, story development, caption writing, editing and basic graphic design are covered by the instructor in the first quarter of the year. The remaining class time centers around planning, gathering information/content and designing the yearbook. Students will assist in:

  • Photography
  • Design
  • Layout
  • Editing for final print