OUR LOWER SCHOOL

    • Caring, Christ-centered community marked by authentic diversity
    • Passionate, gifted, and creative Christian teachers
    • Small class sizes (average of 20 students per classroom)
    • Daily worship, Bible, and prayer time in class
    • A rigorous classical curriculum, including Latin, Music, Art, and P.E.
    • Required parent involvement and accountability
    • A mandatory four-week summer school program

SHEPHERDING THE HEART

We approach discipline with a Biblical understanding of the heart, shepherding students, together with their parents, to become more like Christ.

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11 ESV)

LOWER SCHOOL CURRICULUM & HANDBOOK

Our lower school classrooms are marked by discipline, high expectations, an extended school year, and standardized testing that informs our teaching with your student—all with loving Christian teachers. Here is a brief summary of our lower school curricular approach:

Reading & WritingFrom Kindergarten on, you will find our students listening to stories, reading aloud to one another, or reading silently at their desks. Throughout our entire lower school curriculum, our students begin mastering the writing process (pre-write, write, revise, edit) and learning strong writing skills by recognizing traits of effective writing (ideas, organization, word choice, sentence fluency, voice, and conventions). At every stage of a Hope Academy education, students participate in literature circles and reader’s workshops–learning how to talk about a story and ask questions of a text.
Math & ScienceIn addition to memorizing and mastering tables, equations, and facts, our students become numerically powerful through mathematical thinking games in the lower school grades. Our elementary science curriculum involves memorization, but is inquiry-based and emphasizes hands-on experimentation.
HistoryIn the lower school we study Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome; European History; and American History from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. We also place particular emphasis on African-American History.
BibleFrom Kindergarten on, our classrooms are saturated with Biblical truth. From Adam to Jesus, students are taught the history of God’s creation and His redemption of the world and his people. Our hope is that every one of our students will become a follower of Jesus Christ, and will be “transformed by the renewing of [their] mind” (Romans 12:2).In the early grades, students learn the Scriptures through memorization, songs, and stories. Through reading God’s Word and discussing its relevance to students’ lives (in addition to worshipping Him weekly during Family Worship) we hope to instill in our students a hunger for God and his Word. Our prayer is that God would give these students a desire to know and be like Jesus.
LatinStarting in 4th grade, the study of Latin language and grammar begins. By the end of 8th grade, students will complete Latin II and be prepared for further study in Latin or any of the romance languages. Beginning in ninth grade, students at Hope Academy take Spanish.
ArtAll of our students participate in art class one day a week. Students learn to use various artistic techniques (charcoal, chalk pastel, oil pastel, various paints, etc.) while studying classical and modern artists who used each medium well.
Physical EducationAll of our students have gym class between two and four days per week. An enjoyment of physical activity, teamwork, and learning basic games and rules are emphasized in the lower grades. In the Upper School, students do more rigorous conditioning and learn to play sports such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, and many more.
MusicAll of our students have music class between two and four days a week. We emphasize music appreciation and the basics of choral and instrumental music. Students also learn sacred and secular choral music, which they perform during the school year on various occasions. Students are also allowed to receive private instrument lessons here at the school.