Education that meets your child’s needs
“… students can move as fast as they are able or as deliberately as they need to ….”Hope Academy, the on-campus school of the Presbyterian Home for Children, was founded in 1997 to fulfill the educational needs of residents of the Home. In 2004, Hope Academy opened its doors to the community and began accepting private day and residential students. From there, it expanded to become an exceptional school offering specialized instruction for students with special needs ranging from difficulties in achievement due to learning disabilities or ADHD, to those who have simply fallen behind for any number of reasons.
Today, more than 90% of Hope Academy’s faculty hold advanced degrees – 100% love teaching and possess vast experience in working with special circumstance students! Both students and teachers alike take advantage of Hope Academy’s average class size of ten students with a student/teacher ratio of 6 to 1. Gifted students also excel in the small classroom setting with the personalized level of instruction and the early enrollment opportunities available through Central Alabama Community College.
Hope Academy’s expectations are to prepare students for their post-secondary choices, to help ensure their road to success begins prior to high school graduation, and to help students choose options that match their talents and abilities.
Through Hope Academy, in conjunction with the services available at the Presbyterian Home for Children, students and their families will receive comprehensive services and quality educational opportunities that provide the skills, self-confidence, and discipline to make appropriate choices, in all aspects of their lives, and to instill the determination necessary to accomplish their goals; thereby, providing each student the opportunity for success.
Hope Academy, as an integral part of the Presbyterian Home for Children, conducts itself in such a way as to nuture, direct and challenge all students to develop academically, socially, and spiritually to their maximum potential and to provide all students with the opportunity to become the fully functional persons whom God created them to be.
- The education of all students is the primary focus of Hope Academy.
- Taking into consideration student exceptionalities and cultural diversity, we maintain high expectations for all students and believe that all students can learn.
- Students are entitled to an education in a positive environment that is safe, nurturing, free from distractions, physically comfortable, and stimulating; therefore, conducive to learning.
- Faculty and staff strive to assist students in realizing the relationship between curriculum content and their lives beyond the classroom.
- The curriculum is implemented to develop strong moral character, to instill self-respect, and to foster positive self-esteem, thereby producing students who will become responsible members of society.
Hope Academy received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in December 2005, was renewed in 2010, and is up for review April of 2015. Hope Academy employs highly qualified teachers, aligning the curriculum with the Alabama Courses of Study requirements, and addressing all federal and state requirements for students meeting the criteria for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Students attending Hope Academy are assured the educational advantages of:
- An AdvancED accredited program ensures quality
- Confidence that grades will transfer and be accepted at all colleges and universities
- Small class size (6-12 students per teacher)
- An atmosphere filled with high expectations for academic achievement
- Personalized attention allowed by small classes
- Open communication line between parent, student and educators
- Special emphasis on customized curriculum needs
- Above average pass rate on the Alabama High School Graduation Exam
Higher Education Statistics
Of the 83 Hope Academy graduates from 2004-2015:
- 87% are attending post-secondary schools, are employed, or are successfully providing for self and/or family.
- 6 graduated from two or four-year colleges or universities.
- 2 are pursuing postgraduate degrees.
- 20 are still attending two or four-year colleges or universities.
- Six of the eight 2014 graduates received one or more college scholarships totaling more than $250,000.
Most students earn college credit while attending high school. More than 62% of the students currently enrolled in Hope Academy attend dual or accelerated enrollment classes at Central Alabama Community College and will graduate from high school with as many as 30-60 semester hours of college credit.
Before being admitted to Hope Academy, prospective students are assessed, at a minimum, in the areas of reading and mathematics achievement. Before being admitted into the residential program, students may be required to complete a battery of psychological assessments. These assessments are designed to let teachers and program administrators know exactly where the student ranks in many different areas of learning, as well as, provide the information necessary for a customized instructional approach.
Tuition & Fees
$4,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year. This is payable in ten monthly installments of $400 each. Not included in that is a one-time application fee of $50 and an additional fee of $175 for the pre-admission testing. Discounts are available for multiple children from the same family.
To apply for the fall semester at Hope Academy as either a day student or a residential student, call Hope Academy at 256-362-4314 or contact us online.