The curriculum of The Hope Academy supports an overarching theme: to develop students’ understanding, compassion, and care for people, the material world, and the natural environment.

We kindle and nurture our students love of learning

ClassroomThrough a challenging and responsive curriculum, The Hope Academy seeks to nurture students’ curiosity and perseverance. The ultimate goal is for students to become life-long learners who hold themselves to high standards in their personal, professional, and civic lives. Curricular engagements are built on the assumption that knowledge construction is socially mediated. Students are welcomed into the ideas, processes, and habits of mind of the language arts, social studies, science, math, technology, health and physical education, the dramatic, musical, and visual arts.
To maximize growth, teachers continually seek to understand what students know and can do with support and with independence. Teachers gain deep knowledge of students by using an integrated and systematic approach to assessment and instruction. With information drawn from on-going observation, curriculum-based performance assessments, and more formal benchmarked assessments, teachers design lessons and other supports responsive to students’ needs and intentions.

Students are building their understanding every day

One-on-one with student and teacherStudents’ understandings are revealed during one-on-one, small group, and whole class conference work. Throughout this sequence, Instruction and assessment are complementary (formative) and teachers provide students with instructional supports particular to their needs.

The Significance of the Unit

We are field-testing EngageNY, an open source math curriculum created by the Department of Education of the State of New York. Students learn that unit-based procedures are transferable and can thus build their knowledge in new ways.

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