Academics are more than Reading, Writing and ‘rithmetic – much, much more. It is the pursuit of knowledge so that we might grow in reason, intellect and wisdom, in order to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. And because your child has such an excellent purpose, he or she deserves and requires and excellent education.
An excellent academic program meets the student’s individual needs, promotes community and independent learning, and is not SOL driven – but instead is standards-based and student driven. It invites parents and the community into the educational process and emphasizes personal, spiritual, intellectual and social- emotional development.
Beginning in pre-school, our curriculum includes developmental appropriate instruction in the following subjects:
- Language Arts
- Vocabulary and Spelling
- World Languages
Then, the final curricular subjects will be added around the following grade-levels:
- Foreign Language and Cursive: Kindergarten
- Apologetics and Writing: First Grade
- Rhetoric: Third Grade
- Students learn in multi-level communities which allow them to learn at their own pace utilizing assessment styles and study materials that interest and engage them
- Instruction is standards-based but not SOL-driven.
- Our school practices a “Schole’” learning philosophy which means “restful” – a relaxed learning environment
- One computer to one-student ratio
- Emphasis on digital, project-based and quest-based learning
Our Learning Environment:
In addition, Grace and Hope Academy is a microschool.
As a microschool, we champion personalized learning, technological innovations, discovery and investigation and facilitative instruction styles, over lecture based classrooms.
Further, we understand the importance of forging strong and meaningful relationships. At Grace and Hope Academy, these are forged through communities. Instead of traditional grades students work together in “communities“. Communities, or cohorts, typically span 2-3 grade levels and allow students the freedom to study and discover together, tutor one another, and support each other. Within these small intimate groups, students organize, plan, investigate, debate, challenge one another and grow.
“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” – Luke 14:28, ESV