At New Hope, we understand the importance of academics.
We believe that each child has specific and individual academic needs. Here at New Hope, our goal is to help each child gain the tools they need to be able to maximize their ability to perform academically.
Once a student has gained the foundation of the pre-school skills, we start into paper/pencil academics. We have a Math, Language Arts, and Writing Program. Each chosen specifically to build skills necessary to be successful in a typical school setting. We also have Science, History, and Art that each student gets an opportunity to participate in at a level they can handle. Finally, a vigorous PE program specific to the needs of each child.
However, it’s important to remember that education is more than just academics.
When evaluating a student’s educational performance, by law a school has to “Use a variety of assessment tools and strategies to gather relevant functional, developmental, and academic information about the student, including information provided by the parent”. (EVALUATION PROCEDURES (§300.304).) In order to be successful in school, you need basic emotional and social skills, as well as intelligence.
There are so many pre-school functional and developmental skills that are necessary for a child to be successful with academics like reading, writing, and math. A child needs to be able to settle at their desk, follow instructions, ask for help appropriately, work independently, problem solve, and handle transitions. Without these essential skills, they will be unable to take in and retain the information that is being taught.
At New Hope Academy we have found that when we first focus on a child’s behavioral learning the child is able to transition more successfully into academic learning.