We have 3 children at Hope, with the first starting Kindergarten in 2008. I am very happy that they are at Hope. The school is well-run. The academics are strong. There are plenty of activities and sports. The kids all really enjoy the school.
We have had a student at Hope Lutheran School since 2008 and have now experienced each teacher since then, some multiple times. Whenever, we have voiced concerns or had questions they have always been met with a listening ear.
We have always experienced cooperative communication from the three principals we have experienced at the school.
The school and the teachers strive to follow Christ's example in these areas. Doing the right thing is not always the easy thing, but it is the behavior that is valued and praised. Wanting to do what is right comes from the grace our Lord has shown us.
This school is not the same school as it use to be. Unfortunately a school that once thrived on Christian beliefs now has resorted to being deceitful in all aspects. The teachers just go through the motions, they have been at the school for too long & lost their love of teaching. If your child needs any extra help in their studies the school will tell you they are not equipped to help your child. The teachers do not have the patience or skills to give any extra help. The teachers are not knowledgeable in the new standards of the core curriculum & are not wanting to learn it. There was a long standing family that fell on hard times, they were looking for some financial assistance but were told they either paid their tuition or they would need to leave the school. Some school policy's are not written in the handbook but children are being punished. There is a dress code that is to be followed but some children do not have to follow the guidelines. If the child is a teachers favorite depends on if they will be punished or not. If your child is tardy to school 4 times they are required to have "private dinning" which is they are to sit all alone in the lunchroom at lunch time and not speak to anyone else.There is a split between the school and the church. The school and church do not consider themselves as one cohesive unit. The teachers blame everything on the Pastor for all the problems the school has instead of realizing they (the teachers) are the problem. This past year around 10 staff members left the school and the previous year the principle and his wife, a teacher, left suddenly. One class this year had lost 90% of its students. Instead of this particular teacher being held responsible the school is blaming the parents of the class. This Fall the school attendance is way down, the only new students are the families receiving the free first year tuition. The yearly auctions purpose is to enhance the school but is spent on text books and teachers salaries not on school improvements. (Shouldn't tuition cover text books & salaries) Strangers have been found wondering the halls as they can walk in through the church doors and roam freely at all times. (there are no safety doors separating the church & school) This is a huge safety issue for the children! Please take the time to research this school thoroughly before considering it for your child.
Some of the teachers are very nice and kind. You will know which teachers they are because the children just love them. I can honestly say there are a couple of teachers that should not be a teacher at this school or any other school ever.
My child came home with hours worth of home work each night. I did not understand what they did all day at school. What was the teacher teaching them during school time if they had this much homework to do after school.
Our daughter has been going to Hope Lutheran School since pre-school and we couldn't be happier. This is a wonderful place to send your children to school. The staff is wonderful and very friendly. I couldn't imagine my daughter going anywhere else and feel truly blessed to have found Hope.
Our son started kindergarten at Hope this past Aug. and we feel truly blessed to have him enrolled in such a caring, compassionate school. The student/teacher ratio is outstanding which allows all students to receive individualized attention. His teachers have done an excellent job of spurring our son's curiosity and love of learning, both academically and in the Christian faith. They offer a wide variety of extracurricular activites for the students as well. We couldn't be happier to have our son at such a great school!