If you would like your child to simply be moved on to the next grade without the knowledge and skills that he requires to succeed, then send your child to Hopewell. You will be paying (dearly) to have your child moved on. This school does not provide a college preparatory education for your child. Our child was not challenged, but simply moved along. Sadly, most of children that attend Hopewell do so because they would not survive in the public school environment, and for that reason they attend Hopewell. Do not be fooled into thinking that if these children and their parents had any other choice in schooling, they would still attend Hopewell. Very disappointed.
My family and I are glad we enrolled in Hopewell. Hopewell Academy has lived up to our expectations in every way. Our daughter is safe, happily engaged in challenging high school classes, and planning for her college visits this year with the school counselor. Like the rest of her classmates she scored 3 years above grade level on her Iowa Tests and scored above average on her PSAT and SATs. With high number of returning students and faculty members and a rock solid principal, Hopewell is clearly moving forward. Everyone is glad that several families and their children did not return. Those children and their parents will not be missed.
This school is outstanding!!!! I have seen my son go from a student with anxiety who school was a nightmare for, to a confident student with a love of going to school. Seeing his grades just keep improving every semester is amazing. His confidence and peace is what all parents want. The teachers are outstanding. They personalize the learning to each student's needs and are totally focused on every student being successful. For the first time for me, this is a true partnership between a school and parents to make our child be the best he can be. I spent years being fobbed off by schools because my child's learning style does not conform to the very narrow definition used today. This is how all children should be taught - because we all learn differently. The smaller teacher to student ratio is a blessing. I encourage parents looking for a better school to go visit and see for themselves.
Hopewell has exceeded my expectations for three years running. In the past my child had been struggling with school and we just were not finding anything that helped. We went through three public schools, tutoring, and another private school with declining results. We saw an immediate improvement after our child came to Hopewell. The staff is great and really know what they are doing. We now have a very happy child who's grades and learning experience are all we could hope for.
Hopewell is an incredible school and our son is so happy there. We were in a local WCPSS school where his needs were not being met from an administration who was not accommodating and with a teacher who did not try to understand how our son learned best, only telling us what he couldn't do. At Hopewell, they care, listen to any concerns, and truly try to help you. You are not fighting for people to help your children, they want to help you, and try to understand how your child learns best. If modifications are needed, whether to enrich a child who needs more advanced classes, or assistance if a child is struggling, they do it, and are happy to do it.. The caring and nurturing is gone in most schools, and if a child learns differently, or needs something different, that child is made to feel that they don't "measure up." At Hopewell, they are getting an outstanding education, WITH the nurturing, and they genuinely care about your child. If you speak to the Dean, he stops and always listens to you, and always follows up and does what he promises. Hopewell is a family, a collaborative effort where everyone works together to help your child. That is the way it is supposed to be!
Much stronger start to the school year. Expectations have been raised and new staff is wonderful. Truly impressed so far. Dean is open minded and willing to listen to suggestions. Teachers willing to assist our child in all areas. Wonderful school.
This school was a game-changer for us. In public school, my children were failing. They needed extra help and they did not get it. At Hopewell, suddenly my children were succeeding; they were learning to learn, learning to love school, and learning to work with others. My son, who NEVER participated in sports, suddenly joined the basketball team. My daughter was failing math at her old school. Now it is her favorite subject. Last year, they made mostly As on their report card (the other grades were high Bs). The Dean is very pro-active; he really cares about the students. He does whatever it takes to make sure everyone is happy and succeeding. He listens to the concerns of parents and jumps on the issues. No problem ever lasts long. The parents are very involved and everyone works together to keep the school running. The school has some new teachers this year. They are top-notch; you know they are there because they love teaching not just because they need a job. I highly recommend this school with its 1/12 teacher/student ratio for any parent who is fed up with the public school system. It changed our lives.
Advertises inconsistently on a number of websites. Very small number of students with some grades not represented at all. Large turnover. Would caution anyone after our experience with the past year.
We were looking for a school with small class room sizes that would benefit our son. The quality of education does not seem to match the costs of tuition. For the one year our son as been attending the school we have seen no benefit and are thinking of looking for a different school
We were attracted by the school size and had great expectations for the year ahead. When we toured the school in the summer of 2012, there were over 12 students in the 8th grade. However, only 2 returned for the next school year. After having experienced this school for one year, I understand why they would choose not to return. There are a few very good teachers, but the rest are not up to the standard we were expecting for a school of this size. And one that is supposed to teach to students with learning differences. Do not waste your money sending your child to this school. We feel we have wasted a year of their academic lives.
Hopewell Academy is a very small school but is plagued by teacher and student turnover, including the Dean of Students and the Athletic Director in the past year. The Middle School is strong in numbers but by the time students enter the High School, most leave for athletics, social activities, and Honors/AP programs. For the 2012-13 school year there are approximately 3 Seniors and possibly 1-2 Juniors. Most of the reviews on this school are outdated.
Hopewell Academpy has been a great place for my son. He began Hopewell as and eighth grader after many years of struggling in public school. The small class sizes, the teachers willingness to teach to the individual and the overall experience at the school are what every child deserves.
Our son was overwhelmed in the large public school environment. With very small class sizes and personalized attention from the teachers, our son has achieved academic and social confidence at Hopewell. He now looks forward to going to school every day.
Hopewell has been a great school for our daughter. The class size is optimal for her learning. The staff and teachers are supportive and helpful. If you are looking for an alternative to large school settings, Hopewell is a good choice.
Hopewell Academy teaches to the students. Each student's learning style is capitalized on to make learning easy and efficient.
If parents are seeking an academic environment in which their child can thrive, then Hopewell Academy is the right choice. Because the school has much smaller classroom population compared to public schools and some of the other private schools, your child is afforded the opportunity to have lots of one-on-one time with the teachers. My child's level of confidence in her ability to excel in all academic arenas has been a great plus. The teachers are accomodating and offer before and after school help if a student has questions or concerns about curriculum content. The sense of community that exist within the school also fosters student interactions that are positive and healthy. If your student needs a change from the huge population that most public schools offer, a positive and encouraging environment and one-on-one interaction with teachers, please consider Hopewell Academy.
Hopewell is a great school by academic standards. The students are well-nurtured, challenged, and safe at Hopewell. However, the athletics of the school have a very strong emphasis. If your child loves sports and possesses a great deal of team and school spirit and needs the diverse and small environment Hopewell provides, it's a perfect school. But a student without any athletic interest will get constantly surrounded by 'Are you going to the game?' and several other unwanted questions and comments. Parent involvement is also excellent and abundant.
Hopewell Academy has created a drastic change in my life. The school has on average 30-40 students; so we all know each other like one huge family. All the staff love teaching and everyone will know each teacher personally; even if they're not their own teacher. The school is designed for children with diverse learning styles, which is what makes the school so unique. It is a private school that accommodate even the most extreme needs of any student. I am so glad my parents have found Hopewell because in end, we both win.
My son has excelled in both academics and athletics since beginning school with Hopewell. Outstanding athletic director. Nice, small class sizes. Great teacher/parent communication.
The teachers and administrators at Hopewell are highly qualified and caring. The small class sizes offer many advantages such as individual attention and personalized education plans. This school offers amazing opportunities for a child to grow and learn while building confidence. Academic pressure is a thing of the past for both student and parent. No student gets left behind here.
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