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Hope Charter Leadership Academy is a tuition-free public school that serves approximately 125 students from Kindergarten through Fifth grades. We are located in the historic Oakwood neighborhood and housed in the Barbee School Building that was erected in 1924. The school’s progressive, high-quality, student-centered education program expands educational choices for parents and their children in the public school system, supports a nurturing community of leaners, and focuses on enhancing the academic growth, and builds leadership within all students while nurturing social development in every student.

The school is led by, Principal Clarissa Fleming who came to Hope in 2012 after 9 years in the Wake County School System. The faculty and staff is compromised of the following.

  • Principal
  • Leadership and Development Coordinator
  • Instructional Curriculum Specialist
  • Intervention Specialist
  • Guidance/Social Worker
  • Specials Teachers
  • Highly Qualified Classroom Teachers
  • Highly Qualified Instructional Assistants
  • Administrative Support Personnel

At Hope Charter Leadership Academy, we have implemented multi-grade structures in all of our classrooms. We have found through research and previous observations that our multi-grade students have done as well academically as our single grade students and have actually grown socially and personally. This multi-grade structure introduces our lower grade students to higher academics while focusing on their current curriculum. It also encourages our higher grade students to exercise leadership skills in the classroom in assisting younger classmates. Our class breakdown is as follows: (2) K/1 Classrooms, (2) 2/3 Classrooms, and (2) 4/5 Classrooms.

The Leader in Me
In the Fall of 2014, The Hope community implemented The Leader In Me program, an elementary school approach to Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in its culture. This program teaches leadership skills at the elementary level by creating opportunities for students to take control of their own education, reach set goals, and promote teamwork. Through this program students are involved in clubs, take on leadership roles within the school, work on community service projects, and are taught public speaking skills. All students live out the 7 Habits of Happy Kids on a daily basis.

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Address: 1116 N. Blount St. Raleigh, NC 27604

Phone: 919-834-0941

Fax: 919-834-9338

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Is Hope Charter Leadership Academy a private school? Are vouchers used in the admissions process?
Just like all other charter schools in the United States, Hope Charter is NOT a private school. Vouchers are not involved in the admissions process.

Who can attend Hope Charter Leadership Academy?
The school is open to all children in the local Raleigh, Durham, or Johnston County areas. No children will be given preferred status in the application process. If demand exceeds the number of available slots, a lottery may take effect.

How much does it cost to attend Hope Charter Leadership Academy? Are there any special tests that my child needs to take to gain admission?
Just like all public schools, there is no tuition and there are no tests to qualify for Hope Charter School. All that is required is the child’s willingness to learn and the parents’ willingness to play an active part in the child’s education.

How and when can we apply for Hope Charter Leadership Academy?
Hope Charter accepts applications beginning in January of each year. Families will be notified of enrollment in May. If applications exceed planned enrollment, a lottery may take effect. Please see “Admissions” under the Resources tab of the school website.

Do students dress in uniforms? 
Students at Hope Charter dress in uniforms. Appropriate uniform attire includes navy or khaki bottoms or dresses, and light (carolina) blue, navy blue, or white collared tops, with neutral colored shoes. During the 2014-2015  school year, excellent behavior, attendance, and completion of homework allowed students the opportunity to “dress out” on Fridays.

What makes you a “Leadership Academy”?
Beginning the 2014-2015 school year, Hope Charter has become a Leader In Me School.  We are very proud to take on this initiative and implement the Leader In Me philosophy in our school.  The Leader In Me is based on the work of Dr. Stephen Covey’s book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”  The goal of the Leader in Me program is for students to understand that they all have the essential qualities to become a leaders.  The Leader In Me also helps to create a common language within our school and the community by teaching all of our stakeholders the Seven Habits.

Does your school provide before and after school child care?
Yes! Hope Charter provides before school care and after school care.  Students may arrive at school as early as 7:15 a.m.  Students participate in reading and enrichment activities during the before school care timeframe and are dismissed to their classrooms at 8:00 am. Hope Elementary has partnered with the John M. Alexander Family YMCA to provide an academic based after school program for our students.  This “Y Learning Program” is held in our school building and is provided to our students free of charge. The Y Learning Program starts immediately after the school day ends and lasts until 6:00 p.m.  Students may be picked up anytime prior to 6:00 p.m.

What type of parental involvement is required?
Children and their parents will jointly apply to attend the school. As part of the application, parents must sign a commitment to contribute their time at the school. Parental involvement is for the benefit of the child even more than it is for the school. That is why we require parental involvement and that is why we will do everything we can to see that each parent participates.

What happens if parents cannot fulfill their commitment to the school, due to work or economic issues?
We will do everything we can to help a parent who really makes an effort to be involved, but for whatever reason falls short of the required time. Parents may, for example, be able to meet their commitment by doing work for the school at their home, or it may be possible for otherfamily members to donate their time on the parents’ behalf. Economics should not be a factor in parents’ participation. Parents will never be required to make any kind of monetary contribution to the school.

How is Hope Charter Leadership Academy funded?
It is funded in the same way that other public schools are funded — by a per-pupil sum that is comprised of local, state and federal dollars allocated for education. We are currently pursuing corporate and private funding in addition to grants to find the capital resources necessary to improve our building and academic resources.

Why did you choose to use the historic Barbee Building for this purpose?
Our school building was originally built to serve as a neighborhood school with the purpose of creating a sense of community among the neighborhoods surrounding the Halifax Community. The Mordecai neighborhood of Raleigh lost an important community keystone. Retaining the pinnacles of our community is not only socially responsible but it’s in our best interest. From an educational standpoint, the school’s proximity to downtown Raleigh, NC and the unique educational opportunities in the arts, sciences, and technology that no other school in the city or surrounding counties can boast. It has historic significance and is a beautiful “storybook” school that is within walking distance of many of our city’s children.

Is the school on a year round or modified calendar? If so, why was this chosen?
Hope Elementary does operate on a modified calendar. The progressive quarter calendar contains the same number of school days in the school year as traditional school calendars, but the school days are distributed more evenly throughout the year. Each quarter is followed by a break of approximately 2 weeks. At the end of the school year (in summer), the vacation break is approximately 6-8 weeks.  You can retrieve a copy of the school calendar by clicking on Resources.   Studies have shown that students perform better on a modified style calendar because they don’t forget information over the summer, class time in the fall is not devoted to playing catch-up, and teachers don’t get burned out. The six-eight week break in the summer allows for plenty of time for a summer vacation with the family. Also, vacations during the regular school year are more possible and less crowded at popular vacation spots.

What type of curriculum do you use at Hope Charter Leadership Academy?
Hope Elementary follows the North Carolina adopted Common Core State Standards in K-5 mathematics and english language arts.  The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what is needed to help students succeed.  The standards are designed to be relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.  Our literacy instruction is done with the Daily 5 instructional method.  Our math curriculum is titled Everyday Math. This research-based, research -proven approach promotes creative thinking, building confidence and making math fun for your child.
What are the certifications of your instructional staff?
The academic rigor at Hope Charter comprises of fully highly qualified certified teachers and teacher assistants at all grade levels that will provide support and enrichment to all students in an effort to enhance and extend the curriculum for all children.  Parents should expect to see students engaged in building their analytical thinking skills and applying what they have learned rather than simply memorizing information.  21st century skills will be integrated, and the rigor requires student perseverance and cooperation.  Parents have the option to request documentation of highly qualified certification of our instructional staff at any time.

How will the diverse children at Hope Charter Leadership Academy be served so that all children’s needs are met? In other words, how will Hope Elementary help those who may have learning disabilities, lower achievements, and behavior issues?
We feel that most problems children have in their current learning environments will be significantly reduced or alleviated altogether by the combination of a progressive quarter calendar, encouraged parental involvement, and an interdisciplinary approach to learning. By incorporating this type of learning, students are able to make direct relationships with better than if required to think in the abstract. Children with learning disabilities particularly benefit from a more hands-on approach for this same reason.

Hope Charter Leadership Academy (HCLA) is a Charter School serving students from high risk backgrounds.  HCLA has been in operation for 15 years, and serves a small population of approximately 135 students.  Our vision as a school community is to inspire enthusiasm for education and to empower our scholars to learn, lead, and succeed. No child’s potential is too small; no family’s odds too great.

We pride ourselves in our leadership focus and base this focus on Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective Kids. As a Leader In Me School, students discover and practice a set of leadership and life skills from Stephen Covey’s book the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Leader In Me practices within our school’s environment and curriculum assists our students in becoming prepared to succeed in the 21st Century with critical skills and characteristics such as: motivation, problem-solving skills, trustworthiness, work ethic, goal setting, academic achievement, and valuing diversity in a global market.

HCLA recently received a grant that allowed for the most high tech model of SmartBoard technology to be placed in each classroom along with Google Chromebooks for each student grades K-5 to use as we implement our 1:1 throughout the school day. The ability to provide this technology expands the engagement and possibilities of academic growth for our student leaders.

Due to the increased enrollment interest, we have multiple openings and are eager to hire staff who have a passion to work with this demographic group of students.

To apply for a position, please send your letter of interest and resume to:

Hope Charter Leadership Academy is currently hiring for the following positions: 

Position:  K-5 Classroom Teacher
Successful candidates will be self-starters with effective classroom management skills, strong leadership capabilities, and a passion for educating our urban youth!   We offer a competitive compensation package and encourage you to apply to become a part of the Hope Eagle Leaders Family!

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • A passionate desire to work with urban youth from at-risk backgrounds
  • The ability to formalize effective lesson plans with the integration of leadership for instructional periods and modify as needed. Present lessons in a clear, well-organized and logical structure, embracing enthusiasm and optimism.
  • The ability to relate instructional objectives to elementary curriculum Common Core standards and demonstrate effective decision-making instructional goals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and proficiency with technology and commitment to the unique role it plays in the educational arena of the 21st Century.
  • Determine students’ performance using informal and formal assessments and observation and utilize this data to develop lesson planning.
  • Provide an attractive, inviting and stimulating learning environment;
  • Adhere to discipline policy as articulated by the school and develop and implement an appropriate classroom management system.
  • The ability to effectively utilize technology in instructional lessons, projects, and assessments as well as to effectively communicate with staff, parents and the administrative team.
  • Knowledge of The Leader In Me program or the willingness to develop a deep understanding of Leadership terminology and theory and meet the expectations regarding our school-wide leadership initiative.
  • Plan and prepare classroom setting, oversee safety and educational programs, and supervise children in the classroom; and provide a supportive environment in which children can learn and practice appropriate and acceptable individual and group behaviors; and
  • All applicants must clear a background check and provide at least 3 professional references.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education or equivalent; Licensed teaching credential (NC Preferred)
  • The ability to utilizes technology to effectively communicate with staff, parents and the administrative team.

Hope Charter Leadership Academy

Clarissa Fleming, Principal

Clarissa Fleming

Clarissa Fleming

An enthusiastic educational leader with a passionate commitment for student development, Clarissa Fleming became the principal of Hope Charter Leadership Academy July 2012. Prior to accepting this position she was an assistant principal at Needham B. Broughton High School, in the Wake County Public School System. Inclusive of her administrative career, she has served as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher in both the charter and public school systems. She holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Elizabeth City State University, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of School Administration and Leadership, both from North Carolina State University.

Clarissa is originally from Dinwiddie, Virginia, and comes from a family of educators as both her father and mother have over 37 years of service as retired educators. Clarissa has one daughter, Brooke, and a husband, Rhoderick who is also an educator at Wake Technical Community College. Clarissa is active in her community and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and the Raleigh Durham Alumni Association of Elizabeth City State University.

Clarissa strongly believes that successful schools set high expectations for all stakeholders and believe that everyone has a responsibility to ensure that they are doing their part to assist in achieving desired goals. When all stakeholders are working toward a common purpose, the chance for success increases dramatically. Relationships are important and collaboration amongst children, their families, the school and the community will provide the ultimate return of growth and achievement both academically and socially.

Board of Directors

Positive and supportive leadership is the cornerstone of our success as a school.  Without the Board of Directors support and time volunteering to our school, we would not be able to have the great instructional program that we have today.  It is with their positive influence that Hope Elementary has become the amazing instructional environment for children to attend school and has provided our staff with the means to make continued strides toward a strong and effective educational program.  The Board of Directors is the governing body of the school.   The Board is responsible for all school policies and procedures that affect the instructional and operational functions at the school.

Board Meeting Dates
The Board meeting dates are listed below.  All Board Meetings are held in the school media center and are open to the public.

January 25, 2017

February 22, 2017

March 22, 2017

April 19, 2017

May 24, 2017

June 7, 2017

June 28, 2017

Anna Neal Blanchard
General Manager, Stewards Fund
Tucker Mann
Retired, Progress Energy
Walt Sherlin, Board Chair
Retired Educator

 Barbara Engram
Retired Educator

Mike Gray
Senior VP at Cap Trust
Lee Snipes
Raymond James
Joel Kamya
Progress Energy, Retired
Nancy Duran
Parent Representative
Chariss Jones
Parent Representative
Leonard King
Retired Educator
Robin Vincent
Educator, William Peace University
Tom Mann
Retired, General Electric
Jerry Letchworth
Retired, Progress Energy
Pam Jamison
Retired, Ravenscroft
 Chip Anderson 
Morgan Stanley

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NC School Report Card 2015-2016
NC School Report Card 2014-2015
NC School Report Card 2013-2014

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Board of Directors

Positive and supportive leadership is the cornerstone of our success as a school.  Without the Board of Directors support and time volunteering to our school, we would not be able to have the great instructional program that we have today.  It is with their positive influence that Hope Elementary has become the amazing instructional environment for children to attend school and has provided our staff with the means to make continued strides toward a strong and effective educational program.  The Board of Directors is the governing body of the school.   The Board is responsible for all school policies and procedures that affect the instructional and operational functions at the school.

Board Meeting Dates
The Board meeting dates are listed below.  All Board Meetings are held in the school media center and are open to the public.

January 25, 2017

February 22, 2017

March 22, 2017

April 19, 2017

May 24, 2017

June 7, 2017

June 28, 2017

2016-2017 Board Meeting Minutes

HCLA Board Minutes 9.15.16

HCLA Board Minutes 10.5.16

HCLA Board Minutes 10.19.16

HCLA Board Minutes 11.7.16

HCLA Board Minutes 12.5.16

HCLA Board Minutes 1.25.17

HCLA Board Minutes 2.22.17

Asbestos Awareness and Management:

Hope Charter Leadership Academy is aware of the federal and state regulations regarding asbestos management in schools. This facility has submitted an management plan to the NC Department of Health and Human Services and subsequent re-inspection reports, and we are in compliance with the management plan requirements. All asbestos containing materials have been removed. A copy of the management plan is available for review in the administrative office. For questions, please contact Mrs. Clarissa Fleming, principal, or Ms. Annie Singletary, administrative assistant, by contacting the school at 919-834-0941.