Elementary Specials Classes

Rhythm & Music Education 
Students attend music class on a weekly basis.  Students are taught using standard curriculum. Throughout the program students will learn various aspects of music, music theory and history, as well as become introduced to recorders.

Spanish Education 
Students in grades K through 5th grade participate in Spanish class.  Students learn vocabulary through stories, skits, and games.  They enjoy culinary specialities from Spain and Latin America, they learn about the geography, the history, and the many varied cultural traditions of the Spanish-speaking world.  The intermediate level of Spanish encourages the development of oral language proficiency and prepares the 4/5 Multi-Grade classes as they continue the foreign language experience in middle and high school.

Health & Physical Education / Karate Education 
Students participate in physical education classes on a weekly basis.  The Healthful Living Education curriculum promotes behaviors that contribute to a healthful lifestyle and improved quality of life for all students.  The Healthful Living Education curriculum, when fully integrated, supports and reinforces the goals and objectives of its two major components health and physical education.  When the concepts of these two areas are integrated, learning is enhanced to its maximum.  At Hope Charter Leadership Academy we have specialized our Healthful Living Curriculum.  Our instructional program includes Health, Physical Education, and Karate instruction.  Our Karate program is led by Sensei Gary Crawford, a 3rd degree Black Belt who has been practicing karate for 18 years.  Through his program, he seeks to empower students using the 5 Precepts passed down from Master Gichen Funakoshi which are:
1.  See Perfection of Character
2.  Be Faithful
3.  Endeavor
4.  Respect others
5.  Refrain from Violent Behavior.

Students improve in the areas of confidence, concentration, self-discipline, and fitness.  Appreciation of others is highly valued and merely learning how to fight is not. Intermediate level students in grades 4/5 are provided karate belts at no charge during their participation for the school year.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade have a weekly scheduled leadership elective to support our focus on instilling The Covey 7 Habits in our school community and culture.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade have a weekly scheduled library time where they are able to go to the media center and check out books and participate in mini library lessons and/or book reads.  Students are also afforded the opportunity to work with computer workstations, laptops, or iPADS to complete research, or integrate technology with other instructional activities with their classroom teacher facilitating.

YMCA: Y Learning Academic After School Program

The Y Learning Academic After school Tutorial Program of the YMCA is a unique program that is available to students of Hope Charter Leadership Academy.  Y Learning is an after school tutorial program that has been designed as a school partnership with teachers, administrators, students, parents and the YMCA counselors; by extending academic and social support to students in grades K – 5. The program’s main purpose is to increase reading, writing, and math achievement through experiences that include a emphasis on social, emotional, and character development. Providing well-structured and engaging activities that inspire children to learn using a variety of innovative methods is reflected through the multidisciplinary approach.  Students participate in our after school program at no cost to our families.  Program hours are Monday – Friday from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm on regular school days and 11:30 am – 6:00 pm on Early Release school days.  Snacks are provided for students each day. Assisted learning activities per grade include:

Kindergarten & First Grades: 

  • Small group reading led by volunteers and staff
  • Homework assistance and tutorial
  • Computer Lab Time using i-Ready (individualized online instructional tool for blended learning in reading and math)
  • Recreation time (focusing on youth health and wellness, and character building)

Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades: 

  • Reading time with a focus on comprehension
  • Homework assistance and tutorial
  • Computer Lab Time using i-Ready (individualized online instructional tool for blended learning in reading and math)
  • Interactive learning activities in stations
  • Skill practice: reading, writing, math
  • Recreation/Structured Games time (focusing on health and wellness, peer socialization, and character building)

Instructional Academic Program

Hope Elementary’s teachers encourage intellectual depth and rigor, hold high expectations for students, and help each child grow to his or her potential. Student achievement and learning goals come directly from the school’s mission and vision statements and its motto, “Learning to Lead…Leading To Learn”.  These guide all aspects of the school community, including program development and setting student-achievement goals.  Our technology program focuses on the use of technology resources and tools.  Our goal is to integrate these resources and tools into projects and disciplines using the same hardware and software professionals use in the real world.  The primary focus is on creating a curriculum to foster an appreciation of technology through creation, collaboration, knowledge acquisition, and an understanding of current and future technology issues.

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.

We also use core classes, special classes, choices, enrichment, and remedial intensives to foster in-depth learning on technology-related topics.  All classes learn how to navigate our technology available at the school.  Students utilize educational websites to support the curriculum in English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science. The ultimate objective is to ensure each student has a wide range of technical proficiencies for their academic level by the time they attend middle school.

Common Core Standards

Beginning this school year 2012-2013, North Carolina will participate in The Common Core State Standards Initiative. Hope Elementary teachers and staff have been working hard to prepare lessons to promote this initiative.

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.

The Common Core State Standards and NCDPI Essential Standards Curriculum Content “At-A-Glance” 

What does this mean for your child?
The standards were designed to prepare students to succeed in today’s global marketplace and have an increased emphasis on critical thinking and 21st-century skills. The development of these skills begins in the early grades to allow teachers adequate time to teach the advanced material, and to give students adequate time to master it. The standards emphasize not just memorization but conceptual understanding and progressive learning.

The academic rigor at Hope Elementary comprises of fully certified teachers and teacher assistants at all grade levels that will provide support and enrichment to all students in an effort to enhance and extended 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.

More 21st-century skills will be integrated, and the rigor or work will require additional student perseverance and cooperation. Literacy and mathematics skills that students learn in the first grade and subsequent grades have been aligned to what they will learn in upper grades, resulting in a coherent learning progression across each grade level.


Hope Charter Leadership Academy is intensively focused on improving academic achievement for all students. Teacher’s use proven instructional strategies and closely track student progress through a system of regular assessments that keep us informed about each student’s needs. If a student faces a challenge, we will know it early and address it immediately.

We are committed to tracking and supporting your child’s progress. Therefore, we will assess your child three times this school year with mCLASS® Reading 3D™. The use of this assessment is sponsored by North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction, as part of a statewide effort to ensure that students in every public school across the state are reading by the end of third grade and have the reading skills to succeed in school, college, and the workforce. mCLASS Reading 3D will determine your child’s reading level and strengths and weaknesses as a reader. It will determine your child’s development in grade-appropriate foundational reading skills.

Teachers will use the results to create reading groups and focus their teaching around your child’s specific needs, in areas that may include:

  • Understanding of the make-up and basic features of print (Print Concepts)
  • Hearing and using sounds in spoken words (Phonemic Awareness)
  • Knowing sounds of letters and sounding out written words (Alphabetic Principle, Phonics, and Word Recognition)
  • Reading words in stories at an appropriate rate, correctly, and with expression to support understanding (Accuracy and Fluency)
  • Understanding literary and informational texts (Reading Comprehension)

After each assessment period you will receive a letter listing your child’s specific assessment results and progress as a reader. The teacher’s efforts, combined with your support, will ensure your child reads with mastery and confidence.

If the results from one of the assessments show that a child is at risk of performing below grade-level in the key areas described above; teachers will use the data to help guide their teaching and target that child’s area of need. In this case, an additional assessment will be administered periodically to measure the progress each student is making (known as Progress Monitoring). Occurring every 2–4 weeks for at-risk students, progress monitoring will allow a teacher to see that the changes in instruction are working for each student. In addition, students who are on grade level will be progress monitored once per grading period to ensure their continued progression.

If you have any questions about the assessment, the activities, or your child’s classroom work and progress, please talk to your child’s teacher, who is ready to help.