Hope Charter Leadership Academy is honored, proud and extremely excited to be implementing the Leader In Me philosophy in our school.  We are currently in our third year of implementation, and fall more in love with the program and the growth we see in our children year to year. The Leader In Me is based on the work of Dr. Stephen Covey’s books “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”, and “The 8th Habit, From Effectiveness to Greatness”.

Hope Charter Leadership Academy is the first Charter School in Raleigh North Carolina with the distinction of being a Leader in Me school.leader in me

Here at Hope Charter Leadership Academy we take pride in our leadership model based on the principles of Dr. Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Leader. We believe it is important to support the whole child, not just academically, but emotionally, socially, physically as well, and The Leader In Me Program allows us to do just that! The goal of the Leader In Me program is for students to understand that they all have the essential qualities to become leaders, and to explore their own individual leadership potential through implementing these 8 Habits.  The Leader In Me also helps to create a common language within our school and the community by teaching all of our stakeholders the 8 Habits.

These 8 Habits help instill principles such as self-control of emotions and actions,  goal planning and setting, prioritizing, practicing deriving 3rd alternative solutions, listening to understand not to reply, working in teams and honoring others ideas, balancing work and play, and owning your passions. Leadership is instilled in our daily practices, honored in our schedule, implemented in classroom lessons, guides our conversations, and leads our discipline process.  We believe everyone can lead no matter how small.

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Habit #1 — Be Proactive
Stop. Think. Do. You’re In Charge of you! 
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit #2 — Begin with the End in Mind
Set your goals and stick to your plan! I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit #3 — Put First Things First
Prioritize! What’s Urgent and What Can Wait? I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Habit #4 — Think Win-Win
Compromise! There’s more than one way! 
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

Habit #5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Listen intentionally, then share your thoughts!  
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

Habit #6 — Synergize
Work together to accomplish your goals!  
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

Habit #7 — Sharpen The Saw
Balance your life! Work hard, but take care of yourself too!I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.

Habit #8 — Find Your Voice

Do what YOU were meant to do! Find your passion and see it through!

As apart of the Leadership Model, all students have their own Leadership Notebook they carry with them throughout their years at Hope Charter. These notebooks are used to keep track of goals and strategies the students set for their academics as well as personal goals. Students also track their personal mission statements, their academic data and progress, their contributions to the school, home, and community, and their personal celebrations. Leadership Notebooks help students take charge of their academics and goals, and allow them to be leaders in their progress.

We find it important for each student to contribute to the classroom, school, and community. In leadership schools, an integral part of this model is to ensure each student has a fitting leadership role. At Hope every student has a classroom role, and students can apply for school-wide leadership roles. A few leadership roles include:

  • Morning Broadcaster
  • Dismissal Sergeant
  • Tour Guide
  • Data Analyst
  • Student Lighthouse


Each quarter we hold student led conferences instead of the traditional parent-teacher conferences. In these conferences, students are able to take ownership of their quarter and discuss with their parents goals they set, the progress they made, how they feel they did this quarter and what contributed to their growth or perhaps what may have hindered their success. Parents are encouraged to fully participate in these conferences by asking questions, sharing in celebrations, and assisting in goal setting.