The Leader in Me


leader in meWe are honored to be a Leader in Me school. We are in our first year of implementation. Students who attend Hope Charter Leadership Academy will explore their own individual leadership potential through implementing The 7 Habits developed by Dr. Stephen Covey.  Hope Charter Leadership Academy is the first Charter School in Raleigh North Carolina with the destinction of being a Leader in Me school. For more information about The Leader in Me, please click on the link below:
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What are the Habits?


Habit #1 — Be Proactive
You’re in Charge
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
Have a 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
Work First, Then Play 
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
Everyone Can Win
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 Before You Talk.  
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
Together Is Better.  
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 Feels BestI 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

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.

Leadership/Exploratory 
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.

Library/Media/Technology 
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.