Hope Academy works. The method has taught my son in six months concepts and practices that he never learned in public school. He was falling further and further behind and no one could quite pinpoint what was going on with him. Hope is teaching him. I feel so relieved and he feels great now! He is experiencing success and in turn he likes himself more, he is proud of his work, he likes to tell people about his school. I am so grateful and will be forever. My son's future is full of potential.
Hope Academy has given my son the tools to reach his potential academically, socially, and emotionally. My son does not like to try new things. He and I were both filled with anxiety when I dropped him off at Hope Academy on his first day (he was 10 years old entering 5th grade). But it was all worth it when I picked him up and he had a big smile on his face! I was shocked!
I immediatley noticed that my son seemed happier and his self esteem improved dramatically whithin a short time period. I will forever be thankful for just those gifts. The teachers and staff at Hope Academy are so compassionate and they care in a way that I've never witnessed from other teachers, who all seemed well meaning.
Now let's talk about academics, after all that is why we send our children to school. Hope Academy engages in testing at the beginning of their students' admission to set their individual baselines. My son is attending Hope Academy because, like the other students that attend Hope, he was struggling in a traditional classroom. This is where many of the stories sound so similiar. He was reading and performing at far below grade level. So it wasn't surprising that his initial testing showed such. Now the good news; when he was tested at the end of the school year, the progress that he showed was amazing! He was in the "average" range in almost all areas! He was far below average when he started. The progress he made is exceptional!
I'm looking forward to another year of significant growth! I'm now ashamed to admit it but before Hope I didn't dare dream that my son could ever be above-average in academics. I was having difficulty imagining that he would ever attend college. I now allow myself to believe that he can be above-average academically and I'm hopeful, or more accurately, I'm optimistic that this year's testing results will show such.
The multi-sensory approach to teaching and learning has been significant for my son's progress. Further, the intensive learning environment has really helped him flourish. Prior to Hope Academy homework time was a nightmare. I don't care to recall the many times it ended in tears for both my son and myself over the years. Now, when I get home from work, his homework is complete and I just have to check it. This gift is another for which I am so thankful.
Hope Academy really is a gift. The teachers and staff and their committment to follow the vision and mission of the school are what make this institution so spectial. It is difficult to find the words to express the gratitude that I feel towards Hope Academy and to describe the hope it has given me....how appripriate considering the name.
My grandson was in third grade in public school and could barely read at a 1st grade level. Between 3rd and 4th grade he was able to go to summer school at Hope Academy and in the four weeks there he was reading much better. Stephen has now been blessed to have continued school at Hope for three more years and he has been doing so well. I feel totally indebted to this wonderful school and the awesome teachers. I hate to think what my grandson's life would of been like without Hope Academy. He has so much confidence in his self and no longer cries and calls himself stupid. He thrives at Hope Academy and his story is similar to almost all the students attending Hope.
I teach science enrichment at Hope Academy, so I see first-hand how amazingly successful the students there are in their growth in ability to read and in their love of learning. This school was founded in love and dedication to children who have difficulty succeeding in traditional classrooms because they have dyslexia, which is both a gift overall because these kids are creative and super intelligent and have a unique perspective, but an an obstacle to learning in mass education situations.
At Hope, every child's individuality shines. It's like walking into a garden full of sunshine where fantastically different and beautiful flowers are thriving. They are given just the right amount of what they need just at the right moment. They are challenged, expectations are sky-high, they work very hard. But the work is designed for them, they succeed, and they are happy and confident. Hope Academy is an example of what is possible.
There is not enough space here for all the nice positive words I could write to tell you how our family feels about Hope Academy.
My son was diagnosed with Dyslexia in first grade. He had struggled in public school for years also getting extra tutoring outside of school to try to help him to read, write and perform math. He made minimal gains until he went to Hope Academy.
He has soared academically and his self-esteem has risen after the gains he has made at this school. They have an outstanding program for kids who need multi-sensory instruction.
The staff and teachers are so dedicated and wonderful.
His dream was to be able to read anything he wanted to and his dream has come true thanks to Hope Academy!!
Our daughter was diagnosed with Dyslexia in 3rd Grade. She struggled in school and was just getting by. Public schools do not have the resource to help her and the teachers have no ideas how to help her since they are not trained in Dyslexia. We are so blessed that we have found Hope Academy. She loves going to school everyday, enjoys all her friends and has learned that dyslexia will not hold her back from accomplishing all her goals in Life. Everyday she comes home sharing all that she has learned that day. Hope Academy has been a God sent. Thanks to the wonderful teachers and staff.
We parents at Hope Academy have a strikingly similar stories: my child is obviously capable (even smart), yet she is struggling. We parents sense something wrong long before a teacher says it aloud. We are given the news that our child struggles with reading then begin to search far and wide for diagnoses and "cures." We are told that we cannot get help until our child is 2 years behind but we are unwilling to wait that long.
What a relief it is to share my story with other parents and here that I am not alone! And that is just the beginning of the relief.
The students feel the burden lifted as well. My daughter, like many of the other incoming Hope students, dreaded school, suffered stomach aches and headaches, thought of herself as stupid when she was in traditional education. After 3 years at Hope, she has blossomed into a confident student who agrees with her teachers' assessments that she is intelligent. She has become an advocate for herself, often explaining to friends and extended family what dyslexia is and how it affects her. She willingly and proudly reads.
Our family is so thankful for Hope Academy.
Hope Academy is filling an educational void in our community. A significant portion of the population (10-20%) has some form of dyslexia and our public schools are pressed with such a variety of demands that they are unable to address the needs of kids with specific learning difficulties .
The staff at Hope is trained in a proven (Orton/Gillingham, Slingerland) method that provides the tools needed to make language accessible to a whole population of children that would otherwise face a tremendous amount of academic failure.
I have personally seen the change in children's concept of themselves shift from, under-confident, uncertain , even some self loathing ( which is heartbreaking to see in a young person ) to viewing themselves as intelligent, valuable, competent learners.
When you are given the tools to reach your potential it is amazing to see what can happen. Hope is just the kind of place to get those tools.
Great staff, great kids, great atmosphere for success!
My son was diagnosed with Dyslexia in the 2nd grade. He was attending a private school that did not have any resources to teach him, or teachers that understood how to teach a child who is Dyslexic. We arraigned a meeting with the local public school by our house and were told that we would be on a "wait and see mode" because our son was "only" in the second grade and that the public school wouldn't want to do anything until he was at "least two years behind" his grade level. This was not acceptable for my wife and I.
We tried a very expensive school fpr Dyslexics for two years, 25 miles from our home, before Hope Academy opened there doors. Knowing more about Dyslexia and feeling better equipped with what our expectations and goals were we enrolled at Hope Academy. My wife and I both thank Judy Davies for her resolve to start Hope Academy.
Hope Academy is not only needed for our children, but should be used as an example for how our children can learn when being taught by qualified teachers in an enviornment that is set to be equal for all that are there.
My son now has the confidence to achieve all the goals he has set for himself and he walks confidently towards meeting those goals, in part because Hope Academy gave him the tools to succced.
THANK YOU HOPE ACADEMY. THANK YOU JUDY,
My daughter, Jennifer has learning challeges and she was frustrated in the public school and was having trouble with the work. She was teased by her peers and she was feeling bad about going to school. I found Hope Academy and now she loves going to school and she is making friends. She realizes she is not alone in her struggles while learning. She knows that she can succeed and just learns differently from the majority. This is her second year and she has a more positive outlook on life and is so much happier. My friends at church have commented that her attitute is so much more positive. I thank God for the teachers at Hope Academy and am so thankful for the school.
Hope Academy for Dyslexics is and offers an enriching and fostering educational environment. The teachers are tremendous and they get the most out of their students with a great educator, motivator, and mentor methodology. My son has been a student there for 2 years and highly rate (5 Stars!) Hope Academy for Dyslexics.
Our daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in 2nd grade. We struggled with public school (IEPs and Special Ed) and she fell further and further behind her peers. She absolutely hated school. The resource teacher was great, but we didn't understand the need for dyslexic specific learning approaches.
We found Hope Academy and it was truly LIFE CHANGING. Just visiting the classrooms and seeing how these kids were truly engaged in learning was eye opening. Judy and the staff answered all of our questions and you can't miss the dedication to helping these kids.
Soon after our daughter started 4th grade at Hope we attended a dyslexia simulation. There was one experiment where you had to look into a mirror and try to trace a line and write letters on a piece of paper you couldn't look at directly. I couldn't do it no matter how hard I tried until I finally closed my eyes and did it by memory......the frustration I felt trying to do something so simple was incredible....I started crying as I realized this is how my daughter felt EVERYTIME she tried to write!!!
Our daughter attended Hope for both 4th and 5th grade and transitioned back to public middle school for 6th grade this year. She is doing incredibly well........THANK YOU HOPE ACADEMY!!!!
My daughter attended public school through 3rd grade at the local public school. She was diagnosed with Dyslexia in 2nd grade and an IEP was created. The support she received in the public school was well intended it wasn't sufficient. She was teased and placed in the lowest performing groups in each of her classes - it was demoralizing.
We moved her to Hope Academy in 4th grade. Though the transition was a little rocky - within a quarter we could see positive changes, mostly in her attitude and her self-confidence.
She was pushed academically - particularly in Language Arts. Her reading skills improved over the two years she attended school as did her writing. By the end of 5th grade she was reading at 5th grade level. Before moving her back into the public school system for middle school she was tested at her original elementary school. She actually surprised the Special Learning Instructor with how well she performed.
When she started Middle School we were concerned about the transition. There was nothing to worry about. She has been incredibly successful in middle school - completing the same homework requirements as her classmates. While her confidence waivers periodically, Hope Academy gave her the confidence and the skills to be able to take on any academic challenges. She believes in herself and her ability to succeed.
Hope instructors were incredible. I truly believe that her experience at Hope Academy has made all the difference.
As one of the founders of Hope Academy, I hesitate to write a review, as I know that it may be viewed as biased and self-serving. However, my personal experience with our school, as my daughter was one of the first students to attend Hope Academy, is share-worthy.
Emily was officially diagnosed with dyslexia after her Kindergarten year. While it was a relief to receive this diagnosis, the resources available to help her succeed in the classroom were practically nil. We struggled through a few years of homeschooling, which only made it more apparent that my daughter needed more help than I could ever provide. This put me on the road to discovery--I found that there are actually schools specifically designed for students who have dyslexia, however the closest one was 50 miles away. Simultaneous, multi-sensory teaching methods (required for the dyslexic learner) had been in existence for decades, but only a small handful of private tutors were trained in such methods in our area. I wondered, what in the world were the other parents of this significant portion of our population doing to help their kids?
As I continued to discover the frustrating reality that the help that my daughter needed was unobtainable, my passion for my daughter transformed into a compassion for every bright child who was sitting in the classroom, meeting failure on a minute-by-minute basis. This new awareness became unacceptable to me.
And so, Hope Academy was born.
Emily attended our school for three years, building a strong foundational understanding of language (reading, spelling, writing, comprehension) and is now in her second year at a mainstream school. After one year at her current school, her standardized test scores for language arts showed her to be two years above grade level.
The staff at Hope Academy make all the difference. Not only are they professional and knowledgeable, but they are passionate about encouraging our students to become lifelong learners. It is a privilege to work with them.
There are just not enough positive words I could possibly say about Hope!
My daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in first grade and we had her in a private school with the thought that they would have more time to assist her only to find by 2nd grade that they just really weren't equipped to handle the extra assistance she needed. We were told that in public school "they had to help" and "had programs that would help her". What a nightmare that was. By the end of third grade public school wanted to tell me that she would need to be held back because she didn't do well enough on the standardized tests. Talk about not only not helping her but not even trying to get from where she was coming.
Mainstream schools expect children to learn the way they are taught. This method simply doesn't work for the dyslexic student they need to be taught the way they learn. Enter Hope Academy in fourth grade and what a difference!
From my daughter in tears every morning not wanting to go to school in third grade to having my happy, sunny child back because, "Mommy, they get it!" and "Mommy, I understand, now!"
The teaching and administrative staff at Hope Academy truly cares and loves what they do. Hope is the model to which other schools should be built. The multi-sensory approach they use reaches the students and plays to the way they "understand" a lesson. No child is ever made to feel "different" or "weird". My daughter blossomed at Hope Academy gaining confidence in her abilities and feeling success at school for the first time in her schooling years.
I will reiterate my opening sentiment; there simply aren't enough positive words with which I could possibly praise this wonderful organization!
Simply put; HOPE ACADEMY FOR DYSLEXICS ROCKS OUT LOUD!!!
Kelsey was struggling terribly in 3rd grade. She was diagnosed with Dyslexia nad we chose Hope Academy for 4th-5th grade. They helped her reading comprehension/math and overall confidence. She soared there and learned so much. She is now back in mainstream school and doing really well. She will always have to work hard but she knows that and is willing in order to succeed. Hope Academy gave her the tools to take with her for a lifetime. We are forever thankful to all the staff.