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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: The primary mission of Hope Academy, an independent not-for-profit school, is to assist students with language-based learning disabilities, like dyslexia, realize their educational and social potential through a researched-based, success oriented, multi-sensory approach and environment.

Results: As we enter our fifth year in operation, we look forward to raising funds for assistive technology for our classrooms, a playground and beginning to plan for a new facility/more central location.

Target demographics: Students in grades 1-8 who exhibit difficulty in language acquisition and processing. 20% of the world's population is dyslexic. We are passionate about availing our campus to the many underserved students in our area. A diagnosis of dyslexia is not the "tragedy." The true "tragedy" occurs when that student is deemed "unteachable" or "lazy."

Geographic areas served: East Bay Area, California

Programs: This organization provides special education services for students with dyslexia.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 5

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.

Cathy Schmalle