The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hope Christian School
Telephone: 205-664-2232 (FAX: 205-663-0287)
Administrator's Name: Connie Atchison, contact Dawn Burchfield, Office Manager for application information
Website URL: Hope Christian School
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 1743, Pelham, AL 35124
Location: 419 Philippians Blvd., Pelham, AL 35124 - 13 miles South of Birmingham
Office hours (for phone contact): Tuesdays 1:00 pm -4:30 pm; Wednesday thru Friday 10:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Sponsoring church: Hope Church of Pelham
Enrollment area: Statewide - primarily the following counties: Blount, Clay, Chilton, Cullman, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, & Walker County
Statement of Faith: Required
HSLDA: strongly recommended
General description (or Mission Statement): Hope Christian School is both an administrative overseer (conventional school) and an enabler (home education). Hope is a ministry designed to serve the needs of the home. In this way, Hope offers families the accountability and structure of a private school, while insuring parents the influence of a home education format.
- Attend 3 meetings with the HCS Administrative Staff during the school year.
- 175 days of schooling - 3 to 4 hours of on task work per day, depending on age and grade level.
- A lesson plan book would need to be kept, which is checked in January at the required meetings.
- Report cards are turned in 4 times per year, a template is provided (electronic versions available as well).
- A transcript for High School students must be turned in by January 10th (1st Semester) and by June 10th (Second Semester/Final).
- Parents of a High School Senior are required to attend a Senior meeting the year their child graduates.
Fees: For the 2013/2014 School Year - Registration $65.00 before June 1st, $75.00 between June 2nd & July 31st, $85.00 August 1st or later
Services: Each family is placed in a "support group" located in their area. Each group has a leader and an assistant and they coordinate group activities. We also offer school wide activities that are available to enrolled students.
Some of these activities include:
- Annual Convention with Vendor Hall & Book Sale
- Workshops/ training seminars (i.e. High School & Scholarship)
- Annual standardized testing offered
- PLAN (pre-ACT for 10th grade students)
- PSAT (pre-SAT for 11th grade students)
- EXPLORE TEST (pre-ACT for 7th - 9th grades)
- Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
- Report Card & Transcript Templates for submission
- Graduation Ceremonies/Diplomas
- Valedictorian/Salutatorian Honors/Leadership Awards
- The provision of official transcripts for scholarships and college application.
- Communication, Newsletters and updates via E-Mail, Facebook, Twitter & HCS Blog
Following are a few of the activities HCS currently offers:
- Art Classes (Art Elective)
- Self-Reliance/Back to Basics Monthly Seminars (Home Economics)
- Clubs: 4-H Club, Astronomy Club, Rocket Club, Chess Club, Jr. & Sr. Beta Clubs, Christian Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Key Club, Student Government Association & Teen Eagle
- Children's Theatre & Wee Folks Group Tickets Available
- Craft Classes (Home Economics)
- Drama & Theatre Workshops & Annual Play
- Elementary Orchestra
- Geography Bee (State & National Competition)
- High School Labs (Physical Science, Chemistry, Biology Dissection & Photography)
- Homeschool Band
- Pizza Hut/ Book It Program
- Presidential Awards Available: Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Presidential Outstanding Academic Achievement, Presidential Outstanding Academic Excellence, Citizenship Award
- Senior Memory Book publication
- Sewing Classes (Home Economics)
- Alabaster Tutorial Sponsored High School Co-op Classes (alabastertutorial.com)
- Sports Programs: Football, JV & Varsity Boy’s and Girl’s Basketball, Girl's Volleyball, Girl's Softball, Baseball, Track, Tennis, Girl's Soccer and JV & Varsity Cheerleading
35,000 Square Foot Building with the following classrooms:
- Library: Curriculum to review or to purchase (used books); books to check out
- Audio Visual/Photography: Filming and Photography
- Art: Oil Painting, Drawing, Ceramics
- Music: Orchestra
- Life Sciences (Origins, Biology, Anatomy, Marine, etc.)
- Physical Sciences (Physical, Chemistry, Earth, etc.)
- Home Economics/Crafts (Sewing, Quilting, Needlework, etc.
- 3 General Classrooms/Club Rooms: 2 small, 1 large
Other rooms in the facilities:
- Large Fellowship Hall
- Full Kitchen for Cooking & Canning Classes
- Auditorium (holds 300)
- Nursery and 4 Staff Offices
The above activities vary from year to year depending upon the support and participation of the parents in these activities. *Some of the above services and activities have a fee associated with participation in them.
Additional Info: For a Policies & Procedures Handbook, approved curriculum list, & request for application, please contact Dawn @ firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the "Fees & Services" page of our website @ Hope Christian Academy.
Information here last verified on 08/19/13.
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