The Hope School Environment

The Hope School Student

The Hope School is geared toward those who need help with regulating emotions, behaviors, or social interactions and who have been chronically unsuccessful in other environments. The families of these students may need support in navigating day-to-day life,  most often due to the challenges managing difficult emotional or behavioral states. Everything “looks typical” on the outside, but additional support is often needed with areas of specific academic challenge as well as behavioral concerns.


Typical diagnoses are those that are related to:

  • High Functioning Autism

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Social and Relational Challenges

  • Behavioral Challenges

  • Specific Learning Differences

  • Lack of Self-Regulation Ability

  • Mood Disorders


The Power of Our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model Of Care

The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care recognizes the complex interplay between emotional/behavioral regulation and the underlying causative neurodevelopmental factors. 


The Hope School works to nurture students' internal motivation to make good choices through the core cultural values of the classroom: 


  • Hope: To embrace the possibility within ourselves and others

  • Truth: To talk about and accept our own and others’ strengths and weakness in an open, productive, kind and fair manner

  • Love: To treat ourselves and others with respect and maintain physical and emotional safety for everyone


Additionally, the Whole Brain Model of Care builds upon itself, creating a more complex interplay of thoughts, feelings, emotions, introspection, and interpersonal perspective-taking as students develop stronger neural pathways over time. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to meet each student where they are neurodevelopmentally through an integrated approach of the socio-emotional therapeutic model and individualized neurodevelopmental interventions.


The Hope School collaborates with families so that students experience consistent wrap-around support and cohesiveness of care at home and school. We find that lasting therapeutic change occurs when all parties work together through shared experiences to define the best ways to address goal sets.

Classroom Placement

Placement within the Hope School qualifies as full-time and students have the opportunity for graduation from an accredited school within 4 diploma tracks.


Students can be 1:1 with blending into a group or be fully integrated into a group classroom. The Hope School is separated into 5 classrooms: 

  • Pre-Hope

  • Group A

  • Group B

  • Group C

  • Group D

Placement in these classrooms is based on a student's academic readiness, social skills, emotional and behavioral self-regulation, and independence within daily life skills. Placement within the groups is not static and students may blend between groups.


As success is shown, students begin blending into the next group and then fully move up accordingly.  Ultimately, we see the Group D classroom as students who are a candidate for post-secondary education and/or immediate employment.




 Age: 5 to 8

Grade: K to 2nd

Ratio: 1:1 

- Individualized programs within a social context

- Frequent movement and sensory breaks


- Initial learning of peer-to-peer social interchanges

Group A


 Age: 7 to 13

Grade: 1st to 4th

Ratio: 1:1 to 3:1

- Exposure to classroom style learning with direct 1:1 academic attention

- Frequent access to sensory breaks

- Learning peer-to-peer relational interactions with fluid original thought

Group B


 Age: 11 to 18

Grade: 3rd to 8th

Ratio: 2:1 to 3:1 

- Classroom style with increased independent work and self-guided study


- Built in independent cross-lateral movement throughout the day

- Encouragement of peer-to-peer interaction with minimal teacher facilitation

Group C


 Age: 11 to 20

Grade: 4th to 10th

Ratio: 2:1 to 3:1 

- Group learning with peer-to-peer academic interactions (i.e. group work, discussions)


- Regulation through general mat work and running program


- Independently accesses reset strategies throughout the day and when needed

Group D


 Age: 13 to 20+

Grade: 6th to 12th

Ratio: 4:1 to 6:1 

- Self-guided academic rubric with exposure to expanded ratio support


- Regulation through general mat work and running program


- Self-guided socio-emotional rubric


- Independent reasoning through appropriate tools and strategies


Additional Experiences For Your Child's Growth

Along with our four environments, we offer a variety of experiences to encourage neural growth so that children can reach their full potential. Experiences include music therapy, art therapy, summer camps, animal assisted therapy, neurofeedback, and integrated listening systems. 


Let's discuss if The Hope School is a good fit for your child.