HISTORY Faith and Ev Boyce, the founders of Hope Springs, began the school in 1996 to support LD children who struggle to cope in the strenuous academic environments of local Christian and public schools. In 2000, the work of Hope Springs then passed onto Sharon Anthony who continues to minister as director of the school with assistance of several co-directors. With a modified focus on homework and a higher emphasis on NILD therapies incorporated into classwork and individual therapy sessions, our curriculum builds successful learners during the elementary and middle school years. Our NILD program, based on Orton Gillingham and approved by the International Dyslexia Association, allows students to utilize cognitive remediation to strengthen their educational experience while gaining confidence that enables them to progress toward standard curriculum environments offered in traditional school environments.
PHILOSOPHY We believe that children are created by God with unique gifts in different areas and in different measures. Since we acknowledge that every child is different, attention is focused on meeting the individual needs of each child. The right educational environment should affirm the student and guide them toward realizing God’s claim on their life. If we teach to the “whole student,” we are better able to balance learning in a way that thoughtfully develops our students’ mind, soul, emotions, and body. We believe that education is a lifestyle, and mentoring our students as they develop a positive, Christ-centered lifestyle continues the work God has called us to do. We believe that our curriculum should create a hunger in each student to want to learn, to want to know more, and to be actively pursuing the best gifts from the resources available to them. This atmosphere and curriculum should be consistent with the learning styles of children with learning disabilities. We believe that education is an atmosphere that should be respectful. We believe that education is a discipline. We believe in Christian training that corrects, models, and strengthens to develop character. Strong character comes from the implementation of good and Godly habits. With a proper emphasis on character development, education occurs, and academic progress follows. We believe that parents and teachers are role models and should demonstrate the Lordship of Christ in every area of life.
PURPOSE Hope Springs CLC seeks to provide an optimum learning experience in a distinctly Christian setting for children with learning differences. Hope Springs is specifically designed to meet the needs of children who are experiencing failure in the traditional classroom, have been diagnosed as being either slow learners or having a learning disability, need a period of academic success and intensive training to prepare them for a later return to traditional education AND have parents who are committed to participate in their child’s educational experience.
Key factors that make it possible for Hope Springs to provide this optimum learning experience include:
• A faculty of highly trained Christian teachers committed to helping children reach their full potential.
• An academic program integrated with the most effective learning methods and materials available.
• Small classes of ability-grouped children. (average class is a 5-1 student/teacher ratio)
• One-to-one educational therapy following the NILD (National Institute of Learning Development) program.
• NILD techniques and Executive Function skills integrated daily in the classroom.
• To remediate deficient academic skills and stimulate the areas of weakness in perception and cognition through the NILD program.
• To assist in the building of a strong Christian character by adding to the student’s understanding of Biblical Christianity: the development of a personal faith, moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love, through: • carefully maintained habits • watching people who model this kind of life • parent education • service to the community
• To provide a safe, trusting, structured environment in which the student will understand through experience that he/she can learn.
• To emphasize the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, and behavior that will enable effective participation in the student’s world as they reach for their God-given potential.
• To train each student to become an independent learner by fostering a positive attitude toward active learning, by teaching good study habits, by being committed to self-discipline and working through the curriculum. This is a 3- to 5-year program.
• To enable students to return to the regular classroom (probably with continued NILD therapy for some time), when it is appropriate for the student’s best interest.