All residents attend Hope Harbor Academy, located on the Hope Harbor campus.
We use a Growth Mindset approach to learning. Growth Mindset is a scientifically researched methodology which looks at the brain as a muscle, proving it can become stronger over time just like any other muscle in the body when strengthened with exercise. Our teachers and staff focus less on the students’ grades and more on the students’ work ethic and perseverance (life skills). We praise them for the effort they are putting forth every day in their studies. We celebrate mistakes because they are able to be used as learning tools that will ultimately help them improve and perfect their skills. This allows the student to take control of their own education and learn the way that they were naturally made to learn. This school year we started a trial method of learning called the Marzano Proficiency Method. This highly researched and proven method is less focused on grades and more focused on learning. So far, it has been wildly successful with our students and they are really diving into their work and paying more attention to what they are learning. We are currently having each of our teachers teach one of their classes using this method but our intention is to move to this method of teaching in all of our classes next year. Our hope is to empower our students to take control over their own education so they will have the tools needed to start on the career path of their dreams when they graduate. You can learn more at www.hhascholar.org