Primary Education & Middle School
'My favourite part of the school is the community. Classmates, over time become friends. We have trust in each other and together we have shared experiences that we will remember for the rest of our lives' Anderson - 9th Grade
We teach over 420 students at The School of Hope from Prepa at 4 years old through to 9th grade where they graduate ready for high-school or employment at around 14 years old.
We follow the Guatemalan curriculum and continually focus on teacher development. The curriculum includes literacy, maths, arts, science, language, technology and life-skills. Our aim is to develop students' learning, problem-solving, communication and social skills so they can access opportunities for rewarding employment.
Student character development is a key part of our curriculum through clubs, values of the month, and restorative practices. We also have a Student Government and a Parent Leadership Group. Both groups aim to increase school identity and promote active student and family involvement.
In the face of the pandemic we've adapted. Our resilient team continue to manage numerous challenges: lack of technology and internet in homes, the low education levels of parents, constantly changing restrictions and government mandates, lack of transportation, and loss of jobs.
Since March 2020 we've implemented homework swaps, internet access, and technology for junior high and high schoolers. We were one of the first schools with permission to re-open when Covid restrictions allowed. From 31 January 2022 we've welcomed back every students every day, using innovative socially distanced classroom both indoors and outside!
Our special education programme supports around 40 students with physical disabilities and special educational needs. We provide one-to-one sessions including educational psychology and speech therapy.
Before the pandemic we were able to run a school newspaper, dance club, gardening, rock climbing and soccer and many other after-school clubs to open up new experiences for our students and strengthen leadership, identity and teamwork. We've established long standing partnerships in Guatemala who assist us in the delivery of our programmes.