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 463 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 and life-skills. Our aim is to develop students' learning, problem-solving, communication and social skills so they can access opportunities for rewarding employment.
We also have sexual education classes focusing on reproductive education, healthy relationships and knowing your rights.
Technology is a core skill taught as it is fundamental both academically and for life-skills. Starting in Prepa at 4 years old student's receive computer classes, as well as using tablets in the classroom. Student character development is a key part of our curriculum through clubs, values of the month, and restorative practices.
Our special education programme supports around 30 students with physical disabilities and special educational needs. We provide one-to-one sessions including educational psychology and speech therapy.
The Garden of Hope was founded by former Prepa teacher, Claire Henkel in 2015. It started as an after school programme and is now a regular part of the curriculum. Students learn how to grow and maintain their own organic food, using primary school level maths, english, science, and environmental studies. Hands on, experiential classes are an effective method in students’ level of understanding and retention.
Many of the skills that student’s develop in the garden are crucial for their success in the workplace: teamwork, personal responsibility and critical thinking skills. Students are able to sell what they have grown at the local market, giving them an insight into running a business and providing the local community with access to low cost, organic vegetables.
From the school newspaper, dance club, gardening, rock climbing and soccer, there's also a wide range of 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.
In 2019, Jorge Castillo, Head of Junior High led our first ever Student Government and founded a Parent Leadership Group. Both groups aim to increase school identity and promote active student and family involvement.