Our parent mentor works diligently to help each parent. She may assist parents in areas such as making medical appointments, applying for lost documents, and locating specialists for particular needs.
In addition, our mentor supports parents spiritually and emotionally, helping parents address the multiple academic, behavioral and emotional needs of their children.
Teach the Tools to Overcome Trauma
At Rising Hope Academy, we intentionally teach our students how to manage stress and anxiety. Because sixty nine percent of our students have experienced multiple traumatic events, we teach students how to identify their emotions and give them tools to process their feelings. We practice breathing exercises every day in class, have a calm room to allow students time and space to process emotion, and teach students personalized strategies for their particular needs. In addition, we partner with multiple agencies to provide counseling, occupational therapy and mentoring for our students.
Prescriptive Academic Learning
Many of our students are grade levels behind due to the impact of trauma. We test each student upon enrollment in reading and math to quickly assess skill deficits in these areas. In addition, we comb past school records to note any patterns in learning and attendance, and have an intake meeting with each parent to investigate the academic history of each student.