Our parent mentor works diligently to help each parent.
She may assist parents in areas such as making medical appointments, applying for various programs,
or locating specialists for the particular needs of our students. She also assists our parents with their own needs, ranging from transportation assistance to mental health services for help overcoming their own trauma from the crises they have experienced. Parent stability is crucial for long-term family healing.
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.
Teach the Tools to Overcome Trauma
Many of our students are grade levels behind due to the impact of the trauma they have experienced. In fact,
many of our students have learning needs closely related
to dyslexia. In order to meet the needs of our students,
we test each student upon enrollment in reading and
math and administer a dyslexia screen. In addition,
we comb past school records to note any patterns in learning and attendance, speak with previous schools,
and have an intake meeting with each parent to investigate the academic history of each student. Each student is placed according to their need in Response to Intervention. Each student takes a nationally normed test, given in September and again in April.