HopeTree Academy (formerly the Gus Mitchell School) is one of the most successful residential schools in the Roanoke Valley. HopeTree Academy also offers day school services to a wider cross-section of alternative and special education students.
HopeTree Academy provides students with a comprehensive educational program that:
- Emphasizes high standards for student achievement, behavior and career development
- Stimulates academic and intellectual curiosity
- Develops personal integrity
- Fosters respect for individual differences
Students are expected to adhere to a unique set of 35 academic expectations, work habits, social skills, and life values called the “Student Job Description”. These 35 qualities, gleaned from interviews with real-world workplace supervisors, form the basis of the Academy’s Student Management System.
Charting a Course for the Future
HopeTree Academy strives to balance career exploration and vocational training with SOL-based academic and social growth. In addition to a challenging academic curriculum in the classroom, career trips for students with identified interests are provided regularly. Vocational opportunities resulting in academic credits may be provided for eligible students on the HopeTree campus. And through dual-enrollment with Virginia Western Community College and apprenticeship agreements with area businesses, HopeTree Academy students have access to job training in nearly two dozen different career fields.
Never Too Late
For a non-traditional student whose opportunities for earning a high school diploma are limited, the Academy offers the Individualized Student Alternative Education Program (ISAEP). HopeTree Academy teachers intensify this highly “at-risk” student’s preparatory study activities in order to take and pass the GED examinations.
The HopeTree Academy GED program also provides supplemental vocational training in addition to required academic courses.
Educational goals are based on the Virginia Standards of Learning, and HopeTree Academy is interdepartmentally licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and accredited through Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Educational Facilities (VAISEF).