Our Mission and Method
Our mission at Hope Technology School, is to create a challenging academic environment which fosters achievement through innovation, technology and community. With inclusive classes, we provide opportunities for every student to thrive academically, physically and socially. Inclusion is a shining aspect of our program because it spurs the development of responsible global citizens. We offer an individual learning experience to all students in each of our accredited classrooms from preschool through tenth grade.
Hope Technology School is a WASC accredited K-8 school program, including a pilot 9th grade. We also conduct a licensed Preschool Program and an NPA certified Therapy Department and Vocational Education Program. We are a non -profit private school and have been serving Bay Area families since 2001. We strive to provide a fully inclusive education for both typically developing and special needs students.
- Average Class Size: 12 students
- Year-Round Schedule: 9am-2:30pm (summer program 9am-1:00pm)
- K-8 Annual Tuition: $15,000
- Learning Curve High School Annual Tuition: $17,000
- Therapy Billing: $65.00 per 30 minute unit
- Preschool Program Tuition (age 2-5): Mon-Fri ($1,075/mo); Mon, Wed, Fri ($715/mo); Tues, Thurs ($525/mo)
- After School Program (Preschool): 2:30pm-5:30pm (Full Time – $500/mo, M/W/F – $400/mo, T/Th – $300/mo)
- After School Program (Kindergarten to 4th Grade): 2:30pm-5:30pm (Full Time – $500/mo, M/W/F – $400/mo, T/Th – $300/mo)
HTS educates over 140 children from preschool through 8th grade, including both typical and special needs students. We also have a 9th-10th grade pilot high school course and a Vocational Education Program for middle and high school aged students. The special needs of our students may include Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, learning differences, speech disorders and emotional challenges.
Onsite Therapeutic Program: NPA Certified
As an NPA, HTS meets state standards to provide services and may contract with public school districts. Our therapy services include:
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Sensory Integration
At HTS, we utilize technology in innovative ways to provide our students with an exceptional inclusive education and to help each of our students attain his/her personal goals. Developing 21st century skills such as communication, technology proficiency and information and media literacy that will help students succeed today is a primary goal for all students.
STEM Curriculum: Our courses, especially in the middle school and high school programs, are designed to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into the classroom. Located in Silicon Valley, the heart of the technological industry, we witness firsthand the relevance and importance of technological competence in young students. Each grade level has specified Technology Standards. In our middle school program students build and control robots based on programming skills and learn coding basics for developing their own apps. These lessons provide opportunities for students of all levels to succeed and thrive in their community.
Assistive Technology (AT): According to the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-407), Assistive Technology (AT) includes any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, off-the-shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive Technology Service is any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. (from Assistive Technology for Children with Autism, Written by Susan Stokes).
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): These strategies assist people with severe communication disabilities to participate more fully in their social roles including interpersonal interaction, learning, education, and community activities. AAC entails learning to communicate by typing on a keyboard or pointing at letters, images, or other symbols to represent messages. This allows a mode of communication other than speech for those who need it. At HTS, some students use iPads or other tablets with communication apps as an AAC tool.
Maintaining small class size (average 12 students per class) with at least one teacher and one para-educator per class affords each student the support to reach his or her full potential. Technology plays a vital role in the motivation and progress of our students. Students at all levels utilize computers, tablets and other innovative technology to foster reading, writing, math and communication skills.
We advocate giving students opportunities for hope utilizing any available process, plan or tool. We employ a truly eclectic approach using as many methods as possible to help our students. We’ve collaborated with families to integrate methods such as Handwriting without Tears, PECS, TEACCH, AAC, AT, ABA, SI, SLP, OT, PT, medical and bio-medical intervention, sensory diets for home and school, self help and independent living skills, and Tribes Character Education. We also respect students’ special diets. Working together with parents and professionals we incorporate any means available to achieve each student’s academic goals. We develop an individualized combination of these methods as appropriate for each child.
Autism is characterized by impairments in social interaction, communication, and imaginative play prior to age 3 years, as well as stereotyped behaviors, interests and activities. The symptoms and characteristics of autism can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations, from mild to severe.
- 1 in every 68 children in the US has autism, which reflects a 30% increase since 2012.
- Estimated cost of autism is $90 billion. Annual costs are projected to increase to $200- $400 billion in 10 years. Autism is going to impact the nation over the next 20 years as these children grow and require more services.
- Lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.
- Both neurotypical children and children with special needs grow in social interaction
- Students with disabilities are accepted by their peers
- Students with disabilities gain confidence in their ability to handle academics
- We maintain a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Studies show that class size impacts learning positively when the ratio is less than 15:1.
- All students benefit from the additional support in the classroom
- Educators can adapt curriculum to meet the needs of each individual student
- Our students consistently excel academically. On the CAT/6 standardized test, HTS students score above grade level nearly twice as often as students in public schools throughout neighboring counties.
- As a volunteer, Dr. Dave Traver, M.D, teaches health education to our middle school students.
- Partnership with inclusive athletic programs such as E-Soccer (a Jefferson Award winning program) & E-Karate offer opportunities for social and fitness development in kids in neighboring communities.
- Volunteer and community partnership in association with BACC
- Animal Assisted Happiness (AAH) enriches the lives of children experiencing health or family challenges as a non-profit that provides positive interaction between animals and children.