Our Mission and Method
Hope Technology School is a WASC accredited K-8 school program. 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. Our mission is to provide a fully inclusive education for both typically developing and special needs students.
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, TEEACH, AAC, AT, ABA, SI, SLP, OT, PT, Tomatis Method, Medical and Bio-Medical Intervention, Sensory Diets for home and school, Self Help and Independent Living Skills, Tribes Character Education, and Integrated Play Groups. 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.
- Average Class Size: 12 students
- Year-Round Schedule: 9am-2:30pm (summer program 9am-1:00pm)
- K-8 Annual Tuition: $12,000
- Therapy Billing: $65.00 per 30 minute unit
- Preschool Program Tuition (age 3-5): Mon-Fri ($860/mo); Mon, Wed, Fri ($565/mo); Tues, Thurs ($415/mo)
- After School Program (Open to Preschool and Kindergarten Students): 2:30pm-5:30pm (Mon-Fri ($395/mo), Mon, Wed, Fri ($260/mo), Tues, Thurs ($190/mo)
HTS educates over 140 children from preschool through 8th grade, including both typical and special needs students. We also have 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.
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 150 children born is an autistic child. Autism is growing at an annual rate of 10- 17%.
- 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.
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
- Academic Tutoring
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 custom
ized, 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 under a contract with CESA 7 and funded by a discretionary grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
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, one AAC device we use is the Lightwriter.
Lightwriter (AAC device) – With Lightwriter devices, you just “type and talk.” Individuals are able to speak their minds in virtually any environment using the synthesized voice.
Innovative Technology Test Projects: 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.
- 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.
Collaborative Partnerships and Community Involvement
- Cooperative work with Dr. Dave Traver, M.D, whose medical practice focuses on biomedical treatment of children with neurodevelopmental challenges or conditions. Office Phone Number: (650) 341-5300, Address: 1261 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404.
- Collaborative therapy programs with The Listening Center for Tomatis Therapy. The Listening Center provides a clinical application of the Tomatis Method. The Tomatis Method is an auditory stimulation program that uses modulated sound through specialized equipment that stimulates the auditory and nervous systems, resulting in improved processing skills and communication skills in individuals with autism and various learning related disorders.
- Partnership with inclusive athletic programs: Jefferson Award winner E-Soccer & E-Karate
- Volunteer and community leadership and programs in association with BACC
- Collaborative programming with experts in behavioral plans and facilitated playgroups
- Staff and community training in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)