• The Newest School in Decatur
     
    Hope Academy was built in 2005 in the Wabash Crossing redevelopment area and was a collaboration with the City of Decatur.  The school is located where Phoenix Park was and every effort was made to retain most of the park amenities.  Hope's location is idea because it is near community agencies like the Boys & Girls Club.   Hope Academy is an attractive, state-of-the-art Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade facility.
     
    The school, decorated in colors designed to blend in with the environment, houses 500 students.  It is built with "front" views on either side.
     
    Students living in the Wabash Crossing area may apply receiving top priority, and any other students in the district may apply through magnet applications.
     
    What's Inside the School
    • State-of-the-Art Technology
    • 2 Computer Labs
    • State-of-the-Art Cafetorium (a cafeteria that seats up to 500 and converts to an auditorium)
    • Classrooms in Pods
    • Large Gymnasium (that converts into two gyms)
    • Science Lab
    • Industrial Tech and Family and Consumer Science Rooms
    • Band and Chorus Room
    • Air-Conditioning
       
     
    Curriculum
     
    Hope Academy curriculum follows the Illinois State Standards and the Decatur Public Schools task force guidelines.  Hope has highly qualified staff at all grade levels that are caring and motivated to help your child.
     
    Middle School Sports
    • Cross Country
    • Girls Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Boys Basketball
    • Girls Volleyball
    • Track
    Fine Arts
    • Orchestra
    • Beginning Band
    • Middle School Band
    • Chorus
    Parent Participation
     
    Parents are encouraged to volunteer to help in their child's classroom or in the school. 
    All parents are a member of the Parent Teacher Organization (P.T.O.).  You are invited to attend the monthly family night activities.  We also encourage you to attend the monthly P.T.O. meetings to help us plan the monthly events and volunteer to help at the events.
     
    Magnet School Process
     
    Orientation sessions are held at Hope Academy during the months of November, December, and January.  Applications are filled out at this time.  Applications are not accepted after January 31st.  The lottery is held during the first week in February.  Parents are notified of the outcome by the end of February.  To sign up for orientation, please contact the school at 362-3280.