Frequently asked questions
How many students are enrolled in The Hope School?
We have just under 50 students enrolled in The Hope School on our Roswell campus, and additional students participating in The Hope School model on our Buckhead campus as well as remotely around the world.
Who is the typical Hope Schooler, and what distinguishes them from other Jacob’s Ladder students?
The typical Hope Schooler is often very bright – close to grade level academically – perhaps slightly below in certain areas or possibly even well above in other areas – and may otherwise thrive in the average school setting if not for socioemotional-behavioral challenges.
While every student within Jacob’s Ladder has four primary dynamics that inform their program (Neurodevelopmental, Physiological, Learning Style, and Socioemotional-Behavioral), students within The Hope School typically have less profound neurodevelopmental needs than their peers in other areas of Jacob’s Ladder, and focus more heavily on the socioemotional and academic areas of programming.
What factors are considered when choosing to group specific students together in a classroom setting?
Classroom placement is determined based on age, appropriateness, and ability – with certain placements requiring greater independence, intrinsic motivation, and self-regulation strategy.
With five different placements throughout HOPE School, it will always feel very appropriate that the peers within a given classroom setting are learning alongside one another.
Is The Hope Model a trauma-informed model?
The Hope Model is a trauma-informed one, making it particularly effective for the students and families we serve.
The typical Hope School student has inherently experienced some kind of trauma; whether having been exposed to situations in previous school settings during which they genuinely feared for their lives, or having simply endured the very real feelings of rejection and failure associated with being dismissed from one or multiple previous school settings.
What does it mean to live out a culture of Hope, Truth, and Love?
Everything we do is undergirded by a very sincere culture of Hope, Truth, and Love – and, can be tied back to these three principles.
For example, Love means keeping yourself and everyone around you both physically and emotionally safe; this means that not only are you not fulfilling this principle if you speak negatively towards others, but also if you speak negatively towards yourself – even if silently.
Negative self-talk has the power to establish and deepen maladaptive neuropathways, but Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) tools such as thought-stopping have just as much power.
Will our family have any responsibility when it comes to enrollment within The Hope School?
Yes. Enrollment within The Hope School is a full-family immersion, and the intent is to create continuity between home, school, and every other area of life.
For this to be effective, it takes hard work on behalf of every family member involved to ensure that the expectations, strategies, and language implemented are always the same, and that there doesn’t exist compartmentalization, but rather integrity and wholeness across all areas.
What are your teachers’ qualifications?
All of our teachers meet accreditation standards, having a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or 3-5 years of experience in related fields of child development, special education, psychology, mental health, and more.
What is the turn-over rate amongst teammates within The Hope School.
The Hope School has a turn-over rate that is lower than the industry standard, which we are very proud of, and attribute in large part to our authentic culture of Hope, Truth, and Love.
Will my child have the same teaching team throughout the entirety of the year? How about year-over-year?
A student’s teaching team is initially determined by our Clinical Team through a very intentional discernment process following his/her Intake and Evaluation.
Every student will work with a variety of providers over the course of their time within The Hope School. This is inherently true based on the structure of our school, and is also a good and necessary way to ensure generalization of rapport and skills across of variety of providers.
Can my child graduate from Jacob’s Ladder?
Absolutely. Each student’s journey looks differently. Students may graduate with a High School Diploma and go on to a University, Inclusive University Program, Vocational / Work-Study Program, or Career.
Jacob’s Ladder is a fully accredited private school, and our transcripts are certainly transferable between and accepted by other public and private primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools.
Does Jacob’s Ladder utilize ABA or Floortime?
We take the best from each of these, and many other, evidence-based therapeutic disciplines.
Consistency in expectation and standard as well as intensity of intervention are necessary to foster growth and change.
Experiences that are relational in nature, that build genuine trust, that encourage the production of neurotransmitters such as oxytocin and serotonin, and that allow the parasympathetic nervous system to drive lead to healing and also foster growth and change.
Will my child receive interventions such as speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, music therapy, art therapy, and animal-assisted therapy?
Components of each these evidence-based therapeutic disciplines are woven into our students’ school week.
For this reason, some families feel they’re getting all they need within the school day, and choose to discontinue some of the additional therapies they were previously engaged in outside of school.
Others find that because speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy are often covered by insurance or Medicaid, they’d like to continue these.
Several outside therapy groups offer these services on our campus to make it convenient for our families. They are able to accept insurance and Medicaid. You are welcome to inquire about adding these services either during or outside of the school day.
What are Neurofeedback and Neurofield?
Neurofeedback: a qEEG is conducted, allowing us to to discern whether the brain is working on a normative level, or if there is hyper-or-hypoactive functioning in certain areas. Neurofeedback will use operant conditioning to train the brain to work on a normalized level. Neurofeedback does not stimulate the brain. This program is beneficial to a wide range of clients and will be recommended based on the Evaluation process.
Neurofield: we use low intensity, electromagnetic pulses to stimulate and guide the brain to the normalized state. This program can also be used to address GI issues. This program is beneficial to a wide range of clients and will be recommended based on the Evaluation process.
Cost varies based on the program being completed, and based on whether a student is completing the program within their scheduled school day or outside of their scheduled school day.
What is iLS?
iLS: Integrated Listening Systems uses modified classical music to target the auditory system. iLS uses air conduction and bone conduction to assist with attention, processing, reading, and speech. This program is beneficial to a wide range of clients and will be recommended based on the Evaluation process.
Cost varies based on the program being completed, and based on whether a family rents or purchases their iLS system.
My child is very allergic to certain animals. Will they be exposed to them on campus?
If a student has allergies to certain animals, we will be informed of this well before the student begins programming, and will take careful consideration to ensure the student is not exposed to these animals.
My child is very allergic to certain foods. Will they be exposed to these on campus?
If a student has allergies to certain foods, we will be informed of this well before the student begins programming, and will take careful consideration to ensure the student is not exposed to these foods.
While the majority of our Jacob’s Ladder campus is nut-free, The Hope School allows nuts.
When engaging in our Taste of Love Bakery program, students execute recipes that are free of ingredients that include top allergens.
What is the plan for food each day?
Each day, families send in a snack and a lunch that fits their child’s unique needs.
What measures are in place to keep students safe?
Teacher background checks and drug screens
All doors must be open or cracked
There are always eyes on for all students
Students are always within arm’s length of their provider
We have a Certified Crisis Prevention Intervention Instructor on-site that provides trainings to all our staff in HOPE School and manages behavior
What measures are in place to keep students healthy?
We adhere to all CDC and GA Department of Public Health for all safety precautions.
When does registration for the upcoming Summer and School Year begin?
Registration for the upcoming Summer and School Year begin each year in February. We also accept mid-year enrollment students throughout the year.
What financial aid resources are available to families?
There are several state sponsored scholarship programs available to families:
Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (SB-10)
Our Admissions and Billing teams would be happy to strategize with you about which of these may benefit your family.