HOPE Program About



Higher Outcomes Promote Education

The Rochester School District in collaboration with Strafford Learning Center, has designed the HOPE Program as an alternative education environment for students K-5.  The program is an off campus district special education program.

The HOPE Program is designed with the idea that every student can learn.  It is built upon the following three pillars:

  • Personalized Planning
  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Alternative Learning Strategies

Hope A is designed for students on the Autism Spectrum who need an alternative education with the goal of teaching the children the attention, discrimination, communication, and imitation skills that lead to improved social interactions and allow the children to gaim meaningful access to the district's general curriculum.  Research based instructional techniques are utilized throughout the school day and include the following:

  • Functional Analysis of Behavior
  • Discrete Trial Teaching
  • Picture Exchange Comm. System (PECS)
  • Direct Instruction
  • Verbal Behavior Training
  • Task Analysis
  • Incidental Teaching
  • Pivotal Response Training
  • Planned Generalization
  • Social Skills Training
  • Project TEEACH
  • Assessment:  VB-MAPP

Hope B is designed for students with emotional and or behavioral challenges who need a structured and alternative educational setting.  The program's focus will be on Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) that will enhance a student's access to the district's general curriculum.  Research based instructional approaches will be impletmented such as:

  • Rochester School District Curriculum
  • Skills Streaming Curriculum
  • Transition Planning
  • Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI)
  • Learning Pathways, i.e. classroom-embedded, technology-based and or project-based