Mount Hope Academy opened its doors in 1998 under the leadership of Pastor Raymond A. Bell, Jr. His vision was to build a school which included preschool through 12th grade. Each grade would be taught with the Word of God being its foundation. MHA uses the ABEKA curriculum, which is a Christ-centered, academically challenging program. Bible, phonics, numbers, science, social studies, art, and music are taught in individual and group settings with an emphasis on one-on-one interaction. Large as well as small motor skills are developed through manipulative, hands-on learning games and outdoor and classroom activities. The curriculum ministers to the whole child; socially, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically. Through stories, songs, technology, and everyday interaction with teachers, students will be taught from a Biblical perspective. The PALS Assessment is also administered to Pre-K4 and Kindergarten students twice a year.
Employees are carefully chosen to ensure a quality program. Each staff member undergoes a background check as required by law. They are CPR and first aid certified, trained in how to recognize child abuse, several of our staff members are MAT trained, and all of our staff members, with the exception of our substitutes, are required to attend at least ten hours of childcare related workshops each year.
In March 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy ceased to provide academic instruction at its physical location. In June 2020, Pastor Bell convened a committee to consider and work towards restructuring the Academy to make it conducive to a hybrid educational environment whereby classes are taught through virtual learning and in-person learning, starting August 2021 for the 2021-2022 academic year.
In February 2021, the Academy officially changed its name from Mount Hope Academy to Mount Hope Christian Academy.