Success Stories

  • Gabriel, 2018 Graduate

    Before coming to HOPE at New Hope Academy, Gabriel was getting into trouble at school.

    “I was fighting and being disciplined by my teachers,” said Gabriel.

    Gabriel made the switch to New Hope Academy in 7th grade. The caring environment helped him control his anger and gain more patience when working with people. He is now considered a leader at the Learning Center.

    “He is a very determined young man who sees and respects the value and the process in getting an education. It has been a joy to watch him grow and develop through the years,” said Ms. Denise Duran, Director at New Hope Academy.

    At New Hope, Gabriel has been involved in Student Council, serving as President for one year. One of their major projects was fundraising for a new bus for the Learning Center, which they also helped paint. Additionally, Gabriel has attended the HOPE Prom several times. His two younger siblings, high school juniors, are New Hope students as well.

    “It was important for me to share all my talents and abilities with New Hope,” said Gabriel.

    Gabriel enjoys the martial arts and working out. His favorite subject in school is Math, but he enjoyed lunch too as he likes to eat and values the friendships he has made at New Hope.

    “The online curriculum at HOPE was challenging for me,” said Gabriel. “I like the one-on-one support I received when I got stuck and the offline supplemental instruction.”

    In the fall, Gabriel is planning to be the first in his family to go to college. He is planning to attend North Central University in Minnesota, where his family is moving. He wants to become a secondary math teacher. During his last year at New Hope, Gabriel was a math tutor to his peers.

    “I am good at math,” said Gabriel. “I want to inspire others and help them.”

    Gabriel has worked hard to earn his diploma. He is also the first in his family to graduate from high school. Early on, he set a goal of being the valedictorian and is proud to have earned that role in the Class of 2018. Graduating was something he did for himself to better his future.

    “You have to fight for it and not ever give into any outside pressures,” said Gabriel. “My family is excited and happy for me.”

    The one part of HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op that Gabriel is most thankful for is the staff.

    “The teachers are the best. There is always someone there to help you,” said Gabriel.