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Primary School Opening Postponed

Due to an insufficient number of signups, we have put this project on hold for now. If you are still interested, please contact Mary Hood, at mary.e.hood@gmail.com.

We are currently exploring options for trying this project again at a different location starting in fall, 2018. To express interest, contact me at mary.e.hood@gmail.com.

If you are interested in a teaching position, also contact me. The new location would probably still be in Cherokee County if we open it in 2018.

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Hopewell Primary School- Cherokee County, GA A Ministry of ARCHERS for the Lord, Inc.

Hopewell Primary School- Cherokee County, GA

A Ministry of ARCHERS for the Lord, Inc.

You can't let a good building go to waste, right? While running our homeschooling resource center in the youth building at Hopewell Baptist Church, we noticed that their preschool area was just sitting there doing nothing during the daytime!

We decided to use the space to create a primary school (K-3) starting in fall of 2017. Note: This is an actual school, NOT a homeschooling program. We hope to gradually expand the school by grade level.

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The school day will begin at 9:00 a.m. (students dropped off between 8:45 and 8:55); and last until 2:15. Children younger than six may be picked up at noon if you would prefer; tuition, however, will be the same either way.

It will be a very different sort of atmosphere. Inspired by the ideas of Charlotte Mason, coupled with the relaxed family environment we are known for, we hope to help children to live relaxed lives in a rich educational environment. If you are unfamiliar with the ideas of Charlotte Mason, you might find it helpful to read "For the Children's Sake" by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay.

We feature: lots of reading to the children; individualized instruction in the basics; projects; lots of music, art, and drama. Outdoor education and field trips (pending sufficient parental help!)... We believe that parents have the ultimate responsibility for their family's education, and strive to be good servants to the parents.

We do not believe in :common core; the need for accreditation/certification; busywork homework.

We do believe in: a balanced childhood, time at home to play, work with the family, and just be a child!

For more info, email Mary Hood,, mary.e.hood@gmail.com. Our next information night is Tuesday, July 18, 7:00 at the main church building at Hopewell Church, 78 Ridge Road, Canton ,Ga 30114. Between Canton and Woodstock, just off Bells Ferry.

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Curriculum & Facilities

Curriculum & Facilities

We do not believe in the use of one boxed curriculum for the entire school. Our curriculum will consist of lots and lots of library books; an occasional workbook chosen specifically for an individual child to help him or her learn the basics; and a variety of hands-on experiences and projects.

We will have unit studies in social studies and science, and will let parents know by email which ones we are doing each month, so you can follow along and add things if you wish. We will also feature one artist or art form, and one composer a month.

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Our day will begin with opening ceremonies and a Bible story. The children will respond with drawing pictures and/or narrating the story. We will alternate periods of movement and activity with sit-down work. After the Bible story, we will be doing something active, such as folk dancing, for a few minutes. The morning snack break will be followed by 90 minutes of the basics, alternating between sit-down work and active projects. The majority of academics will be over by noon. The afternoon will feature 90 minutes of art, music, outdoor play, and use of the gymnasium in inclement weather. We intend to build an outdoor education area, including a garden, in the fall, and will be involving the children in the planning and construction.

Field trips, including visits to places like Red Top Mountain State Park and the usual zoos, museums, etc., will be done on many Fridays, pending sufficient parental help.

We plan to gradually expand this school, grade by grade, so that the oldest children will never have to leave unless they want to...but who would want to leave a spot that is this much fun?

We will not be giving any busy-work, workbook style homework. We want the children to have a childhood like the old days, with plenty of free time. However, we also believe in the children having work responsibilities in the home. As much as is possible given the compulsory attendance law, we want to enable parents to also take educational trips with their children, without counting it as an absence...since we believe life and education are really one and the same.

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School Calendar, 2017-2018

Important Dates:

August 18, 6 pm to 8 pm Open House

August 21 First Day of School (note may be delayed a week or so due to slow signups)

Sept 4 Labor Day Holiday

Oct 16-20 Fall Vacation (note: this is not the same as Cherokee County)

Nov 23-24 Thanksgiving Break

Dec 18 - Jan 1 Christmas Break

Jan 2 First day of school for spring semester

March 30 through April 6 Easter vacation

May 25 (Fri) and 28 (Mon) Memorial Day Break

May 29-June 1 Standardized testing for third graders only

June 4 Evening; end of year program

June 5 Last day of school

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How To Register

for Hopewell Primary School

Download the Registration Packet in the blue box, below, or just click here.

It contains the following forms:

1. Sign Up Sheet

2. Legal/Medical Liability form for ARCHERS

3. Liability form required by the church.

4. Signed statement of faith or signature on alternative form provided.

5. Medical History information

Please send the $25 application fee,, checks made out to ARCHERS and the first four forms, filled out properly, to ARCHERS, P. O. Box 2524, Cartersville, GA 30120. (The medical form can be filled out any time before the start of school on August 21.)


If you have any questions, email the director, mary.e.hood@gmail.com. If you’d like to call her instead, her cell phone is 470-512-0167, but you are more likely to have a quick reply via email.

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