CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – A new charter school in Horry County is now open. The Academy of Hope offers a curriculum that is centered around getting children prepared for college while introducing them to other cultures and languages.
The CEO and founder of the public charter school, Joseph Washington, said teaching kids other languages like Spanish and Chinese gets them prepared to compete globally.
He said, "It's all part of an international business program at the school. What we are going to do and what we have done is expose our children to different countries, different environments people who are doing business in Denmark or people who are doing business in China."
Washington explained that trying to open up the school has been a challenging opportunity, but offering parents another option when it comes to educating their children was worth the blood, sweat and tears.
"I understand the value of education and I understand the ticket it gives you in life and I thought that too many of our young people are missing it, " commented Washington.
Although the school opened just last week on Aug 23, Principal Natasha Butler said she can see positive things happening already.
She said, "We are definitely coming with a more cutting edge approach to meet the needs of under-served students as well as students who are at or above grade level."
Skylyn Fitzgerald is a student at the school and said she enjoys the charter school because the teachers make learning fun and she gets to be creative after her tasks are done.
The free public charter school is open year round and teaches kids from kindergarten to fourth grade.
Washington says there is still room for more children to attend.