The Hope Chinese Charter School is now operating out of its new building in the West Slope area. It is about one year behind its scheduled renovation and remodeling of the former Elks Lodge. With 15 classrooms, it is still in phase one of a three phase project.
The school is now a K-5, adding one grade per year on its way to a K-8. Total enrollment is now 194. It has a co-located but separate fee based preschool with one class of 18 preschoolers. Currently, there is 1 class of kindergarteners, 2 classes of first graders, 1 class of second graders, 1 class of third graders, 2 classes of fourth graders, and 1 class of fifth graders.
The long term plan is for two classes of 26 each at each grade. There is only one kindergarten class this year because of a shortage of classrooms. There were 68 applicants for the 26 kindergarten slots.
The Hope Chinese Charter School is chartered by the Beaverton School District. It is in the second year of its second three year charter. Its next charter renewal could be for up to ten years. As an Oregon charter school, the school receives 80% of the per capita allocations of State School Fund to local school districts. Additional fund raising is required.
The school uses a 65% Mandarin/35% English model in grades K-2, a 50%/50% model in grades 3-6, and a 35%/65% model in grades 6-8.
All the Mandarin teachers teach only in Mandarin. There are lots of aides and part-time teachers. Teachers come from China, Singapore, Taiwan, and locally.