New Charter School for Special Needs Students

Special needs students affected by the closing of Mary Immaculate School in June will have a new place to call home in September. Former MI parent and Board president Dan LaValley has spearheaded the drive to open the new school, Hope Learning Academy, to be located in the former Hampton Park Christian Church at Rushland and Monroe Street in West Toledo.

“Parents and friends of the school called me when they heard the news,” he explains. “They told me I had to do something. So I started the process of getting a school open in time for school this fall.”

He asked former MI coordinating intervention specialist Melissa Hinton to be his Head of School; they will work with teachers and staffers and a 5-person Board to provide a stringent curriculum in K-8 classrooms of no more than 10 students.

“There is a tendency to go easy on these kids, because people don’t believe they can do the work,” LaValley said. “But they can, and we will do our best to help them. We will have a Sensory Integration Classroom, a state licensed counselor and occupational therapists on staff. The small student/teacher ratio will make us stand out from other schools.”

Hope Learning Academy will open at 4234 Monroe Street, Toledo this fall. More information is available at 419 297-6313 or on their website