Hope Academy is a new campus specifically developed for adolescent girls who have experienced complex trauma. In an effort to bring healing and restoration to these girls the programming at Hope incorporates a variety of therapeutic elements, encourages growth and academic learning, and teaches empowerment in a safe and loving environment. All of this leads to a high school diploma and a successful future. Hope strives to be a place where girls can heal in an environment of creativity, imagination, love, and laughter. Our goal is to remove as many obstacles to as possible to assist students in their journey toward success.

Our Students

We recognize that the students we work with have experienced extreme trauma, which has long-term psychological effects such as intense hopelessness, shame, humiliation, shock, denial and disbelief, disorientation and confusion, and anxiety disorders such as PTSD, phobias, panic attacks, severe depression and suicidal ideation.  Common behavioral characteristics include attachment difficulties, emotional dysregulation, dissociative adaptations, disrupted cognitive functioning, and skewed self-concept.  They also experience developmental delays, language and cognitive difficulties, deficits in verbal and memory skills, poor academic performance, and difficulty concentrating.  Due to our understanding of the varied experiences and needs of these girls, all of our staff and volunteers are trauma-informed through a 20-hour intensive training as well as an 8-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid training.

Our Hope

It is the intention of Hope Academy to not only provide a strong and loving environment where the girls receive trauma-informed care, quality education, and mentorship, but also an environment where personal responsibility is taken and students learn what it means to be a positive and productive member of society.

Our Program

Hope Academy students receive academic credit toward their high school diploma.  For those students whose life circumstances make it difficult for them to fully engage in school, Hope Academy’s staff is available to help create a plan that will work that student.  Hope is focused on providing life skills along with elective coursework.  Each quarter Hope offers a variety of elective courses dealing with life skills, creative arts, and health & wellness.

We offer the following assistance to our students based on their needs:

  • individualized academic plan at the student’s tested academic grade level.
  • One-on-one instruction and supervision by our Special Education instructor.
  • Specialized instruction, Special Education case management, and the ability to work with mental health professionals.
  • Where an IEP has been provided, Hope Academy is capable of its implementation
  • Hope Academy is willing to work with any professionals necessary to best accommodate student needs.
  • Transportation to and from school
  • On-site childcare
  • Equine, group, and individual therapy
  • Mentoring
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Parenting skills classes
  • Career and guidance counseling
  • Individualized tutoring
  • Transportation to appointments
  • Help with securing Social Security cards and other ID cards
  • Help to navigate court and legal issues, in conjunction with attorneys, victim advocates, law enforcement, and social services teams

Volunteer Oppurtunities

Volunteer’s make Hope possible:

Opportunities range from

– Moblie Mentors – Tutors – Mentors – Classroom Facilitators – Lunches – Special Event Coordinator –

Contact Information

For more information about volunteering at Hope Academy contact

Volunteer Coordinator/Admin Support: Shannon McGhee Shannon.mcghee@denverstreetschool.org 303-257-9190

Referrals, Media, or Questions contact Director: Christina Schmitzler

Or you can contact our main offices at P.O. Box 140069, Denver, CO 80214