Read "On Purpose"

Acclaimed researcher Samuel Casey Carter cites HOPE Prima as one of the 12 best schools in America

A new book names HOPE Christian School: Prima as one of the top schools in the country and a model for driving student achievement. Samuel Casey Carter and his team of researchers examined close to 3,500 schools over the course of a year and selected 12 to be featured in his new book, "On Purpose: How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character," including Milwaukee’s HOPE Prima.

On Purpose BookCarter writes, "All of these schools beat the competition in their local areas as far as academic and other student achievement is concerned." He adds, "Together, they are just a snapshot of the more than 115,000 schools in the country, but they are among the very best for they aim only to bring the best out of their students – and they prove what is possible for every school in America." The book features five public schools, three public magnet schools, two public charters and two privates, including HOPE, which is a proud participant in Milwaukee's Parental Choice Program.

Mr. Carter devotes an entire chapter to HOPE Prima as a nationally notable school for building culture. Here are a few highlights:

"Often called 'the Christian KIPP' by those who see the similarities on the surface, HOPE is so much more."

"By design, the instructional staff members ensure that they make five positive comments for every one that disciplines. You hear many more students thanked publicly for their good behavior than ever you hear students called into line."

"Genuine Midwestern manners are proudly in evidence: Even the youngest kindergartners eagerly hold the door open for you. In fact, every classroom has posters reminding students to HYSTEP it, that is say hello, yes, smile, thank you, excuse me, and please."

"Maybe the greatest lesson coming out of HOPE is that the willingness to love is also a habit that a community can learn and cultivate."