Hope Hall, an independent, nonprofit school in Gates for students with special learning needs that was started by Sister of St. Joseph Diana Dolce, opened its new 10,000-square-foot high-school wing Sept. 8. The new wing allows the school to welcome grades 11 and 12; previously the school served students in grades 3 to 10.
The new wing includes eight new classrooms, a main office, a nurse’s office, an elevator and a staff room. Each classroom is equipped with digital whiteboard technology.
The high-school expansion was funded by a $4.16 million capital campaign; $2 million has been raised so far. The school also is working to link Hope Hall students with the business community to create work experience, helping them to successfully transition to the workforce.
"This expansion allows us to see our students through the 12th grade and continue to prepare them to become successful members of society," Sister Dolce, executive director and principal, said in a statement.