Since September 1969, Great Hope Baptist School has operated as a ministry of Great Hope Baptist Church. The school began with two half-day kindergarten classes and by 1976 had developed into a complete educational program for all students from five-year-old kindergarten through twelfth grade. In August 2008, Little Soldiers Preschool & Daycare was added for children ages 2.5 through kindergarten. Great Hope Baptist School is a member of the Old Dominion Association of Church Schools and the American Association of Christian Schools.
Over the years, Great Hope Baptist School has focused on these objectives, which provide a mission for this institution:
To teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that His death and resurrection provide forgiveness of sin and new life through faith in Him.
To teach that the Bible is the Word of God, and to help the student appreciate and accept its practical use and importance.
To teach the student the fundamentals of God's creation, including language arts, geography, mathematics, history, science, fine arts, health, and the Bible from a Christ-centered viewpoint, so that he will develop to the glory of God spiritually, emotionally, socially, mentally, and physically - not in his natural energy, but through new life in Christ.
To teach our students to purpose to yield themselves completely to God in submission and obedience to His will as revealed in the Bible.
To teach that progress in Christian living is dependent upon fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ through prayer, service, and feeding upon the Word of God.
To teach and apply spiritual principles in the disciplining of the student.
To promote the application of Christian principles to daily life by placing the pupils in a Christian school environment.
To teach the students to work both independently and cooperatively while they learn to think and to responsibly apply Christian principles in any situation.
To stimulate in the students the appreciation of and desire for wholesome recreation.
To teach and develop in our students the proper attitudes, ideals, habits, knowledge, and skills which are necessary preparations for life.
To give the student the kind of experience that will help him face life with courage and understanding, and to help him experience a living faith in God that will make him a credit to Christ, his community, his nation, and himself.