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An activity of The NACD Foundation, St. George, L3C, a financially independent LLC
subsidiary of The NACD Foundation, a charitable non-profit corporation. - 1008 E. 200 S., St. George, Utah 84790
Office - 435-272-4575 - Cell - 435-668-5381

The academy is under the administration and supervision of Dr. Alton L. Wade, Ed.D. and Diana M. Wade, B.S. who receive no remuneration for their services. All who work at the academy in any capacity are unpaid volunteers. Many of the volunteers are students at the LDS Institute of Religion or Dixie State College located across the street from the academy. 


The school is housed in a 3000 sq. ft. two story building. All school activities are confined to the facility or in the yard surrounding the building. All instructional activities are carried out between the hours of 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday and no residential facilities are provided. As the school does not own or operate vehicles of any kind, the family of the student provides daily transportation to and from school. Because of limited space the academy enrollment is capped at twenty-five and there are never more than eight students in the facility at any given time.


We're continually working hard to acquire the necessary resources to serve the needs of our students.  If you're interested to see what we've been doing recently check out the news of recent events or activities.


If you have some available time, we're glad to have your help. Whether it's working one on one with these great young people, or contributing to the improvement of our operation and facilities, we need you. 



Each student receives a personal and detailed evaluation from the staff at the National Association For Child Development (NACD) national office in Ogden, Utah. Between evaluations the student comes to the academy for two hours daily to receive individual tutoring from volunteers who help them make progress on their prescribed mental and physical programs. Additional programming is carried out in the student's home by parents, siblings and neighborhood volunteers. 

The Children of Hope Academy does not solicit nor receive financial help from federal or state agencies. This policy is by intent so that the academy is not placed under policies, procedures or regulations that would restrict the use of the proven National Association For Child Development (NACD) programs in any way. The families of all enrolled students in the academy are expected to participate in the fundraising activities and in the solicitation of funds from private individuals, companies, and foundations. All donated services, materials and funds go directly to the benefit of the students and their programs.

The Children of Hope Academy is fully insured for the liability of accidents and services.

Mission & Vision

We have a simple, but robust mission: to help mentally challenged young adults to achieve their full potential. We do that by focusing on their continuing education in the basic core areas. With your help we make a difference.