Spiritual Formation

While students and families do not need to be Christians to enroll at Hope, our educational approach is saturated with the Christian Scriptures and Godly virtue. Education at Hope Academy is first of all spiritual formation.

Biblical Instruction

In grades K-5, students memorize Bible verses, and how to use their Bibles. Beginning in the Middle School, students gain a deeper knowledge of the revelation contained in both Old and New Testaments. We focus on God’s promises to his people and the messianic themes of the Old Testament that point to Jesus Christ and are referred to throughout the New Testament. Upper School students are part of weekly same-gender small groups where important topics related to Christian faith are discussed including our identity in Christ, sexual purity, honoring our parents, and many others. In High School, students dig deep into Biblical Worldview and Systematic Theology courses.

Shepherding the Heart

In grades K-12, we approach student discipline with a Biblical understanding of the heart, shepherding students—together with their parents—to become more like Christ.

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11 ESV)

Worship & Mission

Missions-of-HopeStarting in the earliest grades, students have worship and weekly Chapel. Beginning in 6th grade, students start a cycle of mission trips. In 6th grade, students do a week-long local mission during summer session. In 8th grade, the class does a team-building for three days. As tenth graders, classes go on a week-long mission trip to New Orleans, and then as twelfth graders, our students go on an international mission trip to the Dominican Republic.


Based on enrollment statistics, ethnically and socio-economically, Hope Academy truly reflects the neighborhoods surrounding the school. 

Our academic results at Hope Academy is testimony to the God-given giftedness of urban students.

Hope AcademyMinneapolis Public SchoolsMinnesota

The percentage of low-income families represented at Hope Academy is higher than that of the Minneapolis Public Schools and more than twice the state- and nationwide percentages. 

Hope AcademyMinneapolis Public SchoolsUnited States
Economically Disadvantaged*78%66.7%36.7%

*This is the percentage of students who qualified for Free & Reduced Price meals during the 2013-2014 school year.


We are honored to have the following ministry partnerships and the individuals listed below serving alongside us in the Student Life & Arts areas.

Camp Shamineau

Every summer, Hope Academy 3rd and 4th graders receive the opportunity to spend a week at Camp Shamineau in Motley, MN. Camp Shamineau is a Christian summer camp.

Inverted Arts

During our mandatory Summer Session, middle school students have a two-week Arts Exploration with Professional Christian Artist Mentors. Learn more about Inverted Arts here.

Academy of Music — University of Northwestern (St. Paul)

We are a partner location with the Academy of Music of the University of Northwestern (St. Paul). Currently a summer guitar course is offered for students ages 12 and up.

Twin Cities String Academy

Select Hope Academy students are “Strings of Hope” students in the Twin Cities String Academy, an intensive Suzuki violin program directed by Jonathan Reaoch.

If you are interested in a forming a similar ministry partnership in the Arts or Student Life area serving Hope Academy students, contact Jamie Olson, Manager, Development & External Relations.


See where our graduates are in college, and learn about some of our graduates below.

Century College
Crown College
Inver Hills Community College
Itasca Community College
Minnesota Community & Technical College
North Central University
North Hennepin Community College
St. Katherine’s University
St. Paul Technical College
University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
University of Northwestern – St. Paul
Cornerstone University (MI)
Hillsdale College (MI)
North Dakota State University (ND)
Seattle Pacific University (WA)
Southeastern University (FL)
Wellesley College (MA)