OUR HIGH SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL DISTINCTIVES

Hope Academy High School spreads a banquet of God-glorifying, classical education for the youth of the city. Our curriculum is excellent and college preparatory, but what most excites us is that your son or daughter will have deep, personal relationships with teachers who are devoted disciples of Jesus Christ.

SINGLE-GENDER CLASSROOMSBeginning in seventh grade at Hope Academy, students have their math and language courses in combined-gender classrooms — but almost all of our other core courses at Hope Academy happen in single-gender classrooms. We believe this helps reinforce serious study, but also helps set a school culture where we treat one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.
COLLEGE-PREPARATORY ACADEMICSOur goal is that all graduates of Hope Academy would be prepared for college-level work. Students are required to take four years each of our six core courses: Humane Letters, Writing/Rhetoric/Speech/Drama, Bible, Science, Math, and Foreign Language. Additional academic courses contribute to the development of a solid classical liberal arts education, with offerings in physical fitness, health, music, art, and others.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION: MISSIONS TRIPS, CHAPEL, MENTOR GROUPSSpiritual Formation in our High School is central to student life. In addition to our classrooms being saturated with a Biblical worldview approach, students help lead worship in our weekly Chapel, are part of weekly mentor groups, and also go on a week-long mission trip to New Orleans in 10th grade, and to the Dominican Republic in 12th grade.
COLLEGE & CAREER COUNSELING Career Preparation:

Our weekly Athenaeum Lunch Speaker Series provides an opportunity each Thursday for 20 students to listen to and engage with Twin Cities professionals who share about their life story and career path.

Also, during the summer, students in grades 10 and 11 in good academic standing are eligible for paid HopeWORKS internship. In partnership with local businesses, artists, and non-profits, students work and serve alongside Christian professionals for a month.

College Preparation:

In addition to our rigorous Senior Writing and Senior Thesis course, we take our students on regular College visits. Students also can participate in a free ACT Test Prep course.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS – HOPE SCHOLARSAll Hope Academy students are eligible to apply for a Hope Scholarship. The Hope Scholars Fund is provided through a partnership with the SAM Foundation and other generous partners. Currently, $10,000/year is committed as a total award to each year’s graduates and is renewable for an additional three years. Generally the $10,000 annual amount is awarded to one or two graduates.

Hope Scholars Application (PDF)

FAST FACTS

    • Over 90% of Hope Academy High School students are at grade level in Math & Reading
    • 70% of Hope Academy students compete on Varsity Athletic Teams
    • Click here to see the colleges where Hope Academy alumni have enrolled.

    CURRICULUM

    Our High School coursework is rigorous, and our classrooms are marked by high expectations for our students. At the same time, our Academic Support Center is designed to help ensure that not a single student falls through the cracks.

    Ninth Grade

    CreditsCourse Name
    1.0Spanish 1
    1.0Geometry
    1.0Biblical Worldview / Christian Apologetics
    1.0Writing & Rhetoric I / II
    1.0High School Earth Science / Biology
    1.0Modern History I / II
    0.25Art I / II
    0.5Choral Performance I / II or Music Theory & History I / II
    0.25Health & Physical Education I / II
    7.0TOTAL CREDITS

    Tenth Grade

    CreditsCourse Name
    1.0Spanish II
    1.0Algebra II
    1.0Biblical Worldview / Christian Apologetics
    1.0Writing & Rhetoric I / II
    1.0High School Earth Science / Biology
    1.0Modern History I / II
    0.25Art I / II
    0.5Choral Performance I / II or Music Theory & History I / II
    0.25Health & Physical Education I / II
    One Week of Service Requirement (see Mission Trips)
    7.0TOTAL CREDITS

    Eleventh Grade

    CreditsCourse Name
    1.0Spanish III
    1.0Pre-Calculus
    0.5Oral Rhetoric
    0.5Drama
    1.0Theology I / II
    1.0Chemistry or Physics
    1.0Medieval or Ancient & Classic History
    (0.5)Art Elective I / II
    (0.5)Choral Elective I / II or Music Elective I / II
    (0.5)Technology Elective I / II
    7.0Total Credits

    Twelfth Grade

    CreditsCourse Name
    (1.0)Spanish IV
    1.0Calculus
    1.0Senior Writing
    1.0Senior Thesis
    1.0Theology I / II
    1.0Chemistry or Physics
    0.25Medieval or Ancient & Classical HIstory
    (0.5)Art Elective I / II
    (0.5)Chorale Elective I / II or Music Elective I / II
    (0.5)Technology Elective I / II
    One Week of Service Requirement (see Mission Trips)
    7.0TOTAL CREDITS

    READING LIST

    This is a non-exhaustive list of the type of works our high school students read during their high school years.

    Ninth & Tenth Grade – The Bible; Josh McDowell, Evidence that Demands a Verdict; Documents in American History; The Declaration of Independence; The U. S. Constitution; The Federalist Papers (selections);  Anti-Federalist Papers, John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress; Westminster Confession of Faith; Daniel Dafoe, Robinson Crusoe; Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Jane Austen, Emma; William Shakespeare, Hamlet; Victor Hugo, Les Miserables; George Orwell, Animal Farm; Speeches & Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Selections from the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

    Eleventh & Twelfth Grade – The Bible; Homer, IliadOdyssey; Dante, Inferno; Plato, Republic; Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics; Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian Wars; Augustine, Confessions; Chaucer, Canterbury Tales; Euripides, The Bacchae, Sir Thomas Mallory, Le Morte D’ Arthur.