HOPEBRIEFS | The One Thing I’d Give Each Student

Kindergarten students walking at petting zoo

Kindergarten students loved petting and feeding farm animals, gardening, and cooking at Oliver Field Farm!

If I could give each of our students one thing, I’d give them wonder — an insatiable curiosity, and awe of their Creator.

That’s one reason I’m particularly grateful for our four week summer school. Not only do we get to provide a structured environment, not only are students making critical gains in math and reading while their urban peers fall tragically behind — we also get to foster a love of learning that serves students well into the future.

little girl reading a book

Third graders curled up with a blanket or pillow and read for 50 minutes each day — completely enraptured by their books. “This is the best book I’ve ever read. Do you have others by this author?” said one student.

“I love teaching summer school,” one teacher told me. “We are learning everyday with joy and freedom–just for the sake of learning! It always feels like this is what education is meant to be.”

middle and high school students doing woodworking

In addition to math and reading, our middle and high school students enjoy Inverted Arts internships, ACT prep, Junior Achievement BizTown, missions trips, graphic design, coding, woodworking and more.

Thank you for making these awe-inspiring moments possible for our students, well into the summer. A special thanks to our partners at Inverted Arts and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation for their significant contributions to our summer program.

With joy,
Russ Gregg
Head of School


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An unexpected place to find hope

Sometimes an inner-city school is the last place you’d expect to find hope. But hope in God changes everything.

Last year, Hope Academy embarked on a bold step of faith — the Growing Hope Capital Campaign — to make room for 275 more students in Minneapolis, and help plant 10 Hope Academy-style schools nationwide.

Already, we’ve seen God’s remarkable provision of $8.36 million in commitments towards our $10.3 million goal! This fall, we’ll christen our new science wing and classrooms completed in Phase I of construction.

Join us this school year as together we pursue the remarkable:

Sponsor a day or year of school for our students

See hopeschool.org/remarkable to learn about or contribute to our Growing Hope Campaign

And remember, hope in God changes everything. 

Celebrating the Class of 2017!

It’s a joy to present to you Hope Academy’s Class of 2017. God has done remarkable things in these students’ lives, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

What makes me most delighted is seeing how these young men and women have grown in faith, love, character, and perseverance during their time at Hope Academy.

“The biggest lesson Hope Academy has taught me is what true love really looks like,” one student shared. “Our teachers have modeled for us that love is both kindness and challenge.”

Another senior said that Hope Academy has helped her to become more selfless in serving. “I’m not completely there yet, but I’ve learned how to put others’ needs before my own, without trying to gain recognition for what I’m doing.”

Some highlights from this year’s graduating class include:

  • Four students receiving full-tuition, full-need scholarships to Bethel and Northwestern via the Act Six program
  • Two students receiving full-tuition scholarships to Augsburg University
  • One student entering the National Guard
  • One student receiving a $20,000 award to Dunwoody Institute of Technology
  • Two students receiving a combined $40,000 via the Hope Scholars Fund
  • One student receiving $10,000 via the Inverted Arts Scholarship

Thank you to every parent, teacher, coach, partner, volunteer, and organization who has invested in each of these young men and women. Join us in praising God for who they’ve become, and praying for all he has in store for their futures.

Praise God for 4 Full-Rides!

There are some moments that readily inspire worship. Watching four of our high school seniors receive full-ride college scholarships was certainly one of them!

Whitney, Kimberly, Esther, and Johnny (pictured above) were 4 of 31 students in the Twin Cities to be awarded full-tuition, full-need college scholarships via the Act Six program for emerging, urban leaders. Whitney will be attending Bethel University in the fall, while Kimberly, Esther, and Johnny head to the University of Northwestern, St. Paul–for a total of $640,000 in scholarships.

Even more importantly, we praise God for the deeper evidences of grace in the lives of these students and their classmates. By God’s grace, they are becoming kingdom citizens who work for justice, economic opportunity, racial harmony, hope for the family, and joy in the community. Now that’s something to celebrate!

Stay tuned for more updates on our soon-to-be-graduates. In the meantime, join us in praising the Giver of these very good gifts.