A Beacon of Hope in 2020-21

Millions of students across the US—particularly low-income children and children of color—have fallen months behind in school during COVID-19. But by God’s grace, urban youth at Hope Academy have continued gaining ground.

While COVID-19 and other challenges threatened to cancel school, you helped Hope Academy remain open for the children of the city.

When children were struggling, we didn’t lower the standards. Instead, teachers and staff leaned in to provide extra support and encouragement. 329 students received extra support!

Combating COVID Learning Loss

Our students and families rose to the challenge—showing remarkable perseverance in the face of adversity.

Growing in Faith

Students learned about God and experienced His love daily from their teachers. Each child has memorized priceless truths about their identity in Him. “We will display a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” – Hope Academy Declaration, Ref. Isaiah 61. Families have been strengthened in a supportive, Christ-centered community.

Hope Academy has been my rock. They show me that they’re not just a school—they’re like a family. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and you’re not alone.
– Lydia Thompson, Hope Academy Parent

Building Foundational Skills for Life and Work

Through our new HopeTECH Initiative, students gained hands-on experience in technology and other growing trades.

Students also practiced teamwork through House tournaments, athletics, the arts, robotics club, and many other enriching activities throughout the school year and our 4-week summer session (mandatory K-8).

Becoming “Oaks of Righteousness”

Seniors showed remarkable unity and strength of character as they prepared for graduation and life after Hope Academy. We’re thanking God for:


Hope Academy graduates are pursuing higher education, growing in careers, and serving as volunteers and mentors in our community.

I’ve been able to mentor Hope Academy students with other fellow Hope Academy grads. To be able to do that all together and for it to stem out of the place that I love so much…it’s such a beautiful thing.” – Kenneth Granados, Class of 2018

Partnering Together

When COVID hit, we began asking God to do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine for the youth of our city – and your investments have done just that. Thank you for praying and giving so generously to provide this remarkable, God-centered education in Minneapolis. “We love Hope Academy and all it does for those in the inner city: giving hope, faith, love of the Bible, a remarkable education, and the role models for an abundant life. More than ever today, our cities and country need all that Hope Academy provides!”– John and Sherry Swanson

Each year, 90% of our costs are paid for by donors like you – making Hope Academy affordable for all!

See more of the difference you’ve made at Hope Academy in our 2020-21 Annual Report: