About Us

Chicago Hope Academy is a college and life preparatory high school dedicated to nurturing and challenging the whole person – body, mind, and spirit – to the glory of God.

We Offer

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A challenging college preparatory curriculum that balances physical, mental, and spiritual development.

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Gifted teachers who encourage and mentor students.

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Athletics which teach the value of teamwork, discipline, sacrifice, sportsmanship, and perseverance.

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Opportunities for students to appreciate and practice the arts.

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A school that impacts the student, family, and surrounding community for Christ.

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A school that teaches and exemplifies a servant attitude.

The Triangle Philosophy

Chicago Hope Academy invests in the development of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit – to the glory of God.

Christ Centered Education

The Bible is taught as a core subject emphasizing the authority of God’s word.

Academic Excellence

Chicago Hope Academy is committed to holding faculty and students to a high academic standard.

Family Focus

Students are taught to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love their neighbor as themselves. The staff models this principle with passion and conviction. (Mark 9:35; John 15:12, 13; Philippians 2:1-8)

A little bit of History

In 2004, a group of Christian businessmen purchased the shuttered St. Callistus School and parish from the Archdiocese of Chicago. The parish included school facilities, a chapel, a gym, a rectory, and a convent. With the assistance of hundreds of volunteers, future students, and eventually private contractors, Chicago Hope Academy began a full year of renovation. Highlights included hosting 200 volunteers from Aurora Christian High School who spent their spring break living on our gym floor by night and executing the demolition plan and chapel stage reconstruction by day. August 29, 2005 after a memorable grand opening ceremony, Chicago Hope Academy welcomed its first freshman and sophomore classes. It soon became clear in 2006 that future enrollments would necessitate additional classrooms and athletic facilities. Construction began on a new wing and continued through the summer. In fall 2007, five additional classrooms were added, in addition to a reception area for the chapel, and a state-of-the-art weight room and cardio room. A beautiful artificial turf surface was added to Hope Field and Altgeld Park in 2013. The Hope track was completed in 2019.  Chicago Hope Academy continues to expand in the Near West Side community.

Leadership

Ike Muzikowski

Interim President and Principal

The son of Hope founders, Bob and Tina Muzikowski, Ike graduated CHA in 2011 before studying Economics at Columbia University. He served as the College Counselor, Admissions Director, long-term sub, International Student Program Director, and varsity soccer coach prior to earning a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Harvard. Ike lives in East Garfield Park, and enjoys international travel, soccer, classic novels, stand-up comedy, and announcing Hope sports games.

Bart Marchant

Chief Development Officer

Bart works closely with the President on all advancement and development for Chicago Hope and has a passion for advancing God’s Kingdom through mentorship, teaching and discipleship of today’s youth. He has a passion for the Word of God, creating intentional community and seeing Holy Spirit move in hearts. He came to know the Lord in November of 2015 at age 26, through a radical encounter with the person of Jesus. Before God called him to Chicago to build conquerors (his life verse is Romans 8:37), he raised capital for three different Wall Street firms. He started his career with Goldman Sachs before becoming a Regional Director in fundraising for WisdomTree and then GQG Partners. In 2019 God called him into full-time ministry at Hope; he taught Algebra 1 for two years and continues to co-lead the Entrepreneurial Youth Experience Program at the school. After high school at Hotchkiss, he received his BA from Dickinson College and is a CFA L3 Candidate.

Michael Broccolino

Chief Financial Officer

Shawn Rieke

Business Office Coordinator

Rebecca Rodriguez

Dean of Academics

Charles Landrum

Dean of Student Culture

Jen Pankau

Dean of Students & Family Support

Jen Pankau was born in Indonesia, raised by graduates of Oxford and Princeton in NJ, NY and Virginia before herself attending Brown University as a student athlete. After graduating as an Academic All-American, Jen attended graduate school while continuing to play soccer at a semi-pro and professional level. She received her Masters in Social Work degree from Boston University and worked in adoption and foster care, as she and her husband of 30 years raised their four children, all of whom attended Chicago Hope Academy over the last five years as student-athletes. The Pankaus currently run a discipleship ministry in East Garfield Park for teens in need of housing and care.

Joseph Salituro

Athletic Director & General Manager – Hope Student Athletic Center

Joe Salituro was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago.  After attending Loyola Academy, he went on to graduate from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts – Communications degree.   Prior to joining the Athletics Department at Chicago Hope Academy in 2020, Joe spent almost two decades working in sports marketing and event management.  He was in charge of numerous sporting events including, The Under Armour All-America Football Game, The College Slam Dunk and Three Point Championships, and The College Home Run Derby. Joe’s main responsibilities at Hope include leading the Athletics Department and managing the Athletics Campus, which includes Hope Gym, Hope Track, and Hope Field at Altgeld Park. Joe currently lives on the northwest side of Chicago with his wife and two sons.

Lafayette McGary

Assistant Athletic Director

Lafayette McGary Jr. was born and raised on the West side of Chicago. After graduating from Chicago Hope Academy in 2015, Lafayette earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and Master’s degree in Business Design and Innovation at Carthage College. While in college, Lafayette had a successful career as a member of the football team which inspired him to become involved with a career in Athletics. He now serves as the Assistant Athletic Director, and works closely with student-athletes, coaches, and trainers to promote athletic success. Lafayette is passionate about mentoring urban youth to help with life skills in the neighborhood of Austin where he grew up. In his spare time, Lafayette enjoys volunteering at local park districts and spending time with family.

Chris Mallette

Director of Community Engagement and Head Football Coach

Chris is the Head Football Coach and manages relationships with Hope’s community partners, including close ties with the Police force, Fire department, city council, local churches and violence reduction initiatives in gang & community outreach. A man of God called to raise up young men and women of color, Chris has been in ministry for over two decades in some of the toughest areas of Chicago. He fondly recalls praying tongues on gang outreach trips and seeing police officers commit their lives to Christ. He previously worked in Mayor Daley’s cabinet as head of the violence reduction strategy and has served in education and youth coaching for 20+ years. He attended Princeton University where he was an All American linebacker, and received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania. He Is a proud husband and father of 4. Chris’s son, Judah, is a Junior at Hope and his son, Levi, is an incoming freshman.

Scout Muzikowski

Director of Admissions

Lissette Ortiz

Admissions Counselor

Staunton Peck

Vice President of Development

Traci Melcher

Scholarship Procurement Director

Irma Dominguez

Building & Facilities Manager

Esther Kim

Registrar

Esther is a 2nd generation Korean American who was raised in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She is a recent graduate of Wheaton College with a B.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry, a minor in Biblical and Theological Studies, and a Discipleship Certificate. Her role at Hope is to manage all student records, work closely with the Dean of Academics to create student schedules, and to cultivate a welcoming environment in the Main Office alongside the Main Office Manager. Esther is passionate about pursuing biblical justice, empowering marginalized people groups, and establishing the voice of Asian Americans in Chicago. In her free time, you will most likely find her trying out new restaurants, coffee shops, and spending time with her family.

Melissa Montiel

Main Office Manager

Melissa Montiel is a proud Hope alumna from the class of 2017. She is a first-generation college student who received her BA in Sociology and Spanish from Wheaton College in the spring of 2021. She is passionate about college readiness and access to equal opportunities available to racialized minorities and first-generation students. She is also a Director of Academics with HFS Chicago Scholars. Her two younger siblings, Angel and Emileny, are students at CHA. She lives on the southside of Chicago and enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, and watching movies.

Founders

Bob and Tina Muzikowski

Contact Us

2189 W Bowler Street Chicago, IL 60612

Main Number: 312.491.1600

Email: info@chicagohopeacademy.org

Facility Addresses

Chicago Hope Academy

Volleyball | Wrestling

2189 W Bowler St
Chicago, IL 60612

Livingston Field

Soccer | Softball

2139 W Lexington St
Chicago, IL 60612

Altgeld Park

Football | Soccer | Baseball

2650 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL 60612

Hope Track/Rugby Field

Track & Field | Rugby

721 S Washtenaw Ave
Chicago, IL 60612

Hope Student Athletics Center

Basketball | Wrestling

2641 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL 60612

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