Academics

Hope incorporates a biblical worldview into all of our classes. We prepare our students for college and life through excellent, rigorous, and relevant classes. We emphasize public speaking and argumentative writing throughout our curriculum. In addition to their core classes, students have study hall and can select from a variety of unique electives each semester.

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OUR PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

A Christian Philosophy of Education must begin, have as its continual frame of reference, and end with the eternal God. Such conformity, acknowledges the following:

God is the ultimate source of all truth (Jn 14:6). Therefore, His Word (revealed truth) holds a position of priority over human reason. His Word enables one to view all of life, in both its temporal and eternal aspects, to be viewed from the perspective of the centrality of God rather than the centrality of man (Ps 1:18-32). Any distinction between “sacred truth” and “secular truth” is, therefore, a false dichotomy.

A differentiation must be made between earthly wisdom (1Co 1-2; Jas 3:15) and spiritual wisdom (1Co 1:30, 7:10-16; Jas 3:13,17), while acknowledging that the source of all true wisdom and understanding is God Himself (Pr 1:7, 9:10, 15:33; Col 2:3).

The purpose of Christian education is to demonstrate to the student his need of a personal, saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and to nurture, admonish, and encourage the student to live in conformity with the revealed will of God through a life of service, wholly dedicated to and dependent upon God (Ro 12).

The process of Christian education requires the natural integration and consistent application of God’s Word into every area (academic, extracurricular, administrative, etc.) of the School program (Eph 4:4-6).

Students do not have to be Christians in order to attend Chicago Hope Academy. We do not require that our students or their families align their personal faith with the School’s Statement of Faith. The School does, however, make no apologies about teaching from a Biblical worldview. We do require that our students abide by the boundaries and guidelines set by the Academy, with the understanding that many of these guidelines are Biblically-based.

CORE CLASSES BY GRADE

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9th Grade

Literature I
Algebra I
Computers
Biology
Spanish I
Bible I

10th Grade

World Literature
Geometry
World History
Chemistry
Spanish II
Health

11th Grade

American Literature
Algebra II
American History
Physics
Spanish III
Speech
Logic
Debate
College Writing

12th Grade

British Literature
PreCalculus/Calculus
Economics
Spanish IV
Senior Bible
College Writing

Literature I

The freshman year Literature I course is designed to introduce students to high quality literature of multiple genres, hone writing skills to mastery, and analyze issues presented in literature using these mastered writing skills. This is an application-focused class; students will work through different types of literature and subsequently master these types of writing. High proficiency in persuasive, expository, prose/poetry, and narrative style writing will be required.

World Literature

This course is one whose primary goal is introducing students to a variety of World Literature. Through this content and these experiences, students will become stronger readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers. Students will achieve these goals through:

  • Reading a variety of World Literature works such as short stories, novels, plays and poetry.
  • Learning the proper usage and mechanics of grammar.
  • Writing in a variety of forms for an assortment of audiences and reasons.
  • Participating in a variety of individual and group projects. 

American Literature

“We are wiser than we know.” — R.W. Emerson

American Literature at Hope is devoted to the study of the democratic and diverse voices that have constituted our country’s letters and poetry. From the marginalized literature of women and Native Americans to the jazzy prose of the Harlem Renaissance; from Emerson’s transcendental ‘Self Reliance’ to Whitman’s epic songs of celebration to Dylan’s vocalization of his generation and changing times; from witch trials in Salem to the Gothic tales of Hawthorne and Poe to the grotesque tales of Faulkner, O’Conner and the Coen brother’s South; from Thoreau’s staunch disobedience to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s dreams and Malcolm X’s nightmares. These are just some of the voices students will be exposed to akin to college literature courses, student assessment is heavily based on essays and examinations. In the tradition of American literature, the purpose of this course is to inspire free-thinking, independent, socially conscious, and democratic individuals within the body of Christ.

British Literature

“Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light” –Dylan Thomas

At Hope, our study of British Literature adheres to the suggestion of the Welsh poet above. It is with exuberance that we confront texts as old as the English language (Beowulf) all the way up through the recent poetry of English innovators like Thom Yorke. From then English Renaissance and William Shakespeare and his adolescent tragedies (Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet) through gothic stories written by adolescents (Frankenstein penned by 18-year-old Mary Shelly) and the groundbreaking work of their parents (Mary Shelly’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women, the first book on women’s suffrage).

We descend with Milton’s Paradise Lost, sing William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, sail with Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, and travel to Huxley’s futuristic but eerily familiar Brave New World. Moreover, we’ll spend time on European literature that emerged from the hysteria and horror of World Wars I and II, including Elie Wiesel’s Night and war poets such as Siegfried Sassoon. In the manner of college literature courses, British Literature will emphasize essay-writing (including a research paper) and exams. Like all CHA courses, British Literature is designed to aid in student’s development as Christians by becoming more sensitive readers to our neighbor’s voices from across the Atlantic. The course seeks to strengthen each student’s faith and raise each student’s empathy with the beauty and tragedy of British literature.

College Writing

College writing is designed to help students become strong, confident writers who can express their ideas clearly. Students will exercise critical thinking and research skills as they learn the writing processes for a variety of writing styles. The course will assist with college preparations by focusing on students’ personal statements, ACT practice essays, and a junior year Capstone paper.

Speech, Logic, Debate: The sophomore year Speech, Logic, and Debate course will integrate public speaking techniques, formal and informal logic, and argumentation and debate. Students will become more comfortable with speaking to large groups, improve their abilities to argue effectively, develop critical thinking skills, and hone their interviewing skills. Students will engage their Christian worldview as well as practice critical consumption and manipulation of information.

Students will learn different types of effective public speaking and execute speeches in front of an audience. In addition, debate, logic, media communication, persuasion, and interpersonal skills will be discussed and applied through different writing assignments, projects, and relevant classroom work. This class is designed to insure that students leave Chicago Hope Academy with the ability to interview well, speak correctly and concisely, and persuade upon the foundation of sound logic. These skills prove, time and time again, to be essential in today’s society, both in seeking a fulfilling career and in daily life.

Bible I

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the Bible through looking at the complete Biblical narrative, in chronological order. The course will cover the narratives and significant characters of the Old Testament in the first half of the school year. The second half of the year will cover the New Testament and its main characters. The overall theme of the class will be for students to demonstrate knowledge of Jesus Christ being the main character of the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

Senior Bible

This course examines the fundamental presuppositions of the Christian faith by engaging the question of God’s existence, understanding the major theistic world religions, and exploring worldviews along with their development throughout history. Upon this foundation, the course will build a robust, cumulative case for Christian Theism and discuss how the use of Scripture informs the practice of the modern day church.

Biology

Biology is the study of living things. This is a general biology curriculum that makes frequent use of human examples to engage students in the fundamental concepts of biology.

Topics throughout the year range from being a scientist, relevancy of the study of biology, what makes humans unique, behavioral disorders of the brain, evolution, intelligent design, structure and characteristics of virus, characteristics of living things, the five kingdoms, biological hierarchical classification, internal environment of organisms, and the human body systems. As well as homeostasis, health and diseases, performance and fitness, cellular basis of activity, cycling of matter and flow of energy in communities, reproduction, patterns of inheritance, gene action, processes and patterns of development, the human life span, inter-dependence among organisms in the biosphere.

Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, and properties of matter and the changes it undergoes. Chemistry in the Community is a two-semester class used to expand the students’ knowledge of chemical concepts.  Students will realize the important role of chemistry in their personal and professional lives.  Students will use chemistry to make informed decisions and develop an awareness of the potential and limitations of science and technology.  The students will be assessed through projects, presentations, labs, tests, and quizzes.

Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Design and perform experiments using a variety of laboratory techniques and technology to solve a scientific problem.
  • Apply concepts of chemical bonding and reactions to solve a scientific problem.
  • Apply concepts of stoichiometry to solve a scientific problem.
  • Apply concepts of acids and bases, and oxidation and reduction to solve a scientific problem.
  • Apply concepts of thermodynamics, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry to solve a scientific problem.

Physics

Physics is the most basic study of the natural world. In this course, we will cover everything from movement of atoms to the make-up of stars. During the first semester, we will primarily study motion, energy, forces, and the atomic nature of matter. The second semester includes the topics of heat, sound, light, electricity and magnetism. While we will devote plenty of time to physical equations, our primary interest will be developing conceptual understanding along with relevance to important world issues.

Geometry

Pre-Algebra

Algebra I

Algebra II

Pre-Calculus

Advanced Pre-Calculus

AP Calculus AB 

AP Calculus BC*

Statistics

*AP Calculus BC will be offered as a class only if minimum number of enrollment is met otherwise it will be offered as an independent study course with full one-on-one support from a qualified faculty member.

World History

The course is designed to promote understanding of and hands-on experience with a main component of the study of history: the application of lessons learned from the past to current issues. This course will, in part, be an active-learning experience. Students will be required to participate in groups and complete hands-on analytical activities. It is designed to be challenging and will involve a considerable amount of reading, writing, analysis, and directed individual research.

American History

American History is a two-semester survey of American history from the age of exploration and discovery to the present. Solid reading and writing skills, along with the willingness to devote a considerable amount of time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents, and historiography.

Economics

The course is designed to give students a chance to learn about the economy and its effect on our world. In this full year course students will learn practical pillars of economic theory. Students will also have the opportunity to get real-world experience with several entrepreneurial programs. Throughout the year the class will also meet and hear from current business professionals and their experiences.

Spanish I

Spanish I concentrates on understanding and mastering basic sound patterns and meaningful vocabulary and grammar to prepare the learner to use the language appropriately in a variety of situation.  The skill of listening, speaking, reading and writing are all emphasized to develop abilities in oral and written expression.  This course is for students learning Spanish as a second language.

Spanish II

Intermediate Spanish stresses essential vocabulary, sentence structure and idioms necessary for communication, oral and written, concerning daily life, using the Total Physical Response (TPR) Method. Lessons are introduced orally with the aid of correlated written and reading materials. Dialogues are taught audio-lingual. Grammar is presented inductively with the use of generalization. The foreign language is used extensively throughout class periods. Student learns to understand, speak, read, and write in the target language.

Spanish III & IV

El curso está diseñado desde la perspectiva de la Literatura Comparada, disciplina académica creada en el XIX y que tiene como objetivo establecer un diálogo fructífero entre las diversas tradiciones culturales a partir de las obras literarias. En este sentido el curso destacará la lectura y el análisis de textos literarios -en su mayoría obras literarias canónicos de cada tradición-, leídos en traducción y algunos escritos originalmente en castellano. El curso está dictado siguiendo los lineamientos y requisitos del Programa Polimodal y el Bachillerato Internacional (IB)en específica relación con la preparación del examen internacional a fin del próximo año.

ELECTIVES & CLUBS

Chicago Hope Academy is proud to offer a wide array of club choices. Clubs have the potential to change every year based on student interest.

Art Club

Art club is a time for students to relax and express creativity through art. This club serves as an outlet for all of those who love to create using paints, pencils, and markers.

Chapel Worship Team

Every week, students lead worship on stage during our Friday chapel. During the course of the week, students rehearse and learn to play various gospel and worship melodies.

Film

Students will explore the narrative, artistic and cultural impact of a number of classical films, and in the process gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for aesthetic value.

Improv Club

No experience needed! Develop wit, creativity, quick-thinking, and acting skills through comedy theatre. As a team, we’ll develop skills to perform a show by the end of the year.

P.A.A.C.

Political Action & Awareness Club. Come discuss & research current events.

Photography

In Photography, students will become familiar with great photographers and their techniques. They may create a portfolio of their own constructed around a theme, and present to the rest of the club for critique. The club is designed to help students ask good questions about photographs and become sensitive to artistic expression in general through photography.

Readers Theater

Readers Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form. Readers read from a script and parts are divided among the readers. No memorization, costumes, blocking, or special lighting is needed. We will act out the parts as we read along.

Robotics Club

The Hope Robotics team builds robots to compete in a FIRST robotics competition. Stellar minds and steady hands are necessary on this squad of future engineers!

Strategy Games

A time to strategize and compete over your favorite board games and card games. Join for a fun way to develop your logic and problem solving skills.

Student Government

Are you the next President of the United States? The next Treasurer or Secretary of State? Your journey starts here. Run your campaign, win the election, and lead your school! Student government helps organize a variety of school events.

COLLEGE PREP RESOURCES

Scholarships and College Planning

College-Match Assessment
Use the class pin ZHJV9X to complete the survey and get your results!

My College Options

FAFSA

Black College Tours Scholarship Page | Fast Web ScholarshipsFinAid Scholarships | Scholarships.com | Student Award Search Aid

10 Steps to Writing a College Essay

College Board
Explore the ins and outs of different colleges

College Greenlight
Find colleges, scholarships, and free fly-in programs

Illinois Student Assistant Commission
Helps answer any questions you about financial aid, FAFSA, loans, and scholarships

College Factual
A free website that helps students discover their best-fit college and major

ACT prep

ACT Prep

Contact Mr. Peter Dukes for password and account set up. Click this link to go to Naviance.

Follow these steps to get started on ACT Prep:

  1. Login to your Naviance Account
  2. Find “Naviance Test Prep” on the bottom left side of the screen
  3. Set the test date under “Days Until” for your next upcoming test
  4. Take the diagnostic test and follow the study tasks based on your skills

*Pro Tip: Play the games and use at least 1 or 2 practice tests to build your skills and confidence. 

Social & Emotional Health

Mental Health Month at NAMI

College Mentoring Experience
Offer curriculum based & sports enriched programming with hot breakfast served. Mentoring is free every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for 6th – 12th grade males.

Midtown Center for Boys and Metro & Achievement Center for Girls
Has summer enrichment programs which include service opportunities, college readiness programs, career exploration, apprenticeships and more.