Academics

Hope incorporates a biblical worldview into 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 core classes, students can select from a variety of unique electives each semester.

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About Chicago Hope Academy

Your high school decision is an important one. This is the place where you will spend the next four years growing in friendships, knowledge, and most importantly in your faith. At Chicago Hope Academy you will find the support you need to achieve your goals. Learn more by watching the video.

OUR PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

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

God is the ultimate source of all truth (John 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 from the perspective of the centrality of God rather than the centrality of man (Psalm 1:18-32). Any distinction between “sacred truth” and “secular truth” is, therefore, a false dichotomy.

A differentiation must be made between earthly wisdom (1 Corinthians 1-2; James 3:15) and spiritual wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30, 7:10-16; James 3:13,17), while acknowledging that the source of all true wisdom and understanding is God Himself (Proverbs 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 (Romans 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 Hope’s program (Ephesians 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 Hope’s Statement of Faith. Hope 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.

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CORE CLASSES BY GRADE

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9th Grade

English I
Algebra I
Computers
Biology
Spanish I
Survey of the Bible

10th Grade

English II
Geometry
World History
Chemistry
Spanish II
Psychology: Christianity & the Mind

11th Grade

English III
Algebra II
U.S. History
Physics
Sociology: Christianity & Culture
Foundations of Academic Writing
Principles of Economics

12th Grade

English IV
Statistics
Christian Theology & Apologetics
Senior Writing Seminar
Applied Economics
Civics
Electives

Survey of the Bible

Survey of the Bible is a freshman level, year-long Bible course that seeks to introduce students to the all-encompassing scope of the Hebrew Old Testament and the Christian New Testament. This course lays a foundation for Hope students that they will build on throughout their high school experience. Students will become familiar with the concepts of God, creation, fall, exodus, covenant, theocracy, kingship, prophesy, Messiah, redemption, salvation, and more. By studying history through the recorded truth of the Bible and other prominent scholarly sources, coupled with accounts and stories from over 2000 years of faith testimonies, this course stakes the claim that the Christ of the Bible is also the Son of God, the redeemer of the world, and the only means to eternal life with mankind’s creator.

 

Christian Theology & Apologetics

Christian Theology and Apologetics is Hope’s signature class. All seniors take this class in preparation for graduation. This course seeks to prepare students for post-secondary endeavors. Whether it be the workforce, college, or trade school, Hope graduates must be equipped with a worldview that sustains the pressures of a humanistic society. The teachings of Christ guide this class, as students study, analyze, and internalize Christian principles that will direct them on a course of truth, goodness, faith, and justice. Studying great scholars, including CS Lewis, RC Sproul, and others, will provide a network of thought and theory for Hope graduates to lean upon in their future aspirations beyond Hope. A significant component of this course is the Senior Capstone Assignment. This is a lengthy, researched, and laboriously revised personal essay that encompasses the student’s faith, ambition, and hope for the future.

English I

English I is a year-long course that focuses on the study of literature, language, and composition. The course emphasizes the introduction and practice of the essential skills of grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and critical thought. Toward that end, students study various genres of literature through a wide variety of literature selections from across the globe with diverse racial, cultural, social, and gender representation. Students are taught literary interpretation, written and oral critique of literature, and literature’s place in the history of human thought from a Christian worldview.

 

English II

English II is a year-long course designed as a continuation of English I that seeks to build upon prior knowledge and skill in the study of literature, language, and composition. Like English I, this course places great emphasis on the continued development and study of grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and critical thought. Drawing from all genres, students study a wide variety of selections of literature from across the globe with diverse racial, cultural, social and gender representation. Literary interpretation and critique are studied in light of the history of human thought from a Christian worldview.

 

English III

English III is a year-long course designed as a continuation of English II which continues to build upon literary knowledge and skills with a focus on the study of literature, language, and composition. Like English II, this course places great emphasis on the grade-level appropriate acquisition of the essential skills of grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and critical thought. A wide variety of selections of literature from various literary genres are studied, representative of diverse racial, cultural, social and gender authors from across the globe. Literary interpretation and critique are studied in light of the history of human thought from a Christian worldview.

 

English IV

English IV is a year-long course designed as a continuation of English III yet with an accelerated pace and depth of content that focuses on the study of literature, language, and composition. Like English III, this course places great emphasis on the continued development of the grade-level appropriate essential skills of grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and critical thought. In this course, students study in depth a wide variety of selections from various literary genres taken from across the globe. There is an intentional focus on diverse racial, cultural, social and gender-based works, used for an advanced development of literary interpretation and models for student writing. The structural framework of the course revolves around the study of universal themes as found in fiction and non-fiction literature from around the globe and across time as seen from a Christian worldview.

 

AP Literature & Composition

AP Literature & Composition is a year-long, advanced English course that may be taken in place of English III or English IV. Being a college-level course, this class will challenge students to think more critically, read more thoroughly, and write more effectively. AP Literature & Composition will follow the Advanced Placement curriculum guidelines, preparing students to take the AP examination at the end of the year.

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Algebra is a one-year math course designed to prepare the student for Algebra I. The course focuses on mathematical principles like number sense, number fluency, estimation, fractions, algebraic formulas, measurement and geometry skills in the context of algebra preparedness.

 

Algebra I

Algebra I is a one-year course intent upon the student’s understanding and application of the history of Algebra and its practical application to the lives of the students and their other disciplines. This foundational course aims to offer students a broad overview of algebraic topics. In this course students will hone their skills of simplifying, evaluating, and solving basic equations and functions of algebra. While building fluency with these skills, students will develop the habit of problem solving and the proper use of mathematical symbols and rules which dictate their use in patterns and structures set forth in the number system.

 

Algebra II

Algebra II is a one-year course which builds upon the skills and knowledge learned in Algebra I, creating a working understanding of the real number system. The study of linear equations, sequences, series, functions, graphs, inequalities, polynomials, exponentials, logarithms and radical expressions are among the many advanced mathematical principles studied.

 

Geometry

Geometry is a one-year course based upon a unique combination of mathematics and logic. On one hand, geometry is the mathematical study of how figures with varying shapes, sizes, and relative positions fit together in visual space. On the other, it’s an exploration of the basic rules of logical and formal reasoning. Using a creative, hands-on approach, students will learn the classical Euclidean methods for describing and measuring figures and compositions as they appear, and will practice critical thinking using fundamental logical principles. By the end of the term, geometry students will have grown comfortable with basic reasoning, developed a thorough understanding of geometric principles, both abstractly and as they apply to realistic situations.

 

Pre-Calculus

Pre-Calculus is a one-year course designed for a highly motivated and above-average student with prior success in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. The course consists of the combined study of analytical geometry, trigonometry, derivatives, integrals, matrices, functions, logic fields, relations, vector spaces, methods of proof and other math analysis topics as preparation for calculus.

 

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus AB is a year-long course of advanced mathematics in which students master knowledge and skills relating but not limited to the rate of change of variables, volume by rotation, derivatives, optimization problems, integrals, integration and area under a curve. This course prepares students to take the AP Calculus AB examination.

 

Statistics

Statistics is a specially designed advanced mathematics course offered with the intent of introducing students to major concepts and tools as they relate to data collection, analysis, and conclusions. In this course, sampling, experimentation, patterns, and inference are a few of the conceptual themes applied to the study of statistics.

Biology

Biology is a year-long course which acknowledges the created world of God and deals with the relationships between living organisms and their environment, including the various levels of classification of the living organisms known to man in the molecular, cellular and ecological realms. This course places emphasis on the scientific skills of experimentation, measurement, and reporting.

 

Honors / AP Biology

Honors/AP Biology is an advanced course for highly-motivated students ready for an introductory college-level biology course. With an acknowledgement of a God-created world, this class walks students through research, study, investigations, and exploration of such topics like creationism, intelligent design, evolution, energetics, information storage and transfer, and system interactions. This course will prepare all students to take the AP Biology examination. Students electing not to take the Advanced Placement exam are granted Honors credit.

Chemistry Concepts

Chemistry Concepts is an introductory, year-long course focused on basic understanding and application of chemistry. The course is designed for students who need the main concepts of chemistry at a pace that determines successful acquisition. Chemistry Concepts teaches students about the structure and composition of matter which comprises all living things, while focusing on the topics of chemical reactions, solutions, lab techniques, and chemical frameworks.

 

Chemistry

Chemistry is a year-long course focused on the applied knowledge of chemistry. Through the study of the structure and composition of matter, this course takes students beyond the textbook into the lab for hands-on chemical experimentation with the purpose of understanding and applying scientific knowledge from the field of chemistry. The students gain a comprehensive understanding of chemical properties and interactions. Subtopics include: nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, electrochemistry, kinetic chemistry, thermodynamics and macromolecules.

 

Physics Concepts

Physics Concepts is an introductory, year-long course focused on a basic understanding and application of physics. The course is designed for students who need the main concepts of physics at a pace that determines successful acquisition. Physics Concepts teaches students the fundamentals of physical science to achieve a fuller understanding of the physical world around them. Touching on the laws of physics, this course outlines the social and historical background of physics as a developing science of man’s knowledge of the physical world. Topics include light, sound, waves, heat, mechanics, magnetism, and electromagnetic science.

 

Physics

Physics is a year-long course in which students learn the discipline of physics in knowledge and application. The fundamentals of physical science are taught for a full and comprehensive working understanding of the physical world. Focused on the laws of physics, students learn the social, historical, and scientific background of physics while studying the mathematical principles of light, sound, waves, heat, mechanics, magnetism, and electricity.

World History

World History is a year-long course that seeks to outline and study the history of the world from prehistoric eras through modern day. Students are taught to research, study, analyze, and interpret primary and secondary historical texts that provide a general overview of the history of mankind across the globe, including all continental cultural, social, political, and economic developments.

 

Honors / AP World History

Honors/AP World History is a more advanced, accelerated course that studies in great breadth and depth the history of mankind from prehistoric times to the present day. Students will engage in research and analysis of primary and secondary sources as they delve deep into the history of the world. This course will prepare all students to take the AP World History examination. Students electing not to take the Advanced Placement exam are granted Honors credit.

 

U.S. History

U.S. History is a year-long course which introduces in breadth and depth the study of United States history from pre-colonial times to modern day events. The themes of historical study are applied to American history as students engage in the acquisition of the U.S. economic, political, social, cultural, racial, religious, technological and military past.

 

Honors / AP U.S. History

Honors/AP U.S. History is a year-long, advanced history course designed for the in-depth study of the United States from pre-colonialism to modern day. Students study, research, analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources that lay out a diverse and inclusive understanding of the nation’s past. This course will prepare all students to take the AP U.S. History examination. Students electing not to take the Advanced Placement exam are granted Honors credit.

 

Ancient History

Ancient History is a specialized one-year course that focuses exclusively on the study of ancient civilizations with an emphasis on the development of society from its birth in the ancient Middle East through its progression during the Greek and Roman dominance. This course teaches that the study of the rise and fall of early people groups, civilizations, and empires aids our understanding of the future of the middle ages and modern history.

 

Civics

Civics is a one-year course that teaches the history and concepts of citizenship and government, with focuses on civic life, politics, and the development of the United States. This course provides information on the connections between American politics and world affairs, law and power, the American constitution and the rights of its citizens, and the American political system and other political systems throughout the world.

 

AP U.S. Government: We the People

AP U.S. Government: We the People is a year-long course in which students participate in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program, conducted on a national level by the Center for Civic Education. It is a method of teaching and learning about American history, government, politics, and current events. This method centers around competition, which takes the form of a simulated congressional hearing. In class, students are exposed to the essential basics of political philosophy, American constitutional history, America’s founding documents, and the functions of government. WTP hones and produces writing, research, public speaking, presentation, collaboration, critical thinking and rhetorical skills. Students interact with academic disciplines beyond civics, such as U.S. history, world history, philosophy, rhetoric, and literature. Not only do students benefit from the skills acquired during the course, but they also learn what it means to be civically-minded individuals and productive members of society. This course will prepare all students to take the AP U.S. Government & Politics examination.

Psychology: Christianity & the Mind

Psychology: Christianity & the Mind is a year-long Bible course taken during the sophomore year that focuses on Scripture, Christ, Redemption, and the construct of self: mind, body, and soul. Following the Survey of the Bible, Christianity and the Mind takes the study of Christianity to a more personal place, a place of self-reflection, self-discipline, and self-understanding. Students engage in contemporary and traditional reflections of Scripture by men and women who have grappled with the notion of being a Christ-follower in an age of atheism, agnosticism, humanism, universalism, and nihilism. This course prepares students for their junior level Bible class which focuses on Christ-followers immersed in a culture of need.

 

Sociology: Christianity & Culture

Sociology: Christianity and Culture is Hope’s junior year Bible course that focuses on the principles of Scripture that teach followers of Christ how to engage in culture. With the study of both the Bible and current writings on Christians’ role in culture, this course guides discussion on race, diversity, feminism, poverty, politics, abortion, homosexuality, environmental responsibilities, and gender. Students are encouraged to learn how to embrace kindness, justice, and truth in an age of hate and deception.

Spanish I

Spanish I is a year-long course designed to teach the beginnings of Spanish language acquisition emphasizing the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing Spanish at an introductory level. Although the main focus of the class is Spanish language communication, there is an intentional incorporation of the teaching of Hispanic cultures for historical and social relevance. The course reinforces the continual practice of the correct usage of basic vocabulary and Spanish language structures while instilling an appreciation for the rich history and diversity of the language.

 

Spanish II

Spanish II is a year-long course that continues the progress made in Spanish I toward the acquisition of the Spanish language. Students will participate in a course designed for proficiency and the furthering of communication in oral and written expression. Cultural significance takes a larger role as students are encouraged to engage in dialogue with native speakers and to participate in the consumption of media presented in the Spanish language.

A more sophisticated study of grammar and language will take place as students advance in their study of the Spanish language.

 

Spanish III & IV

Spanish III & IV are year-long courses designed to bring the student to a level of conversational mastery with vocabulary, grammar, and sentence formation that demonstrates advanced language acquisition. Introductory level short stories and other Spanish literature and media are used to further develop paraphrasing and reading comprehension skills. Students are pushed toward advanced proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking Spanish.

Computers

Computers is a freshman-level, one-year course required of all students. Its focus is on computer literacy and science, including basic coding, computer languages, and cyber security. This course teaches both the use of computers and the skills to create technology with lessons focused on emailing, PowerPoint, cyber-citizenship, coding, excel, typing, word processing, and internet best practices.

College Writing I: Foundations of Academic Writing

Foundations of Academic Writing is a course taken during second semester junior year. The focus of the course is to teach the basics of college-level academic writing and communication. The objective of this class is to lay a foundation for communication in the college application process, post-secondary education, and beyond. In CW I, the emphasis is on honing basic academic writing skills including advanced essay writing, research, and technical writing. CW I also teaches and equips students to perfect their college admissions personal statement.

 

College Writing II: Senior Writing Seminar

The Senior Writing Seminar is a course taken during first semester senior year. The focus of the course is post-secondary and college writing readiness. Time is spent crafting college application essays, scholarship essays, and more. The writing taught in CW II encompasses a wide range of useful and necessary skills that focus on personal and professional communication etiquette, college and job application practice, resumé building, and one’s online presence through social media and professional platforms.

 

Economics I: Principles of Economics

Economics I: Principles of Economics is a semester-long course taking during the first semester junior year. Economics I focuses on teaching the basics of economics as it relates to basic micro- and macroeconomics and the American economic system. This course emphasizes the concepts of scarcity, supply and demand, opportunity cost, cost and benefit. Additionally, the course provides an overview of economic theory and practice in business, government, banking, labor, and trade.

 

Economics II: Applied Economics

Economics II: Applied Economics is a semester-long course taken during the second semester senior year. Economics II focuses on the personal practice of sound economic principles. The knowledge of economics is taught in application of personal finance as students study banking, loan and debt systems, college and career money management, real estate, investment and more. The goal of this course is to send students out into the world with the competencies and skills to achieve and maintain financial stability and growth.

Printable Course Catalogue

Faculty

Yohan Hwang

Survey of the Bible

Daniel Cameron

Christian Theology & Apologetics

Wyatt Baker

Statistics & Sports Physiology

Josh Lam

United States History

Johanna DeHaven

World History & AP World History

Stephen Schreiber

English IV

John Gregory

English III

William Davidson

English II & AP U.S. History

Jordan Wolff

English I & AP Literature & Composition

Kendall Deer

Sociology: Christianity & Culture

Morriah Grauer

Psychology: Christianity & the Mind

Rebekka Schaffer

College Writing I & II

Anosh Wasker

Physics & AP Calculus

Tim Mayotte

Biology & AP Biology

Ruby Lorenzo

Chemistry

Bart Marchant

Pre-Algebra, Algebra I & Entrepreneurship

Kirsten Madsen

Algebra I & Algebra II

Wayne Williams

Economics I & II

Luke Damkoehler

Geometry & Pre-Calculus

Victoria Santiago

Spanish II & III

Jose Ortiz-Morris

Computers

Raquel Camacho

Spanish I & IV

Zack Maslanka

Civics & AP U.S. Government

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.