Register for an Open House or Shadow Day.

Find out if Hope is the best fit for your student! Chicago Hope Academy offers an Open House and Shadow Days (every week) for students and their families to get a first-hand experience of Hope.

Please direct questions to or call 312-491-1600.

Open House – November 16, 2019

Two sessions: 10 AM and 1 PM

Please register using the form below.

Open HouseShadow Day

Application Process

Fill out the Application.

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Recommendation & Grades

After the written section, there are TWO recommendations that need to be completed for each applicant.

  • One recommendation form should be filled out by a teacher.
  • The second recommendation form should be completed by a principal/counselor/pastor/tutor/coach or another teacher.

Chicago Hope also needs a copy of the student’s transcript or report card. These forms can be uploaded, mailed, faxed, emailed, or dropped off at Chicago Hope Academy. You can use our Request for Records Form to assist in this process. Click the button below to download the recommendation forms and request for records form.

Entrance Exam

CHA will administer the High School Placement Test (HSPT) on various Saturdays throughout the year for incoming students. All applicants are required to take this test in order to be considered for acceptance. If the student has already taken the HSPT at another school, he/she can have those scores faxed/mailed to Hope.

Click here for more information about the High School Placement Test and to register for the test.

Family Interview

After evaluating the completed application and entrance exam results, the Admissions Director will contact the prospective student about acceptance or schedule a family interview.

  • An interview is not guaranteed for every applicant. In the interview, the Admissions Director is looking for the student’s academic potential, work ethic, and personal desire to attend Hope. The Admissions Director will also want to determine the level of family involvement and support.
  • All admissions decisions are made by mail within two weeks of the interview, if not sooner.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Chicago Hope Academy cost per student = $15,500 per year.

Chicago Hope Academy offers need-based financial aid for families who qualify.

Financial Aid is designed to be as accurate and affordable as possible.

Depending on needs analysis, financial aid can cover up to full tuition.



Candidates with a very strong academic record and high test scores can qualify for a scholarship. If a candidate tests high enough on our entrance exam, he/she can qualify for one of two internal scholarships:

Eagle Scholarship

This scholarship is granted to incoming 9th graders who score in the top fifth of their class. Students who score in the 80th percentile or higher receive an additional $2,000 off their final tuition. In order to maintain the Eagle Scholarship, the student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.25.

Hope Scholarship

This scholarship is granted to incoming 9th graders who score above average in their class. Students who score above the 60th percentile receive an additional $1,000 off their final tuition. In order to maintain the Hope Scholarship, the student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.

Hope Scholarship Program

The Hope Scholars program celebrates student’s academic achievement and leadership. Through participating in the Hope Scholars competition, a student is eligible for a full-tuition scholarship. One student will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship within two weeks following the event. This is Chicago Hope Academy’s most prestigious full academic scholarship program. Criteria includes:

  • 7th and 8th grade minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Standardized composite test score above 80%
  • Participation in at least one co-curricular/extracurricular activity
  • Complete a successful interview with admissions staff

The Chicago Hope Academy Hope Scholars competition takes place in June. Each Hope Scholar will be interviewed by administrative staff and teachers. During the interview, the Scholars will be asked questions pertaining to: 

  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership scenarios
  • Aspirations

A luncheon is provided after the interview process.

What does this mean for Hope Scholars?

Privileges included with the Hope Scholars Program:

  • At least half-off tuition (one student being awarded full-tuition)
  • Permission to order an outside lunch once a month
  • Lounge time in the student lounge with cell phone once a week during study-hall  
  • First pick for club enrollment
  • Leadership training
  • Exclusive college visits

In order to retain the scholarship, they are required to:

  • Maintain a GPA above a 3.5
  • Participate in a co-curricular/extracurricular activity of their choosing
  • Remain in good standing
  • No disciplinary action against, not on the Dean’s list, etc.


Your student(s) can apply for a scholarship from one of several outside programs that partner with Chicago Hope Academy.
(The list of organizations below is not a complete list).

Link Unlimited Scholars
Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund
Highlight Scholarship
HFS Chicago Scholars

HFS provides high school scholarships and mentoring to economically disadvantaged, at-risk Chicago inner-city student who show academic leadership and promise.

Chicago Lights

In order to receive this scholarship a student must be enrolled in the Chicago Lights tutoring program. This program begins in October and students apply for scholarships starting in March.

High Jump

High Jump Scholars must apply as 6th graders. The deadline is usually in March.

Staver Accident and Injury lawyers

We are happy to announce the sixth annual Staver Law Group Personal Injury Scholarship. Every day we help people who have been hurt in Chicago car accidents or other types of personal injury situations and are struggling to keep up with medical bills and their daily lives. We are dedicated to helping them navigate their situations, and we have designed this scholarship to award a student whose essay shows an understanding and appreciation for the type of work we do. The 2019 deadline will be December 1, 2019. The winner will receive $5,000 toward educational expenses.

International Students

International students may call the school at 312.491.1600 x222 or email Admissions at International students can also complete the online application to start the application process.

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High School Placement Test

Upcoming Test Dates

December 14, 2019

Scholarships are available for students who test well on the entrance exam. Students with strong grades can also qualify for a scholarship.

Important Test Information

This test is mandatory for acceptance to Hope.

There is a $20 test fee. Pay online:

The test is from 9am to 12pm. Doors open for check-in at 8:15am. Please arrive by 8:45am. Students should bring a snack, water bottle and several #2 pencils. Students do not need to have the application finished before testing. Test results take two weeks.

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Test Prep

If you would like to purchase a study guide you can find the HSPT material in the test prep section of most bookstores under the name “Catholic School Test”. (It will also have other test preps in the same book, but as long as it has the HSPT on the cover, it will have two practice tests and study material.)

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Submitting Scores

Please submit your scores via mail or email to:

Mail: Chicago Hope Academy 2189 W Bowler Street Chicago, IL 60612


Please direct any further questions regarding testing to or 312-491-1600.