As the body of Christ we radically manifest the Kingdom of God here on earth in every place we walk into (Isaiah 61:1-3).  At Chicago Hope, Christ is the Luke 20:18 cornerstone of everything we do.  You’ll walk in the front entrance and note Matthew 6:33 on the wall and our prayer is that people would encounter the love of Christ the second they cross that threshold.  We agree with our Father that every student, parent, teacher, administrator and volunteer will be touched by the love of Jesus and leave different than when they came.

Our vision with spiritual life at Chicago Hope Academy is to provide courses in our Christian Studies department to help our students know God; to provide spaces like Chapel and Discipleship Groups to help our students love God; to provide opportunities for our students to serve God through local and global missions/service opportunities.

Know God:
Christian Education

Christian studies department: we have a deep and dynamic 4-year Bible curriculum that guides students through the word in an applicable and deep way.

  • Freshman year: Foundations of Faith (you and God)
  • Sophomores year: Psychology (God and you)
  • Junior year: Sociology: race and culture (You and society)
  • Senior year: Senior Bible: Theology and Apologetics
  • Elective: Applied Ethics (You as a Christian, and the world)

Commune With God: Discipleship Groups (DG’s)

Teachers intentionally disciple students in small group settings and the start of each day, leading them through bible readings, videos and group activities. DG’s also do fundraisers, notes of encouragement and competitions with one another.


Every year the whole school goes on a 3-day spiritual retreat together to encounter the love of Jesus through sermons, worship, games and times of international reflection.

Love God: Chapel

Every Friday morning at 10am, the entire school gathers to worship and receive a word from an inside or outside speaker.

Serve God: Missions

WYWAM | Mexico Trip

Chicago Hope Academy seniors exchange spending money on sparkling dresses, tuxedos, and limo rides to travel to Ensenada, Mexico and serve in one of the poorest regions in the world. Students, teachers, and coaches build several prefabricated green homes in just three days for impoverished families who were previously living without running water, electricity or beds. Chicago Hope Academy takes the entire senior class plus chaperones during spring break each year.

Local Serving Opportunities

  • Breakthrough Urban Ministries
  • Together Chicago
  • Hope Families
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