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Chicago Hope Academy

Private | 9-12 | 160 students

We are best known for small class sizes.
 
 

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $133,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,000.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 24, 2014

Our Son is an incoming Freshmen 2014. We have visited the school many times spoke with staff, reviewed their curriculum and also read some the reviews. Being a homeschooled parent and allowing our son to attend High School was not an easy choice. If you are looking for a small school, a faith base school, high academics school, 100 percent college acceptance where they put God first this school is an answer to your prayers. I challenge you to take a visit and see for yourself . It is not your traditional High School if you are looking for that then, this is not the place, but if you are looking to step outside the box this is the place for your child. Take a leap of faith we did. you will not regret it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2014

I would highly recommend Hope to anyone who wants to attend a faith based school with a college prep level of academics. It's a great place to go to school and you should check it out!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2014

This school does not do a satisfactory job of teaching high school students what they should know. The school also does not take appropriate disciplinary action when it should be taken. The school's learning environment doesn't allow those who are serious about their education to learn and it also places more weight upon athletics than academics. If you want to get your money's worth, do not send your child here as it is little more than a glorified hang out that doesn't challenge academically fit students.


Posted December 26, 2013

I love the school s respectiful environment. The teachers are all very helpful and pleasant to work with. Everyone in the school from the President on down to the office support has shown a personal touch in knowing me, as well as my student. My Grandson came to Chicago Hope Academy, from public school, this is the first time he has received A s or B s during his school year. Chicago Hope Academy staff has encouraged and motivated him to apply himself to be a better student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2013

Chicago Hope is great! It feels like one big (but not too big) family! The teachers are genuinely concerned for the students and work hard to help students succeed. Students can be sincere about their faith, and Hope is a safe place for them to grow. I highly recommend Chicago Hope!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 6, 2013

this school needs to be shut down because the student body for a chicago high school is too small.i would close this school in a heartbeat if i had the chance!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 9, 2012

There is no school like Chicago Hope Academy. There are always things to work on as an administration and student body and Hope recognizes this more than anything. This school is a safe place where students are offered help throughout the day and Saturdays. Teachers are always accessible and have high expectations that prepare them for this globally competitive world. Class sizes are small, making it conducive for academic success. I have taught here for several years and have been blessed by the level of maturity that has taken place - academically and spiritually. These kids are my heart and soul; reminding me every single day why I do what I do.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 12, 2012

I've reviewed this school in great detail. The staff is great, the students respectful and the academics solid. My son will attend as a freshman in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2011

when starting here at hope had many reservations, but since then I have seen my girl increase her faith & know God more, also reaching out to Him, seek ye first the Kingdom of God , isn;t this what;s important? then everything else will fall into place,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2011

Chicago Hope can be a better school. they mean well but they allow certain students to get away w/dings certain things that most students cannot. Maybe their parents line the pockets of the administration so they will look the other way. ALL students should be treated equally and fairly regardless of financial status.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2010

Chicago Hope is an amazing resource for Christ centered education for teens living in a society that is exposing teens to philosophies and content that is unsuitable for them. Chicago Hope is built on a firm foundation of faith and obedience to Christ. Teachers are sincere Christ followers who give as much as they can of themselves. Chicago Hope is a great resource for education and opportunities for individual growth and development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

As an educational consultant, I have observed and worked with dedicated teachers who passionately desire to make a difference in the lives and learning of the students. They offer excellent teaching and lessons that engage the students. They work with students who come in with great needs educationally and environmentally. This is a school that is personal demonstrating commitment and love for all the students and their families. It is a Christian school in name and realty.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 13, 2010

class size is small which allows more onoe on one attention to students, however staff is very judgemental and can make the experience uncomfortable for students that is why i pulled my child out of that school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

My experience with Chicago Hope Academy is that the teachers are very supportive and the administration is available to help every family. There are a lot of resources available to the students that help them be successful. Students with a desire to achieve become successful. Corruption is not the right word. There are some growing pains from being an up-and-coming school. Concerns are actively addressed by the administration. The overall quality of the education at Chicago Hope is excellent. Classes are small and students receive lots of individual attention.


Posted November 10, 2009

Chicago Hope Academy is a school built on trust, love, and loyalty.The students usually build a family and love each other. It serves its community and strives to be the best in spiritual, academic, and athletic aspects. The problem with Chicago Hope is corruption. There is a new staff or a lot of replaced members because of this and it hurts the income become donors back out also. There has been sex scandels, athletes play when they are ineligible, and money corruption comes into play also.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 58% 18%
Hispanic 33% 24%
White 8% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Holy Family Lutheran
Galileo Elementary
Healy Elementary School
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Columbia University
US Naval Academy
Wake Forest University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Dutch
Korean
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • David Geeslin
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (312) 491-1616

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Religious
  • Service learning
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Chicago Hope Academy is a rigorous college prep high school in the Near West side that has an average class size of 12 students and a 100% college acceptance rate for our graduates.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
60
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
160
Students typically come from these schools
Holy Family Lutheran
Galileo Elementary
Healy Elementary School

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$3000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Columbia University
US Naval Academy
Wake Forest University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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2189 W Bowler St
Chicago, IL 60612
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Phone: (312) 491-1600

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