Spreading Hope exists to ignite a movement of God-centered schools serving at-risk youth in our nation’s cities. We spread the model of Hope Academy in Minneapolis – a leading school in the classical, Christ-centered, urban schooling movement.

The Problem — We believe the persistent achievement gap among at risk youth in our nation’s cities reflects a crisis of access: a famine of educational opportunity centered on God and His Word. Public and charter educational approaches aren’t able to address the heart of the issue.

Our Solution — Spreading Hope seeks to serve at risk youth in urban communities by serving Christian leaders called to start and lead schools inspired by Hope Academy’s model.


Vision

Our vision is to aid in the planting and strengthening of locally run urban classical Christian schools who embrace our six school culture values, our five core distinctives, and our Grow Slow approach (see Russ Gregg’s “Dream Big, Start Small, Grow Slow” talk here).

Today, Hope Academy serves nearly 500 students k-12 in urban Minneapolis, with 75% of our student population meeting low income guidelines. Roughly 90% of funding ($4.5 million in 2016-2017) coming from private philanthropy, and ~10% coming through a “family share” tuition amount – with most families paying between $75-90/month total, regardless of the number students enrolled.

Spreading Hope was founded thanks to generous support of donors to the Growing Hope Campaign and in response to the outpouring of requests from groups to visit Hope Academy to learn how they can start a school in their city.

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Spreading Hope exists to ignite a movement of gospel-shaped schools serving at-risk youth in our nation's cities. We spread the model of Hope Academy in Minneapolis — a leader in the movement of classical, Christ-centered, urban schools.

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