Founders Application


Founders Cohort One (Planned launch: Fall 2019)

May 30, 2018: Founders application deadline

June 15, 2018: Founders Selection (Cohort 1)

June 25, 2018: Founders Program Begins!

Future Cohorts
If you are dreaming of starting a school in the fall of 2020 or beyond, please apply for our fellows program. Application for our 2020 Founders cohort will open in January of 2019.


We select founders from among those who have gone through our fellows program.

The Founders Process:

Step 1: School Plant Site Visit by Spreading Hope team member
Step 2: Complete our Founders Application (Deadline is May 30, 2018)

Apply Today

Start the groundbreaking work of launching a new, God-centered school in your city.


Fellows Application Deadlines:

Possible school launch: fall 2019 (or later)


February 1, 2018: First application deadline

April 1, 2018: Second application deadline

June 1, 2018: Third application deadline

August 1, 2018: Fourth application deadline


We do not expect Fellow candidates to have a fully formed school start-up proposal (replete with academic, strategic and business plans) but only a deep sense of calling and interest.

The fellows process is designed to assist with the dreaming and leadership phase of your possible school, as well as help discerning your calling for the visionary leader role. We believe it takes a unique blend of calling, character, leadership gifts, cultural competency, vision, and entrepreneurial experience to successfully design and launch a new God-centered school.


Step 1: Fellow candidates complete a brief School Planter pre-screening. This includes uploading your resume and submitting answers to short answer questions about your leadership and school proposal, as well as references via email and a draft school design and launch timeline.

Step 2: You will have a phone interview with a member of Spreading Hope team, to determine alignment around our model.

Upon selection for fellowship, you and a group of others will be invited for a two day hosted visit of Hope Academy.

Hope Academy is a flagship for our Christian schools. The development and growth of Christian schools like Hope Academy is so encouraging. CSI is excited by the school planting efforts of the Spreading Hope team.

Jeff Blamer

VIce President, Member Services,, Christian Schools Intl. (Grand Rapids, MI)

I am so thankful for Hope Academy and the Spreading Hope team. We started our school for low income urban youth in 2014 and are now serving nearly 80 students in grades K-5. I simply can’t imagine where we would be without their support and direction. 

Doug Fern

Head of School, Faith Academy (Iowa City, IA)

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