The education of at-risk youth is the civil rights movement of our day. Public and charter approaches can’t get to the heart of the crisis.

See a PDF of our Process and Model here.

Taking a proven model, Spreading Hope exists to help leaders plant gospel-shaped schools serving at-risk youth in our nation’s cities.


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.


Start Small

Grow Slow

and Dream Big

Founders will receive comprehensive consulting through our six step Proven Process, from the planning to launch of your school. We will help you:

1. Plan

14 months pre-launch

We facilitate an initial one, five and ten year strategic plan and help you outline a path to launch.

4. Hire

3-5 months pre-launch

We help you hire teachers and staff, including a search for your director of development.

2. Inspire

11 months pre-launch

We help you inspire Partners with a case statement, a vision event with Russ Gregg, and careful follow-up.

5. Train

Staff development week

We join you to train your staff on key processes (fundraising, family ministry, classical education and cultural competency).

3. Enroll

9 months pre-launch

We guide as you canvas and enroll target families and raise awareness.

6. Launch

September-July of launch year

We advise you in your launch year as you contextualize and adapt the model.

What We Offer You

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.

  • Initial $25K of Services Provided 100%
  • Hope Academy Proven Model 100%
  • Vision Casting and School Launch Consulting 100%
  • Nuts and Bolts Plan to Starting Your School 100%


Russ Gregg is the co-founder and Head of School of Hope Academy and a thought leader in Christian education. Subscribe here and we'll send you the Free EBook from Russ Gregg "The Mark of God and Our Education Crisis."

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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

President, 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)

Helping Leaders Start Urban Christ-Centered Schools