The Rising Hope curriculum studies Judeo-Christian tradition from a purely academic perspective.  Students of any or no faith tradition are welcome and there is no proselytizing.

Rising Hope embarked on an ambitious project to obtain recognition for the quality of the courses which we offer.  To that end fifteen of our courses have been evaluated by National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), an agency which is part of the New York State Board of Regents. Teams of three professors reviewed syllabi, learning objectives and samples of written work and examinations for each of our courses.  Each course was recommended for 3 credits of college level work.  More information and descriptions of each course can be found at  Look for Rising Hope Inc under organizations.

Our students have two semesters of school, with each semester having courses meeting five evenings per week for fifteen weeks.  Two of our facilities offer the College Writing I course during the summer preceding the first full semester in the fall.

The courses which are offered are dependent on the availability of a qualified volunteer teacher for that particular facility.

The following courses have received unconditional NCCRS recommendation:

College Writing I 

Ethics: Theory and Contemporary Issues

Family Counseling 

History of Christianity I 

History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Present


Introduction to Counseling 

Introduction to Human Services 

Introduction to Sociology 

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 

Introduction to the New Testament

Introduction to the World Religions 

Sociology of Religion


Writing for Literature 

Student Admission Requirements

The program accepts applications from mature inmates who posses a high school diploma or its equivalent. Students are required to commit themselves to the entire program  The application process requires:

  • an application
  • a written essay
  • a personal interview