Grades 9-12 Intersession
Learning through experience—next door and around the world
Upper School Intersession is one of CHCA’s most exceptional programs, and one of very few programs like it offered in our entire region. For two weeks each year, students in grades 9-12 explore the world outside the classroom. Intersession takes place either the first two weeks after Christmas Break (Winter Term) or every third year, the last two weeks of the school year (May Term). By stepping out of the regular eight bell day, students enrich their curriculum with hands on, intensive, experiential learning. They choose from a wide range of experiences including traveling and serving others abroad, learning about different cultures, lending a hand to neighbors in Cincinnati, and learning new skills in the arts, sciences, and technology. CHCA’s Intersession is not optional—it’s a graduation requirement—because experiential learning forms a central part of our college-preparatory curriculum. And it works.
Accompanied and guided by their teachers, students grow as leaders, listeners, and thinkers, reflecting on their unique place in this world as they make lasting friendships. They challenge and strengthen their Christian faith as they engage respectfully with different cultures and viewpoints and engage with God’s world in dynamic and interesting ways.
Year after year, CHCA students and their parents cite Intersession as a highlight of their CHCA experience. It’s an inspiring, memorable, joyous experience that prepares students for college and life in ways they could not have previously imagined.
Curious? Learn more by checking out “The Amazing World of Intersession” as told by Upper School Vice Principal Dave Walker.
We learned about the Parthenon in class. But when I traveled to Greece, I saw firsthand how architecture is really all about the country’s people. Their architecture contains their history.Upper School student
After this experience, I will remember that many people right here in Cincinnati need our help, including the youngest of kids, and there are many ways we can fulfill those needs. Upper School student
Students participating in “Cincinnati in Motion” experienced the best our city offers in fitness related activities, including ice skating, rock climbing, weightlifting, spinning, and skiing. Students explored Smale Park on Cincinnati’s riverfront, and even tried Holy Yoga, an authentic yoga experience centered on Christ.
The Washington D.C. group didn't just tour the city; they plunged into the issue of homelessness. Here they are preparing a meal for the homeless at the D.C. Central Kitchen. Time on the streets hearing the stories of others gave students a new perspective and understanding.
Students participating in the "Light in the Darkness" course focused on bringing Christ's light (physical and spiritual) into local communities and around the world. They began their work by experiencing total darkness in the Ohio caverns. From there, they worked hard as they developed a whole new perspective on the importance of light in this world.
Bon Appetit! Two weeks of cooking class made chefs out of these students. A visit to Jungle Jim's International Market included some tasty treats. An Iron Chef battle created some healthy culinary competition, and the experience culminated in the preparation of a five course meal.