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
Check out some of the many opportunities – both near and far – that our Upper School students have been able to experience over the past couple of years…
The Art of Stained Glass
"We studied and practiced the art of stained glass and learned how to create something new and beautiful out of broken glass.] The real lesson came during our last devotion when our teacher drew a parallel between the stain glass artist and God's work in our lives: we must first be broken in order to be made whole, and the true beauty shows when His light is allowed to shine through our brokenness."
-Bruno class of '18.
Light in the Darkness
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.
Worst Cooks at CHCA
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.
Nashville Service Immersion with Center for Student Missions
Partnering with Center for Student Missions, students served the economically, physically, mentally, and/or spiritually poor in a city where chronic homelessness 20-30% higher than the national average exists alongside booming economic, creative and industrial growth.
Serve Berkeley County, SC: Schools
"I could not have asked for a better J-term. I will never forget the bonds I made with the children I served and my passion for service that this trip revealed. Getting to know my own classmates, too, strengthened my sense of belonging and trust within our school community."
-Emma class of '19