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CHCA Distinctives

At CHCA, students have unique and extraordinary experiences that expands how
they see God’s world and their role in it. They get an education that prepares them for life.
In short, they can find their place & pursue their gifts.

Students have countless opportunities to take advantage of dynamic experiences that set CHCA apart from other local and national schools. CHCA programming focuses on developing students’ God-given strengths and enables our faculty to innovate and expose students to real-world challenges – all in a nurturing, Christ-centered environment.

Theological Integration
(Integrated Christian Studies Curriculum)

Early Learning Program and Lower School students are exposed to God’s word through daily scripture lessons and bible memory verses. Our Thematic Learning Approach integrates theological understanding into all subjects. Upper School students participate in collegiate-level Christian Studies courses designed to invite challenging questions as students pursue a rich understanding of truth and develop a personal, resilient faith in Christ. Thus, teaching students how to think, not what to think. Connections to theological insights are incorporated across all subjects.

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Upper School Students studying the Bible

CHCA student kissing a giraffe


In one of CHCA’s most exceptional programs, Upper School students will spend two weeks off campus exploring the world with hands-on, intensive, experiential learning. Whether it’s traveling locally or abroad, lending a hand to neighbors around our city or the world, experiencing cultural immersion, or learning new skills, you’ll engage with God’s world in dynamic and interesting ways and return to the classroom with new perspectives.

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Student Organized Service (S.O.S.)

Each year more than 70 student leaders use their one-of-a-kind gifts to serve beyond themselves and meet needs in the community. By participating, you graduate with a deeper understanding of both the challenges and solutions for some of today's most pressing issues, and the inspiration and compassion to make an impact.

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Upper School students working on housing construction project

CHCA International student working on laptop

International Student Program

Home to one of the largest programs in our region, and having hosted students from over 25 countries, CHCA provides an exceptional cross-cultural program and a diverse representation of students from around the globe. International students provide a unique opportunity for American students to extend their understanding of other cultures beyond the classroom. Intentional cross-cultural initiatives and the natural development of friendships among International and American students make it possible for all students to experience rich cultural diversity on an everyday basis.

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Upper School student working at the Leaning Eagle coffee shop

Entrepreneurial Studies

Take part in CHCA’s unique student-run businesses. Through grades 7-8 “Mini Cup” and 9-12 “Leaning Eagle Coffee Bar” and “Blend Smoothie Bar” entrepreneurial enterprises, student leaders apply, intern, and gain real-world business experience by managing, operating, and assessing the success of their ventures.

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Interactive Learning Gardens

Students in preschool through Grade 12 have access to our interactive learning Gardens. One located just outside of the Edyth B Lindner (EBL) campus is an outside learning space where thematic units are brought to life in nature year round. The CHCA Sustainable Organic Garden, located between Founders’ Campus and EBL serves as an Upper School SOS initiative that has provided hundreds of pounds of food to local food pantries.

Lower School Students exploring the Learning Garden

Upper School students studying plant growth in the greenhouse

Environmental & Sustainable Studies Greenhouse

CHCA's Environmental and Sustainable Studies greenhouse house and enhance our nationally acclaimed Aquaponics Research & Study Program. This unique learning curriculum offers hands-on research opportunities and robust lab experiences across all scientific disciplines and among all grade levels.

Beak Squad Robotics

These globally ranked programs encourage and inspire scientific and technological pursuits for students in both the Lower and Upper Schools. Through team collaboration and the mentorship of industry professionals, you will learn to bridge the gap between practical problems and creative solutions.

Beak Squad member working on project

Upper School athlete in the Sports Performance center


Twenty varsity teams directed by accomplished coaching staff and a unique state-of-the-art Sports Performance and Training facilities and regimen challenge you to perform at the highest level of competition. You’ll build mental acuity, emotional resilience, and leadership skills. In addition, a Youth Athletics Program serves our youngest students who are just learning basic skills and techniques.

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Collaboration & Innovation Spaces

Dedicated collaborative spaces foster creativity and provide areas where students and teachers can supplement lectures with dimensional learning. In these labs, students are free to experiment, manipulate, and take risks in their learning in ways that stimulate discussion and creative thinking.

Upper School teacher speaking with students in the Innovation center

Personal Responsibility Time (PRT)
Student Directed Learning (SDL)

As an Upper School student, you are given empowered ownership of schedules and outcomes, encouraging time management, self-advocacy, and collaboration more typically seen at the college level.

Fine Arts

Our highly acclaimed and award-winning programs put students’ artistic potential in the spotlight. Offering best-in-class visual and performing arts programming for students PK-12, faculty who are experts in their field, work to coach, motivate, and inspire the gifted and the curious to perform beyond what you think is possible.

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Lion King Jr. actors
Smiling Early Learning student

The Atelier

As part of the newly expanded BLAKE LINDNER THOMPSON EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER, this Early Learning studio space encourages creative expression, exploration, and collaboration through the use of countless stimuli and materials.

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This is just a sampling of unique opportunities offered to students pursuing a CHCA education. We invite you to learn more by scheduling a tour or shadow visit.

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