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CHCA Distinctives

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

Check out just a few of our exceptional curricular and extracurricular opportunities below...

Theological Integration
(Integrated Christian Studies Curriculum)

Our Thematic Learning Approach integrates theological understanding into all subjects. PK-Grade 6 students are exposed to God’s word through daily scripture lessons and bible memory verses. Grade 7-12 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. We teach students how to think, not what to think and incorporate connections to theological insights across all subjects.

Look through a Christ-Centered Lens

Upper School Students studying the Bible

Upper School students working on housing construction project

Student Organized Service (S.O.S.)

Each year more than 70 student leaders, mentored by full time staff, use their one-of-a-kind gifts to serve beyond themselves and meet needs in the community. By participating, you'll 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.

make a difference

Intersession Experience

In one of CHCA’s most exceptional programs, Upper School students 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, taking on an internship, or learning new skills, you’ll engage with God’s world in dynamic and interesting ways and return to the classroom with new perspectives.

Adventure Awaits You

CHCA students hiking
Upper School athlete in the Sports Performance center


Twenty-two 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.

See what’s new with Athletics at CHCA

Fine Arts

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

Our Arts Await You

Lion King Jr. actors
Upper School student working at the Leaning Eagle coffee shop

Entrepreneurship  & Sustainability Program

This program is more than just business classes—it is where innovative education moves well beyond the classroom walls.  While there are a number of student-run businesses, the emphasis is firmly rooted in student-centric growth, providing hands-on opportunities to solve real-world problems in a variety of leadership roles. Students not only get certified in entrepreneurial studies, they graduate CHCA equipped with skills in business leadership, innovative problem solving, sustainable practices, and so much more.

"working while in school" has a whole new meaning

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.

Rotors and Gears and Servos Oh My!

Beak Squad member working on project
Smiling Early Learning student

The Atelier

As part of the Blake Lindner Thompson Early Childhood Learning Center, this unique and engaging studio space for our youngest learners encourages creative expression, exploration, and collaboration through the use of countless stimuli and materials.

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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.

See more with an Online Tour

Upper School teacher speaking with students in the Innovation center

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

Upper School students (Grades 7-12) are empowered with ownership of schedules and outcomes, encouraging time management, self-advocacy, and collaboration that prepares you well for college and beyond.

Teaching Kitchen

Under the leadership of a full-time, on-site executive chef, CHCA's Teaching Kitchen perfectly blends entrepreneurship with the farm-to-school emphasis serving a dual purpose: students run the kitchen as a business and the chef provides instruction that emphasizes culinary skills and nutritional wellbeing. Grade PK-8 students visit for more informal experiences while Grade 9-12 students interact formally through elective courses or as a business internship. CHCA is the only secondary school in the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative, a global network that is a partnership of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Culinary Institute of America.

See What’s Cooking

Executive chef in the teaching kitchen
Lower School Students exploring the Learning Garden

Outdoor Learning Spaces

Students in preschool through Grade 12 have access to our outdoor learning spaces. CHCA's Interactive Learning Gardens and outdoor classrooms (located between Founders’ and EBL campuses) are where thematic units are brought to life in nature year round. The gardens have also provided hundreds of pounds of fresh, organic produce food to local food pantries.

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CHCA students aspire to a nature of excellence that includes an understanding of health and wellness and the ability to raise awareness about the importance of food and food systems. They are educated alongside the school’s raised bed learning gardens and vineyard and the state-of-the-art greenhouse, and this education does not stop there. As part of the Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Studies programming, the school’s Teaching Kitchen extends food education, culinary instruction, and nutritional well-being to students of all ages. 

Upper School students studying plant growth in the greenhouse

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