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Grades 7-8

Stepping out of childhood (and into “young adulthood”)

Empowering students with the tools, knowledge, and disciplines to flourish in the high school years is what CHCA’s Upper School 7-8 program is all about. We accomplish this by engaging students at all levels—relational, cognitive, and spiritual—which results in academic, social, and emotional readiness for students. With a culture that fosters maturity and school spirit, students rise to meet increased expectations for taking ownership of their learning and environment. Students launch into high school positioned for success from day one.

So, what makes Upper School 7-8 at CHCA so unique?

  • Earn high school credit as early as Grade 7
  • Socratic approach integrates theological understanding and encourages critical thinking skills
  • Collegiate writing is introduced in Grades 7 and 8 (and mastered in Grades 9-12)
  • Culture of engagement encourages students to leverage these important years to try something new, discover their unique gifts, and customize their studies to follow their interests.
  • “Student Directed Learning” affords students personal responsibility time to advance their own learning
  • Students challenge themselves to meet personal goals, reflecting on their progress through student-led parent/teacher conferences
  • Spirit week, service immersions, student government, chapel, socials, and overnight trips create a climate where positive student, teacher, and peer relationships are fostered
That’s just a start. We invite you to immerse yourself in our complete Upper School grades 7–8 program, and explore the various opportunities available to students.
My favorite part of teaching is sharing my enthusiasm with these kids and seeing the light bulb come on when I’ve shared something that resonates with them. It’s just one of those teacher moments when I’m so glad I’m doing what I’m doing.Faculty member

Beyond the Upper 7-8 School Day

Activities & Clubs

F i n e A r t s

Upper 7-8

Artists Guided Studio (Gr 5-8)
Chapel Band (Gr 7-8)
CHCA Dance Academy (Gr 6-12)
Genesis Jazz (Gr 6-8)
Music Lessons Offered at CHCA (Gr 7-12)
Premier Pops (Gr 6-8)
Private Music Lesson Program (PK3-Gr 8)
Strings Club (Gr 5-8)
Strings Group Ensemble (Gr K-8)
Theatre: Early Fall Production (Gr 7-12)
Theatre: Musical Production (Gr 5-8)
Theatre: The One Act (Gr 7-9)

Upper 9-12

Art Club (Gr 9-12)
Arts Open Studio (Gr 9-12)
Chapel Team (Gr 9-12)
CHCA Dance Academy (Gr 9-12)
Improv Troupe "Off the Cuff" (Gr 9-12)
Music Lessons Offered at CHCA (Gr 7-12)
Student Production Team (Gr 9-12)
Theatre: Early Fall Production (Gr 7-12)
Theatre: Late Fall Production (Gr 9-12)
Theatre: Spring Musical (Gr 9-12)
Theatre: Academy Night Live Variety Show (Gr 9-12)
Theatre: The One Act (Gr 7-9)

Fall Sports:

Cross Country

Winter Sports:
Swimming and Diving

Spring Sports:

Track & Field


Upper 7-8

Beak Squad Robotics - FLL (Gr 4-7)
Beak Squad Robotics - FTC (Gr 7-8)
Geography Bee (Gr 4-8)
NJHS (National Junior Honor Society) (Gr 7-8)
Student Organized Service (Gr 7-8)
Spanish Club (Gr 7-8)
Spelling Bee (Gr 5-8)
Student Council (Gr 7-8)

Upper 9-12

Academic Team (Gr 9-12)
After Prom (Gr 9-12)

Beak Squad Robotics - FRC (Gr 9-12)
CHCA Connect (Gr 9-12)
Debate Team (Gr 9-12)
Green Team (Gr 9-12)
International Leadership Council (Gr 9-12)
Mu Alpha Theta (Gr 9-12)
NHS (National Honor Society (Gr 11-12)
Peer Advisors (Gr 11-12)
Phi Nu (Gr 10-12)
Student Council (Gr 9-12)
Student Organized Service (Gr 9-12)
Ultimate Frisbee (Gr 9-12)

After School Care (After School Room)

The Upper School 7-8 After School Room (ASR) is a teacher-supervised, pre-registered "pay-to-stay" program designed to provide your student with a space for quiet activity and homework until they are picked up for the day or transition to a scheduled after school activity (sports, etc.) All students remaining on campus at the end of a school day must be in a supervised activity or the After School Room.

Hours of Operation

Regular School Days
3:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Any student not picked up or in an supervised activity by 3:30 p.m. will be sent to the After School Room and will be charged for their attendance.

This program is CLOSED on all early dismissal days, faculty in-service days, conference days, holidays, and holiday breaks.

2018-2019 Fees

Fee Options
  • $11.00/day for each day your child attends regardless of time in room; nonrefundable minimum fee of $11.00 (1 day) collected in full at registration
  • Late pick up fees apply and will be added to monthly bill

  • $1,150 yearly cost ($6.92/day) regardless of the number of days they attend
  • Late pick up fees apply and will be added to monthly bill
    Registration Fee

    • $25 per child
    • Early Bird Special! Register by 08/22/18 at 11:59 p.m. to waive this fee
    Late Fees
    • $15 for 1-15 minutes
    • $10 for each additional 15 minutes increment