Small classes and an exceptional Upper School faculty
—80 percent of whom hold master's and/or doctoral degrees—produce a learning environment that values and rewards intellectual curiosity, originality and authenticity, critical thinking, problem solving, self-advocacy, and collaboration. We place a premium on the development of resilience and resourcefulness—21st century skills
that help prepare our students for an ever-changing world—and we are intentional about those practices that encourage integrity and responsibility in students.
The breadth and depth of Upper School course offerings
are enriched by the REDI Lab
program for Juniors and Seniors. CA also has a dedicated Computer Science/Engineering & Design
department with an array of courses that engage students in hands-on problem solving and design thinking projects. Raether Library
is a a hub for reading, research, and curiosity.
Exceptional opportunities in arts, athletics, and experiential education enhance the rigorous academic curriculum. Theater
productions, art shows
, and music
recitals all provide creative outlets that encourage our students to cultivate their own sense of artistic expression. A wide range of athletic
options helps students build stamina, skill, and confidence while learning teamwork and sportsmanship. Experiential education offers students greater insight into themselves and others, as they venture into the outdoors
, engage in service projects
, and travel
and connect with others around the country and the world.
We offer a diverse range of courses oriented around our Six Cs, and an Advanced Studies and Research
curriculum designed to provide opportunities for deep learning that allows students ever-increasing ownership over their education as they mature. CA guides 100% of graduates to four-year colleges
and universities, covering the U.S. and some of the best institutions abroad.
At CA, academic excellence is not defined by the volume of work a student can manage but by the depth with which they’re able to explore, their ability to apply newfound knowledge in novel ways, and the agility of knowing what skill to use when. We treasure intellectual curiosity and the development of critical thinking.
The student-teacher relationship is at the heart of all our academic endeavors; our students thrive in an intellectually inspiring, warm culture shaped by educators who understand that authentic learning happens best when students feel genuinely connected to the adults who teach them.