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 an innovative, real-world Academic Intensive for Freshmen
, and 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.
Our well-rounded program is one of the key reasons our students are highly successful in the college application process
. CA guides 100% of graduates to four-year colleges and universities, covering the U.S. and some of the best institutions abroad. Additionally, the school’s emphasis on mental health and wellness
means that our students are prepared for success in their lives beyond education. Upper School students build critical thinking skills and empathy, as they mature to see themselves as well-prepared individuals with defined values and purpose.