Judge us by our results. Established in 1970, Chapel Hill Academy’s graduates are proof that we provide excellent Christian academics including the fine arts along with a full extra-curricular program. Our teachers are licensed and average over 13 years of experience. Chapel Hill Academy holds dual accreditation and includes a full-time RN on staff to meet the physical needs of the children in our care.
What does a CHA Graduate look like?
National Merit Scholars
Armed Forces Members
Chapel Hill Academy’s graduates are proof that our culture, curriculum and teachers nurture students to spiritual maturity and prepare them for success in high school and beyond.
Christian Discipleship School
Chapel Hill Academy is a discipleship model school. Our families come from over 35 different churches, and one of our requirements for admission is that at least one parent in the home is a Christian with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Their written and spoken testimony is included in the admissions process. Our desire is to come alongside Christian families in the training of their children and provide an environment of like-minded families doing the same. We are truly a “Family of Families!”
Solid Education from a Biblical Worldview
A Biblical worldview is intentionally and fully integrated into our curriculum and the students’ day. This includes not only core content areas but also the specials (Music, Art, P.E., Spanish and Library), extra-curricular activities, recess and events. The Scriptures are presented as the basis for all aspects of life. Bible is taught daily for a minimum of 30 minutes as a core subject in the classroom.
Demonstrated, Solid Curriculum
Our history reflects the success of our curriculum. Our graduates are thoroughly prepared to enter high school and find success in accelerated classes. Our annual standardized test scores reveal that CHA students historically perform well above the national average.
CHA uses a traditional classroom approach and stresses an established and proven curriculum for grades 1-5 that includes:
- 60 minutes of math daily
- Classic literature
- Hands-on science
- American and World History (not social studies)
- Research-based phonics instruction for reading
- Emphasis on solid and effective writing
Our Language Arts program involves elements of classical education and is taught 2 1/2 hours each day. Each issue of our school newsletter showcases articles written by our students.
Spanish is incorporated into our curriculum starting in 1st grade and becomes a core subject in Middle School.
Field trips lend real-life experience to textbook knowledge for all grade levels. Examples of our field trips include:
- Jr. Kindergarten—coming soon!
- Kindergarten—Orchard and Arboretum
- 1st Grade—Animals and their habitats, community visits
- 2nd Grade—Visits to community services and businesses
- 3rd Grade—Theater and MN History Center
- 4th Grade—Behind-the-scenes and overnight field trip to the MN State Zoo
- 5th Grade—Living Waters Bible Camp
- 6th Grade—Covenant Pines Bible Camp
- 7th Grade—Three-day science/leadership camp at Camp Forest Springs
- 8th Grade—Week-long history field trip to the East Coast
Full Fine Arts, Spanish, Physical Education, Library and Athletics Programs
At Chapel Hill Academy, our students engage not only in rigorous academics but also the fine arts, foreign language, library, physical education and extracurricular activities that encourage development and nurturing of all forms of gifts and talents:
- Physical Education
Our Athletics program incorporates our GLORIFY curriculum (Godly Lessons On Reflecting Integrity For Youth) which instills both physical and spiritual character training in all CHA athletes. Our offering of sports is year-round. Girls’ volleyball and boys’ and girls’ soccer teams meet in the fall. Boys’ and girls’ basketball teams play in the winter months and boys’ and girls’ track and field teams compete in the spring.
Licensed, Experienced Teachers and Staff
Our teachers all hold licensure by ACSI, and over half of our Middle School teachers have Master’s degrees. Our teachers average over 15 years of classroom experience. They are Godly men and women whose first priority is to model a consistent, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
CHA students are exposed to leadership opportunities beginning in Kindergarten. Chapel Hill Academy recognizes that a well-rounded education involves cultivating and producing leadership skills that will serve a lifetime.
Students in all grades have opportunities to speak and perform in front of an audience. Cross-grade level interaction encourages younger elementary students to begin developing their leadership skills as Reading Pals and Team Leaders in our Winter Olympics and Track & Field Day. Middle School students have the opportunity to lead on Worship Team, Yearbook Club, Lot Patrol and the Missions Team.
CHA graduates are positioned to become leaders at every level of society and are equipped to model wisdom and a discerning moral compass in life situations.
Chapel Hill Academy is not just a member but holds dual accreditation from ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and AdvancED (formerly known as North Central Accreditation Association). Accreditation by ACSI was granted on May 12, 2010, with the AdvancED accreditation following on June 22, 2010. Accreditation holds Chapel Hill Academy accountable to the highest standards available from both Christian and secular institutions and is a testament to our commitment to provide our students with a well-rounded, life changing experience.
Chapel Hill Academy is committed to providing the most current academic opportunities for students. A distinctive we offer is our STEM program (science, technology, engineering, and math) which is presented from a Christian perspective. Additionally, CHA provides technology that supports all content areas. Students have access to various applications offered through iPad, Surface 2, and Lenovo laptop devices. Each classroom is equipped with Smartboard technology and the entire school facility features safeguarded Wi-Fi access.
Biblical Conflict Resolution
Biblical conflict resolution has an intentional place in the training and lifestyle at Chapel Hill Academy. Young Peace Makers, a nationally renowned program, is applicable to all aspects of our student life, whether it be the classroom, at specials, on the playground or in the hallway. We also make the basic concepts available to our parents so we can partner with them in the area of conflict resolution. How we treat others and resolve conflict is viewed through the lens of Scripture and is an integral part of their learning.
Chapel Hill Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit private educational institution. While some nonprofits are allowed to carry over operating debt from year to year, Chapel Hill Academy’s by-laws require that we only spend what we expect to bring in each year. Our only debt is on the initial purchase of our building, and since then all additions and improvements have been on a cash-only basis. Tuition is 96% of our income, with another 4% coming from expected annual giving. We run a lean budget, with additional resources coming from our annual fundraisers. The monies from these fundraisers are designated to needs as they arise, such as technology, new programing, building improvements and upgrades to our parking lot.
Our robust financial aid program reflects our desire to work with all families regardless of their socio-economic diversity. Scholarships are available to everyone on a needs basis. Chapel Hill Academy desires to partner with families to make Christian education an option financially. To that end, 30% of our current student body is receiving some form of scholarship assistance. In addition, 100% of families who qualify for needs-based assistance receive a scholarship. Our admissions process is ongoing and open throughout the year. Applications are reviewed as we receive them, and financial aid is awarded on a first-come basis.
Chapel Hill Academy Supports Homeschoolers
At Chapel Hill Academy, we understand that a child’s primary educator is the parent. We understand the heart that parents of homeschoolers have for the upbringing of their children. Families of homeschoolers often find that CHA is a perfect fit as an educational option when their students are ready to transition to the classroom. We rely on our parents to have a presence in the classroom, on field trips, at Chapels, during school events and much more. Parents who have homeschooled find they are still involved in the education of their students. They now have a support system of staff, teachers and other like-minded families who come alongside them to participate in this all-important process.
Honoring Our American and Christian Heritage
Instilling an appreciation for our heritage is celebrated throughout the year at Chapel Hill Academy. We acknowledge the Christian roots upon which this country was founded by incorporating American History in our curriculum.
Our younger elementary students start each day reciting our Pledge of Allegiance, the Pledge to the Christian Flag and the Pledge to the Bible. Grandparents are honored on a special day in October in recognition of our spiritual and familial roots. Veteran’s Day involves military members from throughout our community in a celebration of their service to our country and their sacrifice for our freedoms. Chapel Hill Academy realizes we are given life and liberty by the Grace of God, and passing along an appreciation of our heritage is a responsibility we don’t take lightly.
Chapel Hill cherishes the students in our care and recognizes that medical concerns carry over into the learning experience. Our school nurse provides care to simple scrapes and bruises as well as life-threatening allergies and serious medical conditions. Having a full-time RN on staff assures parents and students alike that we are attentive to not only the spiritual and educational nurturing of the child, but also their emotional and physical needs. We offer peanut-sensitive classrooms and lunchroom, and our teachers review medical safety procedures regularly throughout the year.