Christ Presbyterian Academy

Middle School

Growing in Self Discovery

The Academy's middle school program is devoted to academic excellence and guiding students in a Christian worldview. Small class sizes, weekly advisory meetings, and opportunities to learn and serve outside of the classroom all contribute to the emotional growth and academic development that takes place in the middle school years.

The team-teaching approach provides an environment that will prepare students for college and beyond. Students develop not only the academic skills they will need in the future but also the perseverance, courage, faith, and truth they will use to continually seek understanding and wisdom. 

Visit the Middle School

Middle School Parent Information Sessions are the best way to experience the unique and rigorous approach to education and adolescent development at CPA. The session includes classroom visits where teachers engage daily in large-group, small-group, and individual instruction. Click here to fill out an inquiry and register for a parent information session. 

Quick Facts

Middle School Faculty

The middle school faculty includes 42 teachers and administrators, along with seven exploratory teachers who teach arts, computer, and introductions to Spanish and Latin. In the middle school, 62% of the faculty hold advanced degrees.

Teacher-to-Student Ratio

The teacher-to-student ratio is 1:7. 

Average Class Size

The average class size is 16.

Daily Schedule

A balanced bell schedule is used in the middle school and upper school. Seven assigned classes meet at various times throughout the day, five out of seven days. This schedule allows for students to have longer time for guided practice, labs, and group work. Students also have a study hall built into the daily schedule so they can begin homework and seek additional help from the faculty.

Student Body

The middle school enrollment is approximately 330 students. With a diversity of both academic abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds, the school emphasizes small classes, close student-faculty interactions, and a commitment to help students develop their academic skills and personal abilities in a supportive Christian environment.

Grading and Course Selection

Christ Presbyterian Academy has a stringent grading system. CPA offers some honors and accelerated courses in middle school. Student selection for these courses is based upon successful completion of prerequisite courses, in-class performance, teacher recommendation, and standardized testing. Any upper school course taken during seventh or eighth grade (Algebra I, Geometry, or a foreign language) will be listed on the student’s upper school transcript; however, the grade earned will not be included in earned credits, the cumulative upper school grade point average, or class rank.

Honor Roll

Honor Roll is determined based on nine-weeks grades, not on the semester average. The Headmaster’s List consists of students who receive an A- or higher in all courses. The Honor Roll consists of students who receive a B- or higher in all courses. Any incomplete grade disqualifies a student from receiving Honor Roll or Headmaster’s List status. Students are required to maintain these standards in their exploratory classes as well.

Grading Scale

A+  97-100
A 93-96
A- 90-92
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
C 73-76
C- 70-72
D+ 68-69
D 66-67
D- 65
F 0-64



In November, middle school students take the ERB achievement test. The student scores are compared to those in other independent schools throughout the country. Eligible seventh grade students are invited to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP).

Head of Middle School Rhonda Smith

Dear Parents,

The CPA middle school program has a forward-thinking, outcome-based philosophy devoted to excellence in classroom instruction, student motivation, quest for life skills, and most importantly to help students come to know God. We understand the unique needs and characteristics of the young adolescent. Because of the rapid growth and extensive maturation that occurs during these years, students need an educational program that is distinctly different, serving as a bridge between lower and upper school.

Our goals as Christian educators, called to work with 11-14 year olds are as follows:

  • Create small communities for learning where stable, mutually respectful relationships with adults and peers are considered fundamental for educational development and personal growth.
  • Develop a rigorous academic program that holds and acts upon a high level of expectation for all students in order that the students themselves have expectations of success.
  • Provide a challenging, varied environment for students to safely explore athletics, arts, student government, ministry, service opportunities, and age-appropriate social events.
  • Staff middle grades with dedicated Christian educators who feel called by God to minister to young adolescents and their families.
  • Engage families and communities in the education of middle school students by keeping families informed.


Rhonda Smith
Head of Middle School