At the upper school level, the Academy aims to maintain a careful balance between teaching skills and information and encouraging students to pursue areas of personal interest and affinity. Purposeful thinking skills and originality are encouraged across all curricular areas.
The individual student remains the focus of the learning environment, as teachers work to provide a supportive educational process that encourages students to take ever-increasing risk and responsibility for their choices, effort, and achievement.
Upper school instructors integrate sound teaching techniques with cutting-edge practices and technology to create exemplary and relevant academic courses. In addition, teachers invest themselves in mentoring relationships with students so that each student is known, appreciated, and personally encouraged to excel. Coursework and learning experiences are designed to communicate the relevance of scripture while encouraging students to live lives of authentic faith.
Upper School Parent Information Sessions are the best way to experience the academic and student life programs at CPA Upper School. The session includes classroom visits, current student panels, and a presentation from key upper school administrators. Click here to fill out an inquiry and register for a parent information session.
In the upper school at CPA, we seek out ways to provide both intentional and serendipitous experiences ushering students into young adulthood.
During the formative years of an upper school education, students are rapidly gaining greater independence, while also experiencing service to and collaboration in something bigger than themselves. We are designed to be in relationship with one another, and the upper school faculty models this with students as they delve into our relevant and rigorous academic programming, nurture students in their faith development, and equip them with the life skills necessary to engage in the larger culture as well as their own family.
We are intentional in the way we structure our days, in the way we design our curriculum, in the way we hire expert faculty, and in the way we curate experiences through arts, athletics, and spiritual formation.
While we strive for intentionality, we also embrace the unplanned moments that occur in the life of the upper school as serendipitous opportunities to deepen relationships, build resiliency, and identify God’s hand in all things. The teenage years can be tough, riddled with self-doubt, anxiety, and fear. Students often ask themselves the questions “Who am I?” “Do I have what it takes?” and “Am I loved?” Our faculty lives for these moments in which we can help students answer these questions, both inside and outside the classroom.
My one promise to you in all of this is that while we will make mistakes, we will be relentless in the pursuit--of your child and of the mission of transformation through education.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Parker Altman, Ed. D.
Head of Upper School