Christ Presbyterian Academy

Extracurriculars & Clubs

Upper school students are encouraged to participate in a wide array of extracurricular activities, fostering personal interests, engaging with faculty, and seizing opportunities for enrichment. Whether through a club, an honor society, arts, athletics, or service, students can join in or initiate their own ventures! 

The upper school offers over 50 clubs that meet weekly during designated activity period. Everything from Harry Potter, knitting, Sudoku, or Philosophy allows students time to bond with peers and instructors over common interests. 

Do What You Love

Academic Enrichment

Chemistry Olympiad
 & Senior Research Projects

Governor’s Schools (Summer Program)

Independent Study

Salt & Light Studios

National Latin Exam

National Spanish Exam

Honor Societies

National Honor Society
Cum Laude Society 

National Art Honor Society

Quill & Scroll

Tri-M Music Honor Society
International Thespian Honor Society


Upper school clubs offer students an opportunity to connect with faculty and each other over a common interest. Clubs meet weekly during activity period, and offerings span in diversity and size. See below the list of clubs offered in the upper school: 

  • Andy Griffith Show
  • Big Brother/Sister
  • Body, Mind, and Spirit
  • Classic Sports Video
  • Color Me Peaceful
  • Creative Writing Magazine
  • Crochet and Crumpets
  • Design Lab
  • Game Show Club
  • Games Club
  • Golf Club
  • Hand-Letterng
  • History Movie Club
  • House Leadership
  • Leaders Eat Last
  • Life Skills
  • May the Force Be With You
  • Movie iPhone
  • Music Appreciation
  • National Art Honor Society
  • Nertz Club
  • Philosophy and Coffee
  • Quiz Bowl
  • ShutterFLY Club
  • Tea Time
  • Thespian Society
  • True Crimes/FBI Files
  • Ultimate Outdoor Games

House System

The “house” concept is a largely British model of grouping students across grades 9-12 in an effort to build community, improve school spirit, facilitate mentoring by upperclassmen, and establish meaningful traditions. The houses at CPA are Barclay, MacKinnon, Sutherland, and Wallace. Every freshman student is assigned a house for all four years of upper school, joining the tradition of their older siblings and/or classmates of that house; an embrace in camaraderie and tradition. 

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Leadership Opportunities

Student Government Association
House Leadership
Student Athletic Leadership Team 

Girls State & Boys State

Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin Youth Leadership


CPA athletes learn to persevere, to lose with grace, and to win with humility. CPA Athletics seeks to teach self-sacrifice, discipline, and personal commitment to attain the goal of excellence. The Student Athletic Leadership Team is comprised of two representatives from each varsity sport at CPA. Students meet on a monthly basis to discuss team culture, common goals, and hear from guest speakers. 

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  • Two main stage productions (one play and one musical)

  • Coffeehouse Theatre (student-run production)

  • Children's Theatre
State Thespian Conference
Spring Jubilation! (Band, Dance, and Vision)

  • Visual Art Gallery Night
  • Media Arts Film Night 
Pep Band/Jazz Band

  • Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association Festival
Vision (advanced vocal choir)
Middle Tennessee Vocal Association (MTVA)
  • Choral Adjudication Festival

  • ACDA State Choral Adjudication

  • Vocal Music Travel Study

  • Band Travel Study

  • Visual Arts Travel Study

Upper School Dance Company
  • Art Gallery Days

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Literary Publications and Competitions

  • Global Award-Winning Yearbook Staff: The Lions Roar 
  • Illumine: English and Fine Arts student-led publication
  • 100 Hour Film Contest: media arts production competition 

Service Partnerships

In addition to grade-level and school-level service days in Nashville, advisories are encouraged to participate in on and off-campus service initiatives. CPA upper school has well-established service partnerships with Legacy Mission Village, New Hope Academy, Christ Presbyterian Church's Special Saturdays, and more. 


Beginning in freshman year, students are placed into a "homeroom" advisory group, led by an upper school faculty member. This advisory group remains together all four years of upper school, undergoing together the growth and transformation each year has to offer. Advisories create small group communities, a safe space in which students confide, learn, celebrate, and love one another, under the spiritual mentorship of the faculty advisor. 

A unique feature at CPA upper school, advisories equip faculty members to better carry out the mission of the school in the day-to-day schedules of school life. 

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