Christian Heritage Academy Upper School offers a challenging academic program based on biblical values to students in Grades 9-12 who are either already committed Christians or actively seeking to discover how Jesus Christ can transform their lives.

Christ Centered

Students are mentored by “Living Curriculum Teachers” who serve as Christ-like role models. They are taught to analyze issues with biblical discernment and begin to develop a sense of God’s call on their lives. As they grow in their relationship with Christ, students are encouraged to place Him at the center of their high school experience, to cultivate a deep faith, an upright character, and a servant’s heart to the glory of God.

Creative and Innovative

We are committed to the unchanging truths of Scripture as well as a continual, systematic evaluation of educational methods. Drawing from the latest educational research, innovations in pedagogy are woven into all disciplines. For example, our science classes are offered in “PCB” sequence (Physics, Chemistry, Biology); students attend a Winterim term in January; and each student receives a personal laptop along with remote access to school software and data.

College Prepatory

Structured to prepare the student for academic achievement in college and post-graduate work, our innovative curriculum meets all college requirements. Throughout their four years of high school, students can expect a rigorous course load with honors-level and Advanced Placement courses offered, crafted to prepare students to excel in college and beyond.

Communications Focused

Students learn to effectively and appropriately incorporate a wide range of communications media in their work. Whether crafting well-researched papers, delivering an inspiring speech, or editing a class video to be posted on the Internet, students develop a thorough comprehension and command of electronic and traditional media at all levels of the curriculum.

Critical Thinking Emphasis

In a world that requires students to understand and exercise advanced critical thinking skills, our curriculum is focused on developing students who can think creatively and logically to solve problems and analyze disparate information effectively. Students are challenged to respond according to a biblical worldview and learn to exercise wisdom as they acquire knowledge.


CHA’s Upper School is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)  and AdvanceEd. We are also recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education and are an approved member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).