For your convenience, we’ve assembled some of the questions parents most often ask below. Of course, we are always glad to talk with you personally to answer your questions about CHA. Please submit this inquiry form or call us at 847-446-5252 to talk or schedule a tour.

Why should I enroll my child at CHA?

Your children spend the best eight of their waking hours in school, where their minds and worldview are influenced by teachers, peers, books, and curriculum. By the time they graduate, they will have spent over 18,000 hours in school. These hours shape your children’s thoughts, habits, character and future. As parents, we must ask ourselves critically important questions about our child’s schooling, such as those found in Choosing a School – A Guide for Christian Parents

At Christian Heritage Academy, we approach teaching as a ministry and as a stewardship, valuing the school day as an opportunity to invest in your child. All of our efforts, both in and out of the classroom, support our vision: that every CHA student is rooted in a deep love for God, known within our community, engaged in educational excellence, and inspired to make a difference. 

We invite you to explore what this looks like in person by visiting CHA!

What are Christian Heritage Academy's religious requirements? Can anyone attend?

Christian Heritage Academy is a non-denominational, independent school, with families from 170 congregations and 40 communities. In order to maintain our unity in Christ, our admissions policy requires that at least one parent of every family agrees with our Statement of Faith and acknowledges himself/herself to be a believer in Jesus Christ. Our Admissions policy also requires that each family regularly attends or is a member of a local Christian church. We believe this three-way partnership (parents-school-church) is the best way to equip children with the best foundation for becoming lifetime followers of Jesus Christ. For more clarity, please feel free to contact our Admissions Office. We’d be glad to answer your questions.

Is CHA accredited?

Yes. CHA strives to maintain excellence in all areas of its programs and operations. We hold ourselves accountable to the rigorous standards set by accrediting organizations and membership agencies, and submit to their regular examination processes. These include:

What are CHA's teacher qualifications?

Educators at Christian Heritage Academy hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in education from an accredited college or university or hold an Illinois Professional Educator License with appropriate endorsement. They also hold ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) certification. Many of our faculty hold master’s and doctoral degrees, as well.

All of our teachers are considered “Living Curriculum” teachers—highly qualified, spiritually mature Christian educators who model Christ-likeness both in the classroom and throughout daily school life. The result has been not only outstanding academic performance and college preparation but students who love God and are equipped to serve others and make a kingdom impact with their lives.

How is CHA's curriculum different from that of other local schools?

Our hallmark at Christian Heritage Academy is the biblical integration that teachers bring into each subject area, helping students develop a biblical worldview as well as strong skills in critical thinking, research, effective writing, speaking and rhetoric. This integration takes our already excellent academics to a whole new level.

In our Upper School, CHA offers many Advanced Placement (AP) and dual-credit courses. Graduates are well-prepared for distinguished colleges through the rigorous and rich educational experience at CHA.

What sports do you offer?

Upper School students compete in IHSA’s Lake Shore Athletic League (LSAL) with various teams throughout Northeastern Illinois. Upper School sports include: Boys’ & Girls’ Soccer, Boys’ & Girls’ Volleyball, and Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball.

Middle School students participate in the North Shore Independent Conference against feeder middle school teams from the New Trier School District. Sports offered for Middle School students include: Co-ed Soccer, Boys’ & Girls’ Volleyball, Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball, and Co-ed Track.

How does CHA's tuition compare to area private school tuition?

Of private schools that are not supported by a church or parish, CHA is the most affordable private school in the area. Read more about the inclusive nature of our tuition structure here.

Does CHA offer financial aid or scholarships?

Christian Heritage Academy is committed to offering financial aid to families that have demonstrated need in order for their children to attend. Such full-time students in grades K-12 may receive up to 50% off net tuition. In special circumstances, you may qualify for even more through CHA’s Special Assistance Fund, subject to available funds. If other discounts are available to a student, the maximum combination of all financial aid and discounts is up to 75% of a student’s tuition. Learn more here. Additionally, CHA offers multi-child discounts as well as employee discounts.

Does CHA offer extended care programs?

Yes, we offer both Before Care and After Care programs beginning at 7 AM before school and ending at 5:45 PM after school, for an extra fee. Please contact our Admissions Office for details.

Does CHA offer advanced placement or dual credit courses?

Yes. We offer many honors, Advanced Placement, and dual credit courses (for select colleges) in the Upper School. Ask our Admissions Office for the most recent Upper School profile to see what these classes have included.

Is there a dress code at CHA?

Yes – clean, modest and not distracting. However, there is not a uniform requirement (except for athletics’ teams). CHA spirit wear is encouraged, especially on Spirit Days.

Do you offer a homeschool partnership program?

Yes, Christian Heritage Academy offers a homeschool partnership program for Grades 6-12. Learn more about our Homeschool Partnership Program.

Virtual Open Houses

October 12, 2023
December 7, 2023
January 11, 2024
February 8, 2024
March 14, 2024
April 25, 2024

Preview Events

Upper School Preview
October 26, 2023

Early Ed Preview
February 3, 2024

Middle School Preview
March 7, 2024

Middle & Upper School Shadow Days

November 28, 2023
February 8, 2024
April 9, 2024

Christian Heritage Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. CHA does reserve the right to select students on the basis of academic performance, religious commitment, philosophical compatibility, and willingness to cooperate with the school’s administration and abide by its policies.