Physical Education

God created people in His image to be temples of the Holy Spirit, therefore, students must learn to honor God with their bodies. Physical education classes are designed to promote life-long health and fitness, develop basic physical skills, and teach children to practice godly sportsmanship. Students in grades 1-12 participate in Physical Education:

Lower School (K- Grade 5)
Our younger students focus on gross motor skills, spatial awareness, physical discipline and participation through age-appropriate activities and games. Kindergartners attend 50-minute physical education class two times per week; grades 1-5 attend 45-minute physical education classes, 3 times per week.

Middle School (Grades 6-8)
By 6th grade, boys and girls begin to have physical education class separately and are taught with a greater focus on the fine tuning of skills. They gain increasing understanding of the benefits of striving to maintain physical fitness and good health as well as a more comprehensive understanding of the rules of athletic games and competition. An emphasis is placed on goal-setting, godly sportsmanship, respect, self-discipline and self-control. Students in 6th-8th grade attend 45-minute physical education classes 4 times per week.

Upper School (Grades 9-12)
Upper school students have the option to take regular Physical Education class, including physical fitness, skill training and play execution for various, or a Fit for Life track that teaches individual wellness skills that can be applied throughout a lifetime. With the latter option, students learn the components of health-related fitness, experience physical training, and monitor their yearly progress using technology such as heart rate monitors and spreadsheets.

Our Vision:
To develop the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of the student athlete, with humble excellence and Christ-like character both on and off the field of competition

About Interscholastic Athletics

Team and individual sports opportunities are coached by CHA’s Christian coaches with an emphasis on good sportsmanship and stewardship. Students have the opportunity to develop physical discipline and skill during regular practices and interscholastic competitions.

Upper School (Grades 9-12)

Upper School students train and compete in IHSA’s Lake Shore Athletic League (LSAL) with various teams throughout Northeastern Illinois.

Currently, CHA competes in the following sports for Upper School:

Boys’ Soccer
Girls’ Volleyball
Boys’ Basketball
Girls’ Basketball
Boys’ Volleyball

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Middle School students participate in the North Shore Independent Conference against teams from the New Trier School District.

Sports traditionally offered for Middle School students include:

Co-ed Soccer – Fall
Girls’ Volleyball – Fall
Boys’ Basketball – Winter
Girls’ Basketball – Winter
Boys’ Volleyball – Spring
Co-ed Track – Spring

Official IHSA Starting Dates

August 8, 2022
Boys’ Soccer

Girls’ Volleyball

October 31, 2022
Girls’ Basketball

November 7, 2022
Boys’ Basketball

March 6, 2023
Boys’ Volleyball

Spring 2023
Girls’ Soccer

Required Health Forms for Athletics (Grades 6-12)

Students participating in a sport must provide CHA with the forms listed below before try-outs begin. Physical exams must be current during a sports season (within 13 months of date of exam). A summer exam is recommended for year-long eligibility. The required athletics forms listed below can be found at the bottom of our Health Services page and need to be sent electronically to our school nurse before the first day of practice:

  • Illinois State Physical Exam Certificate or IHSA Pre-Participation Physical Exam Form (Either form will meet this requirement)
  • IHSA Sports Medicine Acknowledgement & Consent Form

Athletics Handbooks

All student athletes and their parents should review and become familiar with the Upper School Athletics Handbook or the Middle School Athletic Handbook. Please check back in July when these links go live.

Volunteer Coaching

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer coach at CHA, please email Jeff Cook, Director of Athletics.

Upper School students wishing to participate in interscholastic teams are highly encouraged to attend the summer training sessions below for the corresponding team. All camps are held at Christian Liberty Academy. Please contact the coach listed on the linked schedules below if you have a specific question.

US Girls’ Volleyball at CLA – click for schedule
US Girls’ Basketball at CLA – click for schedule
US Boys’ Soccer at CLA – click for schedule
US Boys’ Basketball at CHA – click for schedule