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.

Interscholastic Athletics

Middle & Upper School (Grades 6-12)

Athletics Vision
We seek 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.

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.

Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Middle School students participate in the North Shore Independent Conference against teams from the New Trier School District. Sports 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

Upper School (Grades 9-12)
Upper School students train and compete with the Christian Liberty Academy (CLA) Chargers in a co-op arrangement. The teams compete in IHSA’s Northern Athletic Conference (NAC) with various teams throughout Northeastern Illinois. Sports offered for Upper School students include:

Teams hosted at Christian Liberty Academy (CLA):

Boys’ & Girls’ Cross Country – fall
Boys’ Soccer – fall (Due to IL Phase 4 this will now be in Spring ’21)
Girls’ Volleyball – fall (Due to IL Phase 4 this will now be in Spring ’21)
Girls’ Basketball – winter
Boys’ & Girls’ Track & Field – spring (Due to IL Phase 4 this will now be in Summer ’21)
Boys’ Baseball – spring (Due to IL Phase 4 this will now be in Summer ’21)
Girls’ Soccer – spring (Due to IL Phase 4 this will now be in Summer ’21)

Teams hosted at Christian Heritage Academy (CHA):

Boys’ Basketball – winter
Boys’ Volleyball – spring (Due to IL Phase 4 this will now be in Summer ’21)

Teams hosted at CLA practice at the CLA campus in Arlington Heights. Bus transportation is provided to get from CHA to CLA for practices and games. Teams hosted at CHA practice at the CHA campus in Northfield.

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

Official IHSA Starting Dates

August 10, 2020
Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country
Boys’ and Girls’ Golf

November 16, 2020
Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball

February 15, 2021
Boys’ Soccer
Girls’ Volleyball

May 3, 2021
Boys’ Baseball
Girls’ Soccer
Girls’ Softball
Boys’ Volleyball