Dear CHA Community,
Spring is just over a month away, and we’re preparing for another season of growth! We anticipate completing our continuous enrollment period with every student returning so we can begin the Fall semester with new admissions at an enrollment of 170+ students. We’ve also been working on multiple projects and initiatives that will enrich and expand our program beginning in 2018-2019.
Our commitment to high academic standards means we challenge our students to achieve according to their full potential and want to see our graduates accomplish great things as they enter the world of higher education. To that end, we will transition to a 10-point grading scale next year. We’re confident that making this change will provide our graduates with a more competitive opportunity to obtain GPA based scholarships and accolades that our former 7-point grading scale prohibited.
When it comes to equipping successful graduates, the first step is to enroll students who exhibit good character, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to be trained. In fact, to ensure that we’re enrolling secondary students that display the potential to succeed at CHA, we’re implementing a minimum 2.0 GPA enrollment requirement beginning with our 2018-2019 applicants. As it pertains to continuously enrolled students, the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement will be accompanied by policies and procedures that serve to address students at risk of dropping below the requirement. The full Academic Risk Program will be outlined in the upcoming 2018-2019 Family Handbook.
Speaking of student potential, we’re working to give our students even more opportunities to grow by expanding our program to include dual enrollment and online courses. Dual enrollment will provide some of our secondary students with the opportunity to earn college credits at a fraction of the cost while the online courses will significantly increase their options for high school elective credits. We’ve already successfully piloted an online computer programming course for two seniors and look forward to building on that experience from here. More details on both of those opportunities will be released later this semester.
In closing, I’d like to announce that our program expansions will also include the addition of before school care for families who need an early student drop off time. Beginning next year, we will offer a Before Care option from 7:15 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. at the same rates as our After Care program, $2.00 per child every fifteen minutes.
As you can see, it is indeed a season of growth for CHA! Please join me in praying for the Lord’s guidance and blessings as we implement these initiatives and continue working on many more.
Tony Quist, Head of School
PS – Just a reminder that all currently enrolled families seeking tuition assistance for the 2018-2019 academic year must complete the online FACTS Application no later than April 15th.