High School Academics
In terms of the academic program, any school you are considering, public or private, should be offering extensive academic and co-curricular offerings. CCA is in Howard County, Maryland which is consistently one of the top performing counties academically in the United States. All objective measures indicate we meet or exceed public and private schools in our area. Parents who choose CCA desire a place that will come along side them, a place that will nurture a young person’s faith instead of demean it. They want a place that can meet their child’s academic, athletic, artistic and social needs without ignoring or marginalizing their spiritual needs as Christians. Chapelgate is a Christian school and is a place where young people can grow in every way.
Some academic highlights:
24 credits required to graduate
Traditional 7 period day
9 AP classes & 9 Honors Courses
Many electives covering a wide variety of interests
Long-standing emphasis on STEM (Science, technology, engineering & math)
Learning Differences Program
Opportunities for internships, external classes & aide positions
Academic Honors students have received:
National Merit Scholars
National Achievement Scholars
National AP Scholars
Maryland Distinguished Scholars for Academic Achievement
Maryland Distinguished Scholars for Talent in the Arts
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
At CCA we have always had a very high percentage of graduates pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Our alumni are still quite young and have not yet even reached age 40 but are already working throughout the region, nation and world at locations in private industry and government agencies. Some examples of where our graduates have been employed include NSA, NASA, Johns Hopkins APL and the Smithsonian. Many of our graduates are in or completing medical and law schools in the US.
We have challenging programs in science and math. There are science labs for students to have hands on experiences in the life sciences, physical sciences and chemistry. Our math program has multiple tracks for students according to their interest and ability. We offer multiple AP courses in math and science that lead to college credit for the majority of our students who take the exams.
In the areas of technology & engineering, the school is in year two of a multi-year integration of one-to-one computing in the classroom. There are computer labs and several courses and clubs to encourage, challenge and promote all students to expand their use of technology in learning. Teachers integrate technology into their lessons everyday through their curriculum, use of SMART boards and the media center.
High School Life
“…The only thing that matters is faith expressing itself through love.” Gal 5:6
You are on this site for a reason… “we need a change” … “it is time for a new school”… “my child is in a bad school situation currently”.. When you walk in our doors you will notice a couple of things. You will notice many smiling young people- and adults. You will also see a very diverse community. Our racial and ethnic make up represents Howard County and our region exceptionally well. We attract students who look different, live in different neighborhoods in the region and go to many different churches on Sunday morning. There is also great unity within this diverse community that exists in few other places.
A parent of two grads recently said, “I love the fact Chapelgate is a place where a kid can still be a kid”. They contrasted the pressure, social and otherwise, that exists in so many other settings and are grateful that their students got everything they needed to get into excellent colleges and prepare for great careers. They are more grateful that even in adulthood their memories of middle and high school are of forming life long friendships with classmates and teachers. Many of their teachers are still at CCA and some are still friends with whom they communicate long after high school.
A Bright Future
We are proud of the accomplishments of our graduates. Nearly 100% of our alumni pursue higher education- many at the most prestigious colleges in the United States. Graduates are scattered near and wide engaged in widely varying professional pursuits. Although CCA is a relatively young school, with our “oldest” grads not yet 40 years old, our alumni are finding their way to locations around the world working in industry, technology, law, medicine and ministry.
Chapelgate has existed for over 25 years and we look forward to the next 25 years of impact on the lives of young people!