High School Overview
There are many measures of excellence in the high school program. CA students perform well on several types of external examinations including the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Scholastic Assessment Tests, and earn acceptances at the most selective universities in the world. CA graduates currently attend Durham, Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Tufts, Williams, Middlebury, Northwestern, Stanford, NYU, Wellesley, and Yale, to name just a few. Summaries of examination results and a list of university acceptances are in the High School Profile included in the admissions brochure. Students earn the CA diploma and also have the option of the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) which is recognized internationally.
Surveys of CA graduates indicate that they maintain or improve upon their CA grade point average at the conclusion of their first term at university. Other measures of proficiency such as the National Merit Scholarship and the American High School Mathematics Examinations are indicators that our talented students are appropriately challenged by their classes. Further, surveys of students who joined CA in the fall indicate that the majority rate CA higher overall than their previous schools.
Upper-level courses are available in every subject area, with external exams available from both the IB and AP systems. CA students who want to emphasize science and mathematics will find an unusually wide range of upper-level courses.
Seniors are expected to demonstrate their mastery of content and process through their senior project presentations. Senior projects allow students to research and explore a topic of their own interest with the emphasis on self- directed learning.
Students participate in a wide range of fine arts, sports, clubs, and service activities and still maintain very high academic standards. Music performances, drama productions, and fine arts shows by student groups approach a semiprofessional level.The school uses a block schedule. Teachers can emphasize independent study, research, and group work rather than relying on a lecture format common in a traditional high school schedule. Classes and grades take field trips that integrate curriculum areas and emphasize Japanese culture.