Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) Chicago is the best Christian education in the city of Chicago. Hands down. The teachers and administrators are incredible, with resumes that boast child development, education, and Christian theology expertise. Class sizes are kept small on purpose so each child receives one-on-one, tailored attention in each subject. Last, there is a culture that is fun-loving and enthusiastic about learning. This is a place that wants kids to know that their life journey is one of faith, learning, academic excellence, and FUN. It just doesn't get any better.
After researching nearly EVERY school in Chicago (which is a lot--magnet schools, neighborhood, classical, montessori, private, parochial, the list goes on . . .) we were a little discouraged. We wanted something academically rigorous but with small class sizes. We didn't mind paying for a private school, but didn't want to pay so much that we couldn't save for our kids' college. And we wanted our kids to have the arts and faith as a part of the curriculum. Then in 2009, CHA Chicago was formed! I believe it to be the BEST education in Chicago--offering components of classical and montessori schools. The curricula is play-based which is fantastic for helping young children to develop a love of learning. And it integrates Christian faith and learning (meaning that faith isn't relegated to chapel time, it's incorporated into all aspects of the school day, helping kids to learn to put other people first, to share, to never exclude a friend, etc.) Once children begin full-time school, it becomes the place that most influences them--even more than their parents. We are SO GRATEFUL to have CHA as the place that is most influencing, instructing and INSPIRING our children.
CHA has truly been a blessing to our family since moving to Chicago in 2010 when we were utterly confused about preschools and grade schools. We have been met with open communication, understanding and love about anything we needed more information on, any question, concern about our child, etc. The director is an amazing mentor to the teachers, wonderful partner with the parents and has a huge love and heart for each and every child in her care. We are incredibly thankful for CHA!
Christian Heritage Academy has been the ultimate blessing for our family! This school offers a solid, exemplary education, while at the same time providing a Christ-centered environment. The director is unmatched, as far as her level of higher-knowledge, her application of this knowledge, and her ability to connect, in an authentic way, to every person she comes in contact with, from parent, to teacher, to student. In addition to the curriculum and Christ-centered environment, the teachers are held to the highest standards and definitely serve as role-models for both the students, as well as the parents. The parents, too, are an extraordinarily bright, talented, loving group of people greatly committed to their families. Finally, communication is a major strength at Christian Heritage Academy. The teachers go out of their way to maintain a healthy, open-line of communication, with the parents, which ultimately contributes to a very strong partnership. Overall, I would go out of my way to highly recommend this school! Keep up the amazing job, CHA!!!
We are so blessed to have found CHA. ALL of the teachers and staff have such a love for Christ and the children. Christ is always at the center of the activities at this school. The children learn at an early age to not just pray, but to pray for others in need. As for academics, CHA teaches at a grade or two higher, which is largely due to the small classroom sizes. The school is mostly parent governed and the parents are very active in the life of the school. Everyone is so welcoming and loving and its just a wonderful place to be. My son has made tremendous leaps and bounds from kindergarten to now (2nd grade). He is not just reading chapter books but has a love for reading, math, and especially Christ. If you are looking for a wonderful Christian education in a Christ-centered school, CHA is the place for your family. We can't imagine our family at any other school.
Our family discovered Christian Heritage Academy Chicago campus a year ago and we are very happy. My oldest daughter has been attending their Pre-K 3 program this year and will be attending their Pre-K 4 program next year. Our younger daughter will be attending the Pre-K 3 next year as well. The teachers are wonderfully loving and the curriculum is excellent! If you are a Christian faith based family, I urge you to discover this school for your little ones. Our family could not be happier with our experience so far! My daughter LOVES going to school each week!!
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