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Christian Heritage Academy

Private | PK-12 | 465 students

High quality education with Christian values and principles
 
 

 
 

Living in Northfield

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $826,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $960.

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Posted May 7, 2014

CHA is an amazing school and is the best school you can go to! With a Christ centered education, that makes you become a lifetime follower of Jesus Christ. The teachers at CHA are absolutely the best you will ever find. They are all caring, kind, and amazing teachers. They give you one to one learning attention and they are here to mentor you as well. If you seem like you are not understanding something they are always here to help and if you excel in something they push you to do your best. CHA is like one big family because we are all close to each other and it feels so amazing to be known and for everyone to love you. You will be able to do amazing thing here that you can't do at a public school and find out things that you never thought you could do. CHA pushes you to your full potential and is with you every step of the way. This is an amazing school and I could not even imagine going anywhere else.


Posted August 27, 2013

This school is wonderful! We have been here since my son was in preschool and now he is in 6th grade. (I also work here.) I love the sense of community among the parents and the faculty are very loving yet firm in their teaching. My son and 2 daughters have received such affirmation from being in such a caring environment. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a Christian school that walks in the truth of Scripture and teaches the students to do so as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

Christian Heritage Academy-Chicago was the best decision I made for our daughter. They offer an amazing curriculum for the students, stellar teachers, and best of all, a grace-filled discipleship ministry. I have also had the honor of joining a community of some of the most amazing parents. Parents, staff, and students all work together in one spirit to glorify God in everything they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2013

A grace-filled community where the secular and the sacred are connected. Students are challenged academically, grow in knowledge and understanding of Christ, learn the joy of service, and get to explore their God-given gifts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2013

A joyful, redemptive community. The teachers, staff, and leadership are all committed to the ministry of Christian Education, partnering with parents, and nurturing, guiding, and growing the students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 22, 2013

CHA is a school staffed by caring educators who understand that students need to be grounded in wisdom and able to succeed in a world of great information and knowledge (but low on wisdom). My own sons have benefited tremendously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2013

CHA is an amazing place to be as a family. The love that teachers typically have for students goes beyond to the entire family. Walking through the halls of CHA you can quickly notice that the kids at CHA are very different than other schools. This is a result of the love and teaching they receive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2013

CHA is a community of believers that want not only the best education for our children but work very hard to provide them with a firm foundation in Jesus Christ. My children LOVE all of their teachers and have never one day in 8 years not wanted to go to school. That is amazing and such a gift to our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2013

Working at CHA is like being part of a fabulous church community. We truly do life together - teachers, administrators, students and parents share life stories, obstacles and milestones in our unique environment. I am truly thankful to have a workplace where I feel genuinely loved.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 18, 2013

As a current parent of CHA Chicago campus (2 years, and enrolled for a 3rd w/ a 2nd child coming in 1 year), we are amazed at the way kids respond to the teaching staff. Parent involvement is outstanding and we look forward to being part of everything CHA does. Cultivating a child's faith is just as important as teaching them their ABC's and 123's. But CHA does not skimp on learning and curriculum...a fully accredited school with outstanding teaching. A++!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2013

Christian Heritage Academy is an outstanding school where Christ's love clearly shines through every teacher, student, and parent. We are truly blessed to be a part of the CHA family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2013

The learning environment at CHA is unparalleled to any school I've visited. Teachers foster a love of learning, recognize and celebrate different learning styles, and incorporate faith and learning in a very natural way. Over 100 churches are represented at this school, so it is quite diverse vs. denominational. Class sizes are small, the teachers are heavily invested in the academic, spiritual, and emotional well-being of each child. The ethnic, geographic, and socio-economic variance reflects a healthy diversity for a school located in this community. Families travel to CHA from a 20-mile radius -- and it's because it is extraordinar in both academic excellence and equipping children to be lifetime followers of Jesus Christ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2012

Scale = 1 (poor) to 5 (very good) Teachers = 5. Great teaching skills and living examples of Christian values. Facilities = 4. Facilities are quite good for a private school. Students = 4. Little behavior issues that are common in public schools due to how teachers handle discipline and promote acceptable behavior. Rigor of Education = 3. CHA does not have a rigorous program, at least not up to Grade 2. The learning happens at a relatively easy pace. This is not to say students do not learn much, rather compared to other schools, they (especially the bright ones) are not challenged as much. Financial Management = 1. In my opinion, the board has not been transparent on the school s financial state. Despite assurances that budget projections were conservative, in the past two years, I received emails asking for donations to cover significant (six-digit sums) revenue shortfall. There is also a gym construction project that has been at a standstill since 2010. Tuition fees have gone up the past 4 years and I have not seen a plan to stabilize this trend. I have asked for financial statements, but got no reply, as such I questions on the school s long term financial health.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2011

My daughter goes to this school, and loves it. She actually looks forward in going to school, and seeing and talking to her teachers, and she they listen, and are there for me anytime. and her friends are amazing group of kids...who encourage each other, and are Not fake. My daughter feels safe and so do I. She has developed a lot of character very nicely in this school, and loves the fact of helping others in need in our community or around the world as well...you will not go wronge in sending your child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2010

This school is excellent in just about every way. The only aspect of it I did not like is having to make 'donations' to the school. I think once you have families having to make yearly donations as part of their contract, you create an atmosphere where you have different classes of families. Those families that can afford to give thousands and others that can only afford to make the minimum donation. And let me make this clear, the tuition is already quite expensive. Therefore you can't help but think: was that child a higher priority because his family donated a significant amount of money to the school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2010

Our family loves CHA. This school walks the walk and talks the talk. Biblical truths/perspectives are evident everywhere from the classroom to the sports field to the parent volunteer organization. Students are loved for who God designed them to be and challenged to grow in all ways that honor him. Teachers create classrooms full of interest, intrigue, and insightful lessons. My 3 kids thrive at this school. From playing sports to singing in musicals to volunteering in the community, CHA has become our 'school' home where amazing friendships have been made and academic experiences have been terrific. Our family has been so blessed by this school, the staff, and the families we now walk life with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2009

CHA is a wonderful school, where students grow in wisdom and knowledge... excellent academics with a biblical worldview.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

Christian Heritage Academy provides a nurturing, creative and biblically-based learning environment for preschool through eighth grade students. The challenging academic program prepares most students to enter area high schools in the honors track. Our children were very well prepared academically, socially, and spiritually for high school. Actually, they were surprised that they were so well prepared in science, math, writing, history, etc. that even the honors classes weren't that overwhelming for them. In high school and throughout college they've been even more grateful for their teachers' spiritual influence and investment. Another strength of CHA is in Fine Arts: students have presented Music Man, Pirates of Penzance, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Le Miserables, etc. Great Band program too! CHA was designated a United States Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and ranked first in 2005 as 'Best Christian Workplace' in Christianity Today's national survey. Best investment we've ever made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2006

This school is a great environment for learning based on Christian values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2004

A fantastic school where you get excellence in education with a commitment to be Christian, not just in name. Our oldest daughter just graduated in 2004 after attending since kindergarten. She was so well equipped in her Christian faith to be able to live it out. Academically she was so well prepared that when we moved out of state for a Christian High School she was placed in honors classes. CHA doesn't just enroll students, they enroll families. Our family was blessed, but only in a huge way! A great foundation has been laid that we can continue to build on with the Lord's help.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 27% 4%
Black 6% 18%
Hispanic 5% 24%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Korean
Chinese (Mandarin)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Mandarin Chinese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. David L Roth
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (847) 446-5267

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Religious
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Foreign language club: Mandarin Chinese
  • Lego Robotics
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
SAT/ACT prep classes
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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315 Waukegan Rd
Northfield, IL 60093
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Phone: (847) 446-5252

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