High School at CBA is self-directed and empowering. Students work closely with their teachers in small classes to dive deep into content areas and grow in expertise. There is no ceiling on projects, and students are challenged to think critically, problem-solve, collaborate, and create. They have many opportunities to showcase exceptional learning, such as National History Day, Scholar’s Bowl, Speech and Debate, and presentations throughout the year.
Our curriculum is designed to transition students from classroom experiences to professional contexts. This begins in 9th and 10th grade with Scholar’s Showcase, where students apply themselves deeply in a topic of their choice to produce a quality and meaningful project.In 11th grade, students engage in the Leadership Experience and Exploration Program (L.E.E.P.). This class prepares students through a variety of professional experiences including a 40 hour internship. The culmination of their studies is the Senior Capstone in 12th grade. Students produce an academically rigorous paper, a product, a portfolio, and a presentation. Each of these functions as a bridge between their learning and future aspirations.
Integrated Math & Mastery-Based Grading
Dr. Jen Bruce left a tenured position at Maryville College to found the high school at CBA. Do you know why so many high school students don’t like math? Hear her story and learn the philosophy behind our high school mathematics program.
Reimagined High School Humanities
Scott Hussey explains why we integrate Social Studies and English to help students make deeper connections, and how to work with students at different academic levels to become effective communicators.
LEEP and Finding Direction
Abbey Dovey always knew she wanted to be a Marine Biologist. LEEP gave her the chance to get into a lab at the University of Tennessee and see firsthand if she would love being a scientist.
AJ Camacho wants to write public policy and tackle some of the toughest questions facing our nation today. Senior Capstone gave him a chance to work with a state senator and pass his own legislation in Tennessee.
Among Our High School Course Offerings
- Scientific Reasoning I and II
- Human Ecology
- Environmental Science
- Appalachian Ecology
- Organic Chemistry
- Nuclear Chemistry
- Advanced Mechanics
- Fluid Mechanics
- Forensic Investigation
- Intro to Humanities
- English I, II, III, and IV
- Leadership in Civics
- U.S. History
- Economics and World Studies
- New Media
- Personal Finance
- Intro to Philosophy
- Speculative History
- Creative Writing
- Contemplative Literature
“Students at CBA are not only taught on their level, they are never held back if they choose to challenge themselves.”
Upper School Principal
Upper School Counselor
Our seniors also take a World Studies course designed to enhance global citizenship, promote service learning, and connect with a diverse culture. The course includes an immersive experience in the Navajo Nation in Arizona.
Though it’s located within the United States, visiting the Navajo Nation is similar to seeing another country. Students learn Navajo language and music, they hike in beautiful canyons, and give of themselves through a service project.