High School

Stepping Out

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.

Hands-on Experience

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.


Senior Capstone

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

  • Integrated Math I, II, and III
  • Precalculus
  • Statistics and Regression
  • Probability and Inference
  • Statistics
  • Calculus
  • Scientific Reasoning I and II
  • Genetics
  • Botany
  • Microbiology
  • Human Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Appalachian Ecology
  • Thermodynamics
  • Astronomy
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Acoustics
  • Circuits
  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • Metallurgy
  • 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
  • Leadership Experience and Exploration Program (LEEP)
  • Senior Capstone Experience
  • Spanish I, II, and III
  • Chinese I, II, and III
  • Singers
  • Strings
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre Arts
  • Theatre: Improv Techniques
  • Film for Social Action
  • Creative Engineering Design
  • Project-Based Engineering
  • PE
  • Lifetime Wellness


Brade Rasmussen

Brad Rasmussen

Upper School Principal

Sarah Farmer

Upper School Counselor

Arielle Kennedy

Curriculum Specialist

Michelle Gibson

Michelle Gibson

Administrative Assistant

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.

World Studies

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.

High School Chemistry
Upper School Cooking
High School Presentation
High School Prom
High School Boat Race
High School Graduation