We know that many questions arise during the admissions process. The information below is by no means inclusive, but rather an insight to our most frequently asked questions.
What is the average class size? Our 6:1 student/teacher ratio facilitates individualized instruction on a one-to-one basis or in small groups utilizing multi-sensory approaches which allow students to achieve their optimal learning potential. The educational environment provides a supportive and challenging curriculum that nurtures all aspects of each student's growth. Class size ranges from 3-12 students depending on the division and the course.
Will my child have an Individualized Instruction Program (IIP)? All CBA students receive an Individualized Instructional Plan (IIP). Both the current psychological-educational test battery and in-house testing are utilized to ensure placement at correct skill levels. In the fall and spring, conferences are held in which parents and teachers review and determine implementation of the IIP.
Do your graduating students receive a diploma? CBA, as a VAIS-accredited, not-for-profit, independent school, issues all students who complete graduation requirements a standard, independent school diploma.
What is the annual tuition rate? The tuition for the 2013-2014 academic school year is $20,900 for Lower School, $21,500 for Middle School and $23,800 for Upper School. Payment options include Single Payment, Bi-Annual, Quarterly, and Monthly. A $500.00 non-refundable/non-adjustable enrollment fee is required with the contract. Tuition will be prorated for any student enrolling after the start of the second grading period.
Do you offer any financial aid? Financial aid is available to students accepted for admission whose family clearly demonstrates financial need. Chesapeake Bay Academy uses the services of the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS) located in Princeton, New Jersey, to audit the process. Additionally, a copy of the most recently filed Form 1040 must be submitted to the school.
Is the tuition a tax-deductible item? Chesapeake Bay Academy is a specialized school and the tuition may be a tax-deductible medical expense item. Please check with your tax accountant for further details.
What are the hours of school? Lower School and Middle School hours are 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Upper School hours are 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM. Any Lower or Middle School student who arrives before 7:40 AM must enroll in the Early Drop-Off Program. Any Upper School student who arrives before 7:50 AM must enroll in the Early Drop-Off Program. Any student who has not been picked up by 3:15 PM will wait in the Homework Center.
Do you have an Extended Day Program? Chesapeake Bay's Extended Day Program includes three options: Early Drop-Off from 7:00 to 7:50 AM; Homework Center from 3:15 - 4:15 PM; Extended Day Program from 4:15 - 6:00 PM for Lower and Middle Schools only. Homework Center and Extended Day Program are available only on days in which the office is open.
Do the students have access to computers? Chesapeake Bay Academy is strongly committed to technology. With a 2:1 student-to-computer ratio, the students gain experiences with leading technologies and competencies that will assist them in their further academic and work career.
Does Chesapeake Bay Academy offer an athletic program? Chesapeake Bay Academy recognizes that athletics are integral to a sound learning experience. The athletic program, designed to include all students in a supportive environment, focuses on team-building, skill development and leadership which lead to success in other areas. Our athletic program includes boys’ soccer and girls’ volleyball in the fall; boys and girls basketball in the winter; and coed tennis, golf and club bowling in the spring. Intramural sports are available to our Lower and Middle School students as well.
Do you have a Parent Association? Parents play a vital role at Chesapeake Bay Academy. The PA is very active in their efforts to encourage and provide social activities for our students and their families. We appreciate the countless hours contributed by our volunteers and encourage all parents to help out in any capacity they can.
Are Chesapeake Bay Academy parents expected to contribute to various fundraising activities during the year? Parents are encouraged to support all fundraising activities sponsored by the school. To maintain an affordable tuition, 6:1 student/teacher ratio, highly qualified staff, and the best educational and technological resources possible, Chesapeake Bay Academy relies on support from the community and parents.
Is there a dress code? Chesapeake Bay Academy does have dress codes for all Lower, Middle and Upper School students. In addition, students are expected to dress appropriately and in good taste for athletic and social functions. A more detailed explanation is available in the student handbook.
Does Chesapeake Bay Academy provide transportation? Parents are responsible for transportation of their child to and from school. Many parents set up carpools. Please contact the school office for additional information.
Do students purchase textbooks and supplies? Lower and Middle School students are charged a fee for consumables.
Upper School students are expected to purchase a Kindle upon which their textbooks and other materials will be downloaded. Students in all grades are responsible for their own school supplies. The school will provide a supply list to all Chesapeake Bay Academy families prior to the first day of school.