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CBA Stories

Great Minds Think Differently at CBA!

Endless Outcomes at CBA!

"Ah-ha" moments make our students GLOW!

The Muller Family: "They are rewarded when they ask for help, which makes for independent adults."

The Adams Family: "This is going to change the trajectory of his life."

The Butler Family: "Hope for now, hope for the future."

The Middlebrook Family: "This is MY school!"

The Vergerio-Brown Family: "A child can't grow, learn and thrive unless they feel safe."

Our Parents Agree: There's Only One.

As a parent or family member of a Chesapeake Bay Academy student, you are a valued member of our community. 

A Chesapeake Bay Academy education serves not just students, but has a lasting impact on entire families.  As our students are relieved of the stress and frustration that often accompanies underachievement, the whole family becomes more relaxed.  Parents are able to shift their focus from a constant state of anxiety about one child to their other children and family members, and to each other, resulting in a more balanced family life.

More from our parents...

My son is a traumatic brain injury and attended this school for grades 7-12 . He graduated with a high school diploma (not certificate of attendance or a specialized diploma) in 2018. The dean is a great example of ADHD success and I believe part of what made the school so successful were people like him on the staff. There were staff changes yearly sometimes by surprise but overall everyone did a good job, and there were some serious challenges I'm sure. They do a great job of choosing knowledgeable understanding staff members that are innovative in their teaching methods. No matter how many staff changes we had, that was consistent. I wish I had known about this school sooner than I did, the environment for lower grades was awesome. Everything was geared towards strategies for learning differences. The lighting, the seating arrangements the play time. It breaks my heart to think about how I made my son try to fit into the public school setting with the bullying and manipulation when there was a place like this. The best part, he was able to attend, to his work and have a social life with NO MEDS. There were CHADD meetings, birthday party invites and grades that he was proud of. This school was the best decision I made for my son. There were not so great days and situations, but overall awesome.

- Alumni Parent

Prior to CBA Anthony was very quiet and kept to himself. Most times he didn't even want to go to school. He was always afraid of being bullied or being made fun of because Anthony learned differently than the other children. Then I took him to CBA. At first I was nervous for him, but Anthony came out that first day so excited about all the kids he had met, he was even invited to a party! That moment I watched my son open up like never before. CBA gave my son what I had been searching for. Pride in his own self and reassurance, but most of all the environment of love and support. CBA gives their students so much support. I could never thank each person who has taught Anthony, encouraged Anthony, and supported Anthony enough. 

- McPherson-Bababunmi Family, middle school parents

For over 3 years, Jayden has had significant trouble going to sleep each night and staying asleep. With ONLY one week at CBA, Jayden has asked to go to sleep most nights around 8pm and is sleeping soundly. She used to come home from school and ask to go to her room to decompress. Now, she comes home and hangs out in the family room with the family. Life has completely changed for our family in such a short period time and we are so thankful for CBA.

-Cindy Hunter, middle school parent

Friends and people in general have been asking my son how he likes his new school and he replies with, “I love it.  Mr. Lincoln is my science teacher and he is awesome.”  You may hear that a lot ~ but I can tell you I do not!!!!!!  My son is my little complainer so to hear such compliments only reinforces that CBA was the right choice for him.

-Dana Bates, middle school parent

CBA has been great for my son. The low student to teacher ratio ensures that he gets the attention he needs for staying on task and staying organized. They also have a wonderful Mindfulness program in the middle school which teaches students to stop and think. Also vital for my son. The support is outstanding!

- Middle school parent

It's clear for us when Thomas is a little unwilling to wake up some mornings, and we only have to say, "Well, it's ok, don't go to school then...", he will just jump out of bed, and say "but I want to go!" He loves CBA.

-Diego Zuniga, lower school parent

We have been a CBA family for 5 years and I can honestly say it has been a blessing for our son and our family as a whole. He is a Junior now and has made wonderful friendship with his fellow students and strong connections to the staff as well. I am able to stay up to date with all his assignments and he has enjoyed learning in an environment where he feels comfortable asking questions and being himself (this was not possible in the huge classes he was in in the public school). I recommend CBA to any family looking for more than what public schools have to offer.

- Sandi Burleson, Alumni Parent

There is no such thing as a perfect school. Every institution has it's unique challenges. Chesapeake Bay Academy, however, is a perfect fit for my son. Small class sizes, friends that accept him for who he is and understand/share many of his learning differences, a compassionate and approachable staff, and a safe learning environment all are attributes we hoped for in a school. CBA has all of this and more. It is a warm, welcoming community for students and parents, alike. My husband and I are wholeheartedly invested in Chesapeake Bay Academy through volunteerism in the Parents' Association, the Athletics Department and the Annual Auction. Our son loves his school, his teachers, being a member of the JV and Varsity basketball teams, and the bonds he has made with classmates. We are grateful every day for Chesapeake Bay Academy.

- Aimee Cochran, Upper School Parent

I was reflecting on Maria’s past while watching her play on the volleyball court.  It is something that we never dreamed would happen.  CBA is transforming our lives and my daughter’s future and we feel so incredibly blessed for it.

- Lower School Parent

CBA was a wonderful experience for our family and I shudder to think where Matthew would be in his development today if CBA had not been an option. Thank you for all you do for your students!

- Middle School Parent

I just want you to know how much we appreciate your amazing teachers, staff and school. As we walked into the house, my son looked at me and said: you know, that school probably saved my life. I really can't add to that other than to say thank you again and again.

- Middle School Parent

I am very thankful that we found this school for our son.  He is a confident, thoughtful, intelligent, secure and mature young adult.  I don’t think he would be the wonderful person he has become if not for the many influences of the people of CBA.  I wish more schools could make such an impact on their students.

- Lower School Parent

Joshua is looking forward to finding some science images this weekend.  He has already asked if we have enough color ink and good paper to print them out.  He loves loves loves science class.  On the way home some days, he gleefully talks about the discussions in class.  He is especially thrilled when the discussions delve into subjects like anti-matter, space exploration, and theory.  I get the feeling he would happily attend science class all day with occasional breaks for LEGO robotics. Thank you for encouraging his passion for science!

- Deborah Ellis, Alumni Parent

Our son spent five wonderful years at CBA where he was not only nurtured and understood, but received and outstanding foundation and education.  We will be forever grateful.

-Anne Cutchins, Alumni Parent

Amanda graduated from CBA and one of the best memories and experiences was volleyball.  It taught her so much and the coach was so supporting.

-Keri Phillips, Alumni Parent

Thank you ALL for what you have done for my Tyler over the past four years.  God Bless!

-Beverly Ochs, Alumni Parent

Anya has gained as much from sports as she has in the classroom.  Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

-Jim Granger, Alumni Parent

Thanks so much for taking the kids on a field trip to the Virginia Living Museum today!  Joshua had a great time!  From the moment he got into the car he was telling me about the trip.  He was full of information about all sorts of things he saw and learned.  He was especially thrilled with the presentation at the planetarium.  I feel like I now know a great deal about Neptune.   He has been relating tidbits of information all evening.  Thanks again for coordinating such a terrific day!

-Alumni Parent

I know that you were going crazy this yr trying to coach all the various basketball teams…..having watched some practices, I know it was not easy…that being said, I wanted you to know how much sports mean to Alex…she cannot quit talking about scoring a basket….each morning she makes a comment about “I can’t believe I don’t have to take my sports bag”…having her at CBA was an opportunity for her to get to spend her youth in an environment that was not threatening….having her play sports has been a bonus we did not expect….she played when she was very little, but no matter how we tried to protect her, team sports were always a disaster…the pride she takes in participating is palpable…..having her not only touch the ball the other day, but actually score, has done more for her self esteem than anything I can think of…I just wanted you to know how important you are to the kids over there…your willingness to give up a boatload of your time to allow them to compete is creating memories for them that they could never have imagined they would get….it is allowing them to experience things that normal kids take for granted, but these kids would never get without your help…thank you.

-Bob & Debbie Haddad, Alumni Parents