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CBA 3.0: The Next Generation Capital Campaign

PHASE 1: Responding to a Changed Educational Landscape

Capital Campaign will provide funding to:

  • Develop the“video classroom program”
  • Significantly increase retention and development of CBA’s talented and much-in-demand faculty
  • provide the latest in educational technology
  • Dramatically increase funding for student scholarships

CBA 3.0 will also work to provide for the future through the cultivation of an endowment through planned giving. By strengthening its financial position in all of these areas, Chesapeake Bay Academy will be able to respond to the immediate needs created by the pandemic, while continuing its exceptional service to the Hampton Roads region for the next 30 years and beyond.

Pivot. Adjust. Innovate.

From the first day of the Stay-at-Home order necessitated by Covid-19, the faculty, staff and administration of Chesapeake Bay Academy immediately transformed their classrooms. This took our students who are usually involved in hands-on instruction, to virtual places of learning. Overnight they moved from using technology in the classroom to learning through technology at home.

Students have been adapting and advancing, and on June 11, 2020 nine CBA students graduated from the upper school ready to undertake their next challenge. This graduation, like the classes in the Spring semester, was conducted virtually. But what does the immediate future, and next Fall in particular, look like for our students? And how can these last few months of pivoting, adjusting and innovating guide the future of education? Months before the virus changed everyone’s lives, the Board and staff of Chesapeake Bay Academy developed a comprehensive strategy to advance the school in its mission: To educate students through academic programs individualized to address their learning differences, empowering them with the skills and confidence necessary for success in higher education, careers and life. The plan involved early childhood education, technology, faculty development and tuition assistance. Now, our priorities have pivoted, as well, to accommodate our current needs:

  • Upgrading technology to serve as a leader in the provision of online special education instruction.
  • Addressing faculty needs for additional training and technical support.
  • Upgrading our building to provide for blended learning environments, social distancing and safety for all.
  • Ensuring as many children as possible who need a CBA education can receive one.
  • Filling the gap for students when other schools are not equipped to provide for children with special needs in this new environment.

CBA's critical immediate needs include:

Enhancing Our Technology and Physical Structure

As we prepare for educating our students this Fall and beyond, we have established three task forces to ensure continuity of learning:

  • Technology needs
  • Re-opening protocols
  • Building and Grounds enhancements

Online learning is critical to the success of our students, whether they work from home, in the classroom or both. CBA is planning for all possibilities. The CBA 3.0 campaign includes applying significant resources to upgrading existing hardware and software including laptops for faculty at-home use, new SmartBoards and video cameras for classrooms. As we expand our digital footprint in the delivery of educational services, the next phase is the continued incorporation of Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) to better accommodate the multi-sensory learning needs of our students. Our approach to instructional technology has always been comprehensive, and updating our hardware is vital to the successful delivery of our digital curriculum. In our “new normal,” social distancing will continue to be a necessity and we will need to modify our building according to guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Providing a safe environment for our students has always been a core value at CBA and it has never been more important. CBA must provide a secure environment to support all members of the community.

Equipping Our Faculty

Chesapeake Bay Academy embodies the concept of a community of learners. Our teachers are passionate about education and dedicated to their students. While the faculty come to CBA already highly skilled in teaching students who learn differently – 80% hold advanced degrees – there is a learning curve to teaching online. Professional development for faculty will allow teachers to become more comfortable delivering a first class educational experience for students in this new online environment. CBA is committed to providing professional development opportunities that facilitate collaborative growth school-wide to ensure that all of our students receive a world-class, 21st century education.

Expanding Tuition Assistance

Children with learning differences are incredibly diverse. In addition to their diverse learning styles, the exceptional learners at Chesapeake Bay Academy come from a wide range of socioeconomic, ethnic and racial backgrounds. CBA works in every way possible to serve all students who benefit from the outstanding education we provide. Currently, 65% of students receive some level of tuition assistance. We expect that number to increase in the coming year, as the financial stress on many families increases. CBA’s doors are open to all and the ability to provide scholarship assistance to a wider group of students means more deserving children will have the opportunity to grow into confident adults and productive citizens. An increase in scholarship dollars means we can serve more students who may be unable to receive an education through larger and more traditional school environments during the pandemic.

Revisioning the Classroom

There are unique and nuanced ways to teach children who learn differently online, and CBA is up to the challenge! We will pilot a “video classroom program” that will provide grade appropriate instruction to students in middle and high school, with a goal of expanding the offerings to exceptional students nationwide.

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