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Upper School

Our rigorous curriculum is focused on academics, as well as technology-based, skills with honors options available. Standard and advanced diplomas are offered based on our student’s interests and ability levels. CBA partners with our neighbor, Virginia Wesleyan University, to offer the Advanced Scholars, dual-enrollment, program to our twice-exceptional (2e) learners. Students learn to better understand and articulate their learning needs in preparation for life after graduation. 


The following accommodations are made wherever possible:

  • Individualization
  • Small class size
  • Use of Canvas, an internet-based academic learning management system
  • E-books for all class texts
  • Curriculum Flipping
  • Direct instruction of self-advocacy skills
  • Preferential seating as necessary
  • Direct instruction on note taking and test taking
  • Multisensory instruction
  • Large fonts and white space used on tests and handouts
  • Lengthy assignments broken into small, manageable steps
  • Direct instruction of study skills
  • Organizational coaching
  • Transitional support / guidance

Honors options are available in the following courses:

  • World Literature
  • American Literature
  • British Literature
  • World History: Eastern Hemisphere
  • United States History
  • American Government
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

MAKE CBA Entrepreneurship Program
Students have the opportunity to create and run their own business in our state-of-the-art makerspace. CBA is pioneering an intellectual environment in which students who are differently-abled can “think outside of the box” and explore learning in ways that are better suited to their learning styles.
Explore the program.

Advanced Scholars Program
CBA partners with our neighbor Virginia Wesleyan University, to make the Advanced Scholars, dual-enrollment program available to our twice-exceptional learners. Participating students receive college credit for completed classes.

After CBA
CBA works closely with our students throughout their years in the upper school to help them identify the next step in their educational journey. Over the past 10 years, 90% of CBA graduates have gone on to pursue higher education at a wide variety of 2-and 4-year colleges and universities.  Others have chosen vocational education programs or careers in the civilian and/or military workforces. Whatever they choose, CBA graduates leave ready for success in higher-education, careers and life.

Upper School Curriculum

Select a below to read more about specific curriculum.

  Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Foreign Language  
Social Studies