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Community is at the heart of CA and we welcome applications from those that can make meaningful contributions to ours. 

Our Chargers

Our students represent a wide range of talents and interests, a diverse range of racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. What do they have in common?  A shared commitment to discovery, innovation, collaboration, and excellence. To embracing curiosity. To exploring the burning questions that keep you up at night. To thinking critically and independently. And to making an impact.

Sound familiar? Want to learn more? Read on and then drop us an inquiry for more information.

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Curiosity Knows No Bounds

Affordability and Flexibility

At CA, we believe that education is an investment in the future. That the opportunity to learn should be available for all qualified students, regardless of their finances. We’re committed to providing affordability and flexibility to our community, bringing the CA experience within reach for every family.

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Portrait of a Graduate

CA students graduate as bold, self-directed, lifelong learners that are exceptional creative and critical thinkers, adept team players, and compassionate and respectful leaders of integrity. What does that look like? Explore our interactive graphic to learn more.


Critical Thinker

  • Uses various types of reasoning as appropriate to the situation
  • Gathers, analyzes, and evaluates evidence, arguments, claims, and beliefs
  • Considers major alternative points of view
  • Recognizes how parts of a whole interact to produce overall outcomes in complex situations
  • Synthesizes information and makes connections within and across disciplines
  • Interprets information and draws conclusions based on the best analysis
  • Reflects critically on his or her own learning experiences and processes

Self-Directed Learner

  • Demonstrates intellectual curiosity and a commitment to learning as a lifelong process
  • Develops self-awareness as a learner and adapts his or her learning strategies
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  • Plans, prioritizes, and manages efficiently to achieve the goals of specific projects or problems
  • Seeks out opportunities to apply newly acquired knowledge and skills to further his or her understanding
  • Takes deliberate and intelligent risks and learns from the outcome


Creative Thinker

  • Employs a range of strategies and techniques to generate and develop new ideas
  • Transfers Knowledge and skills with ease to unfamiliar situations
  • Considers new and diverse perspectives and incorporates group input and feedback
  • Identifies and asks significant questions that lead to better understanding
  • Acts on creative ideas to make tangible and useful contributions to projects or problems
  • Demonstrates perseverance and passion and views setbacks as opportunities to learn

Skilled and Responsible User of Technology

  • Employs digital technology, communication networks, and electronic resources to access, manage, evaluate, and integrate information from a variety of sources, including multilingual sources
  • Understands and practices the ethical use of technology
  • Selects and utilizes the most appropriate media and formats to convey information and ideas effectively to diverse audiences
  • Harnesses technology to increase productivity and support problem-solving and decision-making
  • Recognizes the need to balance the use of technology with time “unplugged”


Adept team Player

  • Cooperates effectively with others to generate knowledge and understanding, solve problems, and produce creative works
  • Contributes actively and assumes shared responsibility for collaborative work
  • Values the individual contributions made by each team member
  • Responds with an open mind to different ideas and values
  • Demonstrates a willingness to make necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal
  • Recognizes the benefits of both giving help to and receiving help from peers as a means of furthering understanding

Clear and Effective Communicator

  • Articulates thoughts and ideas appropriately using oral, written, graphic, and nonverbal communication skills
  • Listens carefully to identify underlying emotions, attitudes, and intentions and decipher meaning
  • Asks questions to clarify assumptions and gain deeper understanding
  • Interacts appropriately and respectfully in diverse environments, including multilingual settings


Model of Respect, Integrity, and Compassion

  • Understands and appreciates similarities and differences between the customs, values, and beliefs of their own cultures and the cultures of others
  • Takes responsibility as a global citizen and acts with the interests of the local and world community in mind
  • Demonstrates empathy and generosity and promotes equity and social justice
  • Functions as responsible steward of both his or her immediate surroundings and the larger environment
  • Serves as positive role model by striving to do his or her best at all times

Capable Leader

  • Is motivated to serve without need of recognition
  • Sees the gap between the present and the possible and acts as a catalyst for positive change
  • Uses interpersonal and problem-solving skills to influence and guide others
  • Seeks out and takes advantage of the strengths of others to accomplish common goals
  • Exercises power and influence in an ethical and responsible manner
  • Stands by his or her convictions in the face of obstacles
  • Recognizes and creates opportunities for inspiration
How to Apply

How to Apply

Step 1

Complete Pre-application

Register your family in our admissions system by sharing some basic information.
Step 2

Complete Application Forms

Help us get to know you with more detailed information, including your parent and student statements. Optionally, you may also choose to submit your separate financial aid application through TADS.
Step 3

Schedule Visit and Interview

Get the scoop on what its really like to be a Charger by spending the day shadowing a current student. Afterwards, you’ll meet with our team so we can get to know you better.
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Step 4

Schedule Testing

All applicants are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE).
Step 5

Submit Supporting Documents

Send us your recommendations and transcripts to complete the process. Whew! You’re done.
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Student and Parent Ambassador Program

Want an insider’s scoop on what the CA is really like? Our parents and students are our very best ambassadors. And they love to share their unique perspectives and experiences with prospective families.

Give us a shout to set up a personalized tour.