Christian Brothers Academy is a competitive, academically rigorous, faith-filled environment where young men challenge themselves, practice leadership and community building, and mature into active and responsible citizens.
Supported by highly qualified faculty, CBA offers core courses in English, history, math, science, Spanish and theology, and electives in engineering, business, music and art. In addition, many courses are available at the Honors level and in the Advanced Placement, University in the High School, College in the High School, and Project Lead the Way/STEM programs.
Founded in 1859, CBA is one of the region’s premier private preparatory schools, with an alumni network that is second to none. Our JROTC program is an Honor Unit with Distinction. And 100% of our students graduate to success in higher education or the military.
The course-selection process is an important part of a student’s progress toward academic success, educational fulfillment and readiness for college, the military and/or employment. In accordance with our academic requirements, all students are required to complete at least 29 credits to be eligible for graduation.
Our Honors Program courses are available to qualified students in middle and senior high school. Honors students in 8th grade are permitted to study 9th grade math and science. The high school program offers students the opportunity to take honors-level courses in all of the core disciplines (math, science, social studies, English and foreign language) through a combination of Advanced Placement offerings and regularly scheduled courses.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES
The College Board offers the Advanced Placement program to give high school students the opportunity to pursue college credit in specific disciplines. CBA offers Advanced Placement courses in United States history, World History, English, biology, chemistry, and calculus. Students who wish to enroll in AP courses must meet all prerequisites for the Honors Program. Additionally, students enrolled in AP courses are required to sit for the AP exams scheduled in May and pay all course fees.
COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES
Christian Brothers Academy offers College in the High School (CHS) courses through Hudson Valley Community College and University in the High School courses (UHS) through the University at Albany as opportunities for students to earn college credit while attending CBA. CBA offers CHS/UHS courses in math, business, music, computer science and social sciences. All courses in the CHS/UHS program are college-level courses, and students are required to pay a reduced HVCC or University at Albany tuition for each class.
Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a program that provides challenging and innovative curriculum for use by schools in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. According to PLTW, it exists “…to prepare students for the global economy through its world-class curriculum, high-quality professional development and an engaged network of educators, students, universities and professionals. The hands-on project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue…”