The academics were great. I learned a lot, the workload was balanced and enabled me to challenge myself. There were always those students who would get high 90s and still complain, making the average student not really like them. But all in all the classes were good for us all.
I believe that CHS has a very high standard in their academics and that it is expected of students to work for excellence in this area. The academic program is strong in its range and accessibility to students. As well as offering the required courses for graduation, there are electives that can be taken to further study in particular areas like creative writing and online or correspondence classes that give students the opportunities to study things like computer science, agriculture and law. The inclusion of a Christian Ethics class which allows students to earn credit while learning about their faith is also crucial to a private Christian school. Another wonderful opportunity and unique privilege that the CHS academics boast is their Briercrest college credit program which allows grade 12 students to take first year college classes, if needed for credit, which often transfer into a later program. I took a first year English class and was happily surprised by how well the academics of CHS and Briercrest College lined up. I did very well in the class due to the way the CHS academics focus on preparing students for higher education. As said before, I think that the Christian Ethics classes could push students more and help them learn to think critically about the Bible and to analyse and grow their faith the way regular courses help to grow academic skills and knowledge. I just found the Christian Ethics classes to not be held to the same level of academic achievement as regular classes which is a pity considering it is a private Christian School and the chapel program and spiritual events program were very well done. From my perspective, the student body benefited from the vigorous academics and responded appropriately by regular study and tutoring. CHS has an impressive tutoring system which employs many people from high school students eager to help younger students, to college students to trusted adults. Tutoring was very common and very helpful when you needed an extra one-on-one boost in a subject. I think the academics of CHS are the least talked about among the students of the things CHS offers. For better or for worse there are many things to be excited about and so academics were rarely a source of conversation I found among the general student body. With my own friend group of course we talked about academics and strove to encourage oneanother and help eachother to meet deadlines and understand assignments. I never witnessed any particular competition in academic achievement as students were more often encouraged to do their best rather than to be the best. I specifically appreciated the way CHS prepared me to write essays, format papers, do proper research, cite sources correctly and generally teach me the rules of grammar and writing organisation. This showed up in a variety of classes and while most used the common MLA format, we were able to also experience the differences between formats in classes like Psychology which uses APA.
Like all highschools I think the academics could have been better. They don't really teach skills that are applicable in real life. I don't understand when students are going to need the math, science, or history they "learn". I can't remember what I learnt in classes. I remember the fun teachers and students and activities we did. As for actual learning I can honestly say I don't remember what I learned.
The strengths of this school lies in the teachers care and love for their students. they genuinely care for you and do what they can for each student to excel. In the areas of paper writing and sciences i felt prepared for university. I felt the transition in the sciences was fluid, university definitely was harder but the foundations from high school enabled me to do transition smoothly. Our instructors did very well at teaching proper format in writing papers which is huge at university. However the drawback was the work load transition was very difficult to adjust to. High school you are told they were preparing you for university but the amount of work was quite different. Maybe high school should have been more difficult if one is to be adequately prepared for university.
Academically it was a good school. Lot's of good teachers that took time to invest in their curriculum. Lack of variety of classes made it difficult to feel inspired at times. No computer classes was a negative but all core classes taught well. Lots of competing between students for grades was good.