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Admissions Process

Charis is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year

Charis Classical Academy is seeking committed families who desire a Christian, classical education to partner together in the pursuit of wisdom and virtue to the glory of God in Jesus Christ. Charis is an academically vigorous school with a strong emphasis on character development, and as a school using Collaborative Learning, requires a high degree of parental involvement.

Considering if Charis is right for your family?

  1. Watch our Info modules to receive an overview of the school.
  2. Schedule a tour or a meeting with our Headmaster. (For summer inquiries, please email us at
  3. Ask yourself these key questions.

Admissions Process:

  1. Watch all of the Info Modules to receive an overview of the school. After watching our information modules, our tours are the best way to get to know us. The content in the information modules provides the backbone of our tour discussion, so please watch all the videos before attending a tour. At the tour/informational meeting, You will have the opportunity to see the school classrooms, discuss any questions you may have, and receive an admissions packet. You can also complete an application on the website (see below).
  2. Read required books on Classical and Christian education and University-Model® schools, all of which may be obtained from CCA. * Character Driven College Preparation by Dr. John Turner, Jr. (A small, 62- page book on UMS) *. Classical and Christian Education by Gregg Strawbridge (A 10-page booklet by Veritas Press)
  3. Prayerfully consider your family’s needs for education and whether those needs would best be met by Charis Classical Academy. Ask yourself these key questions.
  4. Complete an application on Because of the uniqueness of our model, many of our students require remedial work. When remedial work is assigned, students are admitted provided that they complete this work. For this reason we highly encourage families with older students to apply by November 1st so that their children will have sufficient time to complete their remedial work. To apply you will need two personal references and a spiritual reference as well as previous school information. Please send the application fee and notify references that they may receive an email from CCA’s admissions team. Applications must be received by July 1st. Outside of exceptional circumstances applications received after July 1st will not be considered for the 2023-2024 school year. Note: If you have applied before, please email; you will not be able to directly access your previous application.
  5. During the application you will have to sign up for an interview and student testing (student testing is required for all students entering 1st grade and above). The goal of the interview is to determine the compatibility of the family’s goals with the school’s methods and philosophy, as well as the student’s character and desire to enroll at Charis. Prospective students must be present at this interview. We encourage parents to read the required reading prior to the scheduling of a family interview.
  6. After being accepted to Charis, you will receive an acceptance email with enrollment instructions. Enrollment secures your student’s place in class (provided there is room). New family enrollment opens on February 3rd. To enroll on February 3rd you should apply before January 17th. Because many of our classes are near or above capacity, families that apply before January 17th are more likely to be admitted to Charis. Enrollment for all students, new and returning, must be completed by July 15th; enrollment requests received after July 15th will not be considered for the 2023-2024 school year (special exceptions due to unforeseen circumstances may be granted).
  7. Please note that because of our intentional small class sizes (16:1 student: teacher ratio), it is not uncommon to have waitlists, especially for the younger grades. We encourage waitlisted families not to withdraw, because the list helps to make staffing decisions for the upcoming school year (such as hiring additional aides to expand the class size to 22:1, or adding additional sections for a class). If class size does not permit a waitlisted student to enroll, enrollment fees will be refunded at the start of the school semester. If a student was interviewed and tested during a previous school year, and was enrolled and placed on a waiting list, then he/she will need to be retested before acceptance the following year.
  8. A note on spring enrollment. November 1st is the application deadline for spring admissions. Students that need remedial work will not be admitted in the spring semester; their admission will be delayed until the following fall.

Application and Enrollment Deadlines

Core Student applications for fall semester will be accepted until July 1st, and enrollment must be completed by July 15th (special exceptions due to unforeseen circumstances may be granted). Co-teachers must plan to be able to attend Family Education Week.

Charis Core students are given first priority for course availability. Next priority for open course only students will be given to siblings of Charis Core families, then in the order in which applications are received. If a section closes due to over enrollment, your tuition will be refunded and your child placed on a waiting list.

High School Application policy (9-12):

Due to the rigorous academic scoping of our curriculum, and collaborative structure, students may find it difficult to transfer into Charis during their high school years. All students are welcome to apply to Charis; however, high school applicants will need to receive special approval from the headmaster before acceptance.