Who are you licensed/accredited by?
What is the average class size?

Class size ranges from 6-10 students depending on the division and the course. Our small class sizes facilitate individualized instruction, ensuring that all of our students have the attention they need to achieve their potential. Our educational environment provides a supportive and challenging curriculum that nurtures all aspects of a student’s growth.

Average Class Size per Division:

Lower School: 6-8
Middle School: 8-10
Upper School: 10

What is an Individualized Instruction Plan (IIP)?

All CBA students receive an Individualized Instruction Plan (IIP) that outlines learning outcomes in specific areas. This personalized roadmap for each student’s success includes specific strategies and accommodations for achieving those goals. The IIP is developed and monitored by the division director, with input from teachers and parents. Each student’s IIP is formally reviewed twice a year, however, informal meetings to make changes that reflect student development throughout the course of the year are common. Individualization and flexibility are hallmarks of a CBA education.

What type of diploma do your graduating students receive?

CBA, as a VAIS-accredited, independent school, offers two diploma tracks; a standard and advanced independent school diploma.

To be considered for a standard diploma, a student must earn a minimum of 21 credit hours.
To be considered for an advanced diploma, a student must also take 4 additional credit hours.

Details available in our Upper School Profile

What is the annual tuition rate?

Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic school year:

  • Lower School (1  – 5) – $26,450
  • Middle School (6  – 8) – $27,080
  • Upper School (9  – 12) – $28,875

All payment plans require enrollment with FACTS. All payment plans except the one payment option require enrollment in the Tuition Reimbursement Plan.

The following fees are also applicable once a student is enrolled:

  • Enrollment fee: $500
  • Materials fee: $100
  • Technology fee: $100
  • Science Lab fee: $100 (grades 9-12)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Plan: $100 (excluding single payment)

Auxiliary Services:

  • Full Extended Day: $4,500 (lower/middle)
  • Extended Day $3,600 (lower/middle)
  • Homework Center: $1,800
  • Early Drop-Off: $1,200

Do you offer Tuition Assistance?

Tuition assistance is awarded by the school to enrolled students whose families clearly demonstrate financial need. CBA uses FACTS Grant & Aid to audit the process. A copy of the financially responsible adult(s)’ tax return (1040), W2’s, and pay stubs must be uploaded as part of the application. Information on a low-interest academic loan is also available from the Admission Office.

Is the tuition a tax-deductible item?

Chesapeake Bay Academy is a specialized school and the tuition may be a tax-deductible medical expense. Please consult your tax accountant for further details.

What are the school’s hours?

  • Lower & Middle School: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Upper School: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Lower and middle school students arriving before 7:50 a.m. and upper school students arriving before 7:50 a.m. are asked to enroll in the Early Drop-Off Program. Lower and middle school students who are not picked up by 3:15 p.m. will wait in the Homework Center; fees may apply.

Do you have an Extended Care Program?

Chesapeake Bay Academy’s Extended Care Program includes three options:

  • Early Drop-Off – 7:00 to 7:50 a.m. (1-12)
  • Homework Center – 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.(1-12)
  • Extended Care – 4:15 – 6:00 p.m. (1-8)


Full Extended Care – $4,500 (1-8)
Extended Care – $3,600 (1-8)
Homework Center – $1,800 (1-12)
Early Drop-off – $1,200 (1-12)

Homework Center and Extended Care are available on all days in which the office is open, unless otherwise noted on the school schedule.

What types of technology are available to CBA students?

Chesapeake Bay Academy is strongly committed to integrating technology into our curriculum. With a 1:1 student-to-computer ratio, students gain experience with leading technologies and competencies that will assist them in their further academic career. Laptops, tablets and iPads are available to students throughout the divisions. SMARTBoards, SMART projectors and Apple TV are used by the faculty in the delivery of our curriculum, as well as a wide-range of software and apps.

In the upper school, CBA offers a 2-year-long, digital design curriculum that includes work with digital film in our state-of-the-art editing suite.

Does Chesapeake Bay Academy offer an athletic program?

Chesapeake Bay Academy recognizes that athletics are integral to a well-rounded learning experience. The athletic program is designed to encourage participation by all students. The program focuses on team-building, skill development, collaboration and leadership. Our athletic program includes boys’ soccer and girls’ volleyball in the fall; boys’ and girls’ basketball in the winter; and coed tennis, golf and league bowling in the spring. Intramural sports are available to our Lower and Middle School students as well.

Do you have a Parent Association?

Parents play a vital role at Chesapeake Bay Academy. The dedicated members of the Parent Association (PA) are very active in their efforts to encourage and provide social activities for our students and their families. We appreciate the countless hours contributed by our volunteers and encourage all parents to participate in the ways that work best for them.

Does CBA require uniforms?

No, however Chesapeake Bay Academy does have a dress code for all students. In addition, students are expected to dress appropriately and in good taste for athletic and social functions. A more detailed explanation is available in the student handbook.

Does Chesapeake Bay Academy provide transportation?

Parents are responsible for transportation of their child to and from school. Many parents set up carpools, and we are happy to help facilitate communication. Please contact the school office for additional information.

Do students purchase textbooks and supplies?

Lower and middle school students are charged a fee for consumables. Upper school students are required to have an Apple iPad or laptop in which to download their electronic texts. Students in all grades are responsible for their own school supplies. The school will provide a supply list to all Chesapeake Bay Academy families in advance of the first day of school.