The only International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in the San Fernando Valley, CHA is a college preparatory school whose mission is to create a community of lifelong learners who collaborate effectively in the pursuit of knowledge. Our nurturing faculty facilitates experiential learning through inquiry and encourages students to pursue their passions, ask questions, and be open-minded. CHA students develop the skills of analyzing information, thinking critically, and reflecting on their learning. Guided by the shared principles of caring, tolerance, and compassion, students learn to respect themselves, one another, their environment, and discover their place within a diverse and evolving global society.
TRIBES PROGRAM – All research has shown that students learn best when they are happy at their schools. CHA firmly endorses this concept and promotes through the Tribes Program this sense of well-being. The Tribes program, with its engaging inclusion activities, draws the school community closer together and gives each member a sense of belonging. The Tribes Program also teaches students how to function effectively as members of a cooperative group through the four agreements. These are mutual respect, attentive listening, the right to participate/pass, and appreciations with no put-downs of others or self.
CREATING INTERNATIONAL MINDEDNESS – The aim of our program is to develop young people who have an international perspective that has prepared them to take their place in a world of diversity. Students come to realize the importance of evaluating the global impact of their actions. They gain this understanding through relating their learning and actions to the school’s learner profile in which they are taught to be inquirers who are reflective, open-minded, knowledgeable, deep thinkers, risk-takers, and effective communicators. They are encouraged at the same time to be caring, balanced, and principled members of the world community. Our whole school communicates these attributes in our daily interactions.
SKILLS – In a world in which all sorts of data is at our fingertips, the ability to memorize facts has lost its value. The need to think dynamically and critically has replaced rote learning of information. To be successful in this new data-rich environment, students need to be able to access, organize, evaluate, and effectively communicate information and ideas. CHA’s IB approach develops the students’ thinking, social, communication, self-management, and research skills, which are all transferrable to all aspects of life both within and outside of school.
CONCEPTS – CHA focuses on the following concepts to help children view and make sense of the world: form, function, causation, change, connection, perspective, responsibility, and reflection. By studying information through these lenses, students are able to structure and make sense of the world they live in. Teachers design units that are based on upon globally significant issues and concepts that guide students to a deeper understanding of the way the world works.
INQUIRY – Students learn best when they look for answers to their own questions. CHA’s units of study all begin with students developing questions that will guide them in their research. Throughout their stay here, CHA students are taught to develop more and more sophisticated questions to drive their lines of inquiry.
ACTION – At CHA it is not enough to simply know something. CHA students must make use of what they have learned in a meaningful way. If they learn about sustainability, they are asked to take measures in their own lives or homes that support creating a more sustainable world.
CHA students enjoy being at school and our teachers take great pleasure in working with them one-on-one. Our graduates emerge from our supportive, collaborative environment with the confidence, skills, and desire to become lifelong learners, young people who are ready to make the world a better place.