Our School

Church Hill Academy is a private urban high school and a part of the nonprofit organization CHAT (Church Hill Activities & Tutoring) whose mission is to serve the youth of the East End of Richmond and equip them with the heart, head, and hands to make transformative life decisions.

Church Hill Academy equips students to achieve academic success, develop character, and serve the community. Since 2007, we have provided individualized and holistic education, in a safe and engaging environment for learning.

We offer all the courses required by the state to complete high school and do not require students to take the Standards of Learning test. We are members of the StreetSchool Network and Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS), where we are working toward accreditation. The Academy does not receive federal or state funding for school operations.

Watch this video to hear students and staff talk about what to expect at Church Hill Academy:

Our Approach

Church Hill Academy is a place for students who will thrive from individualized attention, an emphasis on relationships and community, a dedication to Christian beliefs, and an interest in healthy and positive character development. Church Hill Academy is a faith based organization, but students and families of all or no faith are welcome.

As our students progress through the grade levels, they are given opportunities for leadership, challenges to help them grow and mature, and support from a nurturing environment. We strive to equip and prepare students to serve their communities and live fulfilling lives. A part of this holistic education is our value on emotional and mental health. We partner with Elk Hill to provide eligible students with therapeutic day treatment therapy and outpatient counseling. We also have a full time school counselor on staff.

Our small but mighty size is our greatest asset. We boast a 5 to 1 student/teacher ratio where every student is surrounded by caring adults who love and honor them. We make sure no student falls through the cracks.