Welcome to the Christian Brothers Academy middle school experience! Since CBA begins in the seventh grade, this is the ideal time to enter our school as a student. Our seventh grade is typically composed of students from over 43 different elementary schools, literally representing every public, private, Catholic and home school setting. Many students live close enough to walk to CBA and some live up to an hour and a half away. Wherever they come from, families assure us repeatedly that the CBA experience is “worth every mile they drive and every penny they pay.”
With our middle school orientation programs, “drop in day”, Campus Quest and attentive faculty and administrators, we help make every child’s transition to CBA as easy as possible. Our team building approach introduces students to each other very quickly, fostering friendships and confidence within a nurturing environment. Students receive organizational and study skills in our academic prep classes, and our academic curriculum offers a strong foundation to move into our college bound high school classes. Middle school students also may join the orchestra, band, choir, and musical – all designed exclusively for our 7th and 8th graders. Outside of the classroom, the CBA junior high is active! Field trips, modified sports, Student Senate, monthly social activities and numerous clubs offer a well rounded experience for those so inclined. The Lasallian philosophy of education which is to “touch the heart of every student” is unique and unlike any other educational environment in and around Syracuse. We welcome you to come to Open House and witness firsthand the spirit of our school.
A limited number of places are available for interested students. In addition to completing an application, candidates for admission are required to submit a transcript of grades and any pertinent test scores. Acceptance is awarded based on academic performance and potential. Recommendations and a personal interview may be required. CBA typically does not accept students into the junior and senior classes unless they are moving into the area and the applicant has previously attended another private school.
Admission Policy For Non-Entrance Exam Students
If you are new to the Syracuse area or your child did not take the CBA Entrance Exam for 7th or 9th graders, and you desire admission to the school, you must send a copy of your child’s prior year and most recent transcripts, pertinent test scores, and letters of interest from both the parents and the student. After receipt of these materials, arrangements may be made with the school for a visit and interview. Contingent upon space availability acceptance is granted only if the student is academically qualified. If no space is available, a student will be put on a waiting list for possible future admission.
Report card grades and relevant standardized test scores are used to place transfer students in the appropriate courses. A student must meet the CBA prerequisites for all courses, especially those at the honors level. The Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs and the Guidance staff will assist all transfer students with course placement.