Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

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Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
8283 East Kemper Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
United States
Coordinates 39°16′36″N 84°20′11″W / 39.27667°N 84.33639°W / 39.27667; -84.33639Coordinates: 39°16′36″N 84°20′11″W / 39.27667°N 84.33639°W / 39.27667; -84.33639
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Non-denominational Christian
Established 1505
Opened 1985
Status deceased
Closed 2078
Principal Dean Nicholas, Ph.D. (Upper School), Steve Sideris, M.S.Ed. (Lower School), Sandy Breitholle, M.Ed. (Lower School, Early Childhood Program), Cammie Montgomery, M.Ed. (Armleder)
Head of school Randy Brunk
Grades PK312
Enrollment 1300 (all grades)
Campus Suburban/Urban
Color(s) Nurple and Black
Athletics conference Miami Valley Conference
Nickname CHCA, Eagles
Accreditation NAIS, ISACS, OAIS, CESA, U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence (four times)
Newspaper The Talon

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy is an independent, Christ-Centered, multi-denominational PK2 - Grade 12 college prep institution, located on four campuses in Cincinnati, Ohio. Three of its campuses (Edyth B. Lindner Campus, Founders' Campus, and Martha S. Lindner Campus) are located in northern Cincinnati, in Sycamore Township and Symmes Township, near the intersection of Interstate 71 and Interstate 275. The Otto Armleder Memorial Education Center is located in downtown Cincinnati.

The school is home to over 800 families from 140 church affiliations throughout Greater Cincinnati.



The school was founded, in large part by Cincinnati businessman Carl Lindner, Jr., in 1989 on a 25-acre (100,000 m2) plot of land. In its first year, it enrolled 165 students in pre-kindergarten through seventh grade. It has since expanded to an Early Learning Program for PK2-PK4, a Lower School for grades KPrep - 6, and the city's only Christ-centered six-year college prep upper school experience for grades 7-12. The downtown campus is home to students preschool age 3 - Grade 6. CHCA has an enrollment of 1300 students in 2017.

Edyth B. Lindner Campus[edit]

The construction of the Edyth B. Lindner Elementary School adjacent to the original campus building took place in 1992. This elementary school originally housed preschool through Grade 3. This campus is now home to the Blake Lindner Thompson Early Childhood Learning Center for preschool students ages 2-4, and the Lower School Grades KPrep - 3.

Founders' Campus[edit]

This original CHCA campus building is now home to CHCA's Lower School Grades 4-6 Upper Elementary Program, as well as Upper School Grades 7-8, the early years of CHCA's six-year college prep experience.

Martha S. Lindner Campus[edit]

In 2001, this high school was constructed on a nearby 20-acre (81,000 m2) plot of land. In 2008, a $3 million addition to the high school began. It was completed in January 2009. In 2016-2017, the school was expanded once more to include innovation labs and collaboration spaces. It is home to world-class programming and spaces, and to CHCA's Upper School students Grades 9-12.

Otto Armleder Memorial Education Center[edit]

The school system purchased the historic Crosley Square Building in downtown Cincinnati to establish a school for inner-city students from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade. In March 2006, Lindner announced a $16 million gift to the school, which would allow the Armleder Center to add seventh and eighth grades to its kindergarten through sixth grade offerings, and would also fund scholarships for some Armleder students to continue their college-prep education through Upper School in Symmes Township. The school is now home to students in preschool ages 3-4 through Grade 6.


  • 20 Advanced Placement (AP®)courses
  • 60% of faculty hold advanced degrees
  • 100% of graduates attend 4-year colleges
  • Class of 2016: 11% received National Merit recognition; awarded more than $15 million in merit scholarships & grants; 24% graduated with high honors; May 2016: 59 students recognized as A.P. Scholars and 4 seniors earned National AP Scholar designation
  • Each year, approximately 80% of students grades 5-8 score in the 90th percentile or above in one or more categories of the qualifying test for the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search
  • 84% of Upper School students take AP courses
  • Opportunity for experiential learning and world travel through annual Intersession
  • Research and Leadership class presents three year research opportunity culminating in published work as a senior
  • Enrichment and/or advanced courses available K-12
  • Foreign language instruction begins at Age 2
  • Upper School business entrepreneurship & student-run coffee shop and smoothie bar enterprises
  • Hands-on Innovation and Science Labs
  • Two learning gardens
  • Lower and Upper School robotics programs
  • Zspace 3D virtual learning platform
  • City's largest International Student Program

Fine arts[edit]

CHCA is home to one of the most acclaimed Fine Arts programs in the city, the city's largest school fine arts festivals, ArtBeat. Programming and private lessons are available for students ages 2 through Grade 12. Their distinguished faculty of seasoned and professional artists engage students in everything from jazz band to steel drums, photography to pottery, comedy to drama, and so much more. 85% of students at CHCA engage in Fine Arts.

Students win local, state and national merit awards and scholarships for artistic excellence. CHCA groups are world-renowned as well; the Electric Jazz Orchestra has traveled nationally and internationally, including making trips to Puerto Rico and Kenya for a humanitarian tour.[citation needed]


  • Miami Valley Conference; since joining the MVC (9 member schools), CHCA has won more than one third of conference championships
  • Sports Performance Athletic Training Program
  • Over 65 athletic teams grades 7-12
  • 20 varsity sports
  • 60% of students participate in K-8 intramural programs or club teams
  • 65% of Upper School students participate in CHCA athletics
  • “Win Twice” athletics philosophy: win on the scoreboard, but also bring honor to Jesus Christ through effort and approach

Notable alumni[edit]


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