The upper school academic program has a wide range of courses. Students may choose individual Advanced Placement (AP) or other non-AP courses. The academic program is managed in an atmosphere that fosters independence and self-reliance.

Our use of block scheduling allows students to make choices about how they use their time. Daily unscheduled periods provide a time when virtually all teachers are available to meet one-on-one with students. Our core curriculum is complemented by an activities and athletics program that includes over sixty clubs and more than twenty athletic teams. Many CIA clubs have close ties with the local community and participate in a number of service activities. We are proud that community service has become a trademark of the CIA upper school student.

Leadership opportunities are integral to CIA education. An active Student Government visibly leads and prepares special school events; student representatives meet weekly to problem-solve student issues with the administration; class officers lead weekly meetings; and club officers manage budget, organizing service activities, and yearly goals. Confident, mature, and self-reliant CIA graduates are well-prepared for the world that lies before them.