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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Canyonville Christian Academy desires to raise up servant leaders; people of integrity who lead by example and service. Through CCA’s Ambassador Program, select juniors and seniors are chosen and trained to be leaders on campus, in their dorm, and in life.leadership, hard work, boarding school, christian academy, student leaders

Near the end of every school year, rising juniors and seniors are given the opportunity to apply to be a part of the Ambassador Program for the next school year. All of the Deans along with Head of School, Cathy Lovato and Head of Discipline, Brian Fye, discuss and decide together which students demonstrated great leadership qualities throughout the school year such as responsibility, teachability, honesty, empathy, kindness, and respect. They look for students with passion, commitment, and determinationSuch qualities will help the students as they are in leadership to accept guidance, seek self-improvement, and overcome any trials.leadership, student leaders, canyonville christian academy,  boarding school

This week the Ambassadors for the 2014/15 school year flew to Canyonville Christian Academy from all around the world (Colombia, India, Russia, Rwanda, and South Korea). They arrived a week before the rest of the student body for training and relationship building. First, they went to Redding, California with their Deans for two days. They attended Bethel Church, where they were encouraged to, “Be present, be thankful, be focused, and preserver.” They also went to a water park and had a great time getting to know their Deans and fellow Ambassadors better.

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After they returned to CCA, they spent the next few days helping prepare the campus for the new school year. They worked in the dorms with their deans and around campus with Mr. Payne, Head of Facilities. They worked very hard and showed great teamwork. We could not be prouder of them and look forward to seeing them lead and grow throughout this 2014/15 school year at Canyonville Christian Academy!

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Future Dormitory - Eric Payne, contractor, Doug Wead CCA President, Cathy Lovato Head of School, Ed Lovato Admissions

Historical Groundbreaking at Canyonville Christian Academy

From its small beginnings in 1924 until today, Canyonville Christian Academy has been continually progressing and advancing.  This year, as the graduating class of 2014 left the gymnasium to start a new phase of their lives, this small international boarding school nestled in the heart of the beautiful Oregon foothills broke ground for what will be a beautiful new dormitory set to be ready for September of 2015.   Pictured from left to right are Eric Payne, contractor of the new dormitory project, Doug Wead, President of CCA, Cathy Lovato, Head of School and Ed Lovato Admissions Director. The new dorm will house 28 students and will be the first step in our expansion phase, which will include new classrooms and more dormitory space. What an exciting step into the future for CCA! Pat Boone, a famous actor and singer and also a former CCA board member sent this congratulatory note;

Congratulations to Canyonville Christian Academy on its 90th anniversary.  And greetings to all the young men who lived this past year in “Boone Hall.”  Unfortunately, I cannot be with you, I will be celebrating my own 80th birthday at the same time. As you will notice, I am only ten years behind you and gaining fast.  My love to you all and congratulations to the graduating class of 2014.  Sincerely, Pat Boone

The grandchildren of A.M. Shaffer, who founded this historic school 90 years ago were represented by Roger Shaffer and Judy Jones.  Both of them continue to be active at Canyonville Christian Academy.

Grandchildren of CCA founder A.M. Shaffer - Roger Shaffer & Judy (Dunbar) Jones

Grandchildren of CCA founder A.M. Shaffer – Roger Shaffer & Judy (Dunbar) Jones

Here is a close up of the new dorm plans: Dorm-Sign

Teacher of the year award, at christian academy, in canyonville, Oregon

This year’s Mayfest celebration was filled with student talent and thunderous applause –especially when Mr. Luke Suhr, head of Canyonville Christian Academy’s Mathematics department was announced as the recipient of the 2014 Teacher of the Year award. Students rose to their feet with cheers and applause when the award was announced.  

Mr. Suhr has just finished his 2nd year at CCA teaching, AP Calculus, AP Physics, Pre-Calculus, Algebra III, and Statistics.  He is loved by the students for his willingness to go out of his way to give them extra help when they need it and for making Physics and Calculus fun.  One of the many benefits of attending a small boarding school is the close relationships that are formed between staff and students.  Luke Suhr is a perfect example of this.  We appreciate his professionalism and sincerity.  Congratulations Mr. Suhr!

Eric Lee, Soniya Sherpa and Irenee Mitali - winners

Another exciting victory for Canyonville Christian Academy!

Canyonville Christian Academy students finished number one in the 2014 national stock market game (Capitol Hill Challenge) and qualified for an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

This 14 week contest ended May 9 and included over 4,200 teams involving 15,000+ students.  The on-line investing competition uses real-time stock prices and is sponsored by the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the national organization representing the financial industry.

The awards ceremony will take place June 11 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.  Among the planned events for the students is a meeting with Oregon Senators and Congressmen.

Read the national press release here: http://www.sifma.org/newsroom/2014/sifma_and_the_sifma_foundation_congratulate_the_11th_annual_stock_market_game™-capitol_hill_challenge_participants/

In the game, the winning team had a $100,000 starting position which they were able to increase by over 85% in three months.  Prior Canyonville Christian Academy teams have finished in the top 10 in the national eight times since 2010, including this win, a second, and two thirds.  This class also won a separate 2014 competition for Oregon high schools with entries sweeping the first four places.

Seminar class, taught by Roger Shaffer, covers a wide range of topics, regularly including an extended study of investing and the stock market.  Roger Shaffer is the grandson of Canyonville Christian Academy (formerly Canyonville Bible Academy) founder A.M. Shaffer.  CCA as it is affectionately called, is celebrating it’s 90th anniversary as a school.


Canyonville Christian Academy scored well at OSAA State Championship Meet.

 I am so very proud to be a coach at Canyonville Christian Academy!! This has been a great season for track and field. I just received word that my 4×100 relay team broke the school record Saturday with their 4th place finish at the Oregon State 2A Championship meet with a time of 45.9 seconds. These kids rock!!  –Coach Cathy Lovato

It was an excellent year for the Track & Field team at Canyonville Christian Academy!!

Head Coach Cathy Lovato along with Jumps/Distance coach Erin Payne and Throws coach Mike Stansberry worked tirelessly with the 20 young men and 10 young women who participated on the team.  This year’s district meet brought 7 individual qualifiers for the OSAA State 2A Championships as well as the 4×100 relay team.  Every athlete who participated this year improved from the first meet – setting personal bests all along the way.  Jack Yoo, a senior from South Korea, was awarded MVP for the season.  Jack, a jumper and sprinter placed 1st in twelve events throughout the season & 2nd in 4 more.  Jack qualified for state in both the Long Jump and the Triple Jump and placed 4th and 3rd respectively.

International Students Competed Well in Individual Events and Team events!

Sasha, a junior from Russia, is a jumper.  Sasha earned a total of 81 points for the team throughout the season and qualfied for state in both Long Jump and Triple Jump where she placed 6th and 8th respectively.  Sasha Eck was our girls’ MVP.

Our Most Inspirational Athlete this year was Gabriel Martin, a junior from Colombia.  Gabriel was the captain of the Sprinters and showed an indomitable spirit all season long as he encouraged his teammates to excellence.

Mahli Beltran from Mexico & Anton Ashrafyan from Russia, both juniors, were our Most Improved Athletes.  Mahli also qualified for state in the 200m and came home with 8th place.  Ray Zhang, a junior from China and a first year participant, also qualified for state in both the Long Jump and the 110m hurdles.  He placed 9th and 10th respectively.

Excellent Teamwork Breaks Long-Standing School Record!

The biggest news of the season comes from our 4×100 relay team of Gabriel Martin (11th), Ivan Chu(12th), Jack Yoo (12th), & Ivan Sandrali (11th).  Going into the state meet ranked at 7th, they ran the race of their lives and finished in 4th with a new CCA record time of 45.90.  The record had been held since 2007.  We are so proud of all of our athletes!!




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There are many testimonials on Canyonville Christian Academy’s alumni page, but this particular story was of great joy.

In 2006, Canyonville Christian Academy had a scholarship program for children of missionaries serving in various parts of the world.  That year, Bart Celie and his sister, Karolien were offered full scholarships to CCA as children of medical missionaries in Bolivia.  Karolien at the time was in 8th grade.
Bart excelled at CCA, taking various Advanced Placement classes and finished strong as a senior and Canyonville Christian Academy’s valedictorian.  Bart’s parents, Dr.’s Rik & Sabine Celie raised both Bart and Kaolien on the mission field in Bolivia and are from Belgium.  Writes sister Karolien currently studying in England,  

Ridiculously proud of my big brother, Bart Celie for receiving his acceptance to COLUMBIA MEDICAL SCHOOL today!!  From working on our english papers in the campo of Bolivia, to getting that A+ in AP classes at CCA, to completing a surely excellent thesis at Boston College – his academic journey reflects the hard work and determination that is evident through this acceptance. I can’t think of anyone that deserves this honor more than you, Barty!  Congratulations on making your life-long dream come true! Love you lots, and celebrating with you from a distance! 

On May 19, 2014, Bart will graduate with honors from Boston College  with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Chemistry.  Bart was accepted into Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he will pursue his medical degree and has a special interest in bioethics.  Congratulations on entering the Ivy League, Bart!

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Bart practicing his future medical skills on his sister, Karolien while on the mission field in Bolivia

Balancing act at Survivor Fear Factor Race
Survivor Fear Factor Race Team Blue
Survivor Fear Factor Race

Canyonville Christian Academy’s 12th Amazing Survivor Fear Factor Race

April 25, Canyonville Christian Academy’s international students encountered a one-of-a-kind experience.   Holding our 12th annual Amazing Survivor Fear Factor Race filled with challenges, has been an exciting yearly event all students look forward to. To start, students have to select 5 team members that can work well together through a series of 16 challenges.  These challenges lead up to see which team wins.  Then the winning team competes against each other, with one person becoming the final survivor, winning the grand prize.

All the teams started with a building challenge using marshmallows and spaghetti noodles.  Then continued on to fighting through puzzles, math, culinary & physical tasks.  These students ran all over the city of Canyonville to complete their assignments on their way to try and win the prize.  Also to note, The Oregon National Guard brought a rock wall and jousting equipment to make things more interesting.

This fun filled and enduring competition helps students learn cooperation and perseverance.  This valuable lesson is important throughout life.  

In the end, Team Grey,  an international group of students from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Rwanda won as a team, with their team member Macy Ho claiming the title of the Canyonville Christian Academy Ultimate Survivor of 2014.  Team Grey members are Azrah Pervais (Hong Kong), Precious Abeho (Rwanda), Jennifer Chen (Taiwan), Tina Huang (Taiwan) and Macy Ho (Taiwan).


admissions door

Still looking for a great boarding school but you’ve missed an admissions deadline?  Well thankfully, Canyonville Christian Academy has always had an open enrollment policy.  Our admissions door is open and we are still taking applications for the 2014-2015 school year.  Applying is easy and doesn’t take very long.

Canyonville Christian Academy will offer you great academics. You will have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement college level courses in Physics, Calculus, Chemistry, English and U.S. History as well as our regular high school curriculum.   CCA is accredited with the NWAC and a member school of ACSI.

Besides academics, CCA has fun activities.  You’ll get to go river rafting and even tackle class 3 rapids.  There are also trips to see NBA basketball games, movies, bowling, intramural sports, mall trips and you can enjoy our student gaming center with Xboxes, Playstations, Wii’s, table tennis and a giant movie screen for movie nights.  If you are interested in sports, CCA offers soccer, volleyball, basketball, cheer leading, tennis and track and field and is a member of the Oregon State Athletic Association.

The friends that you will make will last for a lifetime.  There are usually at least 13 different countries represented in our student body!  Our admissions department was their first step to getting a great education at Canyonville Christian Academy.

So don’t hesitate!  Download your application from our Admissions page and follow the check list on the last page.  If you are a qualified student who is motivated to succeed, then Canyonville is the place for you.  Any inquires can be sent to admissions@canyonville.net or you can use our contact form to communicate with our admissions department.

Canyonville Christian Academy Seminar Class - First Place Winners of the Oregon Stock Market Game

Teacher Roger Shaffer, grandson of Canyonville Christian Academy’s founder and his Seminar class have done it again.   Mr. Shaffer’s class enter the Oregon Stock Market game every year which lasts a total of 10 weeks.  Mr. Shaffer said that the students in his class made more than a  62% return on their investment.  The competition, which includes more than 450 teams from all over Oregon, ended on April 17th, 2014 with Canyonville Christian Academy the clear winner.  The next closest schools only had a 9% return on their investments.

Now the seminar class is pushing forward in the national competition and is currently in first place there as of this writing.  With 4,000 teams entered, it will be a tough battle but we are confident that Canyonville Christian Academy can pull off a victory.

Congratulations Mr. Shaffer and your team for making CCA proud!

Canyonville Christian Academy Dean staff

This spring finds us here at Canyonville Christian Academy in the midst of busyness with sports, drama and other fun activities.

Our track team has gotten off to a great start with many students attempting the sport for the first time in their lives. They are discovering the fun in competition and learning what they can do. Every meet is filled with personal records and fast-paced competition, all leading up to our Special District Championship on Saturday, May 17th with the 1st and 2nd place finishers in each event heading on to the State Championships at the University of Oregon’s beautiful Hayward Field. This year looks to be another good year in the number of potential qualifiers.

Ivan ready for the relay

Ivan ready for the relay

Go Diego go!

Go Diego go!













Our tennis team is busy traveling as most of our matches are held far away from us. Tennis play against 1A-4A schools, so every match is a challenge. Even though the team is small, it shows great potential. This year, we are thrilled to be able to host 3 home matches – on April 19th, April 24th and April 26th. The Tennis District Championship will be held from May 12th-14th and the State Tennis Championships on May 22nd-24th.

Wayne working hard on the tennis courts at Canyonville Christian Academy

Wayne working hard on the tennis courts at Canyonville Christian Academy

Jeremy practices his serve for Canyonville Christian Academy's tennis team

Jeremy practices his serve for Canyonville Christian Academy’s tennis team






















This spring, our drama group will present “Murder by the Book” – a mystery revolving around classic authors. The play will present matinees on Sunday, May 11th and on Monday, May 12th.

All of this leads up to the end of year festivities…the CPR Reward trip to the Oregon beautiful coast, the sports’ awards banquet, Baccalaureate, the traditional staff vs. students softball game, the senior farewell BBQ, Mayfest, and culminating with Graduation. After the graduation ceremony, we will join together to look back as we remember former coach and dean, Jim Crumpton by dedicating a bench next to the CCA track in his honor and to look forward as we celebrate the groundbreaking for our new dormitory.

Graduation evening will conclude with the annual alumni banquet . All alumni are welcome to attend. We will be commemorating CCA/CBA’s 90th year.