Dear CBA parents,

Fall is upon us, a time of year to count our blessings and share our blessings. As I count the blessings I see in and at CBA, I would like to invite you into an opportunity to share blessings through our Celebration of Giving.

The “Celebration of Giving” begins November 28, Giving Tuesday, through CBA’s 9th birthday, December 1!

As I mentioned in a communication at the beginning of the year, the school does not have expectations for extra payments outside of uniform, tuition and fees and field trips. However, we make known other needs and opportunities, such as pack the pantry and class gifts for teachers. As much as anyone, I understand that at any given moment some families are in a season where they cannot give more than they already do while others can donate. I have personally experienced both seasons during my tenure at CBA. It is my conviction that God stirs in each of us when and how much, and ultimately He always provides in such a way that the giver gets cheer and Jesus gets the glory. 

As you are aware, tuition covers basic operations but does not cover capital projects. It is a huge testimony to the whole CBA family that we accomplish our mission at 1/4 the costs that a public school incurs. We invite you to watch the video below, in which you will hear about the need to help cover the $300,000 in costs for the security upgrades on both campuses, which are vital to the safety and security of the precious children God has entrusted to our care. Regardless of whether you can give in this season, thank you for praying with me that God will gloriously provide.

Inspiring World Changers together,

Nathan Johnson Ed.D.
Charleston Bilingual Academy

About GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Join the movement and give – each Tuesday and every day – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community.

It’s a simple idea: whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to contribute toward building the better world we all want to live in.

300K Security Upgrade

CBA is entering a new phase in its history! We completed the renovation of our new elementary/middle school campus at Holmes Avenue Baptist in Park Circle and implemented significant security upgrades on both campuses. Praise Jesus! We raised $1,650,000 for the renovation without conducting a capital campaign, which is unheard of in the private school world. We are beyond grateful for God’s incredible provision and the generosity of donors. We still need to raise $300,000 for the security upgrades that we installed this past summer.

As you consider giving to charities at the end of the year, we ask that you prayerfully consider giving on our 9th birthday,  December 1, for CBA Giving Day. Your gift is tax-deductible.  Also, if you know of donors who may be interested in giving a substantial gift to the school (grandparents, employers, etc.), please connect them to our headmaster, Dr. Nate Johnson.

You can give securely through this page, via Venmo (@charlestonbilingualacademy), or by check to Charleston Bilingual Academy.

Please see the abbreviated list of items you might want to adopt


  • Perimeter Fencing – $70,000
  • Fire suppression –  $170,000 (+$75,000 gift from Chandler Construction)
  • Maglocks, panic buttons, and door alarms – $15,000
  • Anti-ballistic 3M film for doors – $7,500
  • Video surveillance and internet upgrades – $25,500
  • Cyber security (cloud-based server, Microsoft package, firewall) – $5,500
  • New storefront door at FBC – $3,000
  • Pedestrian sidewalk at HABC –  $4,000


  • LED classroom lights – $40,000 (DeLoache Family Foundation)
  • Water fountains – $5,000
  • Picnic tables – $800
  • New soccer goals – $400
  • Internet wiring at HABC – $3,000
  • Repair roof – $71,000
  • School furniture – $10,000
  • Whiteboards – $250/ea
  • Plumbing – $60,000
  • HVAC – $262,000