How many students are in each class? Our ideal student: teacher ratio is between 12:1 and 18:1 depending on the grade.
What is your tuition range? For the 2020/21 school year, the tuition range is $7260-$7480 based on grade.
Do you offer financial aid? CCS offers partial tuition assistance to qualified families.
Do you offer a family tuition discount? CCS does not offer a family tuition discount, but we do offer an early enrollment incentive. This is in addition to financial aid that can be applied for by any family that has applied to CCS.
What is the admissions testing process? All students applying to enter K5-8th grades will be scheduled to complete a time of evaluation. The purpose of the evaluation is to determine if a student will have the opportunity to be successful in the program. Evaluations are scheduled on an individual basis once all application fees and forms are submitted.
Is Charleston Christian affiliated with any church denomination? Charleston Christian School began as a mission of Church Creek Presbyterian in 1981. In 2018 CCS moved their campus to Grace on the Ashley and began another partnership with them. Parents do not need to be members of this church to attend. However, at least one parent must be an active member of a Christian, Bible-believing church for a student to be considered for enrollment.
How do you integrate computers and technology into the classrooms and curriculum? Starting in third grade students at CCS participate in technology class. Here they will learn not only basic computer skills but also block coding, keyboarding, and elements of Microsoft Office. We also have SMARTboards in every classroom.
What curriculum enrichment classes do you offer? In addition to technology class, students will also have weekly opportunities for Library, Music, Art, Spanish, and PE.
How do you approach homework? Homework is recognized as an opportunity to practice and develop skills related to concepts being taught in the classroom. While students have time to complete assignments during the school day, there are times when more practice time is needed to help students work toward mastery. Charleston Christian parents agree to be an active part in their child's education when they enroll, so homework also provides a way for parents to participate in the process. Each student should have about 10 minutes of homework per grade. First grade should have 10 minutes, second grade should have 20 and so on.
Do you administer standardized testing? CCS students take the COGAT and Iowa Test of Basic Skills each spring.
Do you offer any extra-curricular activities? Extra-curricular activities are offered after school and include tutoring, afterschool care, theater as well as some athletic programs.
Do you offer any athletics? CCS offers a middle school girls volleyball athletic program in the fall and middle school boys basketball athletic program in the winter.
What opportunities are there for parents to get involved at school? Parental Involvement is encouraged not only through class and grade volunteer opportunities but also through membership in the Parent Teacher Fellowship.
Do you offer breakfast and lunch? Parents have the option of providing students lunch or ordering lunch through our catering program on ParentsWeb. We encourage parents to join their children for lunch whenever they wish. We do not offer breakfast, but we do provide a time for healthy snacks in the morning for students.
Do the students wear uniforms? Yes, our students wear uniforms. All CCS uniforms must be purchased from Read's Uniforms. We also offer a wide range of gently worn uniform pieces at our uniform exchange.
Does Charleston Christian have a school library? Yes, we have a dedicated library which houses our collection of rich, time-tested literature. All students visit the library with their class once a week and may also visit and use the library as a resource when needed.
Where do most students go after 8th grade at CCS? Our students go on to attend a variety of high schools. Examples include traditional public schools, CCSD Magnet/Charter Schools, and several private schools around the Tri-County area.
What education levels and qualifications do your teachers have and what are their professional development opportunities? All teachers have Bachelor’s degrees and some teachers have Master’s degrees. Teachers have proven classroom experience and participate in ongoing in-house professional development as well as online and in-person professional development opportunities offered through ACCS, ACSI, and other educational organizations.
How do you ensure safety on campus? Our campus is always locked with a security camera at the front doors. Everyone will be buzzed in by the front office. We have two safety officers employed by the Charleston County Police Department who patrol our campus on a daily basis. We also have regular safety drills for fire, tornados, and unauthorized persons on campus.
What is your discipline policy? Our school-wide policy is reinforced by age-appropriate classroom policies in a positive Christian environment. Ordinarily, incidents of misconduct within the classroom will be handled by the teacher in charge, who will also follow up with the student as indicated.