Frequently Asked Questions
Classical education ‘teaches with the grain’ of a child’s development, unlike Common Core. Classical teaching engages students in active learning and creates a hunger for more knowledge through teacher directed learning. Even though the classical model is grounded in the ‘liberal arts’, at its core we are cultivating critical thinking skills in our students (like STEM programs), and developing them into articulate communicators who are able to defend their beliefs.
CCS students take Latin from grades 3-7. Here are 4 benefits to your student by offering them Latin:
- Better English – Learning a ‘root’ language such as Latin lays the groundwork for understanding English grammar, which leads to better writers and communicators.
- Cultural Literacy – Latin carries the philosophy and ethos of the West with its ideas of justice, law, and culture.
- Broader Vocabulary – 50% of the English language is rooted in Latin and 90% of polysyllabic vocabulary is rooted in Latin.
- Facilitates Learning other Romance Languages –Romance Languages like Spanish, French, and Italian have Latin roots.
Although we do not have a chapel or regularly scheduled chapel services, students engage in regular times of prayer, singing, fellowship, and study of Scripture. All aspects of student life, Academics, the Arts, and Athletics, are saturated with a biblical worldview which enlarges the scope of biblical training provided at CCS.
We have a zero tolerance policy for bullying.
In addition to all the movement and active learning in our classrooms, students enjoy two 40 minute recess and snack/lunch times. Sixth grade students will be happy to know they too enjoy an outdoor break time following their lunch period.
Our answer is three-fold.
- Our goal is to prepare students for more than just college. We aim at preparing them for life: to think critically, articulate persuasively, and to live lives that honor God wherever He calls them.
- We are proud of our students’ accomplishments. Our average SAT score is 1285 and average ACT score is 26.
- 100% of students seeking a 4 year college/university path matriculate into institutions like Duke, Davidson, Clemson, John Hopkins, SCAD, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University, the Naval Academy, and many more.
CCS’s Kindergarten program is a half-day program chalked full of activity, exploration, recitation, singing, and hands on activities. You’d be amazed at all your Kindergartener will learn from 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. If you need an extended day Kindergarten option, no problem. We offer full day Kindergarten with additional, but lighter academics in the afternoon.
Space is limited. For further information contact the main office at 919-303-2560.
School begins in early August. We operate on quarters enjoying two week breaks in October, December, and March in addition to two full months of summer vacation. Students, teachers, and parents love our modified traditional schedule!
Cary Christian School believes that the responsibility and authority to educate children lies with parents, not the political governing authority. Therefore, as a school policy, we partner with parents and believe that accountability to an external agency is wise. In 2002 we gained and continue to hold accreditation from the Association of Classical & Christian Schools (ACCS).
Cary Christian School sees technological tools as a gift from God developed through mankind as His image bearers. But they are indeed tools or means, rather than ends in themselves. The end or goal of our educational enterprise is to develop in students the capacity to think and live well rather than simply “skills” as such. Toward that end we use technology such as interactive whiteboards, computers, and scientific lab equipment in various ways in support of our mission.
Cary Christian School is a non-denominational Christian school. We are a diverse body who represent over 100 area churches. Our staff and board members also come from a number of different strong evangelical churches. We operate under our historical and common Statement of Faith.