We believe in providing a safe, nurturing environment through which we can inspire students to strive for academic excellence, emotional and physical well-being, and spiritual maturity. Integrated curriculum and multi-sensory learning are important parts of our curriculum as we believe students learn best when they are motivated, enthusiastic, and participating in hands-on activities.
The core subjects in our elementary school include Bible, mathematics, reading, language arts, phonics, spelling, composition, science, social studies, and penmanship. Weekly enrichment classes include art, music, computer, library, physical education, and Spanish class. Our fourth and fifth graders are able to choose a concentration in band or chorus by meeting in these classes several times a week and performing in concerts. In addition, fourth and fifth graders participate in a Critical and Creative Thinking course where students are able to complete challenging puzzles, promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and work collaboratively on projects.
CCS believes a strong relationship with God is a vital part of instruction, and we reinforce this relationship by providing students with an opportunity for praise and worship each week in chapel. Students also participate in mission work and service projects that help inspire them to be faithful disciples of Christ.
Our kindergarten students learn through small group interactions designed to meet individual needs and provide opportunities for social growth. Students also engage in whole class instruction which introduces foundational learning skills. Emphasis is placed on building a foundation for Godly character and on developing a love of learning. Our kindergarten students work diligently to learn and apply cooperation skills and Christian character traits daily. We use A Beka curriculum enhanced with critical thinking skills and creative writing. Kindergarteners at CCS participate in “Career Day” after learning about various community helpers. On this day, students have an opportunity to dress up as their favorite community helper. Kindergarten students also get to participate in “Polar Express Day” each winter as they celebrate the Christmas season. At the end of kindergarten, families of the students gather together to celebrate the accomplishments of our kindergarteners at a special graduation ceremony.
First grade is a year of adventures in reading, math, and writing creative stories. First graders at CCS are especially known for their tremendous growth in the area of reading. We use A Beka and Purposeful Design curriculum, as well as other reading materials. Students also encounter hands-on science and history projects during the year. Visiting the Center for Puppetry Arts and the Rock Ranch broaden their imagination and knowledge of animals. First graders participate in “Johnny Appleseed Day” as they learn all about apples and folk heroes. They also celebrate “Kite Day” by flying kites with family members on a beautiful day in the spring. First grade at CCS is fun, engaging, and educational.
Our second grade curriculum includes ABeka, Purposeful Design, Positive Action for Christ, and various novels. Second grade students write four book reports focusing on four different literary genres throughout the year. Our second graders love to read and enjoy participating in the AR program. In addition, the whole family can get involved in the learning process by working on a turkey decoration project and creating an insect from recycled objects. One of the biggest areas for growth during the year is the introduction of organizational skills, such as the agenda and color-coded folders for academic subjects. Our second graders are best known for their hard work helping Operation Christmas Child each winter. Second grade is a fun-loving group who enjoy helping others.
Third graders focus on applying grammar rules, exploring the lives of great Americans, and discovering the wonder of Creation through physical science. Third graders at CCS use A Beka, Purposeful Design, Positive Action for Christ, and various novels. After reading Chocolate Touch and Chocolate Fever, students celebrate with “Chocolate Day,” a third grade favorite. In addition, third-grade students create, write, and present their own short stories as part of a writing unit. At the end of the project, students host “About the Author Day” to display and read their books to fellow students and parents. Yet one of the biggest accomplishments for our third graders is the mastery of multiplication and division facts. Students work hard to know the facts with speed and accuracy and celebrate with a “Mad Multiplier’s Party.” Our third-grade field trips include visits to the Atlanta History Center and Charles Elliot Wildlife Preserve.
Fourth Grade is a year of stretching and growing. Fourth graders learn almost 100 Bible memory verses throughout the year! Our curriculum for fourth grade includes A Beka, Purposeful Design, Positive Action for Christ, and various novels. After the completion of a Georgia history unit, the students complete oral book reports and display their findings at “Georgia Day,” each focusing on a different aspect of what makes our state unique. Other big moments of the year come with field trips to the Biblical History Center, the Capitol, CNN Center, and the Varsity! Students learn to adjust to a very busy schedule with high expectations from several different teachers with different personalities. Another big highlight of the year is our mission emphasis for the Pregnancy Resource Center.
Fifth grade is a year of growth and transition. Accountability and personal responsibility are facilitated and expected as students are prepared to transition to middle school. Students are encouraged to participate academically, and we hold them accountable for their actions. Our fifth graders also have the opportunity to serve others by participating in morning patrol, assisting other students by opening doors and greeting them as they enter the school building. The fifth grade curriculum includes A Beka, Purposeful Design, Positive Action for Christ, Bob Jones, and various novels. At CCS, our fifth graders are known for their amazing “Wax Museum” projects each year. Students research and dress up like a historical person and present fascinating facts about that individual’s life. Another big day for our fifth graders is “International Day,” where students research a different country and present their findings to fellow classmates and parents.