Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.      Proverbs 22:6      

 
 


Curriculum


At Cape Charles Christian School, we expect the best from each student. Our focus on the development of the whole child capitalizes on each student’s strengths, interests, and personal goals. It is our desire to create an atmosphere where children enjoy learning and become self-motivated, curious, and successful. We recognize that each student is unique in the way they learn.


Each grade level’s curricular goals are based on the Common Core Standards. Materials are selected with these standards and students’ needs in mind.


Students are taught to read using books, poems, and other print material at their reading level. Phonics skills are a major focus in the lower grades. Often, children read books that relate to what they’re learning in Science and History. Children participate in plays, skits, and other performances related to literature. Hands-on projects and activities extend the children’s knowledge of material read.


The Singapore Math curriculum is used in grades K-5. There is a strong focus on computation and problem solving. Manipulative materials and hands-on activities are used to aid understanding. Activities in algebraic thinking, number sense, measurement, data, and geometry are also taught at each grade level.


Science and Social Studies concepts are taught at each grade level with an emphasis on projects, experiments, and hands-on experiences. Children are encouraged to apply reading skills as they learn about Science and History topics, and demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge in creative ways. It is our goal to integrate as many academic areas as possible into each learning experience. We focus on the big ideas, rather than isolated facts.


Our children learn writing skills as a means to express ideas effectively. Instruction focuses on the process of writing, spelling, grammar, and handwriting.


Children participate in Bible lessons and weekly Chapel experiences so they may grow and develop spiritually as well as intellectually while at our school.


Our curriculum is rounded out by experiences with Art, Music, Drama, Health, and Movement.



Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-Kindergarten is open to 3 and 4 year old children, with full-time and part-time program options. The Pre-K year serves as a transition time between home and school, providing an opportunity for adjustment to group situations and the introduction of academic and social concepts. The goals of the Pre-K program are the development of language and math readiness, gross and fine motor coordination and social skills.



Multi-Age Classrooms

Our multi-age classrooms place students of different ages with a range of achievement levels together within one classroom. The teacher plans instruction and assessment expecting and celebrating diversity within the class.


Students who would typically be considered Kindergarten or First Graders are grouped together; traditional Second/Third Graders form another class; and Fourth/Fifth graders are placed together in another class. Students remain with their teacher for a two- year period. Each class has a maximum 15 students.


Multi-age Classrooms: How are they different from typical grade-level classrooms?

A typical classroom follows a scope and sequence of tasks with specific starting and ending points. Students either master the skills designated and “pass” or don’t master the skills and “fail.” All students take the same tests to measure their success at “mastering” the curriculum. Students typically use the same textbooks and materials. In a multi-age classroom, students are taught at their developmental level, rather than at their grade level. Students are grouped by skill need, not by ability. Groups change frequently. Students can participate in review lessons and enrichment lessons as needed, without regard to their age. Student progress is monitored closely and students advance from one level to the next in a continuous fashion, rather than waiting for the next school year to start.


What are the benefits of multi-age classrooms?

The academic needs of both slower and faster learners can be met with a more flexible and needs driven curriculum. Students and teachers spend two years together, minimizing the time it takes to “start over” learning new procedures, routines, and expectations each year. Research indicates that students in multi-age classrooms have more positive attitudes towards school. Children have more opportunities to be leaders in their classrooms. Since there are no “grade-level” mandates, students can spend more time learning a particular skill when necessary, and excel beyond typical achievement when possible.


Extended Day Program

School doors open for students at 8:00 a.m. Students must be dropped off by 8:15 am. For the convenience of working parents, before school and after-school care is available starting at 7:30 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. until 5 p.m. These programs are not included in tuition and have an additional fee.


Morning Gathering

Each morning, the entire student body assembles with all the faculty promptly at 8:15 a.m. Our day begins with a morning prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem (or other patriotic song) and the sharing of “good news” and requests for prayers.


Chapel

Cape Charles Christian School is based on Christian values and the teachings of Jesus Christ. All students are required to attend weekly chapel services, which are held under the leadership of the School’s chapel coordinator.


Community Service

Our students participate in school-wide service projects throughout the year. Students combine projects that are small and large, thoughtful and physical, local and world-wide to ensure a broad exposure to the world we live in. For example, we have:

  1. Assisted with the Food Pantry at Trinity United Methodist Church

  2. Organized a procession and memorial on the anniversary of 9/11

  3. Raked leaves and debris throughout the Town of Cape Charles on our Annual Fall Clean Up Day

  4. Sent 100+ boxes of small gifts to children in poor countries all over the world through Operation Christmas Child

  5. Sung Christmas Carols throughout town and Heritage Acres

  6. Written Christmas cards to men and women serving in our Armed Forces overseas


Our students make suggestions for new activities. Their awareness of conditions both far away and nearby has increased noticeably.


Honor Code

Cape Charles Christian School has adopted a simple but comprehensive Honor Code that applies to all aspects of our education and growth. All CCCS students must abide by the honor code.


I will honor God, others and myself.

 

The Whole Child