Seattle Classical Christian School
SCCS was developed out of a heart to serve Christian
parents living in the city of Seattle as they raise and educate their children for Jesus' glory.
While many growing families move out of the city for a variety of understandable reasons, our goal
is to help Christians remain in the city to reach the nations that live here by providing at least two
reasons to stay:
- An academic, Gospel-saturated, affordable, and city-savvy school
- Opportunities for relationships with urban Christian families from a diversity of backgrounds,
ethnicities, neighborhoods, and churches
Why Classical Education?
Dorothy Sayers, in her famous essay The Lost Tools of Learning
Is not the great defect of our education today...that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils "subjects,"
we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think: they learn everything, except the art of learning.
In our modern age, more than ever before in history, there is an unceasing bombardment of propaganda and
advertisements via TV, movies, Facebook, Twitter, magazines, video games, etc...
Children today are being raised in a culture where literacy is decreasing and information is
increasing (along with immediate and constant access to it). Unfortunately,
modern educational methods encourage children at a young age to learn primarily through self-expression and experimentation.
This is a problem for multiple reasons:
- As Sayers continues in her essay: "It is as though we had taught a child, mechanically and by rule of thumb,
to play 'The Harmonious Blacksmith' upon the piano, but had never taught him the scale or how to read music;
so that, having memorized 'The Harmonious Blacksmith,' he still had not the faintest notion how to proceed from
that to tackle 'The Last Rose of Summer.'"
- To say it another way, modern educational approaches fail to adequately take advantage of the fact that younger
children easily memorize anything and everything.
Their brains are wired in such a way to absorb information quickly, repeat it often, and remember it permanently.
If the fundamental "grammar" of subjects (language, math, history, theology, etc.) are not memorized
in their early years, children are hindered from growing in their understanding and expression of the subjects
(and the assimilation of new knowledge into them) as they grow older.
- Furthermore, when children reach the age where they naturally start making arguments, modern
methods fail to teach them proper logic. Thus, having gone through the early years indulging in
self-expression (at the expense of learning the fundamentals), children lack the building blocks to construct a sound argument.
- Finally, upon reaching the high school years, passionate self-expression happens whether parents like it or not.
Modern methods leave students ill-equipped to speak, write, and argue persuasively on any topic.
Without having learned the earlier "tools" of learning (i.e. grammar and logic) the student is hindered
from both processing new arguments (from movies, media, ads, etc.) and adequately expressing whether they should be
accepted or refuted.
The classical approach, therefore, teaches students the "tools" of learning (grammar, logic, rhetoric)
during the life stages when they are naturally prone to apply them.
Admissions: Ready to Enroll?
The 2014-2015 school year begins Wednesday September 3, 2014.
We recommend that any family interested in SCCS come to an Info Session & Open House. After that, we recommend a daytime visit to the school. Prospective students are welcome to sit in on a class for 15-30 minutes.
February 28, 2014: Completed applications due; must be submitted online and application fee of $50 must be paid. Applications received after this date will be considered on a first come, first served basis provided there is room in the class.
March 2014: Family interviews and student assessments take place. You will be contacted for an appointment. You will be notified of acceptance within two weeks of your interview.
April - June 2014: If there is room in the classes, enrollment is open. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.
May 31, 2014: A nonrefundable deposit of 10% of gross tuition is due to secure the student’s spot.
Click Here to Begin Enrollment »
Please Note: need-based financial aid is available.
Our desire is that any family that wants to be a part of SCCS will be able to, independent of financial status (contact us for more details).
Tuition may be paid monthly (over 10 months) or yearly (in advance, 2% discount if paid in full by Aug 1). Please note that art fees are an extra $240 for the year. K-4th grade field trip fee is $60 per year. New students in 1st-4th grade will purchase a Bible through the school in September. Seattle Classical Christian School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.
(MWF 1/2 time)
(5-day, 1/2 time)
|First Child (yearly tuition)
|Second Child (yearly tuition)
|Third Child (yearly tuition)
Afternoon enrichment (5 days) will be $3,400 per student for the year. We will have an afternoon enrichment program if enough students enroll. Please also let us know if you would prefer a 2-day or 3-day option.
School Calendar and Hours
Click here to view/download the 2013-14 calendar (PDF) »
Students may be dropped off as early as 8:15 am.
Pre-K: MWF, 8:30-11:30 am
Kindergarten: M-F, 8:30-11:30 am
Afternoon Enrichment: M-F, 11:30 am - 3:15 pm
1st-4th grade: M-F, 8:30 am – 3:15 pm
School office hours: M-F, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm