Frequently asked questions
Our students wear uniforms because we believe they offer significant benefits. They establish a mindset that school is a special place with special expectations. In addition, uniforms set an easily defined standard for a dress code, function as an “equalizer” among the students, and make dressing in the morning easier. Dress or casual uniforms are worn every school day unless otherwise designated for special events. Dress uniforms are worn on picture day, field trips, and for designated special events, including the first day of school. Casual uniforms are worn on all other days. Our uniforms can be purchased through Land’s End.
What is your philosophy for school uniforms?
Homework is assigned for the purpose of practice and review, to develop study habits, and as another way to enable parents to be involved in school. In the lower grades, homework is often a math page, review of spelling words, or reading aloud to a parent. In the upper grades homework may include history review, completing a math assignment, or finishing a writing assignment. Generally, parents can expect their children to have about 10 minutes of homework per grade of school. For example, a 1st grader may have about 10 minutes of homework per night and a 6th grader could have up to 60 minutes of work, depending on what they have completed at school and their work style.
What is your educational philosophy on homework?
Students may be dropped off as early as 8:00 am. Classes are in session during the following times:
Three-Day Pre-K: MWF 8:15-11:15 am
AM Kindergarten: 8:15-11:15 am
PM Kindergarten: 12:15-3:00 pm
Afternoon Enrichment: 11:15 am-3:00 pm
1st grade and up: 8:15 am–3:00 pm
Pre-K and AM Kindergarten may be picked up between 11:15-11:30 am. PM Kindergarten, Afternoon Enrichment, and full-day students may be picked up between 3:00-3:15 pm.
When is pick up / drop off?
We teach Latin beginning in 3rd grade and it is a required class through 9th grade. Other languages will be offered in high school.
What languages do you teach?
Latin has been considered necessary to the fundamental understanding of English, the history and writings of Western Civilization, and the understanding of Romance languages for centuries. Latin is a language that lives on today in almost all major Western languages, including English: over 50 percent of English vocabulary is derived from it. Because it is so embedded in our language, Latin gives the student a better understanding of the roots of English vocabulary and lays the foundation for learning other Latin-based languages.
The benefits of studying Latin carry over into other areas as well. For example, Latin helps familiarize and train the student in the essentials of scientific method: observation, comparison, and generalization. The study of Latin grammar requires a great deal of precision, and thus the student learns to be precise. This precision leads to clarity of thought and communication, a benefit that is at the very heart of classical education.
Why do you teach Latin?
At SCCS, we want our students to access knowledge at a pace that fits their natural capacity and fosters deep focus. When they are young, this includes using their senses to learn, developing eye contact, training their voice, and handwriting a paragraph. These skills are best developed through hands-on and interpersonal experiences. Screen-based learning, which uses quick changes and instant response, develops one form of attentiveness in children. Too much exposure to technology at a young age can leap-frog this slower-paced, deep learning, and miss the opportunity for students to grow in their ability to concentrate and contemplate. This doesn’t mean that technology is absent from the classrooms, only that we use it on a limited basis during the elementary years. As students get older, they will access technology on a more regular basis.
Do you use technology?
We expect all parents to volunteer on some level, whether via regular, weekly involvement in the classroom or through occasional help with field trips, class parties, school events, or school-wide committees. Families should plan to volunteer between 15-25 hours a year.
What is your expectation for parent volunteering?
We regularly have evacuation and shelter-in-place drills and have detailed plans for those procedures as well as for what to do in the case of a major accident, death, or missing child. Our teachers and staff are trained in first aid and CPR.
What are your safety procedures?
As a school with young children, our primary focus is on sharing the gospel with our students and building a strong foundation for them to live a life of faith in Jesus Christ. We also know that these children serve as a witness to the city, and that their actions and words can powerfully communicate the hope of the Gospel to those around them. Teachers often talk and pray with their students about the people they encounter as they travel to school, walk to the library, and take class field trips. We discuss how the people they see in this city come from all over the world and have different worldviews. We teach them how to pray for others and explore ways we can love them in word and deed. We also often discuss how we represent our school--and most importantly God--when we leave our building, interact with the culture, and evaluate it according to the Bible.