Lower School (K-6th)
Classical Christian Education is divided into three grade-based categories, the first of which encompasses Kindergarten through 6th grade and is called Lower School. Students in these grades are typically curious, excited about learning new and interesting things, and absorb facts easily. They enjoy songs, chants, and rhymes; love stories; and have a great capacity for memorization of all kinds. At SCCS, we train these natural tendencies toward gospel-centered, ordered learning, which provides a solid educational foundation for a lifetime.
Character and Virtue
Character development contributes to joyful learning. Kindergarteners begin their SCCS journey by learning the Core Virtues Catechism, which focuses on Honor, Stewardship, Wisdom, and Self-control. As the students grow, these Core Virtues further become part of the school culture, providing a common language and challenge to grow in maturity and grace. This emphasis, paired with consistent and loving discipline, ensures that students learn in joyful, respectful, and well-managed classrooms.
Lower School students partake in a liberal arts education. This means that academics focus on a establishing typical foundational subjects such as reading, writing, and arithmetic. We also consider subject such as history, science, literature, music, physical education, and art of great importance, since these help shape who we are and what we love. In 2nd grade, students begin learning an in-depth history cycle that, over the course of the Lower School, progresses from ancient to medieval to modern. Third graders begin the study of Latin, a subject that will continue through 9th grade. The classroom experience also includes reading many rich stories and great works of literature, with an emphasis on daily reading and study of the Bible.
Traditions and Special Events
In addition to field trips and special class projects, students in the Lower School look forward to many fun and educational events and traditions. These include Seder Meal in 2nd grade, Greek Festival in 3rd grade, Medieval Feast in 4th grade, the introduction of Great Ideas in 5th grade. In addition, broader school activities include the Speech Meet, Spelling Bee, Jog-A-Thon, Read All Day, Christmas and Spring concerts, Morning Meeting, theater productions, and more.
The following is an example curriculum map for grades Pre-K through 8th grade. Please note that it is a meant to be a general guide and is subject to change.