“Every education teaches a philosophy; if not by dogma then by suggestion, by implication, by atmosphere.
Every part of that education has a connection with every other part. If it does not all combine to convey some
general view of life, it is not an education at all.”
G. K. Chesterton
Charleston Classical School (CCS) was founded in 2019 with the mission of providing a high quality educational opportunity to students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to learn together through excellent academics along with the support from their families and our community. Our doors will open to kindergarten to second grade students in August 2021.
CCS is a classical Christian school. By "classical," we mean that students will focus on learning classical subjects that empower them to think logically and independently. Teachers will focus on foundational skills, which will become tools of learning, so that students can become curious lifelong learners who recognize and love Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. By "Christian," we do not simply mean that there will be Bible lessons, although Bible instruction will be included in a CCS education. Rather, the school's entire culture and curriculum will integrate Christian thinking to help students understand both WHO they are, as well as WHY they exist so that they can love God and their neighbor well.
LaTasha’s kindergarten year has been difficult. She tries to complete her folder of school work each week. But with no one to help her understand and practice the skills she is trying to learn, she quickly becomes discouraged. After attempting three addition problems, her countenance falls, her ability to focus falters, and she rests her head on her desktop. Less than a year into her education, she has already begun to believe she is not smart.
LaTasha’s backstory is that she went to sleep past midnight the previous night. She did not get to eat breakfast before school, so she is both tired and hungry. Last week, she missed school altogether because her family was evicted from their apartment and she stayed with relatives across town. Like an old-fashioned radio whose station is not tuned quite right, there is a lot of static in LaTasha’s life.
Helping a child’s heart tune in to learning requires the faithful diligence of parents or guardians, teachers, and others. Helping LaTasha redeem her education involves helping her understand that she bears the image of her Maker and is of immense value. Teachers and tutors, who can take a little extra time to encourage her and show her new ways to process information, help her to learn math, reading and so much more. A school culture that encourages LaTasha’s family as they walk the difficult road of parenting is a tremendous help to LaTasha, to her family and, ultimately, to the whole community.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students
Charleston Classical School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.