Frequently Asked Questions

Classical education teaches with the grain of a child’s development, which makes learning more enjoyable for students. Classical teaching engages the active mind of a student with the active mind of a teacher. The classroom environment is known for its vibrancy and rich conversation. Because the classical model is grounded in the liberal arts, we are cultivating critical thinking skills in our students and developing them into articulate communicators who are able to defend their beliefs.

Even though the classical model is a proven methodology, it is as strong as the teachers and staff who are committed to cultivating relationships with students and parents. The heartbeat of Cary Christian School is the student-teacher relationship and parent-teacher partnership. We believe this is the only way for students to achieve extraordinary outcomes.

CCS students take Latin from grades 3-7. Here are 3 benefits to your student by offering them Latin:

  • Better English – Learning a root language such as Latin lays the groundwork for understanding English grammar, which leads to better writing and communication.
  • Broader Vocabulary – 50% of the English language is rooted in Latin and 90% of polysyllabic vocabulary is rooted in Latin.
  • Facilitates Learning Other Romance Languages – Romance languages like Spanish, French, and Italian are derivatives of Latin.

Incoming students that are new to Latin have the opportunity to attend a summer “crash course” to provide basic background knowledge that will equip them to begin alongside their peers on the first day of school. Our teachers and staff have experience in assisting families and students transition to a new school and new curriculum. We find that incoming students generally assimilate quickly and by Christmas break are feeling confident in Latin. Students who have had prior training in Shurley grammar are especially well prepared for our Latin instruction.

We offer a study hall and study center for students in Kindergarten – Grade 8. There is an additional cost and programs are supervised. We offer quite time for students to complete homework followed by a free play time with games and activities. After school programs end at 5:00 P.M. Please contact the main desk at school for more detailed information and cost at 919.303.2560.

Although we do not have a chapel or regularly scheduled chapel services, students engage in regular times of prayer, singing, fellowship, and study of Scripture. All aspects of student life—academics, the arts, and athletics—are saturated with a biblical worldview which enlarges the scope of biblical training provided at CCS.

Once students enter the Upper School (Grades 6-12), they engage in monthly convocation times during House aimed at cultivating strong character based on goodness, strength, and freedom.

We have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying.

In addition to all the movement and active learning in our classrooms, K-5 students enjoy 20-minute recesses with snack and lunch times. Sixth-grade students will be happy to know they too enjoy an outdoor break time following their lunch period.

Yes! But our students prepare for so much more:

  • We aim to prepare students for life: to think critically, articulate persuasively, and to live lives that honor God wherever He calls them.
  • We are proud of our students’ accomplishments. Our average SAT score is 1285 and average ACT score is 26.
  • 100% of students seeking a four-year college or university path matriculate into institutions such as Baylor, Duke, Davidson, Clemson, Grove City, John Hopkins, SCAD, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and many more.

To learn more, visit our College Counseling page.

Our school is more challenging than most schools in North Carolina in the 21st century. Yet, we find that students rise to the high standards because their teachers pursue and shepherd them according to their uniqueness. Student work hard and find joy in the process of learning because of the relationships with their teachers and the collaborative and conversational classroom culture.

Cary Christian School’s workload is in line with other classical and Christian schools. Our students do advance more quickly because of the efficiency of learning. Teachers assign quality work rather than quantity. “Homework” for students consists of studying for tests and quizzes, finishing up math or reading assignments not completed in class, and projects. We do not assign busy work, and teachers coordinate testing dates so that students are not overloaded with tests falling all on one day.

CCS’s kindergarten program is a half-day program chock full of activity, exploration, recitation, singing, and hands-on activities. You’d be amazed at all your kindergartener will learn from 8:15 A.M – 12:15 P.M. If you need an extended-day option, we offer full-day kindergarten with additional, but lighter, academics in the afternoon.

Space is limited. For further information contact the main office at 919.303.2560.

School begins in early August. We operate on quarters, enjoying two-week breaks in October, December, and March and having two full months of summer vacation. Students, teachers, and parents love our modified traditional calendar!

Our daily schedule is as follows:
Kindergarten Half Day – 8:15 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Kindergarten Extended Day – 8:15 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Grades 1-5 – 8:15 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Grades 6-8 – 8:00 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Grades 9-12 – 8:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Cary Christian School believes that the responsibility and authority to educate children lies with parents, not the political governing authority.  Therefore, as a school policy, we partner with parents and believe that accountability to an external agency is wise. In 2002, we gained and continue to hold accreditation from the Association of Classical & Christian Schools (ACCS).

Cary Christian School sees technology as effective tools to enhance learning but not as a replacement for the student-teacher relationship. We incorporate and advance technology when it adds depth and insight into the classroom learning culture. The goal of our educational enterprise is to develop in students the capacity to think and live well rather than develop “skills” as such. Toward that end, we use technology such as interactive whiteboards, computers, and scientific lab equipment in various ways in support of our mission.

Cary Christian School is a non-denominational Christian school. We are a diverse body coming from over 100 area churches. Our staff and board members also come from a number of different strong evangelical churches. We operate under our historical and common Statement of Faith.

Please refer to our Admissions and Application Process pages for information on how to apply to Cary Christian School.