With the end of the school year there is quite a bit of activity. We have students moving out for the summer and up to their next grades. We also have graduates moving out to the next chapter of their lives and test results coming in to give us feedback on how we are doing in our mission to provide an excellent classical education founded upon a biblical worldview.

What a blessed day May 16 was for our school as we celebrated the Class of 2014 and sent them out to continued preparation in their callings. Thirteen of our graduates completed their 13th year of education here at CCS, conducting every day of their education here since kindergarten. They, along with their 35 classmates who have joined them over the years, continued the CCS tradition of a 100 percent college acceptance rate.

These students are going into a wide array of studies, ranging from engineering of various types to art and design, the medical field and business. We saw an equally wide and broad group of college acceptances. The following are a few of the colleges that our students are either attending or were accepted to this year:

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Anderson University
  • Appalachian State University
  • Averrett University
  • Campbell University
  • Carson-Newman University
  • Cedarville University
  • College of Charleston
  • Clemson University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • Drexel University
  • East Carolina University
  • Elon University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Ferrum College
  • Florida Southern College
  • Furman University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • George Mason University
  • University of Georgia
  • Guilford College
  • High Point University
  • Hofstra University
  • Lees-McRae College
  • Liberty University
  • Lynchburg College
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • Meredith College
  • Methodist University
  • New York University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • North Carolina State University
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Queens University
  • Radford University
  • Saint Leo University
  • School of Visual Arts
  • University of South Carolina
  • St. John’s University
  • University of Tennessee
  • United States Naval Academy
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Western Carolina University
  • William Peace University
  • Wingate University
  • Winthrop University
  • Wolford College

Of course, everyone knows that none of these schools offer a free education! So the over $3.5 million offered to our graduates in scholarships will come in handy as they pursue their next level of education.

While we have students going out for the summer, we also have data coming in that gives us a picture and feedback on how we are doing academically as a school. In April, our students in grades first through 10th took the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT). The SAT is a nationally normed standardized test that measures student achievement in math, science, social science, language, reading comprehension, thinking skills, and problem solving.

The report we received back for this year’s round of testing was very encouraging.

Some highlights:

  • As a school, our complete battery score registered at the 85.8th percentile. What this means is that our average student performed better than 85.8 percent of the students around the nation who took the Stanford Achievement Test this year. This is an improvement of 0.3 percentile points from our score last year.
  • Our school-wide score in Math was a whopping 90th percentile! Again, this means that the average score in math from a CCS student was in the top 10 percent of the scores in the nation!
  • Scores in Language (88th percentile) and Problem Solving (89th percentile) were equally impressive. These three scores are important data points for me as they are indicative of some of the main capabilities we want to produce in our students, namely, strong capacities in literacy, numeracy and the tools of learning. This means that our students are growing well in their capacities to think, reason and articulate well in both hemispheres of the brain.

Of course, standardized test scores are not the only, or even the most important barometer in measuring student success or mastery. But they are a useful point of data that helps us see how we are doing.

We should all be very thankful to God for what he has done this year in and through our students. What a privilege it is to watch these saints grow each year in their understanding of the world they inhabit, the God who has created it to demonstrate his glory and their callings within it.

Non nobis domine sed nomini tuo da gloriam!