Classical & Christian Education: Preparation for Life

At Cary Christian School, our view of education is expressed in our Vision Statement:

We aim to graduate young men and women, who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; who reason persuasively and articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating their entire range of experience in the light of the Scriptures; and who do so with eagerness in joyful submission to God.

We desire them to recognize cultural influences as distinct from biblical and to be unswayed toward evil by the former.

We aim to find them well-prepared in all situations, possessing both information and the knowledge of how to use it.

We desire they be socially graceful and spiritually gracious; equipped with and understanding the tools of learning; desiring to grow in understanding, yet fully realizing the limitations and foolishness of the wisdom of this world.

We desire they have a heart for the lost and the courage to seek to dissuade those who are stumbling toward destruction; that they distinguish real religion from religion in form only; and that they possess the former, knowing and loving the Lord Jesus Christ.

And all these we desire them to possess with humility and gratitude to God.

Over the past 23 years, more than 600 young men and women have graduated from CCS. By God’s grace, we have witnessed this lofty vision become a reality. Today our graduates are living across the country–some across the world–and succeeding in variety of ways. They are excelling academically, serving Christ, and living well.

Cary Christian School Class of 2018

Our Graduates Are Excelling Academically

Education for life may be a nobler goal than preparation for college, but that does not make the two mutually exclusive. Our students have gone on to attend dozens of nationally recognized colleges including The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and Hillsdale College, as well as Christian schools such as Regent University, Liberty University, and Grove City College. The class of 2018 was offered $4.5 million in scholarships. Our students enter college ready to write well, speak confidently, and articulate the doctrines of the Christian faith.

Our Graduates Are Serving Christ

If, as Jesus said, the greatest commandments are to love God and to love one’s neighbor, then a genuine education ought to direct us not inward but outward. At CCS we encourage students to develop a heart of service through opportunities like the Senior Service Practicum and the House System. Many of our graduates are now serving Christ in foreign mission fields, in church ministries, and even as teachers at CCS. God calls His people to serve Him in a variety of vocations, and we are grateful to see our graduates making an impact on those around them in diverse ways.

Our Graduates Are Living Well

Jesus told His disciples, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Succeeding academically and vocationally forms only part of the much larger picture of a life lived to its fullest potential. God’s blessings and purposes extend to every aspect of our lives. Many of our graduates are now married (some to each other!) and raising children (some attending CCS!). As they fulfill Christ’s command to bring His light to the world, they are now beginning a new cycle of faithfulness, starting their own families and educating the next generation of children to the glory of God.



Alumni Perspective

A Change of Plans

A reflection written in May 2018, a few days before graduation: One afternoon I was sitting at my kitchen table when my parents received a phone call that would change my life forever. There was an open spot in the seventh grade class at Cary Christian School, a private school they had enrolled me in…

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Alumni Spotlight: Scott Pechacek

Scott Pechacek graduated from Cary Christian School in 2015 and now attends Barton College, where he plays golf. The following is a letter he wrote earlier this month. We are proud of all of our alumni who, like Scott, are pursuing excellence by cultivating the gifts God has given them. THANK YOU all for taking…

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To Whom It May Concern

To Whom it May Concern: My name is Kylie Anne Ragsdale, and I am from the Cary Christian School class of 2018. I came to Cary Christian in the 8th grade. In high school, I was on the board of the InterACT Club, and I lettered in three varsity sports. My goal in this letter…

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Alumni Perspective: Caroline Cearley

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of going to Cary Christian School and appreciated all of the love, help, and support offered by my teachers, advisors, and peers, but I did not truly appreciate the type of students this environment produced until I started college. Compared to what I have seen in my fellow college students,…

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Alumni Spotlight: Mrs. Emily Ficken Nelson

Emily Ficken could be described as an engaging, vivacious kindergartner. Her easy smile and desire to learn made her an active student whom both teachers and students liked. Emily graduated Cary Christian School (CCS) in 2011 and received a degree in Elementary Education at North Carolina State University with a concentration in STEM (science, technology,…

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