Though textbooks and teaching methods grow and change over time, our commitment to respect the individuality of our students remains the same. Our curriculum is varied to allow for differences in learning styles and giftedness, and we strive to provide creative assignments and multiple testing methods which allow children to see their progress and plan for their future.
Jesus lived life with his disciples (not just the 12), and as they lived he taught them. Similarly, our primary aim is to come alongside parents, as partners with them, to equip their children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). CCS embraces Deuteronomy 11:18-22 as the best way to accomplish this.
"Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth."
This command is repeated in other passages of scripture and, interestingly, isn't being given directly to parents, but the community of God's people. As part of the community, it is a command to CCS. We, as a school, endeavor to "fix" God's word in everything we do from Math to Bible class, from sports to service projects.
Never content to rest on our laurels, CCS is pushing forward in a few new areas. We have recognized that many of our students are not as familiar with the Word as some have been in the past. This could be because many of their church Sunday school programs are focusing attention on Christ-like character lessons, rather than Bible knowledge. To fill in the gaps that we are seeing, we added a comprehensive Bible curriculum to the elementary grades this year that is supported by the weekly and monthly verses. This curriculum covers a redemptive arc each year, so that students get both an understanding of significant Old and New Testament stories, but also are shown the relationship between the Old and New Testament and understand the redemptive plan of God from the Garden of Eden to Revelation at their level. Students will learn that God is unchangeable, faithful, and sovereign with a plan of salvation and eternal life that cannot be thwarted. This equips them for the upper school Bible program that continues to emphasize God's redemptive plan of salvation while discussing basic bible doctrine and practical personal application of God's Word and cultivating personal faith.