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September 11, 2015
By Julie Yetter

After our Kick-Off BBQ on August 31st, I had some great conversations with many of you.  Several times during these conversations, you asked great questions regarding meaty subjects which really warranted longer explanations and discussion. To meet that need, we are going to host a monthly Parent Forum to give us the opportunity as a school community to dive into the following subjects in more depth:

  • Preparing for College – Why CCS doesn’t need accreditation to be College Prep and practical advice on how student’s can afford even expensive private universities through scholarships.
  • How CCS is Biblically discipling our students to love God and equipping them to serve their community and world for God’s glory?
  • What is Differentiated Instruction and how does CCS use it to create individual academic excellence?
  • How can we grow our numbers to build for the future while keeping our family community?
  • How does the CCS Board view Common Core?
  • Why is it important that our students learn to serve rather than be served?

Most months CCS will host an evening Parent Forum on the 3rd Monday of the month from 6:30-8:00 to discuss one of these topics. We hope that you will watch your calendar for topics that interest you and choose to come join the conversation.

In addition, this Cat Chat section of the CCS website will also provide a place where we can share topics of interest with you and open a dialogue.  Some of these topics will be spiritual and some academic.  Most will not be specifically political or sectarian. Please check back regularly and see what we are “chatting” about.

Julie Yetter

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Is CCS an accredited school?

December 03, 2015
By Administrator

I am often asked about whether or not CCS is accredited.  What many parents seem to believe they are asking is, “Will colleges respect CCS as a viable college prep program?”  Those are not the same question, regardless of what you have been led to believe.  The answer to the first question is no; the answer to the second is yes!

CCS is not accredited for one reason; we love our staff and have chosen not to let them go.  CCS has an experienced professional staff that has proven they can produce strong academic achievers while engaging them in active learning that fosters a love of learning.  When we looked into the accreditation process and completed a lengthy self study of our programs there was only one area that we did not comply with what Idaho’s State Department of Education and AdvancED’s agency required.  That one area was uniform teacher certification. 

CCS does have many Idaho or other state certified teachers.  However, uniform certification would mean that even an instructor like Dr. Burns, our chemistry teacher, who is a professor of Chemistry at Whitworth University with a PhD in Chemistry, would need to comply with Idaho state certification policies.  We believe he is already well qualified as a teacher, as does Whitworth.  It also would mean that we would be required to hire a certified Spanish teacher with a degree in Education rather than a native speaker of Spanish with a degree in Aeronautics.  As you can see by my examples, we do not believe that the only qualified teachers are those with degrees in Education and endorsements by the state.

However, let me stress again that we took the accreditation process very seriously and we qualified or exceeded qualification for accreditation in every area except teacher certification.  That, and some additional trends in the accreditation process, gave us pause.  The CCS Board continues to evaluate whether or not we would desire to complete the accreditation compliance.  At this time we have chosen not to.

As to the second question above, “Will colleges respect CCS as a viable college prep program?” the answer is yes they have and continue to. CCS has been sending students to colleges of their choice for many years.  CCS alumni are engineers, pastors, teachers, nurses, business owners, executives, police officers, and many many other professions.  Currently, we have alumni attending Whitworth, Biola, Eastern, Mid-America, Boise State, University of Idaho, Eastern Washington University, and others.  What are colleges and universities looking for?  That is the question parents should be asking.

Colleges and Universities are well aware that high schools across the nation offer much the same curriculum on the one hand, but differ greatly from school to school when it comes to grading criteria.  Because of this fact, they do not make their decision based primarily on a student’s High School transcripts nor the accreditation of those transcripts.  High School transcripts communicate to a college, university or post secondary program which classes the student chose to take and how they performed in those classes.  Students who take more challenging courses and do well in them are more highly desirable to these programs.  CCS is a college preparatory program.  We hold our students to some of the highest graduation requirements of schools in the state.  Most of our High School students take four years of math, history, English and science, are fluent or close to it in Spanish, have taken on-line classes, and enroll in college level classes through Idaho colleges prior to graduation, .  Our standardized test scores are on average two years ahead.  These factors make our students very desirable.

Beyond our student’s transcripts, SAT and ACT test scores play a big role in admittance and scholarship opportunities.  Again, most CCS students are awarded not only admittance but merit scholarships at the colleges and universities they attend.  Their academic records also makes them eligible for private scholarships and grants. 

In short we have never had a student admissions turned down because CCS is not accredited. 

As CCS continues to grow its programs, the CCS Board will continue to evaluate whether or not we believe it is in our students’ best interests to pursue accreditation to meet our mission.  We make a commitment to you to provide individual academic excellence in a family environment to biblically prepare tomorrow’s leaders to reach our community and world for God’s glory.

Julie Yetter, Principal

BBQ Kickoff

October 14, 2015
By Administrator

After our Kick-Off BBQ on August 31st, I had some great conversations with many of you.  Several times during these conversations, you asked great questions regarding meaty subjects which really warranted longer explanations and discussion. To meet that need, we are going to host a monthly Parent Forum to give us the opportunity as a school community to dive into the following subjects in more depth:

Preparing for College – Why CCS doesn’t need accreditation to be College Prep and practical advice on how student’s can afford even expensive private universities through scholarships.

How CCS is Biblically discipling our students to love God and equipping them to serve their community and world for God’s glory?

What is Differentiated Instruction and how does CCS use it to create individual academic excellence?

How can we grow our numbers to build for the future while keeping our family community?

How does the CCS Board view Common Core?

Why is it important that our students learn to serve rather than be served?

Most months CCS will host an evening Parent Forum on the 3rd Monday of the month from 6:30-8:00 to discuss one of these topics. We hope that you will watch your calendar for topics that interest you and choose to come join the conversation.

In addition, this Cat Chat section of the CCS website will also provide a place where we can share topics of interest with you and open a dialogue.  Some of these topics will be spiritual and some academic.  Most will not be specifically political or sectarian. Please check back regularly and see what we are “chatting” about.

Julie Yetter

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