Are you affiliated with a specific church? Citadel Christian School is an independent, private school and is not affiliated with a denomination. Biblical truth is taught in every class. You will find our Statement of Faithhere.
Is financial aid available to help with tuition payments? We recognize that not everyone can afford a private Christian education for their children. We work with FACTS Management, a third party company that provides evaluations of applicants to determine the level of need. After reviewing the information, the CCS finance committee determines the amount of financial aid that can be offered. Aid does not exceed fifty percent of the tuition cost. We are limited in the amount of financial aid available, as funding for Citadel Christian School takes place through tuition payments and fundraisers. We do not receive any government or institutional funding.
What additional fees can I expect after enrolling my child? After application and enrollment fees, you can expect a nominal school supply fee. If your child participates in athletics, there is a $100 fee per sport. Some field trips will require a fee. Fees for student lunches or after school care are only applicable if you choose to use those services.
What are the hours of school days? School begins for all students at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. Students may begin arriving at 7:40 a.m. For grades PreK – 4th grade, the school day ends at 3:15 p.m. In grades 5 and above, the school day ends at 3:25 p.m.
How much homework should my child expect to receive? Meaningful homework assignments are an important part of Citadel’s curriculum, but should never be overwhelming for students. Teachers may assign quality homework for each school night, within the following guidelines: Grades 1 and 2 - 20 to 35 minutes Grades 3 and 4 - 30 to 45 minutes Grades 5 and 6 - 40 to 60 minutes Grades 7 and 8 - 60 to 90 minutes
Do you use the STAAR test? As a private, Christian school, our students are not required to take the STAAR tests. High-stakes testing is not beneficial for the students, and in many public-school classrooms, such tests drive the curriculum and limit what the students learn in a given subject. Instead, we use a standardized test in the spring of each year to provide data that reveals potential deficiencies for individual students. This information helps us plan strategies to help each student in areas that need additional support. Additionally, we use the test results to identify areas that may require improvements in instructional materials or targeted professional development for our teachers. In short, the data we receive from standardized testing serves as a basis to increase student achievement and helps us determine if we are successfully reaching our academic and intellectual expected student outcomes.
Do you have an anti-bullying policy? Yes! Citadel Christian School has a zero tolerance for any form of bullying. Investigations into bullying allegations are undertaken in a timely manner. Should the investigation confirm an act of bullying, disciplinary measures will be determined based on the basis of facts, including the nature of the conduct, the age of the student(s) involved, the severity and period of time during which such conduct has occurred, whether the student has previously engaged in such conduct, and the need to balance accountability with the teaching of appropriate behavior.
Do you have before and after school care? We do not provide care before school. Students can be dropped off no earlier than 7:40 a.m. However, we do provide after-school care every afternoon that CCS is in full-day session (not on noon dismissal days) for children between the ages of 4 and 12. The program consists of two one-hour sessions (3:30 – 4:30 and 4:30 – 5:30).
How can I become involved as a parent? Citadel Christian School has an active Parent Association that meets monthly to keep parents informed of school-wide activities and events, provide opportunities for school input, and coordinate volunteer efforts. Because we are a small school, we need every family to participate in volunteer service. Areas of involvement include helping with fundraisers, our annual book fair, and special programs. Or you may want to become a homeroom parent or organize a service project. We also appreciate your input in our School Improvement Plan.
What is Classical education? Classical education differs from progressive and conventional education in that it works with the natural developmental stages of the child. Rather than a goal of producing the next generation of workers while attempting to predict the nature of future job markets, the goals of a Classical curriculum are to provide a foundation of knowledge in the early years when children are able to absorb facts with ease; build understanding on that foundation in the middle years as students begin to think through arguments; teach older students wisdom as they learn to reason and effectively express themselves. At every stage, the Classical educator is intentional about instilling wisdom and virtue in each student. Learn more here.
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