Frequently Asked Questions
DO we need TO Attend any PARTICULAR CHURCH TO be accepted into kccs?
Though we encourage all families to be meaningful members of a local church, those interested in enrolment will only be expected to affirm the school’s Statement of Faith and other governing documents.
WHAT criteria will A STUDENT’S ACCEPTANCE TO kccs be BASED ON?
Since we consider the cultivation of Christian virtue to be of first importance, a greater interest will be taken in the values taught in the home than on prior academic performance. A family interested in partnering with KCCS will be one that values Christ-centred and Classical learning. Parents and students alike will be expected to take an interest in the education process and demonstrate a love for lifelong learning. Admission to the school will involve a family interview in which both parents (if applicable) and the prospective student(s) will meet with the principal and members of the Board of Directors. During the interview process, students will be assessed and various placement tests will be administered to determine appropriate grade enrolment.
is kccs accredited by the political governing authorities?
Private schools operate independently of the Ministry of Education, but function within a framework of legislation. According to the Private School Policy Manual, “The Ministry does not regulate, licence, accredit or otherwise oversee the day-to-day operation of private schools.” As a private school, KCCS will go through the necessary process of being validated by the Ministry of Education to operate as such, and upon validation will receive a BSID (Board School Identification Number) from the Ministry. While a private secondary school may wish to be inspected by the Ministry in order to have the authority to grant credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, this would require that we comply with Ontario curriculum, which would involve us compromising on what we believe are necessary pillars of Christian education.
is KCCS ACCREDITED WITH ANY PRIVATE Institutions?
KCCS is a member of the Association of Classical Christian Schools. As a member of the ACCS, we have access to a wealth of quality resources such as: teacher certification and training, curriculum partners, and experienced consultants. Full accreditation with the ACCS will be something we work towards as our school grows to encompass grades K-12.
How can parents be involved in the school?
We believe parents bear the primary responsibility for the training and instruction of their children, and therefore have certain expectations of parents wishing to send their children to KCCS. Parents will need to recognize this role and be willing to work together with the school to achieve a Christ-centered and Classical education for their children. We at KCCS are committed to maintaining open communication with parents and will look for ways to actively involve parents in the school. On top of being welcome to visit the school at any time, parents may also choose to assist in the classroom, act as chaperones on field trips, or help with recess.
We think Logos School articulates all of this very well when they state: “We aim to cultivate in our parents a sense of responsibility for the school; to see them well informed about the goals of our classical and Christ-centered approach. We desire them to grow with the school, involved in and excited about the journey. We aim to help them to follow biblical principles in addressing concerns, to be inclined to hearing both sides of a story before rendering a verdict, and to embrace the Scripture's injunctions to encourage and stir up one another to love and good works.”
What are the expected class sizes?
At this point, class sizes and structure will depend upon enrolment. As our school grows, we are committed to maintaining smaller class sizes and will not exceed classes of 15 students.
What will be required to admit my children to university?
While policies range from university to university, there are a variety of ways that a student without an OSSD (high school diploma) can be admitted to university. Some post-secondary institutions recommend that the student undergo some sort of standardized testing (SAT, ACT). Some universities/colleges will examine a portfolio of the students’ work in their senior year, while still others accept a list of grades along with a letter of recommendation from an unbiased source. When KCCS does grow up into a secondary school, we will provide guidance and support to any student wishing to attend college or university.