Welcome to Middle School!
Middle school is a major time of growth for adolescents. They are growing physically, socially, and spiritually. They are transitioning from being children to becoming young adults. Creating a safe environment for them to grow, explore and learn from a Christian worldview will equip them to adjust and make wise choices in the future. Our goal at CCS is to create an educational environment that will help our adolescents learn through creative ideas, positive projects, and helpful contributions to society.
Coming of age in the 21st century is a difficult prospect for many kids who have little contact even with their own parents. According to researcher, Mihaly Csiksgentmihalyi (2000): “Most of the time, adolescents are either alone (26%) or with friends (34%) and classmates (19%). Very little time is spent in the company of adults. The typical American adolescent spends only about five minutes a day alone with his or her father…Middle schools and junior high schools that shuttle kids from one teacher to the next every 42 minutes are only making the problem worse.
On the other hand, providing a student with one teacher who serves as an advisor, mentor, counselor, or guide can be instrumental for some kids to help them feel a sense of safety, confidence and purpose in their learning” (Armstrong, 2020). At CCS we work to provide this opportunity for our middle school students.
Armstrong, T. (2020). Best Schools. ASCD. Retrieved from https://ascd.org/publications/books/106044/chapters/Middle-Schools@-Social-Emotional-and-Metacognitive-Growth.aspx
5th/6th Grade Student Testimony: “I transferred to CCS this past year. It has been a great experience. I can actually think because of the quiet classroom environment.” When asked if he has made any friends after the first day of school, his response was “yah, my entire class.” “They are all my friends, which is so different than my other school experiences.”