Where can I find forms that I need for various reasons?
Types of CCS forms on the website may include: application, financial contract, medical, P.E. consent, AUP form, and photography consent.
Tuition and Fees
What are the tuition fees for Community Christian School?
Please contact the school (765-935-3215) for current tuition fees.
What are the Extended Care Fees?
Please contact the school (765-935-3215) for current Extended Care fees.
What are your Extended Care times?
Extend Care times begins at 11:30am for PreK students, and Extended Care lasts from 3:30pm to 5:30pm for grades K-8th.
What are the school hours*?
Administrative Office: 7:30am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday
Pre-Kindergarten: 8:10am – 11:30am
K – 8th: 8:10am – 3:20pm Monday – Wednesday & Friday
K – 8th: 8:10am – 2:40pm Thursday
(*Provided there is not a 2-hour delay.)
Delays & Cancellations
How will I know if school is delayed or cancelled?
Classes may be delayed, close early, or be cancelled altogether in the case of inclement weather or other emergency situations. In such cases, announcements may be made by local radio stations including WKBV-AM (1490), WFMGFM (101.3), KICKS 96-FM (96.1), WFCJ 93.7 FM, and/or WJYW 88.9 JOY-FM. Also, local television stations including Whitewater Community Television Channel 11 Richmond, WRTV 6, Fox 59, WISH TV 8 all of Indianapolis, and/or WHIO TV 7 Dayton may announce delays/closings. Email and text messages will also be sent to families, and information may also be found on the Sycamore website and on our CCS Facebook page. In general, closings correspond with the Richmond Community School system, but please listen for all delays and cancellations.
What happens when there is a 2-Hour Delay?
If CCS is on a 2-hour delay (weather delay) school activities will begin two hours after normal start time:
Administrative Office: 9:30am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday
Pre-kindergarten: 10:10am – 12:20pm
K – 8th: 10:10am – 3:20pm Monday – Wednesday & Friday
K – 8th: 10:10am – 2:40pm Thursday
There will be extended care available on these days beginning at 9:30 a.m.
What is the school dress code?
These standards for dress and appearance have been established to adhere to Biblical standards for modesty. Although Christianity is a matter of the heart, outward appearance is also important as a testimony for Jesus Christ.
In the Community Christian School programs, the administration will be emphasizing and enforcing the following dress code values:
- Hair should be neat and clean. No hair shall be permitted in the eyes. This applies for all students.
- Blouses and shirts, pants, shorts and skirts, should be worn to adequately cover the body and should be free from rips, tears, or holes.
- Tank tops or spaghetti straps shall not be permitted.
- Shirts that by design or size display the midriff area (stomach or small of back) shall not be permitted.
- Clothing shall be loose enough not to accentuate the undergarments, which should not be visible.
- Skirts shall be no shorter than fingertip length and not dragging the floor.
- Students are to wear shoes at all times. “Flip-flops,” or shoes which do not have backs or heel straps to ensure the shoe is adequately secured to the foot, shall not be permitted. We strongly recommend that children wear athletic or tennis shoes for their comfort and safety.
- One’s appearance should not be vulgar, obscene, promote secret organizations, or lead to a disruptive atmosphere.
- With the exception of girl’s earrings, no tattoos or piercing shall be allowed.
- Students are not to wear hats, gloves, or other distracting clothing, costumes or sunglasses in the building or classroom. Special dress and appearance guidelines will be recognized for special activities.
- Students are allowed to wear modest shorts in school. Certain popular styles may be considered vulgar or obscene and disruptive. No biker shorts shall be permitted.
- Students should not participate in or encourage engagement in speech or conduct, which is profane, indecent, lewd, vulgar, or offensive to school purposes. This includes communicating these messages through clothing, jewelry, hairstyle or other popular trend.
- If in the judgment of teachers and administration, reasonable discretion has not been exercised; to avoid undue distraction, to provide proper cleanliness or to maintain proper levels of common decency, the school will intervene.
Food and Lunches
Does CCS serve lunch?
Students should bring their lunches from home on days hot lunch is not purchased. Milk (chocolate and white) will be available for purchase every day. Food and drinks are allowed only in designated areas and at designated times. Please help your child remember his or her lunch. It is very difficult to turn away a hungry child.
As an 8th grade trip fundraiser, Pizza, Chips, & Pop lunches are available most Fridays. Order forms and money are collected early in the week so food can be ordered and prepared accordingly. Please see the office for information about Pizza, Chips, & Pop on Fridays.
In an effort to encourage healthy children, water, juice and low fat milk will be encouraged. Daily sodas and “empty calorie” drinks are discouraged. In the event of a forgotten lunch, you may purchase a lunch from Community Christian as available.
CCS does not attempt to maintain a peanut-free kitchen. We cannot prevent students from bringing peanut butter or associated allergens with them from external environments into the facility. While we work diligently to create the safest environment possible for our staff and students, we cannot guarantee the elimination of peanut butter and associated allergens from our facility. Should a problem arise, staff are advised of associated risks and are instructed to respond as per their level of training. Students with severe food allergies should carefully consider associated risks prior to enrolling.
Is CCS a peanut-free zone?
CCS IS NOT A PEANUT-FREE SCHOOL, but we maintain the position that we will be PEANUT SENSITIVE because we wish to support those students who are allergic to peanuts or other food sensitivities. Therefore, all foods brought to CCS to share with students must be store bought. The nutrition label listing all of the ingredients must be provided to the classroom teacher for review prior to distribution.
What is the age requirement for PreSchool?
Students must be age four by August 1st.
See more admissions policies below under "Policies."
Does CCS have a school nurse?
CCS does not retain a full time school nurse.
Does CCS assign homework to students?
Homework will be assigned by each teacher and is designed to reinforce and enrich school learning by providing the necessary practice, integration, and application through related home activities and to stimulate voluntary effort, initiative, independence, responsibility, and self-direction. The quantity of homework will follow the general guideline that the average student will spend between 10-15 minutes per grade level per night (i.e. an average fourth grader will spend about 40 – 60 minutes on homework on the average night. Minimal new homework assignments may be given on Wednesdays to allow for mid-week church commitments).
Beliefs & Mission
What are the religious beliefs at Community Christian School?
What is the CCS Statement of Faith?
(All references are taken from the English Standard Version Bible)
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28: 18-20 and 2 Cor. 13:14)
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory (I Cor. 15:3-8, I Peter 2:24, John 3:16).
- We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. (Romans 3:21-30).
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, those that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those that are lost unto resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29)
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:20-26).
- We believe in the creation of man by the direct act of God (Genesis 1:1-31, 2:1-2).
What is the vision of CCS?
Community Christian School is an academic institution committed to providing Christian parents with quality Christian education for their children. CCS promotes a Biblically based worldview that assists parents in training their children to develop sound Christian character which will affect their community and world in a positive manner. The vision of CCS is to be recognized and sought as the standard for educational excellence because of its academic and spiritual development of students and its increasingly positive impact on society.
History & Accreditations
How long has CCS been in Richmond?
Community Christian School was founded in 1985 by concerned parents who wanted an alternative to public education. The school is entirely self-supporting financially, depending primarily on income from its operation to meet expenses. We are truly happy that you have chosen Community Christian School as a worthy investment in your child’s education. We look forward to assisting you in the most important task of parenthood: the nurturing and training of your children.
Is CCS Accredited?
Community Christian School is associated with the Association of Christian Schools International. Founded in 1978, ACSI has over 2750 member schools, representing nearly 1,000,000 Christian day-school students. Membership provides many practical resources such as professional development conferences for teachers, accreditation and certification opportunities, student activities, publications, listings in its national directory, and insurance programs. Currently, CCS is participating in the ACSI, STAR (Steps Toward Achieving Recognition) Program.
In June 2006, Community Christian School received Freeway Status through the State of Indiana. CCS has been accorded “Freeway Accreditation” status through the State of Indiana, until the year 2015. This accreditation will allow all CCS students to participate in programs, such as 21st Century Scholars and other grant-related programs offered through the State and Federal Governments. It should be understood that State Accreditation does not affect any CCS program through limitations or requirements other than the yearly implementation of the ILearn (Indiana State Testing).
What is the CCS admissions policy?
- Parents must state in writing that they have read and agree with the school’s Statement of Faith, and both parents must agree to have their children educated in agreement with it.
- Prospective pre-kindergarten students must be four years old by August 1st of the school year. Kindergarten students must be five years old by August 1st of the school year.
- Students are selected in order to maintain a student body of strong academic and moral caliber. CCS may contact a student’s previous school to ensure that the student is in good standing in both academics and matters of discipline. The Board of Trustees, upon recommendation of the administration and the Admissions Committee, may refuse to admit a student with academic, disciplinary or other problems.
- The Board and Parents must agree to support Community Christian’s Parent Code, Lifestyle and Moral Integrity Statement, and conduct themselves in accordance with it.
- The parents must agree that: (a) the school has final discretion for the grade and class placement of children, (b) the school has final discretion in the discipline of their children within the bounds of the discipline policy, (c) they will meet all tuition and other financial obligations by the 10th of each month, (d) they will willingly support the school in prayer and in lending practical help as needed by the school.
What is the CCS enrollment policy?
One mission of Community Christian School is to provide a discipling ministry to its students. We consider CCS an extension of the Christian home. Therefore, it is critical, if not a requirement that each student receive parental support and commitment to their Christian Education and personal walk with the Lord. Each parent, by enrolling their child in CCS and signing the Statement of Faith, is pledging this support to the student and school. Enrollment is a privilege, not an entitlement, and is subject to review and prayerful consideration when deemed necessary by the school Administration and Board. The school reserves the right to deny or terminate admission to the school based on one or more of the following four categories:
- Insufficient academic performance or progression.
- Excessive behavioral problems.
- Inappropriate parental behavior or lifestyle choices inconsistent with biblical moral principles as described in the CCS Lifestyle and Moral Integrity Statement, which would undermine the mission and purpose of Community Christian School.
- Breaking of financial agreements, covenants, or contracts with the school.
It is the parents’ obligation to provide an environment at home that will maximize the teaching efforts of the school and contribute to the overall “training up of the child in the way he/she should go” Proverbs 22:6. Parents must model, via their own behaviors, those they desire in their children. Effective parenting skills are essential. These include, but are not limited to:
- Daily prayer for and with
- Monitoring and limiting the amount of television watched after school and in the evening by the child
- Setting aside blocks of time for homework, and participating in completing assignments
- Establishing firm bedtimes to ensure adequate sleep for the children.
- Ensuring overall provision of health care
- Modeling and exposing your child to positive role models therefore, protecting her from negative influences, which may impede personal growth and / or foster poor patterns of behavior
What is the financial accounts policy?
The Board of Directors establishes tuition fees each year. Tuition is charged, per student, on an annual basis. Payment may be made annually, bi-annually or according to a 12-month schedule, from July 1 through June 1. The monthly payment schedule has no correlation to the number of days your child is enrolled in school. Optional programs, activities, graduation and field trips may involve additional charges.
- Parents are expected to meet their financial obligations to the School in full and on time. Penalties will be assessed for late payments as specified in the fee schedule. Delinquent accounts will be reviewed by the Board of Directors each month and at the end of each semester.
- Any account that is 60 days or more past due, student enrollment at CCS will be terminated at the discretion of the CCS Board. Re-enrollment will require payment of the past due amount and prepayment of fees and tuition for the remainder of the academic year.
- All families receiving financial assistance, scholarship monies, and/or tuition reductions stewarded by CCS will have all financial assistance, scholarship monies, and / or tuition reductions revoked for any fees not paid by the 10th of the month in which they are due. This includes but is not limited to tuition, technology, book, extended care, tutoring, and other fees.
- Parents who are having difficulty in making payments should contact the bookkeeper immediately. The School will make every effort to seek some arrangement satisfactory to both the parents and the school.
- Application and registration fee shows a commitment on the part of each family to fulfill the entire year’s tuition obligation for each student enrolled. Enrollment may be finalized only by receiving these items in the administration office. The school makes financial commitments based on enrollment data. If, for any reason and at any time, a student withdraws from CCS, a withdrawal fee is assessed covering all book and technology fees along with two months tuition. The Withdrawal Fee shall be strictly enforced and will not be waived. The Withdrawal Fee is in addition to any monthly payments already made.
Are their additional requirements for parents?
Community Christian School requires all parents donate a minimum of 30 hours of their time to the school. This translates to approximately 3 hours per month. If you are unable to donate time, parents are required to make a onetime per year contribution to the general fund in the amount of $300.00.