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At CCS, all of our curricular and co-curricular efforts are designed to foster the growth of each child to his or her fullest potential.

Chattanooga Christian School is committed to providing an environment that allows students to grow from their unique points of need to their full, God-given potential. We recognize that not all students will excel in the same areas, but we also understand that each has been given special gifts for God’s glory. We also understand that these gifts are often tied to a student’s sense of purpose in the community. Thus, Student Life at CCS is designed to provide opportunities for students to develop and employ the gifts of leadership, creativity, and service in the context of relationship, for the purpose of cultivating a thriving, vibrant, school community that creates a sense of place for each of student.

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We strive daily to strengthen the unity of the broader CCS community, while still celebrating the uniqueness of each school's culture and student life experience.

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Lower School

Enriching the students' minds and hearts at an early age through Student Life activities enhances the learning environment and strengthens connections between members of the CCS community.

School Spirit Events & Community Building Activities:
  • Homecoming Week & Spirit Week: Dress-up days, pep rallies, and games
  • Special Events: Father-Daughter  Dance, Mother-Son Lookouts Baseball Game, "Warm Up to a Good Book" Day, Field Day, Family Events (Square Dance, STEAM Night)
Leadership Opportunities:
  • Mentoring: 4th Grade students mentor Kindergarten students, 5th Grade students help with younger students in various activities as needed
Service Projects:
  • Fundraising/Charity Projects: Bless others in the community and share God's love through fundraising projects
  • Family Service Projects: At various times during the year, families will have the opportunity to participate in service projects both at school and in the community
Chapel & Spiritual Life
  • In the Lower School, students attend weekly chapel services on Tuesday mornings. Our chapels focus on a different theme each year. Often, various classes will lead chapel. We also have special guests from the community as well as teachers who volunteer to speak. Each month our music teacher, Mrs. Beirne, teaches the students a new hymn. Chapel is always a joyous time of praising God, and the kids love it!

 

Middle School

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In Middle School Student Life we lay the groundwork for the increased leadership responsibility that current Middle School students will experience in the High School. Leadership is cultivated through a willingness to serve others and lead by example. We encourage the students to invest time in the school through helping with various activities such as SOAR, homecoming, spirit week, new student tours, grandparents day, and various other community events.

School Spirit Events & Community Building Activities:
  • Homecoming Week & Spirit Week: Dress-up days, pep rallies, and games
  • Charger Challenge: This series of competitions takes place periodically throughout the school year, providing opportunities for students with diverse strengths to excel in activities such as a spelling bee, free throw competition, and checkers tournament. 
  • SOAR Trips: CCS partners with the SOAR organization that works with students to develop leadership skills and realize their potential. Students participate in outdoor activities such as camping, rappelling, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, team building, and learning wilderness survival skills.
Leadership Opportunities:
  • Student Council: 3 students from each grade represent the Middle School student body, learn leadership skills, and assist with special events such as Grandparents' Day, Homecoming, and Spirit Week.
Service Projects:
  • Fundraising/Charity Projects: Angel Tree ministry
Spiritual Life
  • Chapel: Students attend weekly chapel services that provide an opportunity for community worship, minister to the needs of students, and proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ.

Chapel & Spiritual Life

High School

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Every Student Life activity or event in the High School is led predominantly by student leaders under the guidance of the Student Life Director and faculty advisors. As these student leaders take an idea from concept to completion, they learn and practically apply organizational, budgeting, teamwork, and leadership skills.

School Spirit Events & Community Building Activities:
  • Homecoming: Float building for grades 9–12, dress-up days, games such as tug-of-war, and Homecoming dance
  • Powder Puff Football: Cookout, bonfire, girls play flag football, and boys create and perform a cheer or dance
  • Christmas Social: Semi-formal dinner and dance led and organized by Student Council
  • Class Retreats/Days: Freshmen and Sophomores go on a class day that is planned completely by their Class Officers. Activities include swimming, field games, and time for class planning for the year. Juniors take an overnight retreat to a camp, and Seniors take two nights. Each class's officers plan the entire retreat from activities, to meals, to worship times.
  • Spirit Week: Hall decorating based on theme, dress-up days, games such mattress pass and crab soccer, and movie night
  • Prom: Formal dance with desserts led by Junior class and organized by the Officers for all Juniors and Seniors
  • Field Day: Students serve seven Hamilton County schools with over 3500 students and have five senior leaders and seven junior leaders.
Leadership Opportunities:
  • Service Council: approximately 40 hand-selected students from grades 9–12 who primarily serve the CCS community in events such as Grandparents' Day, Homecoming Alumni activities, Admission Preview Days, and any special event on campus. The Service council also seeks to serve the larger Chattanooga community 
  • Student Council (StuCo): Peer-selected student leaders from grades 9–12 who pursue social unity among the student body, develop leadership characteristics, and act as liaisons between the student body and faculty and administration
  • Class Officers: President, Spirit Chair, and Treasurer from each grade who coordinate Class Retreats/Days, Spirit Week, Prom, and other activities
Service Projects:
  • Community Service: Service is an integral part of life at CCS, and because we believe it is so important, it is built into the Upper School curriculum. Each high school student is required to complete a semester-long Community Service class. For more information about the Community Service Program, see below. 
  • Service Council: See above.
  • Fundraising/Charity Projects: Angel Tree ministry

Community Service Program at CCS

Spiritual Life
  • Chapel: Students attend weekly chapel services that provide an opportunity for community worship, minister to the needs of students, and proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ.

Chapel & Spiritual Life