Within each unique co-curricular community, students find opportunities to improve their individual skills, expand their ability work collaboratively, and display their work to broader audiences.
Co-curricular leaders are selected for their expertise as well as their desire to cultivate discipling relationships with the students they lead. Their care for students goes beyond the immediate task and extends to a broader commitment to see every student thrive. Students also find a culture within each co-curricular program that promotes establishing and building positive, healthy leader-to-student and student-to-student relationships.
Book lovers gather monthly to discuss and share ideas about a title we’ve chosen to read together. We celebrate and share the joy of reading, experiencing together the unique ways that literature simultaneously transports and connects, encourages and challenges.
Chess Club gives students the opportunity to build relationships as they develop critical thinking skills and work on problem solving. Students who love the competitive challenge of chess have great fellowship and fun—and sometimes snacks—in this club!
The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 software provides each student with an opportunity to engage in engineering, technology, and computer science, as well as integrate cross-curricular activities using mathematics and science. We encourage students to experiment, complete challenges, and participate in robotics competitions.
Junior State of America (JSA) is for young people interested in what happens around them—from politics, to how government works—and learning to contribute to their community. JSA is a place where students build leadership skills, learn civil debate, and strengthen their engagement through volunteering and activism.
Math & Spelling Club is a time for students to come and gain confidence in their math facts and grow in their spelling skills. We meet on Fridays during Engage in Ms. Hunt's, Ms. Shoop's, and Mr. Bridges' classrooms. Everyone is welcome, and all you need to bring is yourself!
We seek to serve others through acts of encouragement, help, and service. Our primary focus is our CCS community, but we also serve the Chattanooga area. Past activities have included making exam survival bags for CCS 8th graders, helping with the Hope for the Inner City turkey drive, and decorating a Christmas tree for Children's Hospital at Erlanger.
Musical Theatre productions at CCS are truly a community collaboration. Dozens of uniquely gifted singers, dancers, actors, artists, designers, and stage and tech crew members come together to produce the Middle School Musical each year. Even Lower School students fill specific roles. For this major production, auditions are required for all performing roles, but not for crew involvement.
Middle School students learn and improve upon their acting, singing, and dancing skills in the context of preparing to perform four shows of a selected musical in November. Our 500-seat Fine Arts Center Auditorium is full for our shows! Under the direction of Mrs. Mary Catherine Schimpf, recent shows like James and the Giant Peach Jr. and Peter Pan Jr. have been a big success.
A team of stewardship-minded students work together weekly to collect and sort recyclables from the Middle School. This initiative is student-driven, and it exists in an effort to serve the school, community, and world through conscientious, God-honoring stewardship.
The Service Council’s objective is to practice servant-leadership in the CCS community. Selected through an application process, students meet as needed to prepare to help at events like Locker Day, Parent Orientation Nights, Homecoming, and Grandparents’ Day.
Aspiring writers, journalists, and editors manage The Charger, a student-published, biweekly newspaper that features reporting and commentary from the students, for the students. The mission is to inform, entertain, and enlighten the school community.
The Climbing Club is an outdoor educational program that gives students the opportunity to learn why Chattanooga is one of the premiere destinations for outdoor recreation in the country. We encourage students to explore beautiful areas and become the caretakers that God intends them to be. Members experience recreational and competitive rock climbing and bouldering, traveling a couple times a week to local bouldering areas; participate in trail building and clean-up days; and learn the value of building partnerships with groups such as the Cumberland Trails Conference, Southeastern Climbers Coalition, and Access Fund.
The French Honor society is a national organization which recognizes high achievement in French by high school students and promotes interest in Francophone studies. To qualify for membership in this society a student must be recommended by a French teacher and meet other general requirements. The goal of the society is for students to engage with the community outside of CCS using the French language, and lead in on-campus opportunities to use the language. Students must maintain at least a 3.6 average in their French class during their membership, and participate in the events & opportunities sponsored by the society.
These student hosts serve as points of contact with international students as the latter integrate into student life at CCS. Global Ambassadors assist during the International Student Orientation and initiate multicultural meetings and activities both on and off campus. Through the Global Ambassador program, students have a unique opportunity to enhance their leadership skills by growing in cultural awareness and cross-cultural communication.
Actors, dancers, musicians, and comedians alike benefit greatly from training in improvisation. Improv students learn new techniques and hone their performance abilities. The High School club is an auditioned group that performs for the school community, with the largest performance opportunity being the annual Improv Night in the spring.
The International Thespian Society is the only honor society for theatre students in the country. Members at CCS meet bi-weekly and work together to produce student-driven projects such as showcases, original plays, and service projects in and around the community. ITS encourages participation in all elements of theatrical production, including performance, design, tech, and directing.
Junior State of America (JSA) is the largest student-run organization in the country, comprising thousands of students who care about politics. As a political debate club, we seek to wrestle with the social, cultural, political, religious, and economic issues facing our nation while honing our ability to articulate our views on those issues and engage with peers—many of whom are non-Christians. Practically, this means that we hold debates, mock trials, political simulations, and other activities both locally and at two conventions a year in Ohio.
Musical Theatre productions at CCS are truly a community collaboration. Over 100 uniquely gifted singers, dancers, actors, artists, designers, and stage and tech crew members come together to produce the High School Musical each year. Even Lower and Middle School students fill specific roles. For this major production, auditions are required for all performing roles, but not for crew involvement.
In March, the High School Musical is one of the highlights of the year in the CCS and broader Chattanooga community. Our 500-seat Fine Arts Center Auditorium is often sold-out during the seven shows of the High School Musical. Under the direction of Mrs. Mary Catherine Schimpf, the 2018 production of Meet Me in St. Louis won Best Show, Best Set, and Best Ensemble at the prestigious Spotlight Awards. The 2019 production of West Side Story won Outstanding Dramatic Actor (Jack Roden) and Outstanding Dramatic Actress (Lauren Boozer).
The National Honor Society (NHS) exists to create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote leadership, and develop character in high school students. The mission of the CCS chapter of NHS is to foster enthusiasm for scholarship, to cultivate virtue, and to intellectually serve our school and local community. Faculty evaluate students’ service, leadership, and character and invite to membership those who meet scholastic and other criteria.
Nonesuch is a committed group of students striving to cultivate a culture of independent creative writing and artistry in the High School. They promote this culture through the annual Nonesuch literary and visual arts magazine. Members meet weekly to review approximately 350 original works of poetry, prose, fiction, songwriting, and visual art submitted over the year. They also encourage student artistry through a well-attended monthly showcase called “Nonesuch Original.” Click Here for the Nonesuch website.
Leading classmates and teachers in worship through music during chapel is the special privilege of this group of talented students. They collaborate with the Praise Band Director, Chapel Committee, Chapel Coordinator, and Chaplain to select, rehearse, and lead songs in weekly chapel.
Designers, builders, programmers, creative thinkers, and problem solvers thrive in Robotics. Students gather after school and during Engage to research challenges facing today’s scientists and learn critical-thinking, team-building, and presentation skills—all while designing, building, and programming robots. The High School team uses the VEX EDR platform and advanced to the State competition in 2018 to compete against other robots across Tennessee.
The 3,000 square feet of newly built, state-of-the-art makerspace and fabrication facilities on campus—complete with devices designed for coding and robotics—provide ample space for our Robotics students to stretch and exercise their creative-thinking and problem-solving muscles.
The Service Council’s objective is to practice servant-leadership in the CCS community. Selected through an application process, students meet as needed to prepare to help at events like Locker Day, Parent Orientation Nights, Homecoming, Grandparents’ Day, and Blood Drives.
The Spanish Honor society is a national organization which recognizes high achievement in Spanish by high school students and promotes interest in Hispanic studies. To qualify for membership in this society a student must be recommended by a Spanish teacher and meet other general requirements. The goal of the society is for students to engage with the community outside of CCS using the Spanish language, and lead in on-campus opportunities to use the language. Students must maintain at least a 3.6 average in their Spanish class during their membership, and participate in the events & opportunities sponsored by the society.
Student Council members are peer-selected leaders who plan events, service projects, and fundraisers. High School Student Council (StuCo) members convene weekly and pursue social unity among the student body, develop leadership characteristics, and act as liaisons between the student body and faculty and administration. Homecoming, Prom, Powder Puff, Buff Puff, and the Annual Talent Show are a few StuCo-hosted events.
Super Smash Club provides a venue for students to improve their competitive level of play of the game Super Smash Brothers. Meetings include lectures, open play, and structured tournaments. Many of our members also compete at public events in Chattanooga, and Internet-hosted events across the world wide web.
Surf’s up! Water-lovers find a new, exciting sport and leisure activity—not to mention a fun community—in the CCS Surfing Club. No experience is needed to join! Members meet weekly for training, surfing instruction, wakesurfing, slacklining, and/or river paddling. Travel club members go camping and surfing in Florida twice a semester.
11th and 12th grade students nominated by faculty work as peer writing coaches in the Learning Commons during Engage, lunch, and after school. Fellows may help a student better understand a prompt; create an outline; revise thesis statements and topic sentences; align their essay to MLA Style; or better understand proper use of punctuation.
Yearbook teaches the basics of book production and publishing, including professionalism, marketing and billing, taking photographs, designing pages, using graphics, interviewing, writing copy, editing, and discovering how books are assembled. Students learn responsible journalism as they develop concepts graphically and verbally.
Young Life is all about adults building meaningful relationships with students and showing God’s love, inviting them to follow Him. Young Life leaders create time and space for these things to happen through Club, Campaigners, and Contact Work when leaders meet students as they are, where they are.