FAQ

Are you accredited?

Cherokee Christian Schools is fully accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  SACS accredits over 13,000 schools and school systems throughout the United States and overseas.  SACS accredited schools are recognized and approved by the Georgia Department of Education for purposes of transferring credits to public schools on the same basis as students from one public school to another.  Also, the Georgia Board of Regents recognizes graduates of SACS accredited schools for college entrance to any institution of the University System of Georgia on the same basis as graduates from public schools.  The HOPE Scholarship Program of the Georgia Student Finance Authority recognizes graduates of all schools accredited under SACS to be eligible for HOPE Scholarships on the same basis as graduates of Georgia public schools.

How many students are in a class?

Each kindergarten class can comfortably accommodate up to twenty students.  Each kindergarten teacher is provided with a full time Teacher’s Assistant who enables the students to receive the individual attention required.

Elementary, middle and high school classrooms are designed to accommodate up to 24 students; however, average class sizes have historically been less than 20 students.  Elementary school teachers are provided with Teacher Assistants to help carry the load and attend to individual student needs when required.

Are our graduates eligible for the HOPE scholarship?

Cherokee Christian Schools is recognized by the HOPE Scholarship Program of the Georgia Student Finance Authority for eligibility of the HOPE Scholarship.  Not only are CCS students eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, 70% of our graduates qualify for the HOPE Scholarship or other types of scholarships and awards.

Are my donations tax deductible?

Yes.  We are a 501 (c) (3) IRS corporation.  Please consult your tax advisor for more specific answers to tax related questions.

Are all your teachers certified?

CCS teachers are degreed and certified.  The faculty at Cherokee Christian Schools brings a wealth of knowledge and teaching expertise to the classroom with the schools’ average teaching experience per teacher being over fourteen years.  CCS teachers have a passion for teaching, for their students, and for the Lord.

Is the school associated with a particular church or denomination?

Cherokee Christian Schools (CCS) maintains a cooperative relationship with Faith Community Church (FCC). The relationship was established to provide a level of accountability and oversight to the CCS Board in order that the school would remain faithful to its conservative Christian roots. Day to day management of the school is carried out by the school’s Superintendent and his team. 

What is the level/quality of academics?

Cherokee Christian Schools offers a college prep with distinction curriculum which results in superior academics.  CCS students consistently outperform county, state and national averages (see our high school SAT scores). Our STEM diploma program was established in the high school in 2011. This intense program is designed to prepare students interested in a college major and future occupation in the areas of science, technology, engineering, or math. To provide an accelerated pathway in the humanities, Masterwork Studios was established in the fall of 2015.

Which version of the Bible do you use?

We believe that there are many faithful translations of Scripture (examples: ESV, NAS, KJV, NKJV). Presently, we use the ESV to align with the curriculum used for Bible instruction in K – 12th grade.

What makes you different than the public schools and how do you compare?

There are three major differences. The first difference is academic. We believe that our curriculum is more rigorous than the government schools and the results of that are reflected in our standardized test comparisons.

The second and more important difference is philosophical. We believe that we are in the role of assisting the parent to do their job of educating their child. We are not in charge of your child. Therefore, our system is designed to support the family and not the school system.

Third, and most important, is a spiritual difference. We believe that there can be no true education without Christ as the center. All of science, math, literature, and history, revolves around the sovereign God of the universe. A child who learns without God in their school environment learns to think that God is not necessary in their personal environment. To know God is the most important thing in any person’s life.

Do you have a uniform policy?

Yes. Our uniform policy is designed to afford flexibility to parents, while fostering a positive, disciplined learning environment for the students. Click here for more information on the uniform policies for each school (Elementary, Middle or High). 

What are the school hours?

 

  • ½ day Kindergarten  – 8:30 am until  1:00pm
  • Full day Kindergarten – 8:30 am until 3:00 pm
  • 1st-5th grades – 8:30 am until 3:00 pm
  • 6th -12th grades – 8:00 am until 3:20 pm.

 

 

Do you have a before and/or after school care program available?

Yes, the program is called GrowthCare. Parents may bring their child to the school at 7:15 am and pick up as late as 6:00 pm. For more information Click Here.

What is the minimum age for kindergarten?

The schools’ policy is that a child must be 5 years of age by September 1. However, the school will consider making an exception under certain circumstances. Please inquire for additional information.

What is the minimum age for 1st grade?

A child must be 6 years of age by September 1.

What is your philosophy for discipline?

Often the word discipline connotes punishment. However, the Bible uses the word discipline for training. Biblical discipline involves taking the time to teach and train in a loving way that everyone is responsible to God for their actions. Actions that dishonor God result in consequences and correction designed to bring the student back to obedience to God. For additional information, please consult our handbooks that are unique to each school. 

How do you maintain security?

Hallways, exterior doors, parking lots, and playground areas are under full-time surveillance through the use of cameras and wide screen monitors.  Exterior doors remain locked during the day.  Visitors must enter through the front lobby where access is electronically controlled to classroom areas.    Security and fire alarms are connected to a central monitoring station.

Do you offer a vocational track for high school?

We do not offer what has been termed a “vocational track” in years past. However, we do offer a pathway that we call, “The Cornerstone Plan”. The Cornerstone Plan is different than our college prep plan in that it requires one less math and science class in high school and eliminates the requirement for 2 years of foreign language. The Cornerstone Plan may be best suited for those students who do not intend to pursue a 4 year degree, but are interested in enrolling in a technical college where there are many options for vocational preparation.

What extracurricular activities do you provide?

Cherokee Christian Schools believes in edifying the whole child, therefore, the school offers a number of extracurricular activities for students outside of the academic classroom environment.  Students may choose to participate in our athletics program which consists of football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming and golf for middle and high school students, and intramural soccer, volleyball, and basketball for kindergarten and elementary students.  In the area of Fine Arts, students have the opportunity to engage in drama, band, orchestra, choir, dance, and art.  A variety of other extracurricular clubs and activities are available to students with Student Council, Running Club, Yearbook Committee, National Honor Society, Robotics Club, Karate Club, Middle and High School Fellowships, and more. More information can be found on our Athletics and Creative Arts pages. 

Do you conduct chapel and if so what do you do?

A 35 minute Chapel is conducted once a week for all grades except Kindergarden.  Students are divided into three groups (elementary, middle, and high school). Occasionally the message will be attuned to a particular event in the world or the school. Additionally, we enjoy singing hymns and praise music during Chapel.

What type of curriculum do you use?

We primarily use curriculum from the best known and most respected Christian publishers such as A Beka, CSI, and Bob Jones.