FAQ

    That CCHS was voted a “Top School” by GreatSchools.com and has been awarded "best private school in Cherokee County for three years by My Woodstock and My Canton magazines?

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.

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.

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.

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. The average class size for the 2013-2014 year is 17 students!  Elementary school teachers are provided with Teacher Assistants to help carry the load and attend to individual student needs when required.

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.

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 NIV to align with the curriculum used for Bible instruction in K – 12th grade.

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.

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. Click Here for more details.

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 soccer, volleyball, basketball, 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. See our Information Handbook for more details.

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.

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.

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.

Do you offer a vocational track for high school?

No.  Our high school curriculum is college preparatory and exceeds the state’s requirements for a College Prep with Distinction Diploma.

Do you have a before and after school program?

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 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.

What is the tuition?

Click Here for current tuition rates and information.

Are there additional academic fees, such as book fees, activity fees, student supply fees, graduation fees, or elective fees?

No. Except for a registration fee upon enrollment, all such fees are included within the annual tuition.

How do you maintain security?

Hallways, exterior doors, parking lots, and playground areas are under the full-time surveillance using 49 cameras and 12 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.  Fingerprint access devices allow middle/high school students entry between buildings when changing classes.  Security and fire alarms are connected to a central monitoring station.

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 are your prayer needs?

Of course, there are many prayer requests that will come up during the year to fit various situations. However, the following needs are constant:

  • That the teachers, administrators, parents, and children, would seek to know and do the will of God.
  • That the minds of the teachers, administrators, parents, and children be filled with a greater sense and knowledge of God’s holiness.
  • That every child would know Jesus as his/her Lord and Savior.
  • That the staff of CCS would be given wisdom to plan, manage, grow, and teach.
  • That the teachers, administrators, parents, and children, would love to read the Bible and do it every day.
  • That our enrollment period would be fruitful and bring strong Christian families to CCS.

What is the minimum age for kindergarten?

A child must be 5 years of age by September 1.

What is the minimum age for 1st Grade?

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

What does Christ-Centered mean?

We do not present a secular education with a “dash” of morality.  Everything that we do and teach is centered on the Truth -the Word of God.  As such, Jesus Christ is the foundation (or center) on which all our efforts are built.

Is the school associated with a particular church or denomination?

The school was started by Cherokee Presbyterian Church in 1986. In 1997, Cherokee Christian School filed for its own separate 501 (c) (3) non profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors. The school reorganized in 2003 into Cherokee Christian Academy and Cherokee Christian High School, under the corporate name Cherokee Christian Schools, Inc.  Day to day operations are run by a Superintendent, a Director of Operations, three Principals, and various support staff. Cherokee Presbyterian Church maintains representation on the school board to provide spiritual oversight and help ensure the school’s faithfulness to conservative Christian doctrine.