The Daily Preschool Classroom (FOUR campuses in Crestwood, Glendale, Kirkwood, and Webster)
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program of CCLS partners with its homes and congregations to provide opportunities for each child to know the love of Jesus, develop respect for self and others, and to experience the joy of learning in a safe and developmentally appropriate environment. Accredited by National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA), the preschool program spans four campuses offering part-day, school-day, and full-day options for children ages 2 to 5. There are a variety of options, beginning as early as 6:45 a.m. and lasting as late as 6:00 p.m. Daily schedules include active, hands-on curricular activities in a stimulating, caring environment. Creative and imaginative play opportunities motivate young children to discover and use their God-given abilities. Children are invited to imagine, wonder and explore ways to organize and use new knowledge, test the learning environment, seek possible explanations and practice new skills safely. They learn by using all their senses to explore God’s world. Everyday the children at CCLS preschool grow in their faith in Jesus, experience success and joy in learning, and develop caring relationships with peers and adults.
The Elementary School Experience (Grades K-4, Webster Campus)
Each day the children hear that Jesus is their personal Savior who died on the cross to save them from their sins. The faculty and staff model this faith throughout the day. Prayers are spoken for one another. Bible stories are shared and memory verses are learned. Our goal is that the children become disciples who are able to share their faith with those around them.
We are also committed to providing an excellent education for each child. In the elementary grades, the children are learning the routines of school. They are growing in their faith walks. They are growing in their academic skills. They are learning how to be good stewards of their time, energy and talents. Our loving and caring faculty members work to establish relationships with each of their students' families. This starts with the first home visit they make in August. This relationship continues throughout the year as teachers and parents work together to develop the talents and abilities that God has given to each child. The teachers are encouragers and facilitators of the students' growth. Hugs and words of encouragement are evident throughout the day. The teachers communicate with the parents weekly with classroom notes. Teachers and parents also have frequent conversations regarding the progress of their students.
The elementary classrooms are self-contained for the core subjects. These subjects are complemented with special subject teachers for music, physical education, and Spanish. Support teachers are available in the areas of reading and special education. Parents are involved in our program in many ways. From parent readers to field trip chaperones to library workers to lunchroom volunteers to classroom helpers, there are unlimited ways for parents to help in the educational environment of their children.
A Middle School Overview (Grades 5-8, Kirkwood Campus)
It is during the middle school years that young people develop their commitment to learning and discover what it means to be responsible, independent students. It takes love, dedication, and understanding to help these students as they change spiritually, academically, emotionally, and socially.
Our highest desire is that all of our students understand Christ's love and forgiveness for them. From that love came His death and resurrection, giving us eternal life with faith in Christ. That wonderful gift is our driving force for the words we use and the actions we show. We showcase a strong Lutheran Christian staff that is dedicated to the students and their families, and each teacher is passionate about helping students understand this gift and how to share it.
We understand that middle school is not only about getting a great education; it is also about learning life skills. We have created a program that allows for a diverse group of students to come together in a Christian atmosphere to grow and learn. The program provides a unique transitional experience that bridges the gap from the lower elementary grades and self-contained classrooms to the departmentalized classroom including block scheduling, making for a smooth transition to the high school environment.