Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who sends their children to St.
Thomas Community Christian School?
There is no such thing as
a typical St. Thomas Community Christian School family. Our students include
the children of farmers, teachers, electricians, retailers, doctors,
carpenters, mechanics, secretaries, and engineers. Our families worship at a
variety of local churches.
As STCCS families it is our desire to
educate our children in a Christian environment, an environment that shares the
values and beliefs taught in the home.
2. Who runs the school?
The school is operated by the St. Thomas
Community Christian School Society. The school Society elects a Board of
Directors, which sets the policies for the school's operation and hires the
3. Is STCCS accredited?
Yes, STCCS is registered with the Ontario
Ministry of Education. STCCS is also a member of three supporting
organizations, the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS), Christian
Schools Canada (CSC) and Christian Schools International (CSI).
4. Are the teachers qualified?
All teachers are
members of the Ontario Christian School Teachers Association and/or the Ontario College of Teachers. The teachers have Education degrees from accredited
universities in Canada or the United States. Police checks have been submitted
as per Board policy.
5. Do students participate in
The Canadian Test of Basic Skills, a
national standardized testing program is administered every other year to
grades three through eight. Parents are welcome to review the results of these
tests, to determine areas for their child to work on, and to review the school's overall performance as well. Past results have shown that our
students on average test above their grade standard as compared to the Canadian
schools across the country that have participated in the testing.
6. When students graduate from grade
eight, can they transfer to another school?
Absolutely. Students can easily transfer to
other schools, as the curriculum at STCCS meets provincial guidelines and
7. What is the cost of tuition?
The tuition charge is based on grade level
and the number of children in the family. For a copy of the most recent tuition
grid, please call the school's office at 519 633 0690.
8. Do you have a dress code?
Yes, we do. The dress code is based on
Christian standards of modesty and neatness. This policy is enforced by the
Principal and approved by the Board of Directors.
9. I am interested in being involved
and helping out at the school. What opportunities are available to me?
There are many opportunities: parents may
chaperone a field trip, help with special events, give assistance to students
who are struggling academically, work in the library, and in many other areas.
You may also want to be involved in a committee. Committees include Facilities,
Fundraising, Transportation, Finance, Program, Development, Business Engagement
10. Does the school offer any
Yes, the school offers a sports program.
Sports teams include volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross-country, badminton,
and track and field. We also participate
in Battle of the Books which is a reading competition. We also provide our students with an opportunity to develop their musical abilities through private lessons and by joining one of our praise and worship teams.
11. What school educational programs
do you offer?
We offer Reading, Writing, Mathematics,
Social Studies, Science, Bible, Physical Education, Health Education, Music,
Band, French, and Art. Complete details of the curriculum are available in the
Curriculum Handbook located in the school's office.
We also offer a library, computers in every
classroom, computer lab/music room, gymnasium, and a well-equipped playground.
12. How do parents keep informed?
A weekly newsletter is sent home to each
family, outlining major assignments and important dates. This newsletter also
includes a report from the principal, and a short note from each teacher
summarizing what will be covered in the coming week in each classroom.
13. How long has the school been in
The school has been in operation since
14. How can I find out more?
complete information package is available from the school. We encourage
students and parents to come to the school for a tour and to meet with our
principal, Jason Schouten.