School starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. with morning drop-off available at 7:45 a.m. Students who do not ride the bus home must be picked up by 3 p.m. We do not currently provide before-school or after-school care.
Busing is available to all students residing within a 15-mile radius of CLCS. It is provided by the student’s home school district.
Classes range from 6 to 15 students each. Each classroom generally includes two grades. Middle school grades have a mixture of separate and combined classes for subjects such as science, math, and English. In the classroom, students are often grouped in smaller units to accommodate varying skill levels.
Yes! Our full-time PreK program introduces young children to the educational atmosphere of school and encourages social skill-building while still providing plenty of opportunities for fun. Prospective students must turn 4 years old by September 1 to be eligible for enrollment in the PreK program.
Our facility is a renovated barn that also houses Covenant Love Community Church. We have a large playground and extensive grounds, including a soccer field. Students bring bagged lunches to school, where they have access to microwave ovens and refrigerators. During the year, the eighth grade class periodically serves pizza lunches, which parents can order for their children.
In each grade, children receive biblical training, which includes memory verses, collaborative projects, artwork, and group discussions. We also provide Bible lessons in assemblies with the student body.
We provide instruction in Spanish for PreK through Grade 8. Our Grade 8 Spanish students earn one high school foreign language credit when they pass a Spanish proficiency exam at the end of the year.
We offer an accelerated math track to qualifying students. Other accelerated courses may be available on an individual basis.
All students in grades K-8 receive technology instruction. Each classroom has at least one computer, and our Computer Lab provides supervised internet access.
We give the Grade 4 and Grade 8 ELA and Math tests as well as the Grade 4 ESPET.
We keep close contact with the Dryden Central School district about current testing trends and evaluate our testing policy accordingly.
We are a ministry of Covenant Love Community Church and receive financial support from it.
Yes. We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All donations to our school are tax-deductible, excluding designated tuition subsidies. Our pledge letter is available for download.
Most of our graduates attend high school in their respective school districts, while a few are home-schooled or attend private high schools.
Yes! We welcome volunteers who share our vision.
The emphasis of our discipline policy is on training and instruction, rather than on the administration of punitive actions. We believe that a healthy relationship between teachers and parents is crucial for an effective discipline policy that benefits the student.
During the 2012-2013 school year:
- Student enrollment:
42 full-time and 4 part-time students
- Churches represented:
14 in Tompkins and Cortland counties
- School districts served:
Dryden, Groton, Ithaca, Lansing and Whitney Point
- Instructional class sizes:
2 – 12 students
- Financial aid recipients: