FAQs

What are school hours?

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 unless they are enrolled in our after-school program.

Is after-school care available?

Our after-school program is available on all full school days.  Students begin after-school care at 3 pm and must be picked up by 5:30 pm.  Call the school for specifics on fees, and schedule.

What school calendar does CLCS follow?

For vacations and holidays, we generally follow the Dryden Central School district calendar. We schedule our own conference days, some of which coincide with DCS. Our classes end 7-10 days earlier than the Dryden school district.

2014- 2015 Calendar (PDF format)

Annual Calendar (online)

Is busing available to the school?

Busing is available to all students residing within a 15-mile radius of CLCS. It is provided by the student’s home school district.

What is the average class size?

Classes range from 2 to 10 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.

Do you have a PreK program?

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.

What type of facility does CLCS have?

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.

What type of Bible instruction is offered?

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 whole student body.

Do you offer foreign language instruction?

We provide instruction in Spanish for PreK through Grade 8. Our Grade 8 Spanish students graduate CLCS with the equivalent of High School freshman Spanish.

Do you offer accelerated courses?

We offer an accelerated math track to qualifying students. Other accelerated courses may be available on an individual basis.

Do you offer technology instruction?

All students in grades K-8 receive technology instruction. Each classroom has at least one computer, and our Computer Lab provides supervised internet access.

What standardized tests do you give?

We give the NYState  Grade 4 and Grade 8 ELA and Math tests.  We keep close contact with the Dryden Central School district about current testing trends and evaluate our testing policy accordingly.

Are you sponsored by a church?

We are a ministry of Covenant Love Community Church and receive financial support from it.

Are contributions to Covenant Love Community School tax-deductible?

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 brochure 2013-2014and pledge form  are available for download.

Where do students go after 8th grade graduation?

Most of our graduates attend high school in their respective school districts, while a few are home-schooled or attend private high schools.

Does CLCS utilize volunteers?

Yes! We welcome volunteers who share our vision.

What is CLCS's discipline policy?

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.


Quick Facts

During the 2013-2014 school year:

  • Student enrollment:
    43 full-time and 3 part-time students
  • Churches represented:
    18 in Tompkins and Cortland counties
  • School districts served:
    Dryden, Groton, Ithaca, Lansing and Whitney Point
  • Instructional class sizes:
    2 – 10 students
  • Financial aid recipients:
    10 families