From The Head of School

I am pleased that you are visiting our site. I hope that your consideration of it leads to an actual visit. Nothing, not even a virtual tour, approximates the power of firsthand observation. This school will warm your heart, lift your spirit, and engage your mind. I predict that you will wish that you were back in school, even if you are a visiting alumnus/alumna. You will see teachers who demonstrate care and affection toward youngsters, who challenge their intellects and inspire a desire to learn, who exude the passion of lifelong learners, who embody good judgment and sound values, and who connect the critical circle - parents and students - in a continuous partnership on behalf of the student.

CCES has achieved consistent results for fifty-nine years for the entire student body. It provides a lasting legacy to each student by satisfying the aim of a school: to educate minds and cultivate character.

The following institutional traits make a strong case for our “competitive advantage” as the premier choice in our educational marketplace:

We offer coherence: a faith foundation that puts knowledge into the perspective of service to humanity; lineal connections in subject areas from Primer through the senior year of high school that ensure developmental growth; a code of conduct and a set of principles that permeate all that we do and say. Our core values character, community, excellence, and service-suffuse the P-12 life of the school. We honor our Episcopal tradition and believe that we serve people best and live the most meaningful lives when we dedicate ourselves to the Sovereign good.

We offer accountability: on the frontlines, teachers are dedicated to promoting academic and ethical growth; the chaplaincy knows and loves your children and their parents; our administrative staff respond to your needs, concerns, and grievances promptly (we want to get it right all the time). I trust that we say what we do and do what we say honestly and regularly.
CCES has achieved consistent results for fifty-eight years for the entire student body. It provides a lasting legacy to each student by satisfying the aim of a school: to educate minds and cultivate character.

We offer opportunity: extraordinary opportunities to participate in competitive athletics at a high level, with inspirational coaches, and to bask in the pleasure of stage performance under the guidance of gifted arts instructors; a culture that celebrates service and requires all students to explore practical service to others; and faith-centered programs directed by our chaplains. These multiple and integrated venues that CCES offers students to develop into productive, disciplined, and conscientious people are distinctive in the Upstate.

We offer challenge: no one improves without high standards, motivation, and encouragement. CCES brings the best out of its students because it sets the bar high, provides the assistance, and instills the confidence that lead to success.
We offer community: perhaps the most appealing trait of CCES is its sense of togetherness. Collateral, parent volunteer groups enrich student activities with their support. The Parents Organization, Booster Club, and Arts Guild do wonderful things for students, their mentors, and guests. The alumni association maintains links among our three thousand alums, including seventeen hundred in the Upstate. However, it’s the informal activity that saves the day often. This connectedness is explicit when someone is in need. Care abounds. Compassion is tangible. People step up. The network of communication among CCES parents is strong. Faculty and staff extend regular and often unrecognized assistance to colleagues. We take care of one another.

Character and competence result from this amalgam of institutional attributes. In addition to an assurance that a CCES graduate will be academically prepared for higher education, we deliberately cultivate six character traits: resilience, or persistence, colloquially known as “grit”; collaboration, or teamwork; creativity, or problem-solving ability; time management, or work ethic; ethics, or compassion, empathy, and integrity; and intrinsic motivation, or intellectual curiosity.
The combination of skills and virtue accounts for an impressive catalogue of academic, athletic, and artistic accomplishments. These accomplishments are evidence of high aspirations, and keen support and encouragement to make the most of our abilities.

I am hopeful that we meet the first time that you visit CCES. I trust that on that visit you will readily see the bountiful advantages of a CCES education.

Yours very truly,

Dr. Leonard Kupersmith
Head of School
Christ Church Episcopal School (“CCES”) admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileged, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at CCES. CCES does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, scholarship or other programs, or athletic or other school-administered programs and activities.