Offering students a unique educational experience, including International Baccalaureate (IB) programs and a challenging college preparatory curriculum, CCES has become synonymous with academic excellence throughout the area.
In the Lower School we do more than build a foundation of basic skills. Through the thematic and inquiry-based learning of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP), our studentsí curiosity expands. They learn how to learn, research, work together in groups, and present their knowledge to an audience of parents and peers. At the conclusion of fourth grade, they present an Exhibition displaying their abilities to learn independently, present their ideas through writing, speaking, art, and music, and translate knowledge into action. And they do it with excitement and pride in their work.
In the Middle School, the CCES experience emphasizes unique learning opportunities adapted to the intellectual, social, and physical abilities of adolescents. Skills that help students excel academically and personally - such as leadership, critical-thinking, creativity, and team building - are emphasized across diverse subject areas. And, with a number of carefully planned beyond-the-campus programs, bountiful extracurricular options, yearlong service learning projects, and other pivotal middle school opportunities, students are able to engage in activities that enhance their academic studies while encouraging their personal development.
Students in the Upper School face a rich and challenging curriculum offering more than 150 courses, including 22 Advanced Placement (AP) and 35 IB courses, and a wide variety of arts classes and focused elective offerings. In their junior year, students may elect to follow the IB program course of study leading to an IB Diploma or may choose to pursue the demanding college-preparatory curriculum, including numerous honors, AP, and advanced-level courses. Students are given every opportunity to think critically, develop a wide variety of research skills, and pursue personal interests and community impact through the Sophomore Project and the independent Senior Thesis.