CCES Traditions & Events

Lower School

Inquiry-based learning teaches children that their questions and interests are valued.

  • Salute to South Carolina - Just one of the many class plays students help script and perform to showcase their learning.
  • Road to Bethlehem and Blessing of the Animals - Through the Christian education program, experiences such as the ones above allow all Lower School children to celebrate faith and service in joyful, active, age-appropriate ways. These events not only mark the liturgical calendar, they also help children learn to serve others.
  • Special Friends Day and the annual Lower School Art Show - These occasions are anticipated with excitement and bring family members and friends to the Lower School to share the students’ experience and pride in their accomplishments.

Middle School

Many Middle School traditions derive from the Beyond-the-Campus educational program that involves students in outdoor challenges and experiences.

  • Fifth graders - An outdoor classroom experience takes place early in the school year at Paris Mountain State Park, providing students a chance get to know each other and their teachers in an environment filled with engaging activities designed to promote team-building and leadership. An overnight trip takes place in the spring to the Green River Preserve as well as two full days exploring Cedar Mountain with trained naturalists. Other outdoor experiences include the 5th Grade Egg Drop.
  • Students travel to Barrier Island Environmental Education Program at St.Christopher Camp and Conference Center on Seabrook Island to participate in a marine science field trip. The program features Environmental awareness, beach and salt water ecology, as well as a water study and a team building component. Students also release home-raised trout at Table Rock State Park
  • Seventh graders - The students’ trip to Washington D.C. and surrounding areas bring their social studies lessons to life.
  • Eighth graders - A trip to Disney’s EPCOT and the Magic Kingdom offers an exploration of physics and geography in a trip that is both exciting and instructive.

These carefully planned programs are, appropriate for this age group, experiential, and help reinforce socialization and team-building skills- critical components of a well-rounded middle school education.

Upper School

In the Upper School, academic traditions, such as the Tenth Grade Sophomore Project, and the Extended Essay or Senior Thesis, create many unforgettable memories that classmates savor throughout the years.

  • Homecoming - Held during football season, Homecoming involves events for alumni and students. Students select a Homecoming Court which is presented on the day of the game, ceremonies to induct alumni into the CCES Sports Hall of Fame are held prior to the game, and a Homecoming Queen is announced at halftime. 
  • Ninth Grade Mystery Trip - A tradition for incoming freshmen, the US experience begins by taking a “mystery” trip to a destination not revealed to the parents or the students. The trip is a wonderful experience for all and allows the class to bond as a group.  A meeting for parents of 9th​​ graders will be held before the first day of school to share basic information about the trip. 
  • Epiphany Scholar Chapel and the Fine Arts Chapel - Chapel traditions such as these celebrate student achievement in the context of glorifying God. These beautiful services are much anticipated and are enhanced by an element of surprise made sweeter by the fact that the parents of the award winners must keep the secret until the honors are announced in chapel.
  • Senior Week - The week leading up to graduation involves students in a well-choreographed series of activities, including Senior Service Day. Following Senior Chapel in late April, a bagpiper leads the seniors in a triumphal procession around campus, where students and faculty are lined up to applaud them. The procession culminates in a reception for the students and their families. Other activities also include Senior Signing Day where students reveal their college of choice. The Headmaster's Dinner is held each year the night before Commencement.
  • Senior Breakfast - This beloved tradition takes place the morning of Commencement. A favorite highlight of the school calendar, the Senior Breakfast gives Upper School faculty and staff one last chance to serve up some humor and heartfelt advice to the graduating class along with orange juice and breakfast casseroles. Then there are the elegant Commencement ceremonies, characterized by the uncle of one recent graduate as "the most beautiful graduation services I've ever seen."

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