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