Personalized learning, care, attention, education
CCES is an independent school with approximately 1130 total students in the Episcopal tradition serving primer through 12th grade on a beautiful 72-acre campus in Greenville. The school’s lower, middle and upper divisions are all housed on these pristine grounds that are reminiscent of a small college campus.
Academic expectations at CCES are known to be very high, but not at the expense of turning out well-adjusted and well-rounded graduates.
“Relationships are key,” says Jamie Bryant, director of Strategic Marketing and communication. “Each student is known by leadership and known by their teachers. We know how they learn, their personalities, what motivates them. We’re able to meet each student where they are.”
Using a carefully coordinated curriculum, CCES students are taught resilience, intellectual curiosity and growth mindset, and are empowered for rational decision making. Self discovery is taught through service learning projects, starting as early as primer and first grade with on-campus projects, such as decorating pillowcases for homeless shelters and placemats for soup kitchens. Beginning in second grade students are out in the community, volunteering in soup kitchens and playing cards with residents at retirement centers.
“A servant attitude is instilled in our students from day one of them being here,” Bryant says.
CCES also boasts strong athletic and arts programming to complement the curriculum.
“We have so many opportunities to get involved, and because of our small size if a student wants to join a team or be part of a performance, there is a place for them,” Bryant says. “Our students are well-rounded because they have the opportunity to pursue all sorts of interests.”
CCES is currently in year three of a five-year strategic plan – Cultivating Deep Roots & Abundant Growth – which Angela Allen, assistant head for academics, was hired to see through. The plan lays out eight goals that hone in on things like exceptional writing skills and college preparedness, as well as cultivating a respectful, spiritual, welcoming community and promoting well-being and balance in all students.
Pictured above is the CCES leadership team – names (left to right): Dr. Angela Allen, Assistant Head for Academics; Wes Clarke, Upper School Director; Amanda Beckrich, Upper School Assistant Director; Kate Fagan, Middle School Director; Hamilton Parks, Middle School Assistant Director; David Johnstone, Lower School Director; Valerie Riddle, Lower School Chaplain/Assistant Director – whom Bryant calls “champions of creativity.”
“They infuse joy in the daily life of each student and faculty member, and that cultivates an environment people want to be part of.”