FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What is SCS's tuition?
  2. What are SCS's school day hours?
  3. Is there a birth date "cut-off" policy for entering Pre-kindergarten?
  4. Is SCS accredited and/or state approved?
  5. Who are the SCS teachers?
  6. When does the SCS school year start and end?
  7. Does SCS offer a bus service?
  8. Is SCS affiliated with a specific church?
  9. What type of extra-curricular activites are offered to SCS students?
  10. Do students have computer classes? How is technology used  at SCS?
  11. Do SCS students wear uniforms?
  12. Does SCS offer extended care?
  13. Can SCS meet the needs of my highly gifted child?
  14. Does SCS offer resource services?
  15. What colleges have accepted SCS graduates?

 

What is SCS's tuition?

Current costs are avaiable on the tuition page.

 

What are SCS's school day hours?

Pre-School & Kindergarten:     8:15 am - 3:15 pm

Lower School (1st - 5th grade):     8:15 am - 3:30 pm

Upper School: (6th - 12th grade):     8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Is there a birth date "cut-off" policy for entering pre-kindergarten?

One of the factors used to determine eligibility for students entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade is the birthdate of the child. Please refer to the following chart for the appropriate birthdate deadline for your child. These dates are consistent with guidelines established by the State of Maryland. Our experience has shown that children in these age groups are generally more successful academically and socially when these guidelines are followed.

Grade

Pre-Kindergarten 3               Age 3 by September 1 of current school year

Pre-Kindergarten 4               Age 4 by September 1 of current school year

Kindergarten                          Age 5 by September 1 of current school year

First Grade                             Age 6 by September 1 of current school year

 

Is SCS accredited and/or state approved? 

SCS is dually accredited through both Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. SCS is fully approved in kindergarten through grade 12 by the Maryland Sate Department of Education. Such approval is based on the quality of facilities, curriculum, and teacher preparation. Our pre-kindergarten program meets the standards prescribed by the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care.

 

Who are the SCS teachers?

The full-time teachers on staff at SCS are professionally qualified teachers who consider it a great joy to be employed by SCS. Well over a third of our teachers have their Master's degrees. However, one of the greatest qualities of our teachers are that they have each committed themselves to being in ministry with our students. In other words, they are people who have a passion for our mission. Please see our directory for information on individual faculty and staff members.

 

When does the SCS school year start and end?

Historically, the school year begins the day after Labor Day and ends around the second week of June.

 

Does SCS offer a bus service?

SCS operates a voluntary bus service for Sussex County and Dorchester County residents. Click here for more information and for the necessary registration forms.

 

Is SCS affiliated with a specific church?

SCS is a fully independent private school and is not affiliated with a specific denomination or church. Within our student body there are approximately 115 different churches represented.

 

What type of extra-curricular activites are offered to SCS students?

Varsity, junior varsity, and middle school sports (soccer, volleyball, golf, basketball, track, baseball, softball), drama (two productions per year), clubs (during and after school), student government association, National Honor Society, band and choral competitions, academic competitions, service opportunities (Interact), and much more!

 

Do students have computer classes? How is technology used at SCS?

We recognize the enormity of technology in our world today and consequently seek to have it permeate our academics.  All instructional rooms are equipped with Promethean Boards (interactive whiteboards) to enhance student learning and engagement.

We have instituted a bring-your-own-device initiative in the upper school.  This allows students and teachers to utilize tablets through classroom instruction. At the lower school level, we have an iPad initiative in which teachers can check out the iPads for use in their individual classes.
The curriculum is dynamic and we attempt to respond to the changing technology needs of our students and faculty. We offer regularly scheduled computer classes in 6th-12th grades. These classes include Keyboarding, Online Research, Office, Business Computing, Web Design, Multimedia Computing and Advanced Placement Computer Science A.

 

Do SCS students wear uniforms?

Yes, all students (except pre-kindergarten) wear uniforms. The Flynn & O'Hara Uniform Company is the official year-round supplier of all logo item uniforms for SCS. To purchase items, call 1-800-441-4122 or go online to Flynn & O'Hara Unifoms.

There are three color options for tops: maroon, forest green, and white. Shirts must be purchased from Flynn & O'Hara Uniforms. All pants, shorts, skirts, and skorts should be "uniform style" and may be purchased from Flynn & O'Hara Uniforms or from a retailer of your choice. Color options for these items are limited to khaki, navy, and black. The only color exceptions are plaid skirts and jumpers that may be purchased from Flynn & O'Hara Uniforms. Pants and shorts are to be properly fitted and worn to the waist. Sloppiness in dress will not be tolerated.

 

Does SCS offer extended care?

Yes. Morning extended care is offered to all students from 7:15-8:05 AM. Afternoon extended care is available to students in Pre-K3 through 8th grade from 3:00-5:30 P.M.  A snack is provided in the afternoon, and homework time is established for our students who need it. Parents who arrive after 5:30 P.M. will be charged $1.00 per minute.

 

Can SCS meet the needs of my highly gifted child?

SCS meets the needs of gifted children by providing in-class differentiated instruction.  Further, gifted students in grades 3-5 have the opportunity to participate in our Newton Project, an after-school enrichment program. 

In addition, SCS is involved in many enrichment opportunities such as sfter-school enrichment, spelling bees, speech meets, Math Olympics, creative writing festivals, and a competitive academic team.

On the upper school level, we offer 20 Advanced Placement, honors, and dual-enrollment courses from a myriad of subject areas to give our advanced and motivated students plenty of opportunities to be challenged in the classroom.

 
Does SCS offer resource services?

SCS serves students with mild learning problems or disabilities who have been formally identified, either by medical personnel or by psychological and educational professionals.

To qualify for services, the administration and the director of special student services review the student's I.E.P., the psychological and educational reports, and any other special education information that can be provided to determine if the same services (noted on the I.E.P.) can be provided by SCS.  Admission will be determined on a case-by-case basis during the admissions process, depending on the scope of severity and the school’s ability to meet those needs.

At the elementary level, students qualifying for resource assistance will receive push-in service from the resource department in the general education classroom, and pull-out remediation as needed. Accommodations will also be implemented to ensure the student’s success in the classroom under the supervision of the resource staff.

At the middle and high school level, students can enroll in a coached study hall with resource staff.  Accommodations are also implemented within the general education classroom. 

Further, SCS offers the Wilson Reading Program to both lower and upper school students to help close the reading gap for struggling readers when regular, differentiated instruction within the classroom is not enough.   Additional fees apply to cover the resource program costs.

 

What colleges have accepted SCS graduates?

See our School Profile for a partial listing.