FAQ

1.  What do you mean by a covenant school?

2.  Who is Charlotte Mason?

3.  With your emphasis on spiritual and character development, are you able to achieve academic excellence?

4.  What curriculum do you use?

5.  When my child leaves ECCS after 8th grade, will he/she be prepared for high school?

6.  Why do children attend only half days in 1st and 2nd grades?

7.  If 1st and 2nd graders attend only half days, how do they learn what is necessary?

8.  What is an enrichment day?

9.  How do your test scores compare to other schools?

10.What is the link between ECCS and Perimeter Christian School?

11.Does your school have access to computers and the Internet?

12.Is the school accredited?

13.If you continue to grow, what will you do for classroom space?

14.Do you have plans to have a high school?

15.What are the educational credentials of your teachers?


1. What do you mean by a covenant school?
Christian parents have been blessed with the privileges and responsibilities of raising their children in a Christ-centered home where a biblical understanding of life and the world is taught. East Cobb Christian is a community of parents and educators who have come together to create an atmosphere for children that is an extension of these homes. Therefore, the school seeks to hire godly educators, and admit children from Christian families who are willing to be very involved in their children's education. Although we believe evangelism is important Kingdom work, we do not believe the school is the environment in which that should take place.
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2.  Who is Charlotte Mason?
Charlotte Mason was a British educator in the early 1900s who wrote extensively to develop a philosophy of Christian education. At first, many of the people who implemented her ideas were home-schooling parents. Soon, groups banded together to form schools throughout England that were based upon her philosophy of education. She established a well-respected teacher's college in England that included a small practicing school in which teachers learned to apply her principles of education. The primary reasons we draw heavily on her philosophy of education are the following: interwoven biblical principles throughout; comprehensive philosophy to include the nature of children, learning, knowledge, and the teacher; and a theory that was tested and used. We are aware of no other philosophy of education that has such depth in these three components. For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaefer Macaulay, the book that is required reading for all families seeking admission to our school, is an excellent summary of Charlotte Mason's philosophy of education.
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3.  With your emphasis on spiritual and character development, are you able to achieve academic excellence?
We believe that maintaining the focus on God actually increases academic achievement because it motivates children to develop longer lasting habits useful for continued learning and causes them to maintain a desire for learning as they experience the awe and splendor of God found throughout the academic content. ECCS feeds this desire and builds on these habits by providing the best resources available and maintaining high expectations of what children are capable of learning. We give praise to God that our students on the whole score well above national averages in standardized testing. Furthermore, administrators from Christian high schools in the area have expressed their desire to admit our graduates, citing their excellent character and academic diligence.
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4.  What curriculum do you use?
ECCS does not use one set curriculum. Teaching materials are selected from a variety of resources. We believe that all truth is God's truth, and God has inerrantly and infallibly revealed His truth in the Bible. The ultimate goal of ECCS is to teach students to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. We believe that the study of history, science and math, as well as all other areas of knowledge is to be pursued from a perspective that gives reverence to the Creator. We follow many of the practices of Charlotte Mason, founder of the PNEU school in England in the 1900s whose ideas included composer, art, and nature studies, narration, and the reading of "Living Books". More information about Miss Mason's philosophies can be found in the book, For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. Other recommended reading: Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp.
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5.  When my child leaves ECCS after 8th grade, will he/she be prepared for high school?
Children at ECCS experience a rich academic program in a Christ-centered environment. Because the academic program emphasizes a much deeper understanding of content, rather than just learning and memorizing bits of information for tests, ECCS students typically graduate having gained both a broad range of knowledge, as well as habits of responsibility, kindness, diligence and service. Students we have tracked seem to transition well into high school, whether they attend public, private, or home schools.
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6.  Why do children attend only half days in 1st and 2nd grades?
ECCS places great value in children spending time in those activities that occur outside of the formal educational setting in which children learn some of the most important lessons they can learn in life. Parents are encouraged to spend as much time as possible with their children, particularly in the early years, to help them learn these lessons.
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7.  If 1st and 2nd graders attend only half days, how do they learn what is necessary?
First, we maintain extremely low student-teacher ratios: Class size in grades 1, 2 and 3 is 8-10 students. Second, we require that parents commit to a high degree of involvement in their children's education, thus skills are reinforced at home. Third, we focus the curriculum in the early grades on reading, writing, and math. These three factors combine to allow students to learn more in a shorter period of time. Also, because of the low number of students per class, very little time is wasted moving children from place to place or handling other logistical tasks.
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8.  What is an enrichment day?
Enrichment days are instructional days in which parents come to school to teach and/or help teach the class. Parents of 1st and 2nd grade students are required to be involved in approximately 4-8 enrichment days during the school year. These days give parents opportunities to bring their unique abilities and gifts to bear upon topics being covered in the classroom. Parents also have the benefit of getting to know their children's peers better.
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9.  How do your test scores compare to other schools?
Beginning in 1st grade, each year a child attends ECCS, he/she takes the Stanford Achievement Test. The tests provide value in assessing whether or not gaps in the curriculum exist and assessing how individual students are progressing on particular skills. However, most standardized tests primarily assess a child's ability to retrieve bits of information and use very basic skills in answering questions. Many people over emphasize test scores as a rating of how a school is doing. The danger is that schools may focus so much on them that students do very well on the standardized tests, but fail to experience deeper levels of learning and understanding. Because of this danger, we limit standardized testing and the emphasis placed on it.  That being said, our students generally score well above national averages on standardized tests.
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10.  What is the link between ECCS and Perimeter Christian School?
Just as Perimeter Church was the first of a network of PCA churches in Atlanta, Perimeter Christian School was the first of a network of schools that are ministries of those churches. This network of schools is called Child Light Schools Association (formerly known as Perimeter Schools Association). Five schools in the Atlanta area, including ECCS, are members of Child Light. The headmasters of each of these schools meet monthly to coordinate activities and ensure that a common set of beliefs and philosophy is maintained in the content, intent, and process of the schools.
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11.  Does your school have access to computers and the internet?
Each classroom has at least one computer with full network and internet capabilities. Teachers use the computers for instruction with the children and for other teacher activities. Students in grades four and up also take computer classes in the computer lab. Tight security and supervision is maintained on internet access for children because of the obvious dangers that have been well documented.
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12.  Is the school accredited?
We are fully accredited in grades 4-8 through the Georgia Accrediting Commission. Because of our shortened days in the primary grades, we would not be eligible for accreditation in grades K-3.
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13.  If you continue to grow, what will you do for classroom space?
East Cobb Presbyterian completed a new building in August, 2006. The space has provided additional classroom space, a new library, storage areas and a gymnasium.
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14.  Do you have plans to have a high school?
We have no plans for a high school. Several fine Christian schools are available in the area for parents who desire further Christian education.
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15.  What are the educational credentials of your teachers?
Most of our teachers have education degrees or degrees in their field. They are certified by the state of Georgia, or are in process of becoming certified. Many also have master's degrees. We feel blessed to have highly qualified teachers who feel not only God's call to teach, but also God's call to teach at ECCS. 
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