KCS is different from other schools in these ways:
We strive to integrate faith and learning in a meaningful, age appropriate context. This is what we mean when we say we are Christ-centred. Christian community is vital. We enroll families at KCS. Not only do children receive an education but parents are adopted in to a community which cares for one another in Christian love. This is what we mean when we say we are parentally supported. The core values of lifelong Christian discernment and commitment to Jesus are consistent between home and school. This is what we mean when we say home and school are mutually supportive. The belief that the Universe and everything in it belongs to God is at the core of our philosophy of education. We strive to see all of created reality through the “lens of Scripture”
We have a formal Bible curriculum taught in Bible class. More importantly we integrate the Bible’s teaching into all curriculum areas. Our math is not Christian because there is a Bible text at the top of the math sheet. Math is Christian when students understand that the world was created with order, pattern and inter-relatedness. Humanity did not create math, we unfold it according to God’s created norms.
Our curriculum resources come from a variety of sources. Approximately 80% of our materials comes from the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) or one of its sister organizations (see Our Partners).
We use the Canadian Test of Basic Skills as our standardized testing mechanism. The CTBS has tests in: Vocabulary, Comprehension, Language Skills, Science Skills, Math Skills, Research Skills. We administer these tests every 2nd year from Gr. 3 to Gr. 8. The results of our last test were very positive and substantiate the above claim that our curriculum meets or surpasses the Canadian and provincial average. The most recent results (school averages) are available upon request. In addition, students in Senior Kindergarten thru Grade 4 are assessed each spring in Literacy using the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests (GMRT)
KCS offers Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8, as well a Nursery School program. Kindergarten is full-time. Nursery School is for children 2 1/2 to 4 years old and is held two half days per week. There are morning and afternoon programs.
KCS is committed to meeting and responding to the needs of all students. Our special education support and interventions begin in kindergarten if necessary. Our experienced and qualified staff in both the resource room and the classrooms ensures students are equipped and supported to experience success on a daily basis.
KCS employs professional Christian teachers who are qualified to teach in any public or private school in Ontario, but who chose to serve the Lord and their Christian community in the education, training, and discipleship of its children.
KCS is operated by the Kingston Christian School Society (KCSS). KCS is a community based, privately funded, parentally supported independent Christian School. Its daily affairs are managed by an administrative team made up of the Principal and Director of Learning. A Board of Directors sets policy and supervises the activities of the administrative team. A number of standing committees serve the Board. The Board and committees are elected or appointed from the members of the KCSS. Membership in the society is open to parents and all those interested in the promotion of Christian education. The membership has no less than two official meetings per year. (see Governance/Membership)
Extra-curricular sports include soccer, volleyball, basketball and track and field. Students compete in the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School tournaments and out-of-town Christian School tournaments. Our school features a regulation-size gymnasium.
KCS has a family tuition rate(See Tuition Rates in the Admissions section.) A family with one child will get back approximately $2,500 as a Revenue Canada Tax Refund. International Student fees are posted separately on our website.
Due to the prevalence of nut allergies, we strive to be nut-free throughout the school. In addition, certain classrooms may have other food restrictions due to the life-threatening allergies of a student in that particular class.
Parents are very involved in our school community and involvement is encouraged.
Parent Support Group (hot lunches each Wednesday)
Class trip supervisors
Significant parental involvement is one of the most valuable and cherished features of Kingston Christian School. Requirements around service hours are designed to encourage service contributions with the ultimate goals of building community among KCS families and staff, harnessing the diverse talents and resources of the KCS community for the benefit of our children, and lowering the tuition rate by reducing operating costs and raising funds.
KCS tuition rates are based on every family’s service contributions, which have a real dollar value. Published tuition rates are discounted in expectation of volunteer service within the school community.
What does service look like? Families help with classroom tasks, field trip supervision, building maintenance, fundraisers, hospitality for special events or administrative tasks. KCS operates Kingston's Thrift Store which provides an abundant volunteer opportunities. There are several committees that also require active members. Partnership is the goal, so each family is assisted in finding a good fit according their strengths.
COMPLETE Police checks (CPIC) are required for all volunteers including parents accompanying school field trips.
KCS offers a stimulating and varied intramural program in sports throughout the year plus enrichment academics and opportunities in the arts. Students participate in interscholastic athletic tournaments in such sports as soccer, basketball, volleyball and track and field. Our students participate in tournaments within the Christian School system and the local separate school system.
Students participate in (depending on interest):
Frontenac Lennox & Addington Science Fair and Christian School’s Science Fair
Remembrance Day Poster Contest
Hotel Dieu Art Gallery
High School Math Rover Program for Grade 8 Students