Academics

Middle School (grades 6-8): The CCSC middle school academic program focuses on rigorous academic instruction and the development and refinement of the important skills students need to achieve success at the high school and college levels. These skills include time management, good decision making, proper study habits, and proper behavior so as to maximize learning in an educational setting.

High School (grades 9-12): The CCSC high school academic program features its own challenging college preparatory curriculum, one that encourages gifted students to excel and pushes struggling students to succeed in remaining on track for college readiness.  The highlight of the upper school years is the Senior Internship Program

Across all grade levels, the CCSC academic program features coursework in humanities, mathematics, and science. Coursework is rigorous, demanding daily practice in writing, reading, discussion, note-taking, computational, problem solving, and laboratory skills. All courses are designed by CCSC faculty using the Common Core and the Massachusetts State Frameworks and the PARCC and MCAS examinations to inform their course framework and texts.

Students in 6th-8th grade complete on average 1-2 hours of homework per night, and high school students complete 3-4 hours of homework per night.  

All students are expected to have an outside reading book at all times, chosen in consultation with the humanities teacher.  Students must demonstrate mastery of the grade level material and must present a successful public “Roundtable” of their work in order to matriculate to the next grade.  A failing grade in any core course results in the student's repeating the full grade.  Please refer to our Student & Family Handbook for a detailed explanation of our promotion policy. (The handbook may be found online under Parent Guardian Info).