If you're considering Christ the King Parish School or Early
Childhood Learning Center (ECLC), we're sure you have questions. We applaud you for
your interest in the education your children would be receiving. A healthy
curiosity and strong parental involvement are two things that most of our
student families have in common.
The following questions and answers touch on student/teacher ratios,
curriculum, accreditation and other important topics. If you have questions
that aren't covered here, or would like a tour, give us a call:
Dr. Judith Wylie - Director ECLC, 816-984-8768
Ms.Barb Deane - Principal K-8th, 816-363-1113
Q: Who can attend a Catholic School?
A: Catholic schools accept all children. At Christ the King we welcome children from ages 6 weeks to 8th grade and students need not be Catholic. In fact, we have a rich student body with many different ethnic backgrounds, a wide variety of religious affiliations and Christian values that are experienced in the total culture of the school.
Q: Why should I choose a Catholic School?
A: The wonderful thing is that Catholic schools are intrinsically connected to the parish in which they reside and are an integral part of the mission and life of the Church. Our schools, both the Early Childhood Center and the Parish School, have a long tradition of excellence. Our schools partner with families to form their children in a relationship of faith, hope and love with Jesus Christ. Guided by Gospel values, we provide for the total development of each child: spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically with positive and caring relationships to enhance the lives of our families. We prepare our students to meet the challenges of everyday life with Christ in their heart.
Q: What qualifications do the Christ the King School teachers have?
A: Most of the teachers have the combination of both a degree and years of experience in their specialty area. As a matter of fact, we have several teachers who have taught at Christ the King for many years. Keeping our teachers knowledgeable in their vocation is especially important to the education of the children; therefore the teachers are given many opportunities for professional development throughout the year.
Q: What is the curriculum at Christ the King?
A: Our entire school community strives to achieve a very high standard of education. From the infants to the 8th grade students, expectations of growth and achievement are high because there is a focus on each individual child, while our broad curriculum still caters to a wide range of interests and abilities. Teachers utilize integrated units of study, multiple intelligences, project-based lessons, learning blocks and literacy workshops while focusing on rich standards based curriculum. Through our innovative teaching methods, our students commonly score at least two years above grade level on standardized tests.
Q: What is the teacher/child ratio in the Early Childhood Learning Center?
A: The stages of children’s development are precious to us so the ECLC has a low child to teacher ratio in our infant room (6 weeks – 12 months) of 3:1. In the toddler room (12 months – 36 months) our ratio is 4:1. In all of our preschool programs each classroom has 8 – 10 students.
Q: What is the class size in the elementary school?
A: We understand the importance of small class size and the value to instruction. We believe that our classrooms are places where every child can become successful; therefore, our average student to teacher ratio is 13:1.
Q: What does the elementary school offer for student enrichment?
A: Our students participate in a wide variety of enrichment programs. We offer intramural and parochial league athletics, after-school science classes, karate, scouting and drama workshops. This is in addition to a strong computer science and arts program that is offered to all students during the regular school day.
Q: What is the difference in the part-time preschool and full-time program offered for 3 - 5 year olds?
A: We offer a variety of options for part-time preschool: morning only, school day or all day preschool. Each option offers the choice to attend from one to five days weekly. Other than that the only difference is the amount of time spent at school. Each day all children are given multiple opportunities to investigate, study, explore and experiment in their environment.
Q: Are the Christ the King Schools accredited?
A: Christ the King ECLC and Parish School are both accredited by Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association as the North Central Association of Schools.
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