The Lower School provides a warm, nurturing environment where young children discover their unique value as a creation of God. These early years lay an important foundation for growth in all areas of development, especially in fostering a love and understanding of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This safe learning environment is designed to teach the whole child using age-appropriate, 21st Century skills (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, problem solving, etc.) that educate students to bless our world as disciples of Jesus Christ.
WCCS embraces a developmental educational philosophy to educating children. Developmental education approaches children as unique individuals with distinctive gifts, talents, and abilities - academically, socially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. While developing a love of learning, students receive individualized instruction designed to meet their unique needs at each stage of growth. Opportunities for learning go beyond paper and pencil tasks to incorporate application in real-life situations. An emphasis on service learning encourages students of all ages to look beyond themselves and find ways they might bless others. For example, one fifth grade student learned of an extreme need in a depressed area of Rock Hill. She worked with her parents and teachers to organize a donation drive involving the Lower School students. They worked together and provided several truckloads of supplies to the needy residents. Students became the hands and feet of Jesus as they prayed for the residents and took action to meet a need.
Examples like this are seen often in the Early Childhood and Elementary programs at WCCS as faculty and staff partner with parents to lay the foundation for future learning within a biblical framework. This partnership and developmental program provides an environment where young children begin to develop their personalities and discover their giftedness based on a clear understanding that they are a unique creation in the image of God. We invite you to come see the engaging educational experience offered at WCCS!
Dr. Sandi Jolly
Lower School Principal