The purpose of the SCS Little Lights Early Learning Centre is to assist families by providing a program that gives pre-school-aged children the opportunity for social interaction, a caring and loving learning atmosphere and academic exposure in a Christian environment. Our available programs are:
Our 3-Year-Old Program offers a themed approach with a new theme each month and a weekly letter and number to focus on. Our 4-Year-Old Program offers instruction in reading readiness, social development and personal development. The curriculum includes A Beka’s: “ABC-123” for phonics and number skills; “Readiness Skills K-4”, which provides practice in fine motor skills such as cutting a straight line, colouring, etc.; “ABC Writing Tablet” for beginning practice in letter formation; and A Beka Bible (Character Development).
Since the Sussex Christian School Little Lights Early Learning Centre is a service for three and four-year-olds, the Province of New Brunswick states that the program falls under the Day Care Act, and as a result, must be licensed by the Province under that act. Therefore the NB Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care must be employed. SCS combines many of the concepts of the play-based ideology outlined in the NB Framework throughout the daily routine as we work toward the educational goals of the school as laid out above. Parents may access the NB Curriculum Framework and supporting documents online.
Sussex Christian School presents a well-rounded early learning program. Children love this structured and nurturing program as it includes academic stimulation, small class sizes, fun and interactive programming, and interaction with students from all grade levels at SCS. The full day instruction sessions (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm) include instruction in reading readiness, social development and personal development. A strong educational foundation is developed with focus on phonics-based reading and basic math concepts to prepare them for further learning.
An After School Program is available for students K-Grade 2 from 2:00-3:00 pm. This is a supervised, play-based hour ideal for those families with older siblings in the school who are dismissed at 3:00 pm.
The SCS Elementary program consists of self-contained classrooms using a traditional blended curriculum (suppliers include Abeka Book Inc., ACSI, CSI Christian School International, and New Brunswick provincial curriculum). Students excel due to small class sizes and differentiated plans to facilitate learning. SCS recognizes that each learner is unique and requires different methods of instruction to understand academic material. As well, the excellent extra-curricular activities create a fun and enticing social environment for the students. Our goal is to have each student LOVE to come to school each and every day! The elementary program has a challenging, strong academic focus with concern for all areas of development.
We know that making the choice to send your child(ren) to a private school can be a difficult decision and you may have many questions. Here at SCS we want you to help you in your decision-making process and we are happy to answer any questions that you may have.
The middle school years are critical in the learning and social processing of this age group. They are transition years developmentally for students both academically and socially. The SCS Middle School program has a solid academic core encouraging students to achieve their best, and moving them toward a greater level of independence and personal responsibility as they enter their high school years. Students are encouraged to think for themselves and express their views and opinions toward a positive Christian worldview. Extra-curricular activities and school trips help to make learning come alive as experiential instruction is critical to our educational philosophy. Middle School students will find acceptance, friendship, and a safe place to grow and develop during these formative years.
Class sizes are small and offer opportunity for each student to maximize learning objectives. Emphasis is placed on core subject areas and core skill development along with critical thinking skill development. Course Areas include:
SCS High School consists of self-contained classrooms using curriculum from a variety of suppliers (Abeka, ACSI, Accelerated Christian Education, and Provincial – NB Department of Education). This very unique school division offers students a safe and stimulating environment to seek out interests, aptitudes, and future educational/career pursuits. Students are tracked yearly and met with individually to ensure that their course selections and extra-curricular activities feed into their post-secondary planning as it evolves. The Guidance Department fully assists students to research and pursue their goals and dreams with respect to their educational path in college, university, seminary, or the world of work.
SCS High School students are offered many different opportunities to see the world, experience culture and differences in people, explore interests, and attempt to reach beyond their comfort zones. Life-long friendships are built and often remain throughout adulthood, long after graduation.Academic rigour is one of the core values of the high school program. Courses are offered in the following disciplines:
Sussex Christian School partners with Kingswood University, also located in Sussex, to offer a dual enrolment program for students in Grade 12 at Sussex Christian School. This program allows high school senior students to gain university credit before high school graduation. Perhaps even more valuable is the experience of the university culture, giving the student a little bit of exposure to university campus life.
SCS students are offered a variety of general university entry courses (including some on-line courses) that they may take in their senior year. Students must meet the KU entrance requirements and have permission from SCS to participate in this program. Eligible students may take from 3 to 12 credit hours at Kingswood University; three credit hours at KU will be accepted as one credit at SCS toward a student’s high school graduation requirements. SCS students receive a special tuition rate of $100 per credit hour while in the dual enrolment program.
Graduates of the SCS High School Program earn a diploma that prepares them to enter colleges and universities throughout Canada, United States and around the world. All students are given formal exams twice yearly. Senior students may sit for SAT exams, or other standardized tests required by some post-secondary institutions – all facilitated by SCS. SCS graduates go on to any post-secondary school or profession that they desire (with accepted prerequisites). Alumni have been invited to and received scholarships from the University of New Brunswick, Crandall University, Kingswood University, Dalhousie University, Liberty University, New Brunswick Community College, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Holland College, Houghton College, University of Toronto, St. Thomas University, University of Waterloo, and many more. Within these schools our students have studied law, early childhood education, computer science, journalism, education, biology, kinesiology, electrical, engineering, theatre, art, music, counselling, psychology, business, policing, paramedic training, nursing, theology, English, and agriculture.