"The curriculum is taught in a three part educational process called the Trivium."
Students enrolled 810
School leader Teena Armstrong
Transportation options None
Type Religious
After school Yes

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1330 Old Apex Road
Cary, NC 27513

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4 stars
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September 30, 2014
My daughter began 9th grade this year at Cary Christian. It has been such a warm, nurturing environment where the teachers and staff inspire their students to strive for academic excellence by encouraging the students to strive for their individual best as opposed to competing with peers. This is truly a place of Christian love and compassion. My daughter said the only real "peer pressure" here is to be kind and Christ like. The kids are so good to one another as they have daily reminders they are loved by Christ and therefore worthy. It seems they don't have to try and impress one another with superficial attempts; they know they matter and every staff member at Cary Christian is there for them with a smile or word of encouragement.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2014
We have moved quite a bit and have had a variety of school experiences -- public, private, Montessori, and homeschool. So far, Cary Christian School has been -- by far -- the best in terms of being academically-challenging and also best for character-development and faith-development. I am constantly amazed at the books my kids are given to read, the quality of the writing they produce, and the extensive math and science they learn. They have improved dramatically in the last 2 years at CCS in their academic achievements and abilities. CCS is a wonderful, welcoming community. And as a family who has moved a lot, it has been wonderful to experience the fellowship here like no where else. Every school has its conflicts and every kid has his conflicts...but I appreciate how CCS is teaching my children -- who are certainly no angels! -- how to deal with the people around them. Lastly, I am amazed with how much CCS is covered in sincere and loving prayer. This is a sincere group of people doing their best, remembering that the ultimate goal is to love and teach every child in their classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
We came to this school eagerly 6 years ago after home schooling a couple years. As our child advanced in elementary grades, our experience deteriorated. Very disappointed in the leadership of this school over the past few years. Even the teachers seem to have their hands tied. There are some gems of teachers there, but overall the negative experiences outweighs the positive so we've transferred our child elsewhere. Don't assume that bullying won't happen at a Christian, private school! Not only does bullying and other disrespectful behavior happen at CCS, but the school's leaders pass the buck to the students and families to handle it on their own instead of a more proactive approach by the school. They prefer that parents of the bullied child talk directly to the bullies and their families first which in my opinion puts the victim in a vulnerable position since they lose anonymity. Bottom line is that the education and overall experience at CCS isn't worth the money. Sorry to say this, but we feel it's true and that others need to know.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
Had to leave after 5th grade! Practice what you preach doesn't apply after 5th grade. Lack of strong leadership in upper schools. At the "jr. high 6-8" orientation was told that ALL kids receive A grades in electives. How does a principal tell a room of 40 parents who are PAYING for private education that if their kid shows up to class they will get an A? Not many people support the upper schools. Class size goes from about 60 to 45-48 in 9th grade. That really speaks volumes. Numbers don't lie. Kids do not get into top notch colleges. Girls leave in droves as they cater to boys and promote women as home makers. No hands on science classes, no separate math tracks. No American History, just Biblical history. Upper school concentrates on missions and discipleship more so than on Academics. Complaints are brushed off and if you don't like the way they run the school you can leave attitude. It is really sad because the k-5 grades are so good! Wonderful display of Christian love and strong character building in k-5. Grades 6-12 are a complete disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
Found this site today and am happy to see people feel the same way we do. My two children have been at CCS since grade K. Lovely lower school teachers and administration. Quickly after grade 5 the ship sinks. Grades 6-8 lacks leadership. Academics really suffer. Teachers not qualified to teach the subjects they teach. Lots of busy work, but not much meat to curriculum. Science and math classes sub-par. Students transfer out and need tutors to catch up. It is a small school so there are not many electives or opportunities. No advanced tracks. I really do not see how other posters say this school is advanced or rigorous after 5th grade. New Headmaster says the school is service focused and not a college prep school. 18 rising freshman left to go to different high schools last year. School has tried to add to athletics and spent a ton of money to add lights to the football field. Trying to use that to build camaraderie. They should have spent that money on education to keep long attending families like ours enrolled. Sad-as I am on here researching new schools for my children s' HS years. Wish the school would wake up and see the issues they have in the upper school!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
I was a HS student at CCS, for almost 2 years. There were a couple of good/decent teachers and lots of bad/terrible teachers. I got straight 'A's. Lot's of busy work but very little actual learning. Mostly easy 'A's. Lot's of homework, but just silly stuff, to keep you busy. Like most students at CCS, my study habits were ruined (didn't need to do any better) and I was bored to tears. In the end, I had very little respect for a lazy and unaware administration. Ignore the hype. Don't do this to your kids.

- submitted by a community member
April 07, 2014
Hello That was a really nice post. My daughter is going to 7th Grade next year and she will be attending CCS. I see the mixed reviews about the school and I really wish I could reach out to parents that the school is working for them. She is attending public school now and I feel she is not really getting the education she deserves, and to be honest I would like for her to be in a environment where students share her values that are being taught at home. I'm on the fence, but I have to try something different she a really good student and I don't want her to get lost in the system. Thank you again that was a very positive post.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
We've had 2 children at CCS for 5 years. We think it's a great school but take it one year at a time. Yes, it is academically very tough and that's the principle reason many leave. If you want a solid Christian education with college prep type academics this is the school for you. Ask them for their test scores and list of colleges graduates attend. For the price of tuition it's impressive but may not be for everyone. Good luck.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
Go figure, but, I m not sure how anyone could consider this school academically strong, or tough, or challenging, etc. There s a big difference between academically busy and academically challenging . This school specializes in busy work (read wasting you kid s time). My HS children practically slept through many of their classes and got straight A s (and NO, they re not little geniuses and they don t walk on water maybe a bit above average, academically). People leave (regularly) because they are disgusted with the poor leadership, non-christian environment, and poor (POOR!) teaching.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
This is really not a Christian environment and it's certainly not "excellent" or "fantastic" above the 5th grade. My husband and I cannot figure out how anyone could come up with these glowing reviews for this school. I suppose some "drink the coolaid" more readily than others.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2014
CCS is a fantastic school where teachers and administrators are dedicated to teaching a distinctively Christian worldview in all subjects. The course work is academically rigorous from K through 12th and biblically faithful. I couldn't ask for a better school for my kindergarten aged kids. It is the best value for your money in the triangle.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2014
We have 3 children in MSl at Cary Christian and couldn't be happier. It is definitely a challenging academic environment, but that's what we want for our children. This is the kindest, most nurturing environment full of warm, empathetic teachers so I can't imagine how anyone would have such a polar opposite experience than what we have had. Some of the comments here seem...from out in left field, honestly. Some people just have a problem with Christian schools I reckon. But this has been such a blessing for our family. We could finally find peace knowing that our children were in a safe, respectful and loving environment. The staff and teachers not only talk the talk, they walk the walk. It is inspiring and motivating for both the kids and the parents. Its not a big school, but its big enough to have many competitive sports options and arts electives. There are enough kids that they can find a like-minded set of friends, but not so big that they get lost. We have tried public and private in this area, and this has definitely been the right fit for us. That said, you have to be ready and willing to follow the rules. We knew what were signing up for and couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
This school is a disaster no matter how you look at it. There should be a way to give less than one star to the category of Principal Leadership.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
Cary Christian School: This an christian school first, then academic. I have found, with four children currently enrolled, that it is academically challenging. Many families tend to leave because of two reasons. First, because it is too challenging for their child. Secondly, the social interaction between the males and females is not enough for them. The focus of this school is Christ and academics. Those that find this a challenge leave. This school is not for everyone. We are at this unique, " Classica,l" school because, as of now, we are very pleased with the results. Our child made the top 5% in the Duke Tip Program and is socially active, in this school, with the other like minded families. No school is perfect but this one fits our Christian family well and is academically challenging.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
Despite sobering warnings, we enrolled our 2kids, who happen to be the compliant & high achieving type (thank you God). We soon began hearing a steady stream of troubling reports about what was& was not happening in their classes. I finally sat in on 1of my son's mid school classes& 1of my daughter's HS classes (The handbook says CCS supports this but they seemed put out when I asked I was even told parents never do this). What I saw, in the younger class, was a group of unusually willing, even eager students being stifled& at times even shut down by their teacher. In both classes I was struck by the lack of any real interest& ability in the teacher & this while on their best for me. Now the worst part When I reported these things& a separate instance of abuse by a teacher, the accusations AGAINST ME began to fly. The staff s "You think your kids are perfect!" response morphed into You re a menace to the school (& maybe even a stalker!). Stomach-turning stuff no doubt. Anything to hide the inappropriate conduct of the staff. Of course we left the school & we thanked God. While there are some lovely families at CCS, I don't think they understand what this school really is.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2013
Our daughter is currently a high school freshman at Cary Christian School, and her experience since kindergarten at CCS has been very positive. We value the Christian worldview, the rigorous academic standards, and the emphasis on written and oral communication. We also appreciate the recent focus on augmenting high school offerings and look forward to continued improvements in the areas of math and science. There are many extracurricular opportunities available in both athletics and fine arts. We have been very impressed with the quality of drama and concert choir training and performances.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
We have three children in this school and it has been a blessing to our family. The learning environment is top notch and our children are challanged daily to learn and grow mentally and spriritually. There are many activities offered that provide variety of extracurricular opportunities. We have been very happy with this school over the last nine years.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
Cary Christian School is an excellent school both in its focus on a Christian worldview and a classical education. As you can see from the other reviews here, there is room for improvement. However that is the case in all schools and in society in general. There are less than perfect students, teachers, administrators, and families at CCS, just as there are at other schools. In spite of that, CCS shines in the areas that many parents have a concern with, including academic rigor, order in the school and classroom, and the overall atmosphere of learning. Take note of the tone of complaints about the rules and the uniforms. Our experience has been that such families are not generally on board with the CCS model and vision, so they tend to complain about it and want to change it. CCS is not like other private schools in the area and it is unashamedly so. It is not for everyone. Most families that we have seen leave have done so for less academic rigor, a greater chance for their child to play a sport, or for fewer rules of other private or public schools. If you are considering CCS, do not commit to the school unless you understand the model and can support it honestly.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
The school has an extremely strong Logic, Rhetoric and writing program as well as teaching the students how to explain themselves, how to present and defend whatever point, subject, topic they are discussing, etc. The atmosphere is reverent towards Christ and is service minded. The Math and sciences are getting stronger as the school seeks excellence in this area as well..

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
Cary Christian provides an academically challenging environment coupled with a Christian world view. The student body is comprised of talented young people who strive to achieve excellence in their academic, athletic, and social lives. My two sons have attended for several years and we cannot be happier with their development as young men preparing to attend college and face real life challenges. The administration is top notch and the faculty is composed of skilled teachers with a genuine passion to help students learn.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
We have two sons in school, one in 3rd grade and the other in 1st grade. They both started in K, and they both love to go to school. In addition to the Biblical world view and classical education system, we are delighted with how the teachers are empowered to hold students accountable. The children are truly being educated and it harkens back to yester-year when we expected more of students in school. We are excited to partner with CCS to raise our boys into young men who will be well equipped to be good citizens and contribute to the world.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2013
I'm not sure about grammar school grades but middle and high school educational and conduct standards (of the staff) are sadly low, overall, with too few bright spots. My 3 childrn somehow managed to always get the 'A's but that doesn't change the fact that the process was often arbitrary and capricious with some students unfairly treated. Some remarkably incompetent and unprofessional teachers linger on, year after year, with little or no real accountability from Administrators/ principals or the Board...and some of these can be nearly vicious if you catch them on a bad day. Bottom line...this is a nominal Christian school that has simply lost its way, from top to bottom. The real puzzle is why so many parents would give this school 3, 4, or even 5 stars and seem completely oblivious to the realities (even as it relates to their children.)

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2013
Our daughter has been going to the Phonics school for two years and really loves the teachers and fellow students. After any school holiday, she is happy and excited to go back to school. While sometimes challenging, she thinks school is fun. We have been happy with the academically challenging environment. The class room is structured and children are encouraged to learn appropriate behavior which has positive benefits in all aspects of her life. We appreciate the fact that children from K through 12th grade are all within the same school and interact with each other.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2011
I went to this school in middle school. I had some amazing teachers here, and some really awful ones. since there are no set consequences for breaking the rules, it is all up to the staff s discretion. if a teacher doesn t like you they often will pick on you and look the other way for other students. The principle and many of the teachers use intimidation to make you behave. The academics were challenging but if you struggled academically several of the upper-class men tutor younger students at reasonable rates. each grade was split into about 3 groups of 20 and each group went to classes and ate lunch together. If you end up with your friends, it s great. End up with a bad group all year and it will make you miserable. There are too many rules at this school. The polo s must have only 1 button undone, the shirts must be tucked in,, NO cell phones can be turned on or they will take them for 2 weeks, no ipods ever, no music except classical can be played at school. The principle disbanded a bible study in the school because it was co-ed and the young girls should learn from their fathers not other men. He made the girls and boys separate and have different bible studies.

- submitted by a community member
July 13, 2011
Cary Christian School is a great learning environment! Your children will grow in wisdom and stature as they progress throughout the K-12. We have three students that have been at the school since Kindergarten and are very pleased with the support of the staff in training and nurturing our children in subject matter and love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2011
Loved the K-5 program, middle school and high school academics are good, but focus is on doctrine, not on academics. We had 3 children attending CCS, all of them A students. Financial difficulties which caused us to re-evaluate our school choice. We withdrew the 2 older ones, the school refused to re-enroll our 3rd one. Also refused to return us the extra money we paid in, even though immediate replacement was found (8 new students arrived the month we left). If you are looking for a loving, nurturing place for your K-5 student, I can recommend the school for K-5, but not beyond. Love and nurturing stops at 5th grade. Middle school is about instilling fear and guilt. Insular and close minded. Principal does not address parental concerns. Half a class was in lunch detention throughout the year. Children are advised not to mingle, make friends with non-Christians. We left. School refused to return our money, also refused to re-allocete it to cover the tuition for our attending child. Please draw your own conclusion. In spite of all, I believe it is a good place for K-5. Still surprised that neither the board nor the superintendent did act in good faith. Questionable ethics.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2011
I attended Cary Christian School for a few years in high school. I did not appreciate it at the time because I was a rebellious teenager, but looking back I cannot tell you how blessed I was. The Biblical curriculum and the selfless dedication of the teachers left a lasting impression on me and showed me a kind of Christianity that I had never seen before: one that was not hypocritical and that stood against sin while still loving the sinner and pointing him to Christ for salvation. If CCS does not go off the deep end (and I see no indication that it will) then my children will probably spend all their school years at this school. If you want your children to sit under teachers who will love them, pray for them, and maintain very open lines of communication with you, please take this school into consideration. I think your family will be just as blessed as mine!

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2010
I had three children attending this school. K-5 teachers and principals are fine, although when grading papers they tend to have too much emphasis on handwriting, sometimes crossing out correct answers because the numbers are not formed "correctly". They start teaching Latin in third grade but after fifth grade the kids don't have a chance to continue studying it. It seems a waste of time. Same goes with other languages; two years of Spanish and two years of ancient Greek in high school. No continuation, no choice, basically no selection. All subjects are predetermined without a say from the students or parents. No advanced classes for students with potential. Middle and high school principals' morals are questionable. We spent six years in this school, paying tuition but not once were asked for our opinion, even when we left they didn't care to ask why.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
I have 3 children that attend Cary Christian School. I struggled for a long time with a schooling option that was the right fit for our family, we tried public school in 2 different states & even tried home schooling. We were blessed 5 years ago to be introduced to Cary Christian & have been extemely happy ever since. I have children in elementary, middle & high school & can say that the academics are top notch. Kids are encouraged to excel. Athletics are great & the spiritual guidance is incredible to witness! Teachers are excellent & caring & the staff & administration is wonderful. I would recommend Cary Christian to any family!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 29, 2009
This school seems great from the outside , but there are multiple 'cliques'. My child comes home crying sometimes because he/she is humiliated by her 'clique' he/she hates this school and begs me to homeschool her/him.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
We have been consistently impressed since our son (who is now in the fifth grade) has been in kindergarten at CCS. The education he has received is top-notch, the atmosphere is peaceful, and the staff has been loving. We are so thankful that we discovered CCS over 6 years ago.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2008
As my family was in the military for many years, I have lived all over the United States and have always been blessed to attend Christian schools. Cary Christian High School has challenged me the most of any in both academics and my walk with the Lord. The teachers are strong in their faith and their subject areas, encouraging us to strive for excellence for the glory of God. Cary Christian School is such a blessing.

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2006
Excellent school, we are well pleased.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2005
I am so thankful for Cary Christian School. We relocated to Cary one year ago. At first, our daughter went to the local public school, well, that didn't go too well. Once we made the decision to move her to Cary Christian School, she began to smile again. Not only do we find the staff, students and parents to be supportive, but it is a place of academic execellence and spiritual guidance. In grade four, she is learning latin, advanced math, sentence structure, handwriting, and even plays the flute in the band! We couldn't be any happier with the level of support and leadership from the principal and teachers. Our family now looks forward to school days. Our daughter is thriving and learning things she would never have had otherwise. Thank You, Cary Christian School, for giving our family peace.

- submitted by a parent
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Cary Christian School
1330 Old Apex Road, Cary, NC  27513
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Cary Christian School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top