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Q: What are the advantages of attending Calvary Chapel Middle School?

  1.  Your child will form relationships with other students that can be maintained from 6th grade to high school graduation.
  2. Your child will have multiple opportunities to compete in after-school athletics/activities.
  3. Your child will be challenged by a strong academic curriculum that is vertically aligned from kindergarten through 12th grade. Our grade level teachers meet regularly to make sure that each student is being taught the necessary curriculum to make sure they are ready for the next level and beyond.
  4. CCMS is sincere in its adherence to God’s Word and its desire to live for and please God.
  5. Your child will learn from teachers that love their students, teach them academically, and model for them what a real Christian looks like.
  6. Your child will be part of a school that is small enough for every student to know one another and large enough for students to find new friends as they grow and mature and have exciting and various opportunities.
  7. CCMS offers a large variety of electives.

Q: When are applications available?
A: Applications for the Fall semester are made available the first week of January. Applications may be filled out at any time once they have been made available.
 
Q: Does Calvary offer financial assistance?
A: We do offer financial grants and aid to families that qualify through FACTS. If you are interested in applying for financial grants and aid through our FACTS system, then I would encourage you to register and apply for financial grants and aid as soon as possible. There is a limited amount of financial grant and aid available each year and it is awarded by need and on a first come first serve basis. 
 
Q: What percent of your students attend college? What schools do they attend?
A: Between 93% and 98% of our students are college-bound in a given year. Students are accepted into Cal State schools, UC schools, and many other private universities and colleges across the nation.
 
Q: Do students have to reapply to go to Calvary Chapel High School?
A: Students at CCMS have to reenroll for high school. However, they are given priority if they re-enroll during early enrollment. Our attrition rate between 8th and 9th grade is typically around 90%.
 
Q: What is your discipline process like?
A: We implement an active discipline system based on demerits. Students receive points for disrupting class or other inappropriate behavior. Points are accumulated and detentions, suspensions, and expulsions occur at different point totals. Teachers with clear, consistent, and fair classroom expectations and procedures give verbal warnings as reminders and points if misbehavior persists. Parents receive an email each time a point is given to keep parents in the know. Students may be asked to leave CCMS for serious misbehaviors or infractions. Please see the parent/student handbook online for specific details.
 
Q: Do your students use computers?
A: We are one-to-one with Chromebooks at CCMS. Each middle school classroom is equipped with a set of Chromebooks. Students do not need to bring a computer to school. 6th-grade students are required to take a full year of a Computer/Study Skills course designed to teach students how to use technology in a safe and practical way that integrates within the core curriculum and life. Students are also permitted to use the computers in the library during lunch and before and after school to do school work and print.
 
Q: What sort of technology do you have at school? 
A: Our teachers are encouraged to integrate purposeful technology into the classroom to amplify and complement the curriculum. Each classroom is equipped with an updated WIFI hub, a Newline smartboard, and a Doc Cam. Teachers most often implement the above-stated technology, however, they may take advantage of the fact that most students have a cellular device by applying education apps such as Quizlet or Plicker to the classroom for study games or formative assessments.  
 
Q: What electives do you offer? 
A: We offer many different electives between 6th grade and 8th grade. Most electives are grade specific, but some are combined grades. Electives may change from year to year.Check out our Curriculum Guide for the full array of electives.  
 
Q: What is the Adolescent Whooping Cough Booster (Tdap) Requirement?
A: For the current school year, and all future school years, all students entering, advancing, or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called “Tdap”) for school in the fall. This new school immunization law affects all students in public and private schools.
 
Q: What sort of curriculum do you use?
A: We are a Christian school and all of our teachers are strong Christian men and women which means we/they filter all curriculums through a Christian worldview. Our history and science curriculums come from a Christian publisher, and our English Learning Arts and math curriculum are not. For specifics on textbooks, please click on "Curriculum" under the Academics tab on the homepage.
 
Q: What do students do for lunch?
A: We have a great lunch program that is kid-friendly and offers healthy choices. Choices vary each day of the week and may include turkey wraps, chicken cheese burritos, cheeseburgers, taco salads, baked potato, garden salads, a cup of noodles, and many other options. Students can also buy food at break. You may click on the food menu link on ParentsWeb for the monthly lunch calendar.
 
Q: Is there any sort of after-school program? 
A: CCMS has an after-school program. After School Program (ASP) is a service provided is available for students, grades 6-8, who are on campus after school from 3:15 pm to 6:00 pm.
 
Q: What do you offer for PE?
A: Students participate in PE every day. Students will change into a PE uniform and participate in sports, calisthenics, and the Presidential Fitness Program curriculum.
 
Q: What sort of partnership do you have with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa? 
A: We have a great relationship with our church. We are an extension of the ministry at CCCM. The junior high pastor of CCCM is actively involved with our school, and many of our families and students attend CCCM and the youth group on Sunday morning and Wednesday night.  
 
Q: What after-school sports programs do you offer? 
A: We offer a variety of sports programs at CCMS. Students may participate in four different sports seasons throughout the year; Fall, Winter, March, and Spring. There are distinct boy and girl teams. Depending on the interest level there may be try-outs which would result in an A and B team. The Athletic section of the website will provide a current list of sports per season. 
 
If you have additional questions, we would be happy to connect with you! Please call the school office at (714) 556-0965.