Frequently Asked Questions
What grades does your school offer?
Our Little Warriors program is for children as young as 18 months. We have Jr. Preschool for 18-36 month olds, preschool for 3-4 year olds, and Jr. Kindergarten for 4- and 5-year-old children who will be attending kindergarten the following year.
GTCS offers Kindergarten through 6th grade for the 2020-2021 school year, with plans to add on 7th and 8th grades over the next two years.
Is your school accredited?
GTCS is a member school of Christian Schools International (CSI). We are an accreditation candidate. Our Little Warriors program is approved by the Tennessee Department of Education.
Do you serve lunches?
During the 2019-2020 school year, lunch was available for purchase one day per week. We are planning to have lunches available each day during the 2020-2021 school year.
Is your schedule the same as the local public school?
No. GTCS is on a 4-Day school week. Our weekly school schedule is Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m. We do offer an optional 5th day enrichment schedule on Fridays, but Friday attendance is not required for school or included in normal tuition rates. There are also a few differences to single days off throughout the school year. You may download a current calendar on our Home Page.
How does a 4-day school week work?
We have the same number of instructional hours in our 4-day school week as in a 5-day week by adding an extra hour to each school day. We have carefully planned the school day for optimal learning and offer a 5th day option for an additional fee.
Do you offer extended care?
We have before care as early as 6:00 a.m. and after care as late as 6:00 p.m., as well as Friday Enrichment Care 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Do you have a dress code?
Students may wear GTCS branded t-shirts or polos with khaki, navy, black, or gray pants or shorts. Girls may also choose to wear skorts/skirts. More information about the dress code is located in the student handbook.
What curriculum do you use?
We have carefully chosen our curriculum, and all of our subjects are taught from a Christian perspective. Curriculum publishers include Abeka, ACSI Purposeful Design, BJU Press, Houghton-Mifflin, Saxon, Studies Weekly, Mosdos Press, and a variety of other curricular resources, including a variety of novels and project-based learning. In our early elementary grades, we value a mastery, hands-on approach to education. In other words, we know there are some disciplines that need to be mastered to give students a firm foundation on which to build their next level of learning. We also know that students learn best from a variety of approaches, and we utilize manipulatives and special projects to aid the comprehension, understanding, and application of subjects being taught. In later elementary/early middle school years, we continue to encourage a mastery approach, but we also focus on critical thinking and application.
Is standardized testing administered at GTCS?
Yes. We administer standardized testing for students in third grade or higher.
What are the qualifications of your teachers?
The majority of our teachers hold teaching certificates in their field. All are degreed or are working to complete degrees. In addition to bachelor’s degrees, most of our teachers have earned master’s and doctoral level degrees.
Do you provide transportation?
We do not provide student transportation to or from school.