Our students are curious, questioning, responsible, idealistic people who are already asking how they can have a positive effect on the world, and we challenge them to live up to their potential, helping them learn the skills that will allow them to reach their goals. The CCLCS curriculum is based on the Massachusetts Frameworks, but ranges well beyond. Although we don't "teach to the test", our students consistently exceed state and regional averages on MCAS tests. Students read and write extensively, learning to examine complex issues and communicate their ideas clearly. In 6th grade Science, for instance, the Salmon Project examines the political and economic implications as well as the biological phenomena of salmon migrations, culminating in an in-depth research paper. Long term projects and class presentations let students follow their own interests, and help them learn to manage their time. When seventh graders study Ancient Greece, one might build a scale model of the Parthenon, while another studies Greek tragedy and performs a scene from Antigone.
Seminars - elective courses open to students from all grade levels - are offered each term, in a wide array of subjects, from Italian Language and Culture to Forensic Science to Atlantic Challenge Rowing, giving students a chance to look further into favorite subjects and to try new ones. Rising to the challenges they meet at CCLCS, students gain the confidence to reach higher, wider, and in new directions. Now that the school is 12 years old, we've watched with pride as our alumni have grown into thoughtful, involved adults, successful in their further education and accomplished in many different ways.