Head of School News
March 24, 2021
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace,
who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself
restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you.  I Peter 5:10
Dear CCS Families,

It’s hard to believe that one full year has passed since the world came to a halt in March of 2020. Though we have likely been tempted to attribute the events of the last 12 months to a variety of people and circumstances, the reality is that our Lord is using this season to equip us to see HIM more clearly and to recognize our role as Christ-followers in this quickly changing culture. 

As we reflect on the past year…
it’s been overwhelming to witness the Lord’s hand of grace, protection and wisdom that has carried our CCS family! The spring of 2020 was marked by a quick transition to remote instruction with CCS faculty, staff, parents and students responding to embrace the “new normal” that was required. The summer of 2020 provided limited rest for our dedicated administrators who logged countless hours to develop plans A, B and C heading into the school year. Driven by two primary goals: delivering on campus instruction and upholding the health and safety of our community, our team developed inventive solutions and a posture of surrender to God’s best for our school. We opened school last fall with a record enrollment (996 students) which was just the beginning of God’s abundant provision. 

Throughout this school year, our CCS family has experienced grief, encouragement, challenge and hope. But, through it all, we have been the humble recipients of the Lord’s amazing grace upon grace (John 1:16). 

  • We witnessed the unyielding commitment of our faculty as they made adjustments week after week to meet the needs of every student.
  • We were blessed by the faithful commitment and flexibility of our CCS parents. 
  • We saw the Lord meet the needs of students, families, faculty and staff facing difficult situations. 
  • We saw resilience born in the hearts of our CCS students. 
  • We received God’s wisdom and discernment when critical decisions were required. 
  • We experienced divine protection with the majority of student cases developing outside of school, with minimal in-school transmission. 
  • We embraced the Lord’s strength when we were at the end of our own. 

While the continued health of our CCS community is a top priority, meeting the emotional and spiritual needs of our students is equally important. Many of our activities have looked VERY different this year; however, the Lord is now creating margin for us to offer some fun experiences this spring. Juniors and Seniors are eagerly anticipating Prom next week, High School students are experiencing nights of worship, Elementary and Middle School students are excited for Field Day and our Senior families are preparing for Graduation festivities! THANK YOU for your continued cooperation with health & safety protocols, allowing us to host these events in a manner that promotes the wellness of our entire CCS community. 

Our team is already making plans for the 2021-22 school year!
Though we can’t fully know what to expect five months from now (in August), we are making plans with a more “normal” lens in place. With the availability of vaccines and Charlotte-area COVID-19 case counts improving, our ultimate goal is to ease protocols currently in place while seeking the Lord for wisdom to determine the best path forward. Adjustments will be utilized when needed, but we are eager to welcome faculty, staff and students back to campus in August for on campus delivery of disciple-making education. 

This fall, we will also welcome a host of new students to the CCS family (primarily in the Elementary division).
Over the past few months, God has brought a record number of families through our admission process. These families are committed to disciple-making in their homes and are seeking a school to come alongside them in that effort. As the level of interest escalated, our administrative team sought the Lord for His perfect plan to serve the families He was calling. The team was reminded of a similar calling that occurred in 2010, when the Lord allowed our Elementary School to move from two to three sections per grade. Where His calling is clear, His provision is sure!  

After much prayer and evaluation, the administrative team made the decision to expand our Elementary division from three to four sections per grade. This growth will be realized in Grades K-4 during the 2021-22 school year and in fifth grade the following year. Careful planning is underway to build the team and infrastructure required to support this expansion with excellence. From 390 student applications (Grades K-12) received, CCS recently invited 239 new students to enroll at CCS. The Lord’s hand is in motion and we are eager to fulfill His calling to serve more families desiring partnership in Christian education. 

This school year has been marked...
by the Lord’s exceeding abundance (Ephesians 3:20-21) as well as sufficiency in all things at all times (II Corinthians 9:8). The Lord is doing great things in our midst and calling us to be a school where: 

  • STUDENTS experience Christ in a way that develops the strength and resolve to live a counter-cultural life. 

  • PARENTS lead the way in discipleship and pray for spiritual revival.

  • FAMILIES across the region send their children to CCS to develop a vibrant, genuine faith to live life on mission, the way God created them to live.

I Peter 5:10 tells us that the God of all grace will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish. As we continue to walk the path before us, I am encouraged by His faithfulness in all things and the assurance we have in trusting that the Lord is in control.  

Rejoicing in this truth as we anticipate the Resurrection season. 
Dr. Jay Hancock
Head of School
Carmel Christian School | carmelchristian.org