Christ Church Episcopal School
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|Christ Church Episcopal School|
|Motto||The Beautiful is Difficult|
|Headmaster||Dr. Leonard Kupersmith|
|Student to teacher ratio||1:10|
|Campus||72 acres (290,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Blue & White|
Christ Church Episcopal School (CCES) is an independent school in Greenville, South Carolina, serving 1,147 students in grades Primer (K)-12. Located on a 72-acre campus, the campus is home to eight major buildings: Lower School (gr. P-4), Middle School (gr. 5-8), Upper School (gr. 9-12), McCall Field House, Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Cavalier Training Center, Booster Pavilion, and the Robertson-Navarro Baseball Pavilion. Founded in 1959, the school is accredited both by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). CCES is also the only American school outside of Germany certified by the Bavarian Ministry of Education. A history of the school, by CCES alumna Allison Warren, was published in 2009 and is titled The First Fifty Years of Christ Church Episcopal School: A Journey to Remember
The current teacher/student ratio is 1:10, which allows for in-depth, mentored independent projects, such as the required Sophomore Project and Senior Thesis. CCES has produced 176 National Merit Finalists since its first graduating class in 1972, and its average composite SAT score is consistently 200-300 points higher than the national average.
The school offers 18 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 29 International Baccalaureate (IB) course for the IB Diploma program, which is offered as a curricular option for the student's junior and senior years. In 2013, CCES students had a pass rate (score of 3 or higher) of 84% on 293 AP exams. Since 2001, IB diplomas have been awarded to 93% of the 192 candidates pursuing the IB diploma. In 2011-12 the IB pass rate was 85%, compared to a worldwide pass rate of 77.7%, U.S. rate of 67%, and South Carolina rate of 57%.
- Knox H. White, mayor of Greenville since 1995
- Chandler Catanzaro, NFL placekicker, Clemson University's all-time leading scorer (football), signed as free agent by Arizona Cardinals in 2014; currently plays for Carolina Panthers
- Edwin McCain, singer-songwriter; his songs included "I'll Be" and "I Could Not Ask for More"
- Jay Jackson (baseball), baseball player, played for San Diego Padres in 2015
- Cole Seiler, soccer player for Sacramento Republic in USL
- Tucker Eskew, served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Media Affairs and Global Communications under President George W. Bush
The First Fifty Years of Christ Church Episcopal School: A Journey to Remember, by Allison Warren, The Donning Company Publishers, 2009.
CCES Website: www.cces.org