Christ Church Episcopal School

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Christ Church Episcopal School
CCES Crest.jpg
Coordinates34°47′47″N 82°21′1″W / 34.79639°N 82.35028°W / 34.79639; -82.35028Coordinates: 34°47′47″N 82°21′1″W / 34.79639°N 82.35028°W / 34.79639; -82.35028
MottoThe Beautiful is Difficult
Religious affiliation(s)Episcopalian
HeadmasterDr. Leonard Kupersmith
Student to teacher ratio1:10
Campus72 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%.

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The First Fifty Years of Christ Church Episcopal School: A Journey to Remember, by Allison Warren, The Donning Company Publishers, 2009.

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