Frequently Asked Questions
Please feel free to give us a call at (503) 861-3333 if you have other questions or would like to get more information about our school and how it might benefit your child and family.
- Can I send my child to NCCS if I don’t attend church or if I attend another church?
NCCS supports all children by operating an open enrollment school. Students from every racial or religious background are encouraged to attend. We support families by assisting in the education of their children, from a Christian and moral worldview by using the most successful and proven curriculum available and by hiring teachers who exhibit the schools high moral standards.
- Does your school force its beliefs on the students or put other religions down?
At North Coast Christian School, we endeavor to operate a school system that is academically excellent, safe and happy. We accomplish this by honoring and supporting God’s established institutions (family and church) without competing with them. We strictly teach the curriculum at school, and not religion with the ultimate goal of providing a safe, healthy and learning environment.
- Are your teachers certified?
Not all of the teachers at North Coast Christian School are certified by the state of Oregon. So how do we maintain high academic results year after year? First we pick individuals with a gift and love for teaching and students. Then we send them to Pensacola Christian College in Florida. There they are trained by the publishers of our curriculum. They receive instruction in how to best use the curriculum, classroom management, daily preparations and teaching techniques. How does this approach effect the academic outcomes of the students attending North Coast Christian School? That question has been answered every year since 1993 by the Stanford Achievement and the Iowa Achievement tests. All of our students have taken these tests every year and the results have been amazing. Our school have averaged one to two years ahead of the U.S. students. This means that every year for 20 years, our students have gotten a world class education.
- What curriculum do you use?
At NCCS, we use the A Beka Curriculum for our preschool through 12th grade with an accredited program for High School through A Beka Academy. The A Beka Book approach is “cyclical learning” which keeps learning lively, interesting, and memorable. The materials reflect sensible theory that is firmly anchored to practicality and builds upon itself year after year.
Please see more about our curriculum under the admissions tab on our home page.
- What is the maximum class size?
Class size at NCCS is restricted. In the event a student desires to enroll in a class that has reached its maximum class size, that student will be put on a waiting list and placed into the class in chronological order of their placement on the waiting list. Our classes from 1st grade to high school are all combined. The benefits to doing this go hand in hand with the curriculum that we use, because the A Beka program specifically provides curriculum for us to make the environment run smoothly and successfully.
- What if I cannot afford your tuition? Is financial aid available?
Many families are pleasantly surprised that they qualify for needs-based financial aid, which we offer through our generous scholarship program for our Preschool to 12th Grade. We realize that our greatest asset to our community is to make sure that everyone who wants to attend NCCS is able to do so. Regardless of finances, we want to offer that opportunity through our use of a company called FACTS, which is a confidential third-party service. We do offer a multiple child discount as well.
For specific information about our scholarship program, please see more under our "Admissions Tab" on the home page.
- Do you have a bus transportation system or offer carpooling options?
NCCS does not transport students to and from school. For those who need help with carpooling, we offer an opportunity at our Orientation at the beginning of the school year to meet other parents from your area to arrange a carpool.
- What are your security procedures?
The security of every student on our campus is our highest priority while they are here! NCCS has a practical plan in place as directed by the Warrenton Fire and Police Department for emergency situations. A list of those procedures is available in our school office. We also have a certified security officer on campus at various times during the week.
- Do the students wear uniforms?
We do not require students to wear uniforms. It is our desire at NCCS to maintain an appropriate learning environment. We do have a dress code that discourages clothing and hairstyles that distract from the educational process by causing excessive attention to individuals. Our goal is "neat, clean and modest."
- Do you have a hot lunch program?
Hot lunch is offered only if a parent takes on the hot lunch program. It is run by volunteers and not by the NCCS campus. This is a great fair share opportunity for parents and such a blessing to the students.
- How is discipline handled?
We endeavor to maintain a positive Christian atmosphere in each classroom (Romans 12:21). We do this by disciplining any student that is disruptive to themselves or other students and their learning. We also will dismiss any student that is disruptive to themselves and other students' learning and does not respond to normal classroom management. We desire for discipline to be characterized by these things:
Although it is necessary to have school and classroom rules, our emphasis will not be upon the absolute obedience of the do's and don'ts of school rules, but upon developing the heart of our students is the real issue concerning discipline. It is always our first objective to work with parents.
- Genuine love for our students
- Firm, but fair enforcement of rules
- Good communication between parents and teachers
- Do you take field trips?
We take our students on several field trips a year! We encourage our teachers to supplement and enliven their subject matter with "hands on" experiences that only field trips can give. We also bring in special speakers and individuals from our community who bring a fun and refreshing twist to our curriculum in age-appropriate fashion. We also enjoy giving back to our community and do so twice a year with scheduled community service events. It has been our pleasure to work with the City of Warrenton, Astoria and Fort Clatsop to participate in helping them with various projects. Parents are invited to join us for our trips and community service events.
For more information on field trips and community service events that our school does, please go to the Parental Involvement Tab on our home page.
- What if I have an emergency and I cannot pick up my child directly after school or need to drop them off early?
NCCS offers a before and after school care program. It is offered for our preschool age children through 8th grade. The cost is a flat fee per hour per child.
For more information about our program, please go to the Admissions Tab and scroll down to Before/After School Care Program.