Early Childhood

At a Glance

Mr. Nate Pettinga, Principal
BA Education, Calvin University
MA Educational Leadership, Concordia University Chicago
NPettinga@swchristian.org
Mr. Phil Siemer, Principal
BA English & German, Calvin University
MA English Composition, Purdue University Northwest
Principal Endorsement, Fort Hayes State University
PSiemer@swchristian.org
Our youngest students stay very active exploring, learning, and playing.

Learning is fun!

Our program encourages curiosity, problem solving, and understanding how to be a good friend.
Our preschool students enjoy a wide range of topics including Bible, literacy development, mathematics, science, social studies, music, and physical education.
As a Christian school rooted in the Reformed Christian tradition, we teach every class from a Biblical perspective – from art to mathematics.  Students also participate in chapel each week with the entire campus student body.
In Kindergarten, students add specific studies in art and Spanish. They also focus on mastering reading and writing.
We introduce our formal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum in Kindergarten. We partner with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a nationally recognized leader in STEM education. Capitalizing on students’ natural wonder and curiosity, this program extends through elementary, middle, and high school.

FAQ

List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • Where is your school located?

    SCCS has three separate campuses. For Preschool and Kindergarten, we have two campuses to choose from -- one in Oak Lawn, IL and one in Tinley Park, IL. Both campuses serve Preschool through 8th Grade.
  • Do students wear uniforms or do you have a dress code?

    Our students do not wear uniforms. Our dress code is fairly simple and is based on neatness and modesty.
  • How much is tuition?

    PRESCHOOL - Tuition ranges from $1,555 to $6,690 per year depending on how many days per week and half day or full day preschool. Full day preschool tuition includes the use of Before and After Care at no additional cost.

    KINDERGARTEN – Half day tuition is $4,865 per year, or $4,300 if you participate in the Pass It On Thrift program. Full day Kindergarten tuition is $8,825 per year, or $7,760 if you participate in the Pass It On Thrift program.

    Please see our full list of tuition and fees for more detail.  

    Note:  Applications for Preschool are accepted most of the calendar year.  The application fee of $250 remains the same year round for preschool only.
  • Are you connected to a church?

    Although many of our families attend churches in the Reformed tradition, we are not affiliated with any one church. Our faculty teach from a Reformed Christian perspective. However, we welcome families from many different Christian denominations. Families at SCCS represent 20 denominations including Baptist, Non-Denominational, Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Christian Reformed, and more.
  • Are you recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and are you an accredited institution?

    Yes! We are registered with and recognized by ISBE. We are accredited by two organizations: AdvancED and CSI (Christian Schools International).
  • What is the student-teacher ratio?

    At our PS-8 campus in Oak Lawn, the student to teacher ratio is 9 to 1. The average class size is 22 students. At our PS-8 campus in Tinley Park, the student to teacher ratio is 10 to 1. The average class size is 21 students.

    PRESCHOOL - Class sizes range on a daily basis, depending on full day, half day, and number of days per week. We conform to a 10 to 1 ratio, and add additional staffing appropriately.
  • Is testing required for admissions?

    PRESCHOOL – Testing is not required. Through interaction with the principal during a family interview (part of the application process), the principal will determine if the child is ready for preschool.

    KINDERGARTEN - We offer several dates for students to come in and meet with the teacher for a casual assessment.
  • What support services are available?

    SCCS offers assistance through educational support specialists in our Academic Support Center (ASC). This service may include consultation, interventions, modification or accommodations to meet the student’s learning needs. We also offer social and emotional support through trained counselors.
  • What are school hours?

    Half Day – 8:25am to 11:50am
    Full Day – 8:25am to 3:10pm
  • Do you offer Before & After School Care?

    We do! Before Care stats at 7:00 am and After School Care is available until 6:00 pm. Students in all grade levels can attend. Please see our full list of tuition and fees for more detail.
  • What special programs does your curricula include?

    Preschool and Kindergarten students participate in both music and physical education. Kindergarten students also enjoy Spanish, art, and computer instruction. These classes are taught by degreed and certified teachers. Preschool and Kindergarten students also visit the library on a weekly basis for special readings and may borrow books from the library.
  • What is T.R.I.P.?

    T.R.I.P. is our Tuition Rebate Incentive Program. It is an opportunity for families to accumulate tuition credit by purchasing gift cards at a discounted rate. Click here for more details about how to enroll in this program.
  • What is the Pass It On Thrift Center and how does it reduce tuition?

    Pass it On Thrift Center (PIO) is a resale shop located in Crestwood, IL. PIO is run by an all-volunteer staff. Each year, PIO provides financial support to our schools for the purpose of keeping tuition costs accessible.

    For 2019-20, PIO provided the school $900,000 for tuition reduction!
     
    Would you like to see this benefit continue?  Then we need your help!  We need our families -- students, parents, grandparents -- to support PIO by volunteering at the center.  Learn more about PIO here.
  • What Medical and Dental information do I have to submit with the application?

    Students entering Kindergarten will need to submit a medical, dental, and vision form completed by their physicians. These forms are not required for preschool.