Mission StatementIt is the mission of the Christopher Columbus Charter School (CCCS) to provide students in grades K-8 with a content-rich, academically rigorous Core Knowledge education with a well-defined, sequential curriculum in a safe, orderly, disciplined and caring environment. CCCS students will learn to express themselves in at least one international language, and will utilize computer technology to support learning in all major subjects and to become literate in the technologies of the 21st Century.
The vision of the founding board members of Christopher Columbus Charter School was the development of a school community in the ever-changing "Italian Market" area of South Philadelphia, which would be a source of hope for children from all cultural backgrounds. This vision included welcoming alI children so that they could experience the joy of learning and develop an innate love for education. One of the major goals of the founding board members' vision was to promote responsible Citizenship and the skills for utilizing that citizenship throughout their lives.
All stakeholders in Christopher Columbus Charter School share in this vision. It is the vision of all involved in our school that our children succeed academically in a safe, orderly environment. Annually CCCS promotes a character development program that promotes positive individual traits and stresses the importance of respecting themselves and others. CCCS involves itself in community service and creates an environment that generates a global awareness of our responsibility not only to our city but also to the world. It is the hope of our CCCS faculty, parents, and stakeholders that our children will attain the best education possible, become technologically proficient, and grow in respect for themselves and others.
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"To teach is to touch the future..."
"Judge each day not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." Robert Louis Stevenson
So great is the influence of a sympathetic mind that our students are affected by us as we teach and we by them as they learn, thus we come to dwell in each other.They speak within us, what they hear, while we learn in them what we teach. St. Augustine