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Westminster Catawba Christian School - 3K -12

Rock Hill, SC 29732

(803) 366-4119


Westminster Catawba Christian School holds dual accreditation through ACSI/AdvancED from 3K to 12th grade and is located on two separate campuses. The Westminster Campus houses 3K through fifth grade. The Catawba Campus houses grades sixth through twelfth. WCCS is the largest private school in York, Chester and Lancaster counties. Both campuses are conveniently located near Charlotte, Fort Mill, York and surrounding counties 2.5 miles west of Interstate 77. The two campuses, located within two miles of each other, provide a safe and clean environment to promote quality classroom performance.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

The PreKindergarten program at WCCS is committed to providing a high-quality developmentally appropriate program for children ages three to five in partnership with their parents. Recognizing each child is a unique valuable creation of God, our goal is to lay the foundation for later learning by providing concrete experiences where children take in information perceptually as they manipulate objects and observe relationships in their environment. Teachers implement direct and indirect instruction in an integrated curriculum using concrete activities. Believing all truth originates in God, the Bible is central to helping children develop their personality and learn about their world, as they are encouraged to reach their full potential in Him. Being intimately acquainted with the maturational process of this age group, teachers help each child grow in all areas of development: emotionally/spiritually, cognitively, socially, and physically. As we strive to excite children about learning, teachers provide activities that require children to develop skills rather than simply use them. Our program stresses oral language development, listening skills, and fine and gross motor activities with sensitivity to the child's emerging readiness for paper-pencil work. We believe this developmental program provides an environment where children begin to develop their personalities based on a clear understanding and acceptance of themselves as unique creations in the image of God.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Bible, Spanish, Social Studies, Media Center/Library and research skills

From the Director:

3K - Before Five in a Row; Bright Beginnings Bible Curriculum - 3K classes have special visitors and family outings; 4K - Zoo-phonics, Handwriting Without Tears, Everyday Math, Five In a Row, Bright Beginnings Bible Curriculum; 4K classes participate in curriculum related field trips

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Pre-K teachers hold degrees and certification in Early Childhood Education. Classroom assistants have completed a South Carolina Early Childhood Credential.

Teachers view the children in their class as individuals rather than as a group. Individualizing the program to suit particular children, the teachers can help each child reach their full potential based on their level of development. Each child is evaluated through ongoing assessment techniques, such as interviews, observations, and checklists. Prior to entering kindergarten, the teacher evaluates each child to determine Kindergarten readiness. Written narratives and conferences inform parents about their child's development. Teachers emphasis parent involvement and value parents as partners and decision makers.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Westminster Catawba Christian School is a vibrant, Christ-centered community celebrating the image of God in every person, nurturing the heart, educating the mind and inspiring the pursuit of God’s unique purpose.

Westminster Catawba Christian School serves the educational, spiritual and social needs of families in our community by developing a biblical worldview through stimulating instruction and creative opportunities.

Core Values
Community-Christ-following and transformational
Dignity-individual value and respect
Integrity-biblical wholeness and balance
Scholarship-academic achievement
Giftedness-unique talents and abilities
Leadership-influence and impact
Stewardship-responsible management
Service-compassion and outreach

Instructional Method
Westminster Catawba Christian School provides biblically based, developmentally appropriate curricular and co-curricular instruction based on nationally recognized standards.

A Typical Day

Arrival and greeting children
Center Activities
Group Activities
Enrichment classes
Small Group Activities

Rest/Nap time
Learning Centers
Group Activities

Afterschool Care is available until 6:00 p.m.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

All parents at WCCS have access to ParentWeb, where teachers post weekly lesson plans, announcements, calendar items, and photos for their class. Teachers also communicate with parents through email, personal contact, and parent/teacher conferences.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Teachers lovingly encourage and redirect children to engaging activities. They assess the individual needs of students and work with parents to help children transition into the school setting.