Admissions

Admissions Process

As a Christian school, our hope is that our students come to know and love Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Through the lens of strong academics, we believe God draws children to Himself through knowledge and learning.

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  • Key Admissions Dates

    • Applications for the 2021-22 school year are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. We began school Tuesday, August 17, 2021.
    • Key dates for the 2022-23 school year's admissions process include:
      • September 1, 2021: Applications for the 2022-23 school year available and may be submitted
      • November 30, 2021: Sibling applications are due for fall 2022 admission
      • January 28, 2022: Priority application deadline for fall 2022 admission
      • March 11, 2022: Admission and financial aid decisions are shared with families
      • April 1, 2022: Enrollment contracts for new families are due
      • Please note, all applications received after the January 28 priority admissions deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Applying to private schools can seem overwhelming, and to help families start and navigate the process we want to share an overview of the admissions process.  The purpose of our admissions process is to ensure applicants will thrive at Central Christian School in all ways -- academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually -- within our learning environment. The process allows space for applying families to become more familiar with our school, as well as an opportunity for us to get to know families and their children better. Our mission is to partner with Christian families to instill within children a passion for God, love of truth, and zeal to serve. We believe that to do this well, we must place a high value on the relationship between our school and parents. The admissions process helps lay the foundation for this partnership.

As a Christian school, our hope is that our students come to know and love Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We believe God has created each of our students as image-bearers of Him, and consequently has a purpose and plan for how they live out their gifts and talents, not just as adults, but even today as children. Through the lens of strong academics, we believe God draws children to himself through knowledge and learning. This belief, coupled with a faculty and staff that deeply value both the spiritual and academic growth of children, gives us great hope that our students will come to have a deep love of learning and appreciation for God’s working in all aspects of the world.

As a ministry of Central Presbyterian Church, we are committed to this statement of Christian faith that has been followed through the generations.  Additionally, we adhere to the Biblical view of gender, sexuality, and marriage as held by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of which Central Presbyterian Church is associated.  To learn more, please visit the EPC website.

Next Steps

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  • 1. Visit Campus For a Tour or Admission Coffee

    One of the best ways to hear from many leaders at Central is by attending one of our Admissions Coffees.  We would also love to host you for a tour with our Director of Admissions, Sarah Holley, to share more with you about Central and hear about what's important to you for your child's education.  Visit our Admissions Events page to sign up for an Admissions Coffee.  To schedule a tour, please submit an inquiry form or reach out to our Admissions Assistant, Lindsey Hunsicker, at lhusicker@centralschoolstl.org or 314.727.4535.
  • 2. Application, Faith Story, & School Records

    Application
    The online application is an opportunity for you to tell us about your family, your child, and the values that inform your life. If you already have an online account on Central's site, navigate to your child's admissions process checklist and complete the online application found there. If you do not have an online account, you may begin your application here. When you're all finished, you'll submit the application along with a processing fee of $75 per child.

    The application deadline for the 2022-23 school year is Friday, January 28, 2022.  For families applying after the January 28 deadline, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Faith Story
    As a Christian school, we value unity among our families as Christ followers, and we value partnership between our families and the school.  Though we come from over 75 different churches, Central employees and parents are united in our agreement with this Christian Statement of Faith and, most of all, our love for Jesus and our commitment to raise our children to know Him.  After submitting an application, we ask each parent to submit a written Faith Story.  In this part of the application process, we invite you to share about your personal faith in Jesus Christ and how it has impacted your life and your family.

    Request for School Records
    Also available via your child's checklist is a link to request School Records from your child's current school. If your child does not currently attend school, or if you have questions about requesting records through the link, please contact Lindsey Hunsicker by email or by calling 314-727-4535. Please note: you must first have an online account and have completed an Application in order to request school records through the site. Click here to get started.
  • 3. Academic Screening

    Part of us learning about your child is learning about his or her previous academic experience, as well as his or her learning style. Each applicant will visit campus for an academic screening with a Central staff member. The purpose of the screening is to 1) inform us of what your child has been taught at their current school, and 2) help us identify if your child may benefit from additional academic enrichment or support at Central. If the admissions screening, coupled with your child’s school records, indicates he or she may benefit from academic support, you will be notified when a decision regarding acceptance is extended.
  • 4. Shadow Day

    Shadow in a Central Classroom
    All applicants will visit Central to spend time in our learning environment and allow a chance for us to get to know them better. The length of time differs based on the grade level a student has applied for, and more details will be shared when the date is set.
  • 5. Parent Interview

    Our Director of Admissions will meet with you to conversationally learn more about your family and why you're interested in Christian education, understand what drew your family specifically to Central Christian School, and hear about your faith in Christ and your values. At Central, one parent must be a Christ-follower and align with our Christian Statement of Faith in order for us to fulfill our mission to partner with families. Parent interviews typically last an hour, and Lindsey Hunsicker will reach out to schedule this for you.
  • 6. Admissions Decisions

    Admissions Decisions
    The Application deadline for the 2022-23 school year is January 28, 2022. Once all steps of the application process listed above are complete, our Admissions Committee will thoughtfully and prayerfully make an enrollment decision based on the information in your student’s admissions file, his or her fit in relation to our current student body, and Central’s available resources to serve his or her academic needs. Admissions decisions for applicant families will be made in March for the 2022-23 school year and shared with families on March 11.

    For families applying after the January 28 deadline, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

We Offer Grades 3K through 6th

  • 3K is for children who turn 3 by July 31
  • Junior Kindergarten (JK) is for those who turn 4 by July 31
  • Senior Kindergarten (SK) is for those who turn 5 by July 31.
Children should be potty-trained by the first day of school.

Please note that students in 3K and JK have 3 program choices to choose from -- 3 half days, 3 full days, and 5 full days.  Three-day students attend Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  All of our 3K and JK classes serve more than one program choice, and students are assigned a teacher in both grades through our class placement process.