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Upper School FAQ


LOCATION

Where will the Upper School be located?

The Upper School is located at Central Lutheran Church, 409 N Tacoma Avenue, just two blocks away from our K–5 campus.

OPERATIONS

What are the hours be for the Upper School?

School hours are 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Doors open at 7:50 a.m. and close at 3:15 p.m.

Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:50 a.m.

Is there any administrative staff at the Upper School?

Yes. Our Head of School spends a portion of each day on campus. In addition, we will have one of our full-time Upper School faculty serve as a lead teacher and part-time administrator so that there is always one administrative staff on campus during school.

ACADEMICS

What is different about the Logic School?

During the Logic School years, the teaching method shifts from singing and sound-offs to discussion, debate, and argument. Students continue to make use of the “tool” of singing and sound-offs, but the primary emphasis becomes argument and debate. Students are taught Socratically, with a good bit of give and take (dialectic) between teacher and students. Logic is introduced as a central subject, which is integrated into almost every other class students take. Special emphasis is given to the study and detection of logical fallacies.

Are there be elective classes in the Logic School? 

Yes. Electives are currently predetermined and include music (Worship Arts), Art (themed), PE, Theater, and Mapping the World. Beginning with the 2020/2021 school year, students will be given the opportunity to select their electives.

Will my student have the same teacher all day?

No. Beginning with our Logic School, as students move into a different developmental stage, we change our teaching to fit that stage. This includes making a shift from having one main teacher during the day to having several teachers.

Do upper grades take field trips?

Yes. Students take field trips that correspond to their curriculum. In the Rhetoric stage, these field trips will include an extended Senior trip.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Do Upper School students have the opportunity to participate in athletics?

Yes, they do. Cor Deo is part of the WIAA Chinook League, along with 15 other schools. We have a cross country team in the fall and will have our first track & field team in the spring of 2019. Soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, and other sports will be added strategically as we have interest and resources.  In addition, if your child is interested in participating in a sport that Cor Deo does not offer, our school day schedule is such that your child can participate in sports in the Tacoma Public Schools.

Intramural sports will also be offered. At this time, we are planning to offer flag football in the first trimester and ultimate frisbee in the third trimester.

What other extracurricular activities will be offered?

After school classes for all of our students are available at the Grammar campus. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs including debate, chess, mountaineering, drama, and homework club.

COMMUNITY

How do you build community among the students?

All students meet together every morning for Matins. Students are given opportunities to work together to help lead songs, pray, and read scripture. In addition, breaks and lunch occur at the same time for all students.

Students in the seventh and eighth grades have electives together, and eighth graders also have the opportunity to be on the staff of the yearbook or school newspaper.

COST

What will tuition be for the Upper School?

We recognize that we have been through quite a few changes over the last two years so our Board has decided that there will be no increase in tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year, and tuition will be the same for all grades (K – 8). In subsequent years we will work to keep tuition as low as possible, though tuition for the Upper School will be higher than for the Grammar School to account for the higher cost of operating it.