Upper School FAQ


Where is the Upper School located?

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


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 have a full-time Upper School faculty member who serves as a lead teacher and part-time administrator so that there is always at least one administrative staff member on campus during school.


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 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.


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 a track & field team in the spring. 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.


How do you build community among the students?

Breaks and lunch occur at the same time for all students. Also, students in the seventh and eighth grades have electives together.


Will tuition for the Upper School be higher than for the Grammar School?

We will work to keep tuition as low as possible as we grow, though tuition for the Upper School will be higher than for the Grammar School to account for the higher cost of operating it.