The CKS Academic Extension program provides students with academic challenges that extend beyond the standard curriculum.
The resource program at Christ the King School offers academic support, progress monitoring, testing accommodations, and other support to meet the needs of our students. Our resource teachers work closely with classroom teachers to support students in the regular classrooms. The resource teachers also provide small group instruction in the resource rooms to students needing more individualized support.
There are three full-time resource teachers and a resource coordinator. The resource teacher in the primary grades (kindergarten through second grade) uses the Orton-Gillingham method to support reading, writing, phonic/spelling development, as well as other researched-based strategies to provide quality instruction in other areas of the curriculum. Our intermediate resource teacher works with students in third through fifth grades and provide targeted support in all subject areas. In the middle school, the resource teacher offers small group and individualized support for our middle school students with an emphasis on math and language arts.
The resource coordinator oversees the program and works closely with parents, teachers, and the school counselors to create Student Support Plans with accommodations needed for students with diagnosed learning differences.
CKS Student activities
CKS Robotics Club
CKS Robotics is a team made up of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. They learn how to build and code working robots through FIRST Robotics, a league that hosts competitions with other teams throughout Georgia.
Christ the King also has a robust parent organization called CKS Serves, which provides CKS students service opportunities outside of the school day. Many projects take place before or after school and periodically on the weekends.
Some examples of CKS Service Projects include:
Each year, a team of Middle School students works with CKS faculty to create the school yearbook. The students are responsible for setting the work schedule, providing photography skills, collecting photographs of school events and groups, editing, layout, and coordinating with the printer. Weekly meetings during the school day provide the time needed for the student staff to plan and execute their designs.
CKS News Show
Each morning, the CKS community begins its day with student-led prayers and announcements broadcast over the school network and viewed on classroom SMART Boards. Students from each grade are given the opportunity to read their prayer and their families are invited to join them. On Fridays, 7th grade students act as newscasters and bring stories of interest to the other students.
The Middle School Student Council is an active group of student leaders elected by their peers, comprised of the Executive Council and Homeroom Representative members. Guided by faculty advisers, the council hosts various service projects and spirit activities throughout the year. Examples of such projects include out of uniform days to collect donations for different causes, creating the Spirit Week poster and Spirit Stick for Catholic Schools Week, making Easter cards for the priests and deacons of the church, and making lanyard key chains and prayer cards for 2nd graders celebrating their First Communion.
National Junior Honor Society
Christ the King School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society is an invitational honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty, and shall be based on the criteria of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship and character.
Serving on Safety Patrol at Christ the King School is a fun and challenging service. Safety Patrol helps create a safe environment for all our students at school. Student Safety Patrols assist with drop-off and pick-up procedures at school by increasing safety for students and traffic flow efficiency for parents.
Fifth and sixth grade student volunteers are paired with incoming kindergarteners and first graders to ease their transition into elementary school. At the beginning of the year, Guardian Angels meet the younger children each morning before school and guide them to their classrooms. They continue to provide a familiar face to their young friends throughout the year.
No new student is a stranger on the first day of school at Christ the King School! Student Ambassadors in second through eighth grades extend welcoming greetings to newly accepted students well in advance of opening day. Many Student Ambassadors and their families plan outings with new families as a way to welcome them to the CKS community. Early in August, Student Ambassadors and new students meet at school for a get-together with tours, activities, and refreshments. Student Ambassadors continue to extend this special welcome through the first few weeks of school.
Christ the King School provides students with opportunities to highlight their talents and interests through participation in several competitions:
Christ the King School sends students on a variety of field trips that enrich and support the curriculum. We feel that it is vital for students to get out and explore the world in order to extend their learning. Tied to the Standards, every grade level goes on at least three off-campus adventures every year. Fieldtrip destinations include, but are not limited to, the Breman Museum, the College Football Hall of Fame, Truist Park, the Atlanta History Center, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the Georgia Aquarium, the Tellus Museum, Stone Mountain Park, and the Fox Theatre.
MS Retreat Team
CKS hosts annual Parent and Student Retreats for each grade level throughout the school year. Each retreat’s theme is based on the liturgical season and the school’s Virtue of the Month. The retreats are facilitated in partnership with CKS faculty and the Middle School Retreat Team.
Middle school students on the retreat team give input about the planning and implementation of each grade level retreat by leading games, activities, and prayers. In addition to planning the retreats, these middle schoolers also pray for each student who will attend the retreat by name. These middle schoolers become living examples of the Virtues of the Month for the rest of the school.
student success team
The Student Success Team, or SST, is a committee of school counselors, resource teachers, classroom teachers, and other school staff that identifies, plans, monitors, and recommends alternative instructional, organizational or behavioral, strategies for students to support them and help them fulfill their potential. SST works in partnership with parents to ensure students are supported both in and out of school.
Student succesS Team
CKS is dedicated to supporting the mental health and well-being of every student. The K-5 and Middle School Counselors work collaboratively to support students during the school day. Therapeutic services such as individual counseling, small group counseling, conflict resolution, crisis counseling, and outside therapy referrals are provided as needed.
Christ the King School provides space for authorized non-faculty tutors who contract privately with families whose children need Orton-Gillingham methods of language-based learning, speech/language instruction, or occupational therapy.
In Homework Lab and Study Hall our goal is to support students as they build organization skills and to help students finish most of their homework before they head home. This program is fully staffed by CKS teachers for students in grades 3-8.
With the many recent advances in technology, digital safety is a topic weighing heavily on the minds of parents today. We are committed to educating our students regarding the many responsibilities that come with technology and the numerous modes of communication available to us today.
In a continuing effort to raise awareness on the matter, we are posting a variety of helpful resources for our parent population. These are just a sampling of sites available that address the issues of digital safety and cyberbullying.
Digital Safety Resources
Resources are posted by the Committee for Children:
Reference information regarding cyberbullying and resources for staying safe online:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains the following website containing helpful information about cyberbullying and what parents can do to help:
The National Crime Prevention Council provides a wide variety of topics regarding personal safety, including internet safety and information on cyberbullying:
The NCEA Information for Growth: Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education (NCEA IFG: ACRE) is annually administered to all students, both Catholic and non-Catholic, in grades 5 and 8. The ACRE is produced by the National Catholic Educational Association and serves as an integrated approach to assessment offering both faith knowledge (cognitive domain) as well as beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and practices (affective domain) sections. Results of the ACRE are used by many Catholic schools to guide the implementation and development of religious instruction and formation.
CKS students are tested annually in second through seventh grades using the Iowa Assessments. This national examination serves as a standard to assist Catholic schools in assessing the delivery and mastery of the curriculum. Student performance on the Iowa Assessments is utilized by schools to inform annual goals, to guide professional development efforts, and as an indicator in the pursuit of continuous improvement.
The Cognitive Abilities Test is administered to students in grades two, five, and seven. The CogAT is intended to estimate students’ learned reasoning and problem solving abilities through a battery of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal test items.
According to the results of the 2007 NAEP Catholic School students scored higher than the national public school average in every category in both grades 4 and 8, by as many as 21 points. According to the 2008 results of the SAT students in religiously affiliated schools scored higher than the national public school average in every category, by as many as 65 points.