KCS ADMISSIONS - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Do you need to be a Christian to come to KCS?
In general KCS expects that at least one parent/guardian of a prospective student or in the case of high school students the student themselves have a sincere personal Christian faith. We do also occasionally admit students/families where there is evidence of a significant interest in exploring Christian faith. The goal of this policy is to ensure that those seeking admission to KCS will be aware of the essence and expectations of our community, and to admit families or individuals who can subscribe to and will enhance the fulfillment of the KCS vision in a communal context.
How many students are at KCS?
At the time of writing, KCS has approximately 800 students in Preschool through Grade 12.
Does KCS use the regular BC curriculum?
Yes, Kelowna Christian School teaches the essential concepts and skills required by the BC Ministry of Education. We are recognized by the Ministry as an Accredited Independent School. Our graduating students receive a standard BC graduation diploma.
What is Continuous Enrollment?
Since the majority of our families already plan to return the following school year (over 90%), Continuous Enrollment flips the re-enrollment process from an annual "Opt-IN" approach to an “Opt-OUT” process. In other words, once you are enrolled in KCS, you’ll never have to worry about re-enrolling again. Hurray! In other words, once you complete and submit a Continuous Enrollment Contract, you’ll never have to worry about re-enrolling again. Our re-enrollment approach is “once enrolled, always enrolled”.
Why is there an Annual Enrollment Fee in Continuous Enrollment?
The Enrollment Fee holds your student’s place for the next school year and assists KCS in effectively planning for required staffing and curriculum. Furthermore, while Continuous Enrollment is more convenient and saves time for families, the real cost of the “behind the scenes” re-enrollment process and administration required won’t change significantly for our school principals, admissions and accounting office staff.
What do I get out of this new Continuous Enrollment process? What’s in it for me?
First - Simplicity. Families who have experienced Continuous Enrollment in other schools love the fact that they don’t have to do anything if they are returning; not adding one more thing to their already busy schedules. Second - Guaranteed placement for qualified students. With increasing enrollment, we are either at or near waitlists in many of our grades. Consequently, placement in next year’s class is becoming an increasingly sought after spot. By opting into Continuous Enrollment, you’ll be locking down that coveted seat for your child until graduation.
What’s the withdrawal penalty if I break this new Continuous Enrollment contract?
The same as it has been in the past – one (1) month’s tuition payment. KCS families that are re-enrolled, but break the contract by dis-enrolling their students after the specified date are contractually obligated to provide one full calendar month’s advance written notice and pay one month’s tuition as a withdrawal penalty. While the penalty may seem steep, many schools require a semester or even a year of tuition once an enrolled student or family withdraws.