Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is Charlotte Mason?

    Charlotte Mason was a late 19th century / early 20th century British educator whose thinking and schooling movement was revolutionary for her time and resonates with what we know today of who children are and how they learn. Please see the resources noted below.

  2. It sounds like SCCS spends a lot of time “smelling the roses” but what about core academics?

    SCCS has a robust academic curriculum that utilizes an integrated variety of published and original curriculum for teaching reading, writing, and grammar; an innovative, comprehensive curriculum for teaching mathematics; and an integrated, captivating, and challenging original curriculum for teaching science starting formally in Kindergarten. For more information on these core academic subjects and our “inspirational” subjects, please see our Curriculum Overview.

  3. Are there ways for parents to get involved?

    At SCCS, we believe that the quality of a child’s education depends upon the willingness of their parents or guardians to contribute to the work of supporting and enriching the child’s educational community! Parents are involved in a variety of ways at the school… helping in the classroom, chaperoning / driving on enrichment trips, assisting with the school garden, or helping in the evening with school mailings, just to name a few.

  4. Is SCCS open to children and families from other faiths or beliefs? What kind of Bible instruction is explicitly taught?

    SCCS is open to families from all walks of life, faiths, and beliefs; we are a school in the city, for the city! We encourage families to look through our literature and see if this type of schooling and education, overall, resonates with what you want for your child. For more information about the Bible teaching at SCCS and what we ask of families in regard to faith beliefs, please see our Curriculum Overview and our Statement of Faith Family Contract.

  5. Overall, what is different about SCCS?

    What separates a Charlotte Mason school from many others is the belief that knowledge is best pursued through contact with real things; the best books by the best minds, real life experiences, actual objects, and opportunities for explorations and discovery. Students at South City Community School delight in learning due to the unique curriculum offered to them!

  6. Are there additional Charlotte Mason resources easily available?

    For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
    (available here at or the St. Louis County Library)

    When Children Love to Learn edited by Elaine Cooper
    (available here at

    Ambleside Online’s website
    A website for homeschoolers, this also has a wealth of information about CM, including direct comparisons to other types of schooling.