No, we have families from many different faith backgrounds. We share the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ from a Lutheran perspective. To learn more about what Lutherans believe take a look at our Mission and Values.
We offer both a half-day and a full-day program for Kindergarten. Both programs provide the essential instruction necessary for first-grade success. Both programs prioritize core curriculum objectives in the morning hours, however, the full-day program allows for extension and enrichment of morning lessons into the afternoon.
Preschool student-to-teacher ratio:
For our preschool, we follow NAEYC’s recommendations regarding ratios. These ratios are lower than state standards.
- Beginner (Ages 2.5-3): 6 to 1
- Preschool (Ages 3-4): 7 to 1
- Pre-Kinder (Ages 4-5): 9 to 1
Elementary School Student-To-Teacher Ratio:
Our student-teacher ratio is often lower than local public, charter, and private schools. The average class size for our Elementary School is around 17.
Yes, and in most cases exceeds them. As a private school, we are able to independently determine and adhere to educational standards which best ensure the highest quality of academic preparation for students. Our school provides a rigorous academic curriculum that integrates the Christian faith and knowledge.
Graduates of Christ Greenfield School have attended or are attending universities such as Grand Canyon, Arizona, Arizona State, Barrett Honors, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, Northern Arizona, San Diego, Azusa Pacific, Colorado State, Northern Colorado, Greenville College, Concordia Irvine, Concordia Texas,… to name just a few.
We are currently in the consultation stage of adding a High School! In the meantime, students have attended or currently attend local public high schools in Gilbert, Higley, Mesa, Chandler, Queen Creek, and Tempe, as well as private high schools including Gilbert Christian, Valley Christian, Seton Catholic, Brophy, and Xavier College Prep.
K-8 students have a standardized dress policy.
Christ Greenfield School is a place for instruction and learning. The purpose of having a standardized dress policy is to simplify the matter of student attire and place that issue in perspective with regard to the learning process. The standardized dress also promotes a sense of civility and equality among the students and encourages responsibility and self-discipline. Our administrators and faculty insist that each student be dressed in a way that will not hinder the educational process, will promote a positive image among our students, and will provide Christian witness to the community.
Preschool students may wear comfortable and modest clothing for playing. We encourage girls to wear shorts under dresses and skirts.
We welcome and encourage parental help in our classrooms. There are numerous opportunities for parents to volunteer and serve in the classroom and other school day activities.
Our Preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA). Our K-8 is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
All preschool through 8th-grade teachers has at least a bachelor’s degree. K-8 teachers have also completed a teacher training program and have been credentialed by a state.
Preschool lead teachers are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in education and/or a CDA (Child Development Associate) credential. Each preschool staff member must hold or pursue a CDA and complete 18 hours of professional development each academic year.
Elementary and middle school teachers are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in education, state certification, and a Lutheran teacher’s certification. Elementary teachers attend school in-services, local workshops, and the LCMS Pacific Southwest District teacher conference to complete 18 hours of professional development each year.
- Morning sessions: 9 am - 11:30 am
- Afternoon sessions: 12:30 pm - 3 pm
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:20 am - 3:20 pm
- Wednesday from 8:20 am - 2:20 pm
- Kindergarten Half-Day: 8:20 am-12:00 pm
- Drop-off: 8:00–8:20 am
- Pick-up: 3:20-3:30 pm (2:20-2:30 on Wed)
- CGHS Learning Studio is open Monday through Friday each week* from 8:15 am - 3:00 pm
- In-person learning occurs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 am - 12:00 am
- * CGHS has scheduled days when the CGHS Learning Studio is closed
We have an excellent wrap-around extended care program for all students (excluding CGHS students) to help meet the needs of our working parents.
Teachers endeavor to assign no more than 10 minutes times the grade level of the students for homework. For example, students in second grade on average would have no more than 20 minutes of homework. Several teachers offer tutoring after school or in the summer.
- S.T.E.A.M. Enrichment
- Physical Education
- Band (5th grade)
- Electives (multiple classes in the subject areas of Life Skills, Humanities, and S.T.E.A.M.)
- Global Language (Spanish, German, or French)
- American Sign Language,
- Physical Education
Our small class sizes help teachers get to know each of their student's learning styles and needs quickly. Our school has a partnership with LSEM (Lutheran Special Education Ministries). This partnership allows us to have a resource teacher on staff as well as access to assessments and educational resources. Each student (PS-8th) is assessed throughout the school year to monitor growth in reading skills. Students in grades 3-8 may be tested to move up a grade level in math. The resource teacher consults with teachers and parents and provides small group and 1-1 interventions with students.
Non-athletic clubs are offered after school to students on Wednesdays:
- Student Council (Grades 3-8)
- AZ F.I.R.S.T. Lego League (Robotics) (Grades 4-8)
- Chess (Grades K-8)
After-school athletic opportunities are offered to students starting in 2nd grade. Competitive team sports begin with 4th-grade students.