Introducing 9th Grade

at Willow Glen Christian School (WGCS)

As a step toward launching Willow Glen Christian School, CLCS is expanding to offer 9th grade this fall. This pioneer class will continue to lead the way as the high school grows each year until graduation. Students will have the opportunity to select from two diploma options: a traditional NY Regents/Advanced Regents diploma or a Classical Christian diploma.

A hallmark of high school classes is the integration of content areas with English Language Arts. This allows students to explore history through a variety of primary sources and canonical literature. Narrative, informative, and argumentative writing are seamlessly integrated with science and history content areas. With a goal of college and career readiness, our teachers focus on reading, listening, critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills in all aspects of learning. 

Integrating our content areas also allows our instruction to be project-based, utilizing the power of hands-on, cooperative learning to deepen student understanding and application of new concepts. Our whole-child approach to learning culminates in an independent study project each spring that students design and implement with the support of a cross-curricular faculty mentor. 

Students in 9th grade enjoy traditional academic core subjects in addition to Spanish, Environmental Education, PE, Bible, Music, and Art.

Lead Teacher Bio: A class of 1992 alumni, Alyssa returned to CLCS as a teacher in 2020. She previously taught a variety of grades and subjects across the country, while following her husband’s military career. With a BA in Geography and Economics and an MA in Education, Alyssa is the homeroom teacher for 9th grade and teaches ELA and Global History. A mother to three daughters, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family, running, gardening, and cooking. 

WGCS Snapshot: Through the cooperation of all stakeholders - families, faculty, community, and our environment - students are nurtured and inspired to become problem-solving leaders, empowered and equipped to serve their families, communities, and the world for the glory of God. Our foundation values include problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and Godly reasoning and mindset. Real-world applied learning experiences, such as problem-based and place-based learning, give students opportunities for immediate application of knowledge and strengthening skills.

*Please contact the office at 607-347-4413 or for more information about 9th grade. Thank you.