Fremont Christian School is committed to providing a progressive, research-supported education for our students. In 2010 we began implementing instructional changes across the curriculum and in grades K-12 to reflect the paradigm shift in education from a system of lecture, isolated study, memorization, and regurgitation to one of high academic expectations, analysis, teamwork, communication, and creativity. As a private school, Fremont Christian School has the latitude to innovate and figure out what works best for our students and implement curricular changes as needed.
One of our goals at FCS is to provide a 21st century education for our students. We work with our students to develop 21st century skills – communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking – that go beyond the content and that they will be able to draw on throughout their schooling and future careers.
At FCS we know that curriculum is not a textbook, although well-researched, thoughtfully designed textbooks are a great resource for teachers. Curriculum encompasses not only the materials that are used for instruction but also includes the overall plan for instruction, the instructional strategies and practices, the standards, and the underlying philosophies and ethos of the school. Teachers develop curriculum by using textbooks, original documents, magazines, media, non-fiction, fiction, all available resources, strategies, and design skills to create an engaging, challenging environment for every student. What a teacher prepares, presents, and assesses is curriculum... Read More
FCS has adopted a Common Core State Standards (CCSS) based math program that focuses on depth rather than breadth, building conceptual foundations, and most importantly, engagement in the process and application of math concepts. Math Expressions (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) has been designed to reflect the way children learn mathematics. It provides a solid conceptual base that is grounded in over 20 years of research. Students are expected to problem solve, explain their thinking, and prove their answers. Each unit begins... Read More
Fremont Christian School has been actively implementing CCSS ideals since 2010. Changes in text resources and, most importantly, professional development over the years since have focused on making this paradigm shift in order to prepare FCS students for... Read More
A final note:
Every year, FCS evaluates its curriculum in regards to appropriateness and rigor, texts and materials, and instructional practices. While there is no perfect curriculum, the materials FCS provides to our faculty are meant as quality tools for providing instruction to our students. As professionals trained to instruct and educate children, teachers make instructional decisions to use the strengths of the materials and supplement the weaknesses to provide the most balanced, research supported, and standards-based instruction to their students. In our continuing effort to improve on and provide an excellent education grounded in a biblical worldview, both the administrative and instructional staff at FCS are committed to best instructional practices and making the changes necessary to achieve this goal.