Secondary Campus Profile

GRADUATION COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM

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CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS
School begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 2:50 PM

Section Content
Instruction Advisory
College Counseling January Term
Honors Courses Map Assessments
Student Life Athletics
Fine Arts Major Activities & Clubs

 

Instruction 

FCS provides a progressive, research-supported education that reflects a biblical worldview. Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD), a research-based model, supports instruction across content areas that is rich in high level vocabulary, promotes metacognition, encourages gradual release of responsibility, and embodies 21st century learning. The GLAD model emphasizes solving one’s problems, respecting others, and making good choices. Metacognitive learners are able to think about their own learning:  Does this make sense?  How am I doing?  What am I doing well?  What can I do better?

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Advisory

FCS provides a support system for students to build relationships with each other and staff, and together, we establish a community of compassion. Advisory groups meet twice a week. Junior high groups are co-ed, mixed grade levels, averaging at twelve students per group. High school groups are single gender, mixed grade levels, averaging at nine students per group. Advisory focuses on relationship building, academic support, and creating an even richer learning environment.

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College Counseling

FCS Academic & College Counseling provides a supportive environment in which students can identify their goals, reflect on their talents and passions, and make confident decisions about higher education. We guide students in the self-reflection and evaluation, research, and application writing that is the key to good college selection.

A key element in the college application process is finding the fit for each individual student. Just getting into college is not the focus: getting into the right school is. The goal is to provide our students with the solid foundation and guide their college selection process so they will be successful in college and in life.

College planning at FCS formally begins in Grade 8.  All eighth grade students attend two college preparation workshops during the spring semester conducted by the college counselor.   At these workshops, students are introduced to foundational skills and planning required in the college application process such as: the importance of course selection, study skills, understanding a high school transcript, and other topics. 

All eighth grade students will also meet individually with the college counselor during our annual Freshman Advance.  At the Advance, students receive information about how to best prepare for high school and work with the counselor to create an individual four-year course plan for high school.  Parents are encouraged to make appointments with the counselor following the Advance to discuss their child’s course plan and any future plans and questions. The specialized course, Applied College & Career Readiness (ACCR), is also incorporated into eighth grade students’ class schedules.

In our Academic & College Counseling Office, counselors manage fewer than 100 students each allowing counselors to get to know each student personally and providing tailored guidance to each family.  We offer hands-on opportunities to explore through on-campus college fairs, college representative visits, local college trips, overnight college tours, and college application workshops. 

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January Term - high school

Specific to high school only: FCS offers a specialized two-week (J-Term) session. J-Term is an interim between the first and second semesters.  This is a time for students to explore new classes beyond the typical college-prep curriculum. Potential J-Term opportunities may include psychology, programming, archeology, script writing, photography, culinary arts, native planting, and internships. J-Term concludes with an all-high school retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains.

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Honors Courses 

Eligibility for a math course is based on both ability and performance. Highly qualified students may be offered a place in an advanced course.

 

Any student who wishes to show a higher level of organization, put in more study and research time in a content area, and do work at an above average level can earn honors credit by earning a grade of A in regular coursework as well as completing special assignments. The value of special assignments is in the opportunity to do independent work where the skills of time management, tenacity, independent application of prior learning, and independent engagement with content are required. They are also a challenge to students who are inspired by having to achieve a next step.

 

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MAp Assessments 

The Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) is a computer adaptive assessment administered three times a year. MAP measures what students know and what they are ready to learn. FCS students at each grade level scored above the Norm Grade Level Mean RIT score in each subject. The Norm Grade Level Mean RIT is the average score for students in the same grade as that student, across the country who took the MAP assessment for that content area. 

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Student Life - Junior high

The United Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Council (USSE) is made up of three representatives per grade. Students apply to run and are elected by their peers. The USSE works with the Student Activities Director throughout the year to plan activities for the Junior High student body.

 

Beginning in the Fall, Grades 7 and 8 visit Mount Hermon Camp for team building fun; Grade 6 students visit in the Spring for Science Camp. Field games, Christmas bowling activity, basketball tournaments, outdoor movie night and other social events are hosted by USSE at lunch and during evenings throughout the year. Students find Spring Spirit Week one of the most memorable times of year. The year ends with the Eighth Grade Trip to the Tolerance Museum and Disneyland/California Adventure.

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Athletics

The Junior High Warriors compete in the Bay Area Christian School Athletic League (BASCAL).  Our school plays in the west division and has an opportunity to compete for a league playoff championship after each eight-week season. Our FCS Junior High Warriors hold 34 League Championships.

FCS High School Warriors compete in the Bay County’s League (BCL) in the Bay Area Conference (BAC) in the North Coast Section (NCS) of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). Our FCS High School Warriors hold 74 League Championships and 8 Section Championships.

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Fine Arts

Junior high music arts include: Advanced Handbell Choir, Concert Choir-Boys, Girls’ Chorale, Vocal Ensemble, and Junior High Band. 

Music and drama students in both junior high and high school collaborate to bring professional level Broadway musicals and classic plays to our stage.  Choral and instrumental groups tour, perform, and compete at a variety of venues.

The high school Fine Arts department produces award-winning choral, traditional band, jazz, and hand bell ensembles. Performing arts options include: Warrior Band, Concert Choir, Dixie Dominus Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, Living Water vocal ensemble, and Living Witness hand bell ensemble.

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Major Activities & Clubs

Students are encouraged to create or join a club that shares common interests, hobbies throughout the school year. Junior high clubs: Impact – a service club, Math, and Roblox. Students meet in their club advisor’s room to serve, share, and learn from each other.

High school activities:  Sadie Hawkins dance, Intramural competitions, Spirit Week, the Homecoming dance, Worldwide Warrior Week, and Junior Senior Prom. High school clubs: Debate, Quizbowl, Robotics, Computer Science, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), Science Olympiad, Rotary Interact, United Student Body (USB) Student Council, Dance Club, American Cancer Society Club, Badminton Club, and more.

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