AP Biology - First Lab 2017-2018

September 01, 2017
By Admissions Office

These AP Biology students are conducting an inquiry-based investigation of animal behavior. Students observe the orientation and movement behavior of pill bugs (rolly polys) in response to environmental stimuli.

Groups design and set up their own experiment, record the pill bug preferences, and analyze the results to determine what type of orientation behaviors the pill bugs display.

Niche: FCS in Top Ten

August 23, 2017
By Admissions Office

From Niche:

"We just released our 2018 Best Schools in America rankings and Niche Grades and we're happy to share that your school ranks as our #9 Best Private K-12 School in San Francisco Bay Area for 2018. Your school also received an A+ Overall Niche Grade which recognizes the overall quality of your school.

"Your school achieved this ranking by scoring highly on a variety of factors including test scores, student-teacher ratio, and reviews from students and parents. Our Data Team analyzed this data from thousands of schools from across the country to create our 2018 Best Schools rankings." 

See our school profile on Niche!

Solar Eclipse Viewing 2017

August 17, 2017
By Admissions Office

Solar Eclipse Viewing: Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 at FCS

Weather permitting, we will have a school-wide solar eclipse viewing on the softball field Monday morning, August 21. Elementary students (grades 2-5) will view the first part of the eclipse.

Registered parent volunteers should check with their child's teacher ahead of time if they want to participate. You must be a fingerprinted and registered volunteer with FCS for the 2017-18 school year.

Numerous FCS and Harbor Light administrative staff will be present on the field to help oversee the event. For safety reasons, we are exclusively using indirect observation methods. Students should not bring solar glasses to school because of the widespread number of fake glasses that have been reported in the news.

Elementary and Junior High students will make pinhole projectors to observe the eclipse. Additional projectors will be provided for use by Secondary students. There will also be a telescope viewing station by Dr. Handran. Keep in mind that there will be a waiting time for telescope viewing and students will need to move through the station quickly in order to let other students observe. The telescope station also uses an indirect viewing method.


Younger students will need more frequent reminders than older students. We are looking forward to a safe, fun, and memorable eclipse experience for everyone!

Dr. Handran

Secondary Science and Math Teacher

Head of Science Department


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