School begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 2:45 PM for Kindergarten and 3:15 PM for Grades 1-5.
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?
FCS participates in the Johns Hopkins - Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for students in Grades 2-8. CTY requirements identify advanced academic talent in young people and then develop that talent so students maintain high academic standards for themselves throughout their school years. Participation in CTY can open up new resources and a new peer network for academically minded young people worldwide. Participation is highly encouraged at FCS.
Elementary students develop collaborative skills via their music class and an annual combined school (Grades TK-5) musical production. Kindergarten meets once a week for music and Grades 1-5 meet twice per week. Every two years, elementary students are given the opportunity to participate in a professional level Broadway musical produced by the secondary campus. Grades 4 & 5 have additional music opportunities to participate in the percussion, jazz, woodwinds, and handbell choir.
All elementary students have a P.E. class which helps develop their skills, encourages health, and introduces them to various sports. Kindergarten attends once a week and Grades 1-5 attend twice per week. Grades 4 & 5 students have the opportunity to try out for the elementary basketball teams, which participates in a local public school league.
Through ACSI, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of contests. ACSI’s National Spelling Bee for Grades 3-5, Speech Meet for Grades 1-5, and Math Olympics for Grades 1-4 are offered. Students in Grades 2-5 devise, construct, and complete individual science projects which are judged and displayed at our on-campus annual Science Expo.
The Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment is administered three times per year to measure student growth. The MAP is a series of computer adaptive assessments that measure 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. See more about MAP.
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