CURRICULUM OVERVIEW 2018-2019
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 success in higher education and careers of the future. Fremont Christian High School graduation requirements exceed the University of California admission requirements.
FCS has adopted math curriculum that focuses on depth rather than breadth, conceptual foundations, and most important, process and application of mathematical concepts. The CCSS for mathematical practice are reflected in the secondary math courses. Students are expected to explain their thinking, demonstrate their process, understand that there can be multiple paths to the same solution, and make real world applications. Mastery projects allow students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of math concepts and processes. Three Advanced Placement courses are offered in Mathematics: Statistics, Calculus AB, and Calculus BC.
English courses continue to reflect the CCSS ELA standards through the reading and analysis of key literature of various genres. Students further develop their literacy skills with a continued emphasis on vocabulary development and understanding the role of grammar in conveying the desired meaning. Teachers cultivate clear communication and critical thinking by providing opportunities for students to practice writing for different purposes and audiences. Frequent writing builds stamina, confidence, and skill while encouraging student to engage in thoughtful and meaningful discourse. Honors projects, Honors Sci Fi/Fantasy Literature, and Advanced Placement English Language/Composition also provide opportunities for students to challenge themselves and hone college level reading and writing skills.
California content standards and the NGSS inform content but the CCSS ELA standards play an integral part in the instruction of social studies and science as well. CCSS literacy standards are embedded in content instruction through GLAD instructional strategies. Science instruction takes place in well-equipped labs. The digital Science Expo is a culminating event where students from all science classes design and implement a science project and a written report based on their interests. Advanced Placement courses include: US History, US Government, Biology, and Physics.
Bible courses are a required element of our academically rigorous secondary program and continue with a focus on worldview. Summit Ministries’ worldviews curriculum explicitly informs instruction in sixth, eighth, eleventh, and twelfth grade Bible courses. Seventh grade students focus on the Old Testament, ninth grade on the Gospels, and tenth grade on apologetics. Whatever the course, FCS affirms the metanarrative of Scripture: (1) God created all things good. At creation, all things were in harmony. (2) At the Fall (Genesis 3), the whole created order fell into disharmony due to the disobedience of man. (3) In the person of Jesus Christ, God began the process of redemption and renewal. (4) In the end, God will restore all things through his Son Jesus Christ.
We believe the biblical metanarrative is manifested in four key relationships of creation. (1) Fellowship: The relationship between God and man. God created man for relationship with Himself; that relationship was broken because of sin; that relationship is restored through Jesus Christ. (2) Image-bearers: Man was created as whole and healthy being, as an image-bearer of God; sin brought disharmony and conflict into the life and heart of man. Redemption through Jesus Christ begins the healing process within man. (3) Servanthood: God created man for harmonious and loving relationships with other people; sin is the cause of disharmony and discord among people; part of restoring mission of Jesus Christ is to bring people back into harmonious relationship with one another. (4) Stewardship: God placed the whole created order under the rule and care of His image-bearers (Genesis 1); with the Fall, the relationship between man and the rest of the created order was marred; In Jesus Christ, God continues to call His image-bearers to work to preserve and protect the created order.
Physical education, world languages (Spanish), and a wide variety of fine arts courses (choral music, instrumental music, visual art, and theater arts) round out the curriculum. Advanced Placement courses for electives include Art History, Studio Art 2-D Design, Studio Art Drawing, Spanish Language and Culture, Computer Principles.
In addition to our core academic program, high school students engage in a two week January Term (J-term) during the first two weeks of January: seven days of elective courses culminating in an off-site three-day retreat. High school teachers, administrators, other staff, and sometimes parents, create and implement high interest mini courses that reflect their extracurricular interests and passions. Courses in past J-terms have included offerings such as photography, cooking, badminton, film, science fiction, and many more. Class size is generally limited to 12 students and each student signs up for two classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Internships are another option for interested students during J-term. We have found that in addition to offering diverse and engaging electives outside of the core curriculum, J-term fosters closer relationships between students and between students and staff.
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