With our mission statement in mind, FCA is engaged in the process of continually improving our curriculum to ensure that we are providing our students with the knowledge and skills they need to be Christian thinkers and influential leaders now and in the future. Students at FCA are encouraged to think critically and creatively and to apply a Biblical worldview as they analyze social and emotional issues.
Our highly qualified and certified faculty ensure that each student is consistently challenged to reach his or her academic potential. We utilize a variety of resources to implement our curriculum, which aligns with state and national standards. In addition, we utilize instructional strategies that equip students with the collaboration and communication skills that are in demand for the 21st Century classroom and workplace.
The following character traits are common to our curriculum at all grade levels:
Academic Rigor involves both depth and breadth of content and thinking skills. Our curriculum standards are not narrowly restricted to a standardized test, but rather build a foundation for mastering knowledge and skills necessary for success in high school, college, and life beyond the classroom. Academic rigor also includes setting high expectations for all students, including the expectation that students and their parents demonstrate a consistent, committed work ethic and a desire to give their best effort at all times.
Active Learning is dynamic learning that is active and engaged. Working closely with their teachers, students have opportunities to create, initiate, and construct their learning experiences.
Problem-Based Learning allows students to engage in problem solving and find creative solutions through independent study projects and small group investigations. By forming and testing hypotheses, students learn divergent thinking strategies. At FCA, they also apply a Biblical worldview to problem solving.
Project-Based Learning uses teaching methods that are supported by educational research to increase student motivation and engagement. Teachers facilitate learning experiences that are interdisciplinary and provide authentic opportunities to connect their learning; for example, students explore the connections between math, science, engineering and innovation, or they may increase their understanding of literature and art as expressions of the cultures and time periods they are exploring in social studies. In both Project-Based and Problem-Based learning, students are investigators and creators making connections from the curriculum to the real world.
Technology Integration occurs through the use of interactive whiteboards, technology integration labs, Internet access, database research, software for skills practice and critical thinking skills, and one-to-one technology access in the middle school. In a world of ever-increasing technological changes, FCA understands that students today are digital learners having grown up in a digital environment, and that we need to teach with technology to better engage and motivate students. We also maintain weekly technology plans so that we can ensure that our students develop technology literacies for information acquisition, communication, collaboration, and productivity and transfer their love for technology as a source of entertainment to a love for learning using technology as a tool.
The information below provides an understanding for our approach to curriculum development. For grade-level specific curriculum information, please call our Enrollment Office.
Through the reading/language arts curriculum, students are provided with skills necessary to read effectively and are nurtured and encouraged to develop a love for reading God’s Word in order that His Word will be “a joy and the delight of their hearts” (Jer. 15:16) . In addition, the reading/language arts curriculum will create in students a desire to become lifelong readers of various types of literature, providing them with the tools to constantly learn, to grow and to become well-rounded individuals. One of the specific goals of FCA is to teach students to understand and use the fundamental processes of communication through writing, speaking, and listening (II Corinthians 5:2) to further their social development, citizenship, and leadership skills.
In the early grades, we use highly effective Abeka curriculum to teach foundational phonics and decoding skills. To build fluency and comprehension students engage with novels in addition to their basal readers. We use a variety of curriculum resources, including Scott Foresman Reading Street, and make great use of our library to develop literacy in our students.
Through the study of mathematics, students see the order and truth God has created and understand mathematics as foundational to unlocking understanding of our physical world. Students of mathematics must build precept upon precept as stated in Isaiah 28:10. The successful and sequential mastering of basic mathematical concepts and the development of logical, critical thinking skills are vital components of our mathematics program. Additionally, mathematical skills are necessary in everyday life in order to make practical decisions relative to such areas as budgeting, comparing and purchasing products, saving, computing interest rates, and using logic to solve dilemmas. Mathematical concepts are aligned with our science curriculum to prepare students for future careers in medicine, engineering, and other related fields. We utilize Everyday Math in grades K-5.
In the study of science, students explore the wonder of God’s awesome creation. They learn that science and religion are not segregated, but rather are intricately related. God reveals himself through many facets such as His Word, His people, and His creation. By actively involving the students in classroom experiments with a lab-oriented, hands-on approach to the scientific process, they will see the glory and power of God revealed in new and exciting ways. Academically, the rich, integrated curriculum provides students with a sound base for understanding life science, earth science, physical science, the human body, space and technology. Our science curriculum is designed for students to experience ownership of the curriculum while learning to think critically and reflectively and to become scientific inquirers who love to learn. We use A Reason For Science and tie it to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science in Grades K-5.
Throughout the Bible, God instructed His people to pass down the stories of His goodness and of how He had given them victory on so many occasions (Joshua 4). By approaching social studies through a Christian worldview, students learn to see God’s hand in the history of man and to His character and nature reflected in His creation. Students learn about invention and the advance of technology, they learn about the world from the ancient to the present, and they learn practical geography and research skills. We use a variety of online and printed resources for social studies, and we provide a special emphasis global awareness and on understanding African American history and culture.
As a Christian school, Fellowship Christian Academy views the Fine Arts as an expression of worship and a reflection of the creative nature of God. The fine arts program is designed so that students can development their talents and encourage the development of talents of their peers. The creative arts are designed to stimulate inventive and imaginative expressions through music and visual arts. Curriculum is designed to expand the students’ awareness connections between art, culture and heritage and to help them develop an aesthetic sense of values. Students are encouraged to develop a lifelong joy and appreciation of the arts. The courses provide opportunities for experimentation and self-expression, providing an avenue for building self-esteem. Interpersonal skills are enhanced as students learn to collaborate with peers and to rejoice in the talents of others.
Our commitment to Fine Arts includes the Fine Arts Institute, which provides on-site private, semi-private, and small group instruction in voice, piano, strings, brass and woodwinds, drums, and dance. For more about the Fine Arts Institute, please click here.
Physical education provides experiences that improve fine and gross motor skills and increase understanding of emotional, physical, social, and spiritual health. Students learn the importance of regular physical activity as it relates to positive self image and thought processes as well as physical wellbeing. Students also learn to respect the growth and development of their peers. The curriculum utilizes age-appropriate activities that are fun, promote wellness and sports-specific skills, and which address strength, flexibility, endurance, and mobility. It is our desire that our students develop a value for a lifelong lifestyle of physical fitness.
We offer instruction in Spanish and Mandarin using TPRS (Total Physical Response and Storytelling) that takes advantage of natural language acquisition principles. Our language classes are lively, interactive, and biblically-based, and involve learning about the cultures of the target languages.
We consider our weekly chapels to be a vital part of our curriculum. Our chapels are theme-focused and provide children with an opportunity to worship together and to be taught biblical truths at the application level that is appropriate to their moral, cognitive and spiritual development.