Academics

Academics at FBCA are based on developing the whole child in the spirit of Luke 2:52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. Our PK3 through 8th grade curriculum is rigorous, providing students with opportunities to learn to think, to experience looking for evidence, consider options, and to develop plans of action involving problem solving skills and critical thinking.

All knowledge is rooted in God’s truth and His creation; therefore, FBCA’s academic program integrates biblical truth into every subject helping our students to understand the connection between academic content and God’s world. Our teachers champion learning by challenging students to wrestle with big ideas while using creative teaching that considers each individual student’s learning needs.  Each student is encouraged to grow and to be all that God created him/her to be.

Emphasis is placed on becoming an articulate communicator through the curriculum, class time presentations, and through program opportunities such as Speech and Word, Spelling Bee, Math Olympics, and Musical dramas. Our students experience academic as well as life lessons through the use of the integration of technology, relationship development, and opportunities for relevant extension of the classroom beyond the school facility itself into the community and, in fact, the world.

FBCA is leading students to pursue excellence in everything they do, all for the glory of God by providing a wealth of opportunities in a safe, nurturing environment where students are encouraged to take risks as they learn.  Based on Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” FBCA expects teachers as well as students to have expectations of quality work.  It is our desire and our privilege to assist parents in preparing the next generation of students for success beyond FBCA in order to impact generations yet to come.

FBCA Early Childhood academics are based on developing the whole child in the Spirit of Luke 2:52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and in favor with God and man.  Our program is structured with an advanced curriculum that challenges all students to learn to think, build problem solving skills and promote critical thinking.   God’s love and biblical truth are taught through Bible stories and memory verses.  Each student is encouraged to grow and be all that God created them to be.

FBCA provides a solid academic foundation that will propel your student to future success in middle school, high school, college, and beyond with a strong emphasis in reading, writing, and math. FBCA’s elementary students consistently score higher than national and state averages on SAT10 testing.

Reading – FBCA teaches reading using the phonetic method. Teachers utilize AR (Accelerated Reader), Read to Succeed, and classroom book projects to enhance student reading performance.  Through these reading enrichment programs, students develop and refine reading skills such as fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.

Mathematics –Elementary math emphasizes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division through oral and written drills as appropriate for the child’s mental development. Upper elementary will utilize fractions, decimals, percents, and metric units in problem solving.  Classroom activities provide practical application and establish the foundation for middle school math.

Writing – Kindergarteners learn to express themselves through journals and story prompts.  In first grade, students incorporate their ideas into original stories.  Second through fifth graders expand their writing and learn to summarize, compose letters, and write powerful paragraphs, essays, and reports.

History – Students in grades kindergarten and first are learning about community helpers and children/people around the world.  Second, third, and fourth grade study about America: our land, people, flag, freedom, states, and history.  Fourth grade also studies Missouri history. Grade five focuses on world history, viewing it from a Christian perspective.  Patriotism and democracy are two words often found in our social studies program.

Science – Science studies include demonstrations, experiments, projects, science fair opportunities, outside activities, and special guest speakers that give students an understanding of scientific principles.  Curriculum includes instruction in scientific method, life science, earth science, and physical science.

Bible – Bible is taught daily as a core subject.  Bible is a subject where students trace biblical themes and discuss their implications for everyday life. The Word of God is woven through our entire curriculum.

Technology – Beginning in kindergarten, students attend computer lab weekly and become comfortable with a wide range of applications, as well as basic keyboarding skills that they will continue to refine as they progress through the school. Younger elementary students use software to reinforce keyboarding, language arts, and math skills.  Upper elementary explores word processing, Power Point, Excel, graphing, and presentation skills.

Art and Music – Art and Music classes include opportunities for our students in music, vocal, visual and the performing arts. Through these programs, students are able to experiment, express themselves, explore and achieve personal goals through a variety of carefully designed curricular and co-curricular activities and lessons. All elementary students attend weekly art and music classes which often include several performance opportunities throughout the year.

PE – Love of activity is best fostered in our youngest FBCA learners. Our PE program is specifically designed to introduce basic concepts of fitness, loco motor and non-loco motor skills, as well as a variety of simple games that build cooperation, strategy and sportsmanship. Students attend two 30-minute PE classes each week.