High school years are full of growth, promise, excitement, frustration, disappointment and hope. It is the time when students begin deciding who they are by evaluating their strengths, skills and abilities. The biggest influence is their peer group. They are searching for a place to belong and rely on peer acceptance and feedback. They need Christian guidance to make concrete decisions during these important formative years. It is vital for your child to have a disciplined, loving Christ centered environment. FCS offers strong college preparatory, honors, AP, and dual credit curricula. We believe in making sure the basics are mastered as students prepare for college. Students may take several electives along with their core program. Students in high school use a combination of Prentice Hall Math, Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary, Positive Action Bible, and an assortment of ABeka and BJU Press books.
COLLEGE PREPARATORY COURSE OF STUDY
Most of our students enroll with the understanding that they are entering a program of courses that will prepare them for college. Middle school math is offered at the honors and college prep levels as early as seventh grade. The high school curriculum is distinctly college preparatory in design and includes honors level and dual credit classes in most subjects. We offer a strong core of classes supplemented with various electives to develop a well- rounded student. Course electives include foreign language, computer based classes, art, music, speech, drama, choir, band, forensics, and honors anatomy. We strive to present a Christian worldview in all of our classes. Over 98% of our graduates pursue college degrees. The majority of our students would be eligible for a College Prep Course of Study or College Prep Course of Study with an Honors Option.
Dual credit courses are available for approved juniors and seniors. Over the past several years we have expanded our dual credit course options to include US History 1 and 2, PreCalculus, Calculus, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, General Biology I, Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Music Appreciation, and Speech. Students can earn up to 35 college credits while at FCS.
GENERAL COURSE OF STUDY
We also minister to the needs of students with documented learning disabilities through our Academic Success Center (ASC). Students who have learning disabilities generally have IQ scores that fall in the average to above average range. While these students have the potential to learn, they may struggle to reach their potential because of their learning disabilities. For an additional fee, eligible students in grades 3-8 may take ASC resource classes in a small group environment for particular learning needs (Language Arts or Math). These classes are taught on grade level using the same materials as the mainstream classes. Students in 6 th -12 th grade may also enroll in tutorial study hall (additional fee) for academic support. Based on the courses that are successfully completed, these students would be eligible for either a General Course of Study or a College Prep Course of Study.
OCCUPATIONAL COURSE OF STUDY
In addition, Friendship Christian School is unique in that we also accept students who have intellectual disabilities. As these students approach sixth grade, they may enter the Focus Learning Center (FLC) which concentrates on general academics and life skills in a self-contained environment. Careful planning and review of the students’ past academic performance and current cognitive and achievement levels will assist in making this decision. These students would be eligible to receive either an Occupational Course of Study or a Certificate of Achievement. The tuition for this program is separate from the regular school tuition. The Occupational Course of Study covers the basics of the core subjects which specifically focus on post-school employment and independent living. Successful completion of this program will provide the student with a solid, basic education but will not meet the requirements for entrance to a four year college or university. Successful completion of this program, however, will allow for continued training in a technical or vocational program or a community college.