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. The high school curriculum is distinctly college preparatory in design and includes honors level and Advanced Placement (AP) classes. 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, photography, music, speech, drama, choir, band, forensics, and honors anatomy. We strive to present a Christian worldview in all of our classes. Over 95% 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.
GENERAL COURSE OF STUDY
We also minister to the needs of students with documented learning disabilities. 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. The types of learning disabilities that we have addressed are dyslexia, language impairments, and difficulties with reading mechanics and comprehension, math reasoning and calculation, written expression, oral expression, and central auditory processing. Other challenges include attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (AD/HD), high functioning autism, and Asperger’s syndrome. For an additional fee, we offer small group resource classes for students who need additional help to catch up to grade level or who would benefit from a small group environment with a teacher who specializes in students with learning disabilities. Tutorial Study Hall is also available if the student can keep up in the regular classroom but need the daily assistance offered there. 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, autism, Down syndrome, etc… Students in grades up to eighth may spend part of their day in the regular classroom and part of their day in a resource class targeted to their specific learning needs. As these students approach ninth grade, they may enter the Focus Learning Center which concentrates on general academics and life skills. 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.