We consider the elementary age to be kindergarten through fifth grade. At this level, emphasis is placed on learning the skills necessary to be competent in all subject areas, including daily Bible instruction. Students will gain a strong foundation in reading, language (phonics, spelling, and vocabulary), creative writing, handwriting, and mathematics. Additionally, students are instructed in science, history, health, and art. The basic curriculum is enhanced by physical education, music, computer, and library.
Our students are tested academically every year using the Terra Nova Standardized Achievement Test. Traditionally, our classes have scored in the average to above average percentiles compared to national averages.
A Beka curriculum is used, due to the Scriptural foundation. Our Bible and Science curriculum is through Bob Jones, and our handwriting program is D’Nealian printing and cursive.
Music class is provided two days a week for K-5th grade. Throughout the year students learn music theory, including solfege and note recognition, through playing fun games with giant flashcards. They learn about proper singing techniques, like good posture and vocal warm-ups. They sing a variety of songs: scripture-based, patriotic, traditional, and fun! Students learn about rhythm through reading, speaking, playing, writing rhythmic notation, and movement.
Students in grades three and four learn to play the flutophone and they work through a music theory workbook from A Beka.
FFCS offers a program called ARISE (Actively Reaching for Individual Success and Excellence), which is designed to help improve reading, spelling, language, and math through specialized individual or small group instruction.
Students are chosen using three pieces of assessment data and teacher input. Those identified will have their present skills enhanced, and their weak areas strengthened. ARISE will also help alleviate some of the “pressures” of the regular classroom, for which some students are not quite ready.
The ARISE classes take place during regular school hours, usually during the classroom subject time for which the student needs help.