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Is Firm Foundation Christian School accredited?

 

Firm Foundation Christian School is fully accredited with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). We have been a member school for many years and underwent the full process of becoming accredited. This rigorous certification is renewed every three to five years to assure our school maintains a high quality level based on the following standards:

  • Philosophy & Foundations
  • Governance & Leadership
  • Home & Community Relations & Student Services
  • Personnel
  • Instructional Program
  • Library/Technology
  • Media Services
  • Crisis Planning, Safety, Health, & Food Services/Nutrition
  • Facilities, Environment, & Transportation
  • Character, Values, & Spiritual Development Of Students
  • Continuous School Improvement Plan

Firm Foundation Christian School is also fully accredited with the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC formally NAAS). This accreditation reviewed our school with the following standards:

  • Mission, beliefs, and expectations for student learning
  • Curriculum
  • Instruction
  • Assessment
  • Leadership and Organization
  • School Services (student support/guidance services/health services/library information services/special education services/family and community services)
  • Facilities and finance
  • Culture of continuous improvement.

As part of the NWAC accreditation, Firm Foundation Christian School became accredited with Cognia. This is a worldwide network that acknowledges high quality schools, with 30,000 accepted in 70 different countries.

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Are you affiliated with a church?

Firm Foundation Christian School is a non-denominational school attended by students from over 60 area churches. We are sponsored by the Hockinson Apostolic Lutheran Church. The school is a separate non-profit organization.
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Who oversees and advises the school?

A six member Board, with the Board President as chairperson.
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Are your teachers certified?

Firm Foundation Christian School is certified with the State of Washington as a legal private school. The majority of teaching staff hold Bachelor degrees or Master’s degrees and/or Washington State Teaching Credentials.
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What sports are offered?

Current sports offered to elementary are soccer and basketball. Current sports offered to middle school and high school students include track, basketball and volleyball. Teams and leagues are determined by the number of participants. Additional sports are added based on student interest and as time and resources permit. Some of our students participate in after school sports through their local public school.
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Do you offer a hot lunch program?

We offer a hot lunch, prepared and delivered by Sodexo that includes main item choices and a salad bar.
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Do you offer before and after school care?

FFCS offers before school care beginning at 7:00 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. Students arriving after 7:30 a.m. are not charged.
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Before school care rates:

 

† $6.00 minimum charge of one hour per student

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After school care rates:

After school care is available until 6:00 p.m. You may call the school office to schedule your child for after school care.

† Care scheduled prior to NOON: $7.00 per hour per student

† Care scheduled after NOON: $8.00 per hour per student

After school care includes various scheduled activities: snack, recess, homework time, arts & crafts, games, etc.

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What are the school hours?

Arrival and Departure (Drop-Off and Pick-Up)

Drop-off Times: Please observe the following designated drop-off times for your child(ren).

  • Drop-off PreK 3/4: 8:00 – 8:15 a.m. (Students to be in classroom at 8:15 a.m.)
  • Drop-off PreK 4/5 AM: 8:00 – 8:15 a.m. (Students to be in classroom at 8:15 a.m.)
  • Drop-off PreK 4/5 PM: 11:30 – 11:45 a.m. (Students to be in classroom at 11:45 a.m.)
  • Drop-off (K-5th) 7:40 – 8:10 a.m. (Students to be in classroom at 8:10 a.m.)
  • Drop-off (6th-12th) 7:30 – 7:40 a.m. (Students to be in classroom at 7:40 a.m.)

Pickup Times: There are 4 designated pickup times. Parents who arrive before their designated pickup time will be required to exit the parking lot and re-enter at the correct time.

Students are to be picked up based on the oldest student:

  • PreK students with no other FFCS siblings are to be picked up at 2:30 p.m. (No placard required.)
  • If a family’s oldest FFCS student is in high school, they will pick up all their students at 2:45.
  • If a family’s oldest FFCS student is in middle school, they will pick up all their students at 3:00.
  • If a family’s oldest FFCS student is in elementary school, they will pick up all their students at either 3:10 or 3:20, as assigned.

Color placards will be assigned to designate pick up times (will not switch mid-year):

  • WHITE: 2:45 pick up time

  • YELLOW: 3:00 pick up time

  • BLACK: 3:10 pick up time

  • RED: 3:20 pick up time

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How many classes do you have per grade level and how many students are in a classroom?

Preschool (3 & 4 years old): 1 half day class of up to 14 students

Preschool (4 & 5 years old): 2 half day classes of up to 18 students

Kindergarten: 3 classrooms of 20 students per classroom

Grades 1: 3 classrooms of 22 students per classroom

Grades 2: 2 classrooms of 22 students per classroom

Grades 3 – 5: 2 classrooms of 24 students per classroom

Grades 6 – 8: 2 classrooms for each grade, up to 24 students per classroom (1 for 8th)

Grades 9 – 12: One class of each grade, up to 26 students per classroom (2 for 10th)

Exceptions may be made if deemed necessary by the school board or administrator.

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