Educational Philosophy of FCS
In Luke 2:52, we read that as a young man, “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man”. We believe this gives us the ideal balance of what should be included in a child’s development. Consequently, we stress education in each of these four areas of development: academic, physical, spiritual, and social.
- Our objective is to provide a college preparatory education that results in graduation from college.
- We will offer all necessary courses to be accepted by accredited institutions in the Southeastern United States.
- Our academic expectations and standards will be such that they are prepared to maintain a passing or better grade in their college courses.
- We will encourage, require and instill study skills, habits and values to carry them through the rigors of a college curriculum and lifestyle.
- We are committed to employ the most highly qualified teachers available in each area of instruction.
- We are committed to the instructional needs of students with average to above average intelligence. We will maintain a homogeny of these levels and will not use superior intelligence as an enrollment factor. We will provide instruction, as we can, for those students needing special attention in certain subjects. Tutorial assistance may be arranged for student benefit at parent expense.
- We are committed to small class sizes which are in compliance with ACSI and Cognia standards.
- We will provide a high quality college preparatory curriculum equal to or better than public schools and will provide Bible as a required subject.
- Every course will be taught from a biblical world and life view in order to teach the students that God plays a role in every area of our lives.
- We believe that the body is a temple and therefore we are committed to teaching appropriate care, including instruction in proper eating habits, rest and exercise
- We have a strong physical education program for both boys and girls.
- We offer a competitive sports program in 7th-12th grades to teach teamwork, dedication, discipline, sportsmanship, self-control, and dignity and to build community in our school. A good athletic program helps overall school spirit.
- At the elementary level, emphasis will be on having fun, good sportsmanship, teamwork, participation by all regardless of individual ability, and fundamental athletic instruction. There will be a limited emphasis on competition. As students enter the secondary grades, more emphasis will be placed on dedication, discipline, and competition. At all levels we will strive to reward effort and dedication more than ability.
- We believe that the single most important thing a child must learn is to have the proper relationship with God. Everything we do at our school is done with this basic foundation. While we are not a church and cannot address all spiritual issues, we can educate them in their relationship to God, particularly in regards to His Creation and our role as Stewards in it.
- Each teacher must have a clear Christian testimony, both in word and deed.
- We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God.
- We will stand firm on the doctrines that are clear in the Scriptures. However, in those areas of Christian doctrine on which evangelical Bible-believing Christians disagree, we will give unbiased Biblical instruction on the various protestant understandings of the issues so that our students will have knowledge of all sides. Although our basic stance is of the “Reformed” position, we will not take a dogmatic stand on such things as mode of baptism, eschatological issues, the special gifts, form of church government, etc.
- Although our basic function is to provide instruction in Christian doctrines and Christian living, we believe this is incomplete without providing opportunities to put that instruction into practice. Consequently, we will promote and support programs that will involve students in some type of service to their class, the school, their church and the Anniston and Calhoun County community.
- Children must learn their proper relationship with other people. We believe that our school should provide an environment that encourages, safeguards and expects the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of the students.
- At the high school level, we will have several planned social functions during the school year. Social events are meant to be celebratory of the work of God among His people.
- Social events will not be allowed to dilute the academic rigor, but to increase involvement and passion for learning and the school environment.
- All social functions shall be properly chaperoned by staff and/or parents.