Academics

FBA’s Lower School program is Kindergarten – Grade 4. The early school years provide the educational foundation that students build on for the rest of their lives. At FBA, we understand how critical this foundation is to the students' future success.

Our teachers use textbooks from the nation's most respected publishers and stay current on the latest educational findings through ongoing continuing education opportunities.

Our lower school’s curriculum includes:

  • Reading
  • Language Arts
  • Spelling
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Handwriting
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Bible

Weekly Lower School enrichment classes include:

  • Computer
  • Art
  • Music
  • Library

Through on-campus activities and off-campus field trips, students discover how their new knowledge has real-world application.

As students build this strong educational foundation to prepare them for Middle School and beyond, our goal is that they also grow in the Word of God and come to develop a close, personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Literacy Centers are used to give children the opportunity to make some decisions and work at their own pace. They provide a wide range of activities and meet varying abilities of the class. Students are able to work independently on some centers but some require some assistance from the teacher. Some centers are done individually, others are done in pairs or small groups. Reading instruction is done on an individualized basis and centers are very important for reinforcement and mastery of skills learned.

Math in Focus® is based on the framework developed by the Singapore Ministry of Education. It draws on best practices from around the world and highlights problem solving as the focus of mathematical learning. A key differentiator for Singapore math is its focus on attitudes and metacognition. In order for students to excel, they must develop positive attitudes about math, have the confidence to persevere, and develop the ability to monitor their own thinking. Numbers and symbols can be confusing when you don't have a grasp of what they actually mean. Singapore math teaches concepts using a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression to anchor learning in real-world, hands-on experiences. 

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