Middle School at FBA focuses on building academic, social, physical, and spiritual foundations to set our students up for success as they progress in life. We want to do more than just prepare our students for high school and college. We want to partner with our parents to build a community that promotes intellectual curiosity; develops a child’s moral integrity and character; encourages self-discipline while building a strong work ethic; and advances their physical and mental fitness. Most importantly, the focus in Middle School is to help students cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Through project-based, collaborative instruction, our teachers create a challenging environment that meets students where they are, while raising expectations and helping them achieve success. Students are given multiple leadership opportunities that allow them the ability to learn about themselves and discover their God-given talents. Our students are being prepared for an unknown job force. The majority of careers that exist today won’t be the same in 5 years. Therefore, technology, critical thinking and collaboration are key facets of our curriculum.Our approach is enthusiastically and boldly Christian. Our students experience a curriculum that is biblically integrated because God is at work in all areas of our lives.
Fifth Grade is all about moving up to Middle School and gaining more responsibilities. Students use laptops in their classes for the first time, learn how to transition between classes, and get to determine which elective they will develop based on their God-given talents. Fifth grade has a modified block schedule where the students see Math and English daily, but attend the rest of their core classes on an alternating schedule – Social Studies, Science, Study Skills, Technology, Bible, Advisory. In fifth grade, the students get to apply real-world situations at the Junior League's Biztown, and goes to an offsite camp for a STEAM trip in the spring.
"I love teaching at FBA. My students are a joy! FBA Middle School is a nurturing environment for this foundational time in a child's life. They grow and learn so much during their 5th and 6th grade years, and it's exciting watching them come into their own. It's hard to let them go when they move up to the 7th and 8th grade wing!"
-Kelly Wilkin, 5th & 6th Grade Science Teacher
Sixth grade is an entry point for athletics at FBA. Students have a year under their belt in Middle School and are continuing to grow and mature in their Christian faith. Sixth grade has a modified block schedule where the students see Math, English and Bible daily, but attend the rest of their core classes on an alternating schedule – Social Studies and Science. Students are able to choose from Art, Spanish, Band, Choir, Journalism and Computer Science/Engineering as electives this year. Sixth grade is the year of the Wax Museum project, based on a historical figure. Students get the opportunity to travel to HMNS to learn about archelogy and ancient cultures, and travel to an offsite camp for a STEAM trip in the spring.
"Teaching our students Spanish increases their opportunities in communication, the workforce, and to reach more people for God's Kingdom!"
-Josie Ban-Alaniz, Middle School Spanish Teacher
Seventh Grade grows and develops their critical thinking skills, while continuing to develop their emerging gifts. Students experience a true block schedule (80 minute classes) for their core classes – Math, English, Science, Texas History, Bible and Spanish/World Language. Elective choices continue to develop from Band, Choir, Art, Drama, Yearbook and Computer Science/Engineering. The year starts off with a Leadership Retreat at a Christian Camp for 2 days. During the year, students travel to Texas A&M Galveston to learn about our gulf coast environment and dissect a shark, and seventh grade is wrapped up by a 'Texas Tour' trip to San Antonio and Austin before moving onto eighth grade.
"Seventh Grade is an exciting year at FBA! The students have a chance to take on more leadership roles and are challenged both academically and spiritually. Students are encouraged to take more ownership over their learning and are challenged to ask difficult questions to help improve their personal, spiritual, and emotional lives. Along with the challenges come A LOT OF FUN! Whether it is in the classroom, the hallways, at lunch, or at all of the exciting events they get to participate in, the days are filled with laughter and fun!"
-Hillary Hargis, 7th & 8th Grade History Teacher
Eighth grade students are the leaders on campus and enjoy privileges with their class. Students and parents are guided through the high school application process by experienced educators who know our students. Eighth graders experience a true block schedule (80 minute classes) for their core classes – Math, English, Science, US History, Bible and Spanish. Elective choices continue from Band, Choir, Art, Drama, Yearbook and Computer Science/Engineering. Eighth graders start off the year at a two day leadership retreat, get to go to the George Observatory to learn how to propel a ship into space, and then go to the Baker Institute at Rice University for a day of STEM with college students. The highlight of the year is the week-long field trip to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City.
"It is exciting to teach the 8th graders because they are fun-loving and joyful. By the time they make it to 8th grade, they are like a family. FBA is unique because we get to experience life with these kids, both inside and outside of the classroom. They make us laugh everyday and that is the reason why I keep coming back!"
-Natalie McMahon, 7th & 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher