Middle School

Faith, Character, and Success

Middle school is an exciting time for students as they transition to secondary education. All students participate in a rigorous curriculum that incorporates study skills such as notetaking and annotating text to best help them achieve success. Each class incorporates Biblical principles and Scriptures that promote a deeper understanding of the faith as well as character development.

Middle school is characterized by strong teacher-student rapport because the teachers understand that these young teenagers need to feel valued and cared for. Teachers seek to build relationships not only in the academic classroom but also during chapel, clubs, and field trips. Overall, middle school students at FCS are challenged and supported to grow academically, socially, and spiritually.

We want our students to realize their God-given potential. We provide two academic tracks: College prep and Honors. We provide NJHS and Duke TIP eligibility.

We also our middle school students to discover their interests of study and be exposed to potential career opportunities and so we offer over 15 clubs to choose from, everything from Botany to Robotics. Our students participate in numerous local and national competitions such as Brain Bowl, Geography Bee, and more.

FCS Middle School Honors Program

Our middle school comprises of a demanding curriculum where students have the opportunity to take Honors classes, including courses that will count for high school credit.

The honors program is a place for students who are strong, independent readers who would benefit from an accelerated curriculum. Students are challenged to make thematic connections across the curriculum, synthesize information, evaluate points of view, and critique readings. There is an emphasis on developing strong, analytical writing skills in every class. Creativity and student choice are promoted and encouraged through project-based learning and assessments such as designing and delivering oral presentations, creating videos, skits, and models, and participating in cooperative learning projects.

Academics

STEAM Program

Every grade level participates in the Fairchild Challenge which consists of 7 STEAM challenges and includes partnerships with the University of Miami, Florida International University, NASA Kennedy Space Center, and National Wildlife Federation.  Last year, our school received the Fairchild Challenge Award for being one of the top 16 schools in Miami demonstrating exceptional STEAM integration.  From robotics in middle school to the engineering club’s 3D printer, STEAM learning is transforming our students from being classroom problem-solvers to world changers.

Middle School Literary Fair

All middle school students participate in the Literary Fair that showcases their hard work and creativity. The Literary Fair is a dazzling, specially themed evening that displays projects, essays, poetry, and short stories that the students themselves created. A young adult author is brought to speak to the students to ignite a passion for reading and writing. The author also answers questions from the students and autographs books for them. Finally, the evening culminates with awards given to students for outstanding writing and projects.

Middle School Science Fair

The middle school Science Fair is a night that demonstrates student’s research, inquiry, and scientific discoveries. All middle school students participate in an inquiry-based science project using the scientific method. They write a research paper and demonstrate their findings on a Tri-fold poster board. These projects are displayed at the Science Fair and the most distinguished projects receive awards. The science fairs also include a robotics demonstration.

ACADEMICS

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Course Offerings

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Biblical Studies: Redemption

Students are guided through the Old and New testaments learning about God and His plan of salvation. Analyzing Bible verses, learning Bible-study skills, critiquing responses, formulating biblical philosophies, and writing opportunities allow God’s word to direct students towards a deeper relationship with their Creator.

Language Arts

Students develop a love for reading by exposure to a variety of literary genres such as short stories, poems, novels, and non-fiction texts. Through this course they acquire critical skills to help them analyze what they read. Vocabulary instruction is integrated within the literature. Students develop public speaking skills through class presentations and discussions. Also, grammar skills are taught in application to writing. Students will execute the full writing process in a variety of writing activities such as journal writing, personal narratives, expository essays, and persuasive essays. Through class activities, students are selected to participate in the FACCS writing and Spelling Bee competitions.

Comprehensive Science

Students explore scientific discoveries in the areas of earth science, life science, plants, physical science, and space. Students participate in a variety of projects including the middle school science fair research project. Biblical truths are integrated to help the students develop a Christian worldview by showing God’s nature and man’s responsibility as revealed through creation.

Math

Students apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication, division, and fractions. They learn to fluently add, subtract, multiple, and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation. Students also demonstrate understanding of the ratio concepts and learn to use ratio reasoning to solve problems. Students write, read, and evaluate expressions involving whole-number exponents and expressions.

Old World History (Mesopotamia-Middle Ages)

Students explore the ancient civilizations of the world such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, and Greece. They study geography and the expansion of Christianity throughout the world and how God’s plan of redemption has been showcased since creation.

Physical Education

Students receive instructions and participate in team sports such as basketball, volleyball, softball, flag football, soccer, gator ball, ultimate Frisbee, and floor hockey (girls only). The basic skills, rules of the game, safety issues, and basic strategies involved with each team sport are taught. There are weekly fitness activities and the goal is to learn the physical and social skills that are necessary to remain active and healthy throughout life.

Electives

Art, Band, Choir, or Drama.

Biblical Studies Redemption

Students are guided through the Old and New testaments learning about God and His plan of salvation. Analyzing Bible verses, learning Bible-study skills, critiquing responses, formulating biblical philosophies, and writing opportunities allow God’s word to direct students towards a deeper relationship with their Creator.

Honors Language Arts

Honors students will develop a love for reading by exposure to a variety of literary genres such as short stories, poems, novels, and non-fiction texts. Students make thematic connections across the literary genres, make inferences, as well as compare and contrast texts and digital media. Vocabulary instruction is integrated within the literature. Students participate in a variety of class discussion formats including literature circles and Socratic seminars. Grammar is taught in application to writing. They expand their writing skills by using text evidence and by using a variety of strategies to develop strong introduction and conclusion paragraphs in both expository and persuasive essays. Students also participate in journal writing, creative writing, and personal narratives.  Through class activities, students are selected to participate in the FACCS writing and Spelling Bee competitions.

Honors Comprehensive Science

Students explore scientific discoveries in the areas of earth science, life science, plants, physical science, and space. Students participate in inquiry-based learning activities and class discussions as well as a variety of projects including the Fairchild Challenge and middle school science fair research project. Biblical truths are integrated to help the students develop a Christian worldview by showing God’s nature and man’s responsibility as revealed through creation.

Honors Math

This accelerated course challenges students to apply and expand upon previous understanding of decimals and fractions to solve complex problems. Students will learn to add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm for each respective operation. Students will also learn about ratio reasoning and how to solve problems using ratio reasoning. Additionally, students will learn how to read, write, and evaluate algebraic expressions involving whole-number exponents. Students will also learn how to create, interpret, and analyze data using statistical measures and probability.

Honors Old World History (Mesopotamia-Middle Ages)

Honors students explore and analyze the ancient civilizations of the world such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, and Greece. They will study geography, engage in class discussions, and demonstrate understanding through project-based learning. They will also study the expansion of Christianity throughout the world and how God’s plan of redemption has been showcased since creation.

Physical Education

Students receive instructions and participate in team sports such as basketball, volleyball, softball, flag football, soccer, gator ball, ultimate Frisbee, and floor hockey (girls only). The basic skills, rules of the game, safety issues, and basic strategies involved with each team sport are taught. There are weekly fitness activities and the goal is to learn the physical and social skills that are necessary to remain active and healthy throughout life.

Electives

Art, Band, Choir, or Drama.

Biblical Studies: New Testament Life of Christ

Students extensively study the life of Christ and the positive character traits He possessed. This class includes Bible verse memorization, video projects, and creation of church services. Students also participate in a community service project which helps them to identify their spiritual gifts and begin to use them to serve others.

English

Students are analytical readers through the analysis of a variety of short stories, poems, novels, and non-fiction texts. Students intensively study vocabulary through strategies such as using context clues, word structure, and analysis of synonyms and antonyms. Grammar is taught in application to writing. Writing activities examine the different purposes for writing such as descriptive, expository, persuasive, and literary analysis. Students also learn to annotate text to find evidence for use in writing. Through class activities, students are selected to participate in the FACCS writing and Spelling Bee competitions.

Life Science/Pre-Biology

Students study the observations and classifications of living things in this middle school biology course. The curriculum includes the living cell, genetics, and heredity, living kingdoms, reproduction, ecosystems, and environments. Throughout this course of study, theories of evolution will be compared to Creationist views. Students participate in lab investigations and analyze scientific data through graphs, charts, and tables.

Math

Students develop conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, adaptive reasoning, and strategic thinking skills through different mathematical topics. This course covers: Algebraic Thinking, Fractions and Integers, Proportions and Percent’s, Geometry and Measurement, and Counting and Probability.

Social Studies: Story of the World-People and Events-Middle Ages to Modern Age

Students explore the Middle Ages and the Modern Age of world history. Students are challenged to analyze these events as to the implications for their own lives and decisions. Students also examine world geography, maps, graphs, and charts.

Physical Education

Students receive instructions and participate in team sports such as basketball, volleyball, softball, flag football, soccer, gator ball, ultimate Frisbee, and floor hockey (girls only). The basic skills, rules of the game, safety issues, and basic strategies involved with each team sport are taught. There are weekly fitness activities and the goal is to learn the physical and social skills that are necessary to remain active and healthy throughout life.

Electives

Art, Band, Choir, Drama, Computer Coding, Consumer Science and Spanish non-speakers

Biblical Studies: New Testament Life of Christ

Students extensively study the life of Christ and the positive character traits He possessed. This class includes Bible verse memorization, video projects, and the creation of church services. Students also participate in a community service project which helps them to identify their spiritual gifts and begin to use them to serve others.

Honors English

Students analyze, evaluate, and critique a variety of short stories, poems, novels, and non-fiction texts. Students intensively study vocabulary through strategies such as context clues, word structure, analysis of synonyms and antonyms, and using vocabulary in writing. Grammar is taught in application to writing. Students annotate text to find evidence for use in writing, class discussions, oral presentations, and collaborative learning projects. Writing activities examine the different purposes for writing such as descriptive, expository, persuasive, and literary analysis. Through class activities, students are selected to participate in the FACCS writing and Spelling Bee competitions.

Honors Life Science / Pre-Biology

Students examine the nature of science, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, biotechnology, origins, classification, ecology, and human anatomy and physiology in this middle school biology course. Students work together in cooperative learning groups to conduct experiments, analyze scientific data through graphs, charts, and tables. Students write research reports on assigned topics and each student completes a science project that investigates a life science topic using the scientific method.

Pre-Algebra*

Students will prepare for Algebra 1 course by learning to solve equations and inequalities, using formulas, solving systems of equations, rules of exponents, proportions, relations, and functions. Geometry topics include the Pythagorean Theorem, properties of triangles, special right triangles, angle relations, perimeter, slope, and angle bisectors.

*High School Credit Course

Honors Social Studies: Story of the World-People and Events-Middle Ages to Modern Age

Students are challenged to engage creatively to build an understanding of major periods in history such as the Renaissance, Industrialism, and Imperialism. This class requires synthesis of information and project-based learning and assessment such as creating a “big Book” pages for student-created history books, designing and creating oral presentations, and creating videos, skits, and brochures.

Physical Education

Students receive instructions and participate in team sports such as basketball, volleyball, softball, flag football, soccer, gator ball, ultimate Frisbee, and floor hockey (girls only). The basic skills, rules of the game, safety issues, and basic strategies involved with each team sport are taught. There are weekly fitness activities and the goal is to learn the physical and social skills that are necessary to remain active and healthy throughout life.

Electives

Art, Band, Choir, Drama, Computer Coding, Consumer Science and Spanish non-speakers

Biblical Studies: Old Testament

Students examine the Old Testament and 34 different Bible characters. They personally interact with God’s Word and apply godly principles to their own lives. They create video projects, church services, and engage in memorization of Bible verses. Additionally, students participate in a community service project which aids to discover their spiritual gifts and begin to use them to serve others. Students also use the Purpose Driven Life devotional.

English

Students continue to explore and analyze works from novels, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction texts.  Grammar is taught through example and instruction to develop the ability to use punctuation, parts of speech, and correct word usage in writing. Vocabulary is taught through word analysis skills such as context clues, parts of speech, synonyms and antonyms, and parts of speech. Writing activities examine the different purposes for writing such as expository, argumentative, and literary analysis. Students also annotate text to find evidence for use in writing. Through class activities, students are selected to participate in the FACCS writing and Spelling Bee competitions.

Earth Science

Students compare different views of knowledge of space and the physical earth to a Christian worldview. Students communicate their knowledge through summarizing data in both written and oral reports.

Pre-Algebra*

Students will prepare for Algebra 1 course by learning to solve equations and inequalities, using formulas, solving systems of equations, rules of exponents, proportions, relations, and functions. Geometry topics include the Pythagorean Theorem, properties of triangles, special right triangles, angle relations, perimeter, slope, and angle bisectors.

*High School Credit Course

U.S. History / Civics

US History is a comprehensive survey of United States history intended to give the student a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding about the heritage of our country. Correlating US geography activities and basic civics (structure of government) are also integrated into the course.

Physical Education

Students receive instructions and participate in team sports such as basketball, volleyball, softball, flag football, soccer, gator ball, ultimate Frisbee, and floor hockey (girls only). The basic skills, rules of the game, safety issues, and basic strategies involved with each team sport are taught. There are weekly fitness activities and the goal is to learn the physical and social skills that are necessary to remain active and healthy throughout life.

Electives

Art, Band, Choir, Drama, Computer Coding, Consumer Science, Spanish non-speakers, and Media Production

Biblical Studies: Old Testament

Students examine the Old Testament and 34 different Bible characters. They personally interact with God’s Word and apply godly principles to their own lives. They create video projects, church services, and engage in memorization of Bible verses. Additionally, students participate in a community service project which aids to discover their spiritual gifts and begin to use them to serve others. Students also use the Purpose Driven Life devotional.

Honors English

Students read and critically examine literary works through a variety of novels, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction texts. This course is meant to prepare students for pre-AP and AP English and literature courses in high school. Students engage in a variety of writing assignments including reflective and creative writing and essays such as argumentative, literary analysis, and expository. Vocabulary is taught by word-part analysis, close reading, and context clues. Through class activities, students are selected to participate in the FACCS writing and Spelling Bee competitions as well as the Holocaust Reflection Contest.

Honors Physical Science*

Students receive high school credit through this integrated physics and chemistry course. They complete an individual science project that studies a scientific hypothesis through the scientific method and a research paper.

*High School Credit Course

Honors Algebra 1*

Students receive high school credit for this course. This course is taught using an innovative style called the “Flipped Classroom”. This form of blended learning allows the students to learn at home and have guided practice in the classroom. This approach enables students to learn new content online by watching video lectures, taking notes and applying the concept to practice problems for homework. The traditional “homework” is done in class the following day under the teacher’s guidance.

*High School Credit Course

Honors U.S. History / Civics

US History is a comprehensive survey of United States history intended to give the student a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding about the heritage of our country. Correlating US geography activities and basic civics (structure of government) are also integrated into the course.

Physical Education

Students receive instructions and participate in team sports such as basketball, volleyball, softball, flag football, soccer, gator ball, ultimate Frisbee, and floor hockey (girls only). The basic skills, rules of the game, safety issues, and basic strategies involved with each team sport are taught. There are weekly fitness activities and the goal is to learn the physical and social skills that are necessary to remain active and healthy throughout life.

Electives

Art, Band, Choir, Drama, Computer Coding, Consumer Science, Spanish non-speakers, and Media Production

Choices available for 6th grade: Art, Band, Choir, Drama

Choices available for 7th grade: Art, Band, Choir, Drama, Computer Coding, Consumer Science and Spanish non-speakers

Choices available for 8th grade: Art, Band, Choir, Drama, Computer Coding, Consumer Science, Spanish non-speakers, and Media Production.

Art

Our FCS middle school curriculum in art will take the students through Art History and its artist, the principle and elements of art and design, the study of shading, portraits and drawing in various mediums such as charcoal, pencil, oils, soft pastels, 3D art, and abstract acrylic pours.  We require specific supplies (see school website for details). The class is high-level learning and students are required to LOVE art.

Band

Middle school band students study scales and develop sight-reading skills. Students learn about balance, blend, and intonation by playing chorales. The band students perform at several concerts, festivals, and competitions such as Solo and Ensemble throughout the year.

Choir

Students develop not only performance skills but also basic musicianship skills. They are trained in vocal technique competency, music theory, knowledge of terms and working vocabulary, sight-reading, melodic dictation, music composition, and music theory. All 7th and 8th grade students are prepared to audition for Florida Vocal Association’s All-State. All students travel annual to Universal, Orlando and perform popular repertoire on the City Walk Plaza Stage for a memorable performance experience.

Drama

Theater students learn how to be an ensemble member and have fun playing improvisational games. They learn technical theater terms and all the components that come together to make a successful play production. Students engage in poetry, choral speaking, storytelling, and reader’s theater. They also develop an understanding of the playwriting process and work on creating original pieces that they then perform both individually and in groups. Middle school theater students are encouraged to be a part of the Middle School Thespians Club and participate in competitions. The competition performance types include pantomime, musical theater, duet scenes, monologues, ensemble scenes, and technical design.

Consumer Science

Students actively engage in learning important life skills such as sewing, financial literacy, and consumerism. Students enjoy cooking recipes as well as learning about food safety, sanitation, and kitchen tools.

Computers / Coding

Students learn introductory computer skills by utilizing the software applications of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation through lab exercises and special projects. Students will also learn the foundations of coding and create interactive stories and program animations.

Media Production

Students are involved in the production of morning announcements, recording school events, and developing sports highlight reel. Students learn about the general media production process.

Spanish Non-Speakers

Our Spanish courses are designed to help students attain a desirable level of proficiency in the four basic skills-speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  These are developed through vocabulary, structural elements, dialogues, readings, and cultural lessons to help students gain insight into Hispanic culture.

Technology

Nearpod is one of the technology tools we are using to provide students with an engaging and interactive educational experience.  It works with any device, which is why we’ve chosen to integrate technology in a “personalized learning” environment.  This means that your student may choose whatever device (tablet, laptop, etc…) with which they feel most comfortable.  Online tech tools such as Nearpod are used inside and outside of the classroom – as teachers can assign homework and projects incorporating these tools.  

Each classroom is equipped with the latest technology – Mimio Boards – which have mirroring capabilities, built-in CPU’s that allows dynamic learning to take place.

Now, if you are concerned about your student being on their phone in class all day, we do have a cell phone policy that restricts usage.  Students must place their phones in the cell phone storage area upon entering the classroom.  If that is their only tech device, teachers may allow them to retrieve them when working on an inclass assignment that requires the use of a device.  However, teachers can move about the room to monitor usage and many of the applications have monitoring capabilities built-in.  

We recently completed an entire multi-campus renovation project where the classrooms received all new flooring, furniture and LED lighting, to give them a modern look that is consistent with 21st-century learning.  

And beyond...

Yes, and while academics are of ultimate priority at FCS, we understand that most parents believe that as their children enter Middle School they are also entering a very different world.  A world their child and they themselves as a parent do not understand.

In our current society of peer pressure and social media, their environment and support system can either help build your child or tear them down. That is why FCS is not only committed to providing your student with excellent academics, but also a community of administrators and faculty you can trust along with open lines of communication as we partner together for the success of your child not only academically, but socially, emotionally and spiritually.  We hope to encourage Christlikeness in students and instill in them a desire to know more about God and finally to encourage students to apply Bible knowledge to their daily lives.