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Friends Christian Preschool

5151 Lakeview Avenue
Yorba Linda, CA 92886-4936
714-777-4356 | E-mail Us

Little Friends Preschool

4231 Rose Drive
Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1635
714-528-8402 | E-mail Us

Friends Christian Elementary School

5151 Lakeview Avenue
Yorba Linda, CA 92886-4936
714-777-3009 | E-mail Us

Friends Christian Middle School

4231 Rose Drive
Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1635
714-524-5240 | E-mail Us

Middle School Curriculum

The academic program at Friends Christian Middle School provides a solid foundation in core subjects as well as the opportunity for students to explore areas of their own interests or gifts.

Fifth Grade

Language Arts
Students develop oral and silent reading ability through use of an integrated Language Arts program and the study of novels. Students are encouraged to discuss comprehension questions and respond to their reading through journal writing and discussions. Students compose personal short stories, journals, and paragraph essays. To develop an understanding of the major skills basic to the language arts, students receive additional instruction on grammar, mechanics and usage, composition, vocabulary, study skills, sentence combination, and language and reasoning. They receive instruction in and demonstrate the ability to utilize basic English grammar structure in regular writing and speaking activities.

Math
Students receive instruction in and demonstrate the ability to perform basic mathematical functions and problem solving in the areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. In addition, a variety of algebraic and geometric terms and concepts are introduced. Three levels of math classes are offered and student enrollment in the foundational math, grade level math, or honors math class is determined by assessment results.

Science
Students explore and experience a variety of areas within the field of science including life, physical, and earth sciences through the use of reading, research, discussion, participation in group and individual projects, and utilization of the scientific research process and experiments.

History
Students explore the rich history of the United States from the Native Americans through the Civil War, through the use of reading, research, discussion, and participation in individual and group projects. As a culminating project for this study, the students create an extensive project on a state of their choosing.

Bible
Students study an overview of the Old Testament that emphasize choices and their consequences. Students memorize a weekly scripture verse and attend chapel once a week that includes worship and praise through song and sharing of God's Word.

Sixth Grade

Language Arts
Through the use of an integrated Language Arts program and the study of novels, students read from various forms of literature including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama, and are able to recognize the author's purpose and design for writing. In addition, students write responses to their reading and demonstrate an understanding of character relationships, point of view, and setting. Students also build vocabulary for spelling and word usage. Students develop their ability to express themselves in all forms of writing, including narrative and expository essays.

Math
Students develop their ability to perform basic mathematical functions and problem solving in the areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, ratio and proportion, and geometry. Three levels of math classes are offered and student enrollment in the foundational math, grade level math, or honors math is determined by assessment results.

Science
Students explore and experience a variety of areas within the field of science—including life, physical, and earth sciences—through the use of reading, research, discussion, participation in group and individual projects, and utilization of the scientific research process and experiments. The culmination of the year is a four-day Science camp experience in the Spring.

History
Students explore the civilizations of ancient history from the Mesopotamians in 8000 B.C. through the Roman Empire in A.D. 500. In addition, the students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Kush, Greece, India, China, and Rome. The students also trace the movement of the Hebrew people to and from Egypt.

Bible
Students participate in studies in the New Testament that emphasize application of Scripture. Students memorize a weekly scripture verse and attend chapel once a week that includes worship and praise through song and sharing of God's Word.

Seventh Grade

Language Arts
At this level, students solidify their skills in reading comprehension, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. They read a variety of short stories and novels offering ample opportunity to analyze and discuss plot development, characterization, and identification of theme. A Biblical worldview weaves throughout the curriculum and guides literary discussions and Scriptural applications in student writing. Through the memorization and presentation of an oral interpretive selection, students practice using speech to share God's truth. During the year, students write a formal electronic research report.

Math
Through the use of assessment results, students are placed in one of three levels of math class: foundational math, grade level math, or honors math. Students in the foundational and grade level math classes gain an understanding of the essentials needed to be successful in a first-year algebra course. These include solving equations and inequalities, using integers and rational numbers, and an introduction to algebraic concepts. Other concepts studied include proportions and percent, geometric properties, measurement, perimeter, area and volume formulas, and statistics and probability. Students in the honors math class take the first semester of high school Algebra in seventh grade, and if they are successful, complete the second semester in eighth grade.

Science
Students explore and experience a variety of areas within the field of science—including life, physical, and earth sciences—using reading, research, discussion, and participation in group and individual projects. Instruction and experience will be given in the science process skills of observation, experimentation, classification, and analysis.

History
Students explore the world's medieval and early modern times through the use of reading, research, discussion, and participation in individual and groups projects. The study includes Roman Civilization, Early Islam, African Civilization, China in the Middle Ages, Medieval Japan, Medieval Europe, The Renaissance and Reformation, The Americas, The Age of Exploration, and The Age of Enlightenment.

Bible
Students participate in a Bible program that is meant to lead them into a deeper relationship with God by studying His Word and how it applies to our lives. Each student will rotate through four different Bible classes, one per quarter, where they will study Old Testament characters to learn from the successes and weaknesses of men and women God used to lead His people and fulfill His prophecies; explore the life of Christ from His baptism to His resurrection through the Gospel of John; and discover God’s truth from looking at great words from God’s Word: grace, sin, peace, love, truth, sanctification, and faith


Seventh Grade Electives

Advanced Art 1
A creative place for making art better than you ever thought possible! As you learn and become comfortable with the basics, you'll start to create in a successful and inspired way. Use basic shapes and guidelines, pencil strokes, light and shade, perspective, color, proportions and work digitally using image-editing software.

Advanced Art 2
A class for the artist who has demonstrated competence in the above techniques of AA 1 and is ready to explore further mediums and techniques such as: mixed media collages, acrylic portraits, Photoshop collaging, and drawing using styles, methods, and processes that promise to take your creative skills to a new level. (Prerequisite: Advanced Art 1 or instructor's recommendation)

STEM Exploration
This course includes three STEM components. First, using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Prezi, and Google Drive, students will create and design a business plan. Second, students will explore computer programming through learning to read and write code for websites, games, and apps. Finally, students will use the Legos Robotics kits to program a robot! (7th or 8th grade)

Lions News Online
Join Mr. Lewis in creating the Lions online newspaper. You're the reporter. You write the breaking news. You write the opinion blog. You're the camera and video person. Interviews, sports, entertainment, personal interest stories and website layout. Weekly projects/deadlines may sometimes require time after school to report on extra-curricular events. A proven history of quality work and meeting deadlines is required.

Spanish 1A
This elective emphasizes vocabulary and other fundamental Spanish speaking and writing skills that will be helpful in preparation for high school Spanish. 7th grade students who excel in this course may select Spanish 1B in 8th grade, preparing them to enter Spanish II in 9th grade.

Student Publications: Yearbook
The yearlong project of this class is the production of the Friends Christian School Yearbook. Students take part in all aspects of the creation, construction, and completion of the school yearbook. Seventh grade students are placed in this elective by teacher recommendation only.

Study Hall
This class provides a supervised/structured study environment where students are expected to complete homework, work on projects/assignments or study for upcoming tests. Priority is given to students who struggle in the mainstream classroom. Graded for citizenship only on each quarter's report card.

Eighth Grade

Language Arts
Students polish their skills in reading comprehension, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. With an eye to the future, students find challenges that will help them demonstrate high school readiness within their own expressions verbally and written. Students read a variety of short stories, a novel, and a play offering ample opportunity to analyze and discuss plot development, characterization, and identification of theme. A Biblical worldview weaves throughout the curriculum and guides literary discussions and Scriptural applications in student writing. Through the composition and presentation of an expository speech, students practice using verbal communication to share God's truth. During the year, students write a formal electronic research report.

Math
Through the use of assessment results, students are placed in one of three levels of math class: foundational math, grade level math, or honors math. Students in the foundational and grade level math classes gain an understanding of the language of algebra in verbal, tabular, graphical, and symbolic forms. Problem solving activities and applications teach students to model patterns and relationships with variables and functions. Students apply and relate algebraic concepts to geometry, statistics, data analysis, probability, and discrete mathematics. Students connect mathematics to other topics through problems that are rich in algebraic content. Students in the honors math class take the second semester of high school Algebra, and if they are successful, are prepared to take Geometry as a freshman in high school.

Science
Students explore the nature of matter and the effects of chemical and physical interactions of matter. They understand how and why laws of nature impact the way things work. They also study the diversity of life and man's impact on our environment.

History
Students study the history of the United States, from colonization through the Civil War. There will be an emphasis on the Colonial/Revolution period, the Constitution, and the Civil War. The students develop an understanding of and appreciation for our unique heritage and system of government. The culminating activity of this study is an eight-day trip to Washington, D.C. and New York.

Bible
Students participate in a Bible program that is meant to lead them into a deeper relationship with God by studying His Word and how it applies to our lives. Each student rotates through four different Bible classes, one per quarter, where they study Origins, exploring what God’s Word and His world teach us about creation, evolution, and intelligent design; learn about the Power Principles of the Bible in order to make a difference in their world today; find out about God’s story and how each person can know God’s purpose for their life; and build their relationship with God through faith in action: being a “doer” of the Word, not just a “hearer” as taught in the books of James and 1st and 2nd Peter.

Eighth Grade Electives

Advanced Art 1
A creative place for making art better than you ever thought possible! As you learn and become comfortable with the basics, you'll start to create in a successful and inspired way. Use basic shapes and guidelines, pencil strokes, light and shade, perspective, color, proportions and work digitally using image-editing software.

Advanced Art 2
A class for the artist who has demonstrated competence in the above techniques of AA 1 and is ready to explore further mediums and techniques such as: mixed media collages, acrylic portraits, Photoshop collaging, and drawing using styles, methods, and processes that promise to take your creative skills to a new level. (Prerequisite: Advanced Art 1 or instructor's recommendation)

Cross-Age Tutoring (Limited availability)
Students assist in a Preschool class for one period daily. They prepare materials and work with the students in classroom activities. Students complete an application and are interviewed by the Preschool Director for final selection. Graded for citizenship only on each quarter's report card.

Spanish IB
This class covers in one year the second semester Spanish material typical of a high school Spanish 1 course. Students who successfully complete Spanish 1B at Friends Christian Middle School will be prepared to enter Spanish II in their freshman year of high school. (Spanish 1A required).

Student Publications: Yearbook
The year-long project of this class is the production of the Friends Christian School Yearbook. Students take part in all aspects of the creation, construction, and completion of the yearbook. (Staff approval required)

Web and Media Literacy
A hands-on class where students create websites, podcasts, post to blogs, tell stories digitally, direct and design commercials, movie trailers, radio advertisements, music videos and so much more! All projects are accomplished by looking at current media messages and evaluating how they impact our Christian worldview. Also, learn how to create original websites and games through computer programming. (8th grade only).

STEM Exploration
This course includes three STEM components. First, using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Prezi, and Google Drive, students create and design a business plan. Second, students explore computer programming through learning to read and write code for websites, games, and apps. Finally, students use the Legos Robotics kits to program a robot! (7th or 8th grade)

Lions News Online
Join Mr. Lewis in creating the Lions online newspaper. You're the reporter. You write the breaking news. You write the opinion blog. You're the camera and video person. Interviews, sports, entertainment, personal interest stories and website layout. Weekly projects/deadlines may sometimes require time after school to report on extra-curricular events. A proven history of quality work and meeting deadlines is required.

Study Hall
A supervised/structured study environment where students are expected to complete homework, work on projects/assignments or study for upcoming tests. Priority is given to students who struggle in the mainstream classroom. Graded for citizenship only on each quarter's report card.

Teacher, Office, or Library Assistant
An opportunity for students to assist in the classroom, office, or library for one period a day. Students are placed in this course by school staff recommendation only. Graded for citizenship only on each quarter's report card.

In addition to the subjects listed by grade level, physical education, music, art, and technology are integrated in the FCMS experience.

Technology
Fifth and sixth grade students have computer class once a week in the computer lab. They grow their keyboarding skills and use Microsoft Office programs (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) in assignments throughout the year. They also take their first steps in computer programming. In addition, the fifth and sixth grade teachers bring their students to the lab to complete classroom assignments and projects.

Seventh and eighth grade students continue to develop and apply their technological proficiency to many different assignments and projects including research, web page development, coding and presentation programs such as Powerpoint and Prezi. An outstanding library/media center is available for individual study/research and class sessions. In addition, we offer electives that focus on further mastery (STEM Exploration), implementation of technology skills in digital media (Web and Media Literacy), and applying technology to a communication medium (Yearbook and Lions News Online).

Physical Education
All students participate in physical education. The program is designed around team sports to increase knowledge and skill in life long activities that promote healthy living. Once a week the students run a mile to increase cardio strength and endurance.

Visual Arts
Fifth and sixth grade students participate in a visual arts class once a week. The class time includes basic skills and theory. In addition to this, they are taught 7 different 3D drawing skills. Jr. High students continue mastery of those drawing skills as they apply them in creating and designing projects based upon the elements of art. As part of their learning process, they are also taught the importance of using their abilities and creativity for the glory of God. Junior High students may take one of two Advanced Art elective classes that focus on further mediums and techniques, taking their creative skills to a higher level.

Music and Performing Arts
Fifth and sixth grade students participate in music class once a week to further strengthen their music theory and methods skills. All fifth through eighth grade students have the opportunity to participate in a choir and/or band that practices before or after school several times a week. The groups perform in concerts, festivals, at theme parks, and at outreach opportunities throughout the year in addition to a fully staged Broadway musical that is presented in the spring every year.

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Friends Christian School exists to develop, nurture, and equip students to positively impact their world for Jesus Christ.

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A nurturing, Christ-centered environment, great teachers, outstanding academics, art, music, technology, physical education and competitive athletics—Friends Christian has it all.

Spiritual Life

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(I Thessalonians 5:11)

Academics

Dedicated teachers, proven curriculum, friends who encourage you and challenge you to do your best—Friends Christian School is a place where students love to learn!

Arts

Artistic expression allows students to discover things in a different way, opening new avenues for creativity and growth.

Athletics

Discipline, teamwork, effort, and fun! Since 1985, Friends Christian School has produced champions in athletic competition.

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