Our students gain mastery in the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, and also start exploring their own gifts and areas of interest—all in a nurturing, supportive environment.
The academic program at Friends Christian Elementary School provides a solid foundation in core subjects as well as the opportunity for students to explore areas of their own interests or gifts.
In addition, all elementary students participate in STEM lab, music, and library.
In the Computer Lab students will learn and develop 21st century skills that are needed in today’s educational environment. Computer lab projects are creative, innovative, and integrate grade level curriculum. Activities include word processing, PowerPoint presentations, internet research, Google Docs, courses for basic coding, and keyboard skills. Students are encouraged to be independent and confident on the computer by using critical thinking skills to make informed decisions.
Physical education classes emphasize healthy living through exercise and participation in team activities such as hockey, soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, running and more!
Students are encouraged to express their creativity through visual art projects across content areas in kindergarten through fourth grade. Formal art instruction begins on the elementary campus through the Meet the Masters art program. Students learn about a different artist each month during an assembly. The week following the assembly, students participate in an art lesson taught by parent volunteers who have been trained by Meet the Masters. The lessons utilize a variety of media and provide the opportunity for students to create an art piece in a similar genre as the artist they studied.
Activities in the performing arts are integrated throughout the elementary program. Students in kindergarten through grade four attend music class weekly to learn basic music theory and experience instrumental and vocal music through listening, singing, and the use of basic rhythm and percussion instruments. All of the students participate in a Christmas program that includes music and opportunities for drama and recitation. The third and fourth grade students can be a part of a choir that practices after school, performs at various venues throughout the year, and presents a musical in the spring.
The students are involved in whole group and small group instruction that allows them to identify and manipulate the sounds of language, learn how the alphabet works, enjoy learning from books and stories, develop writing to share ideas and information, and be successful with early reading and writing experiences.
The students receive instruction in beginning concepts of numeration and the mathematical functions of addition and subtraction. Concepts will be introduced with manipulatives in order to work from the concrete into the abstract level of understanding. Throughout the year, experiences are provided in graphing, estimation, recognizing patterns, sorting, categorizing, working with shapes, time, measurement, and money. Students will be able to recognize and recite numbers to 30 and work with combinations of math facts up to 6.
An interest in science is encouraged through the use of class projects and experimentation. Once a month the students participate in a grade level assembly with “Mr. Science” who demonstrates and explains scientific concepts such as atoms, molecules, air pressure, principles of flight, animal science, states of matter, solar system, earthquakes, volcanoes, plant cycle, landforms, electricity and magnetism, solar power, and insects.
Based on the California History-Social Studies Content Standards, the social studies program in kindergarten focuses on learning to work together, understanding where we work and live, identifying the different kinds of work that people do, and learning from the past. Through hands-on projects integrated throughout the year, students learn about our country through holidays, historical events, and patriotic experiences designed to instill patriotism and appreciation for the great country God has given us.
Through interactive Bible lessons, projects, and Scripture memory, the kindergarten students are given the opportunity to know and love the great God Who created their world.
Students are instructed in reading using a phonics-based integrated reading program and are given a weekly experience in whole language instruction using selected children’s literature. Comprehension skills are taught in both the reading groups and whole language instruction. The students are given instruction in basic principles of sentence writing and beginning paragraphs. The principles of language and grammar are introduced and then practiced in children’s writing samples. The students are introduced to spelling as an outgrowth of beginning phonics instruction. Every class visits the library for 30 minutes weekly to give the students the opportunity to select and read books for enjoyment as well find resources for class assignments and activities.
Students receive instruction in basic concepts of numeration and the mathematical functions of addition and subtraction. Problem solving techniques are introduced. Concepts are introduced with manipulatives that transition from concrete to the abstract level. Throughout the year, students experience patterning, sorting, graphing, and estimation.
Students are given experience in the scientific method and engineering design with special emphasis on the use of the five senses as God-given tools used for observation and experimentation. Project-based units exploring apples and pumpkins, weather, matter, plants and endangered animals.
The social studies curriculum focuses on developing a Christian worldview of family, community, America and the world. Units include geography and mapping skills, missionaries and explorers, Native Americans, Columbus, Jamestown, Government at the community, state and national levels, National symbols and monuments, Economics: needs and wants, goods and services.
Students study the story of creation through Josiah in the Old Testament. The second half of the year focuses on the The story of the Gospels; the life of Jesus and our need for a saving faith in Him. 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.
Students continue on a path of acquiring basic computer competency. Students explore the basic functions of Microsoft Word by learning to change font sizes, styles and colors, as well as insert, size and position clipart, add page borders and print documents. Students explore their creativity with the art programs by using Pixie.
Through an integrated Language Arts program and a novel study, students are introduced to written language using grammar, creative writing, and reading comprehension skills. They participate in reading activities using phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and language arts skills. When they complete the program, students will demonstrate the ability to spell words and use phonetic rules on practice activities and weekly tests. Every class visits the library for 30 minutes weekly to give the students the opportunity to select and read books for enjoyment as well find resources for class assignments and activities.
Students develop their ability to perform basic mathematical functions and problems in the areas of addition, subtraction, place value, measurement, geometry, fractions, and beginning multiplication.
Students receive instruction and have the opportunity to explore nutrition, physical science, earth science, and life science, taught from the Biblical perspective of God’s creation.
Social studies includes a focus on neighborhoods and communities, stressing history, geography, economics, citizenship, and the humanities with lessons integrated into the units about other countries and important characters from past and present that have made a difference in our history.
Students study the character traits of various people in the Bible and how to emulate these traits in their daily lives. 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.
Students demonstrate an understanding of technology operations. At the beginning of the year, students receive an introduction to touch typing, correct keyboarding posture and technique. Students expand their knowledge of word processing, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Internet research.
Students receive instruction through the use of an integrated Language Arts program and the study of two novels to improve their vocabulary and comprehension and to develop a life long interest in reading. They receive instruction and practice in the use of the major skills basic to the language arts: grammar, mechanics and usage, composition, vocabulary, study skills, sentence combination, and language and reasoning. Through a variety of interesting activities, students work on weekly spelling lists. Students also incorporate spelling with vocabulary development, grammar, dictionary skills, and creative writing. Students receive instruction and practice in cursive writing, including an emphasis upon legibility, neatness, and correct letter formation. Every class visits the library for 30 minutes weekly to give the students the opportunity to select and read books for enjoyment as well find resources for class assignments and activities.
Students develop their ability to perform basic mathematical functions and problem solving in the areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They also work in the areas of measurement, place value, time, money, graphing, basic geometry, fractions, and decimals.
Students use a variety of methods to explore the wonder of God’s creation. They read, discuss, and investigate scientific process, life science, earth science, and physical science.
In the social studies program, students learn about the founding and growth of a new nation from a Christian perspective; We study America’s beginning discovering the new world, Revolutionary War, Westward Expansion up until the Civil War. The curriculum also includes a study into the history of the local community.
Students study the life of Christ, the book of Acts, and missions. As students are personally guided through the Gospels, they learn and apply principles from the messages, parables, miracles, and life events of Jesus. Moving into Acts, students see the building of God’s church as the Gospel spreads through the missionary journeys of Paul and through famous missionaries of history.
Students complete projects that challenge them to research facts, collect images, name, store, manage files, and create multimedia presentations. Students work with a variety of computer applications including PowerPoint, Word, Google Docs, and a web-based keyboarding program.
Through the use of an integrated Language Arts program and the study of novels, students explore the rich literary works from fiction to non-fiction, prose to poetry, through the use of reading, research, discussion, and participation in individual and group projects. Students develop an understanding of the major skills basic to the language arts: grammar, mechanics and usage, composition, vocabulary, study skills, sentence combination, and language and reasoning. Students incorporate spelling with vocabulary development, grammar, and creative writing. Students receive instruction and practice in cursive writing, including an emphasis upon legibility, neatness, and correct formation. Every class visits the library for 30 minutes weekly to give the students the opportunity to select and read books for enjoyment as well find resources as for class assignments and activities.
Students develop their ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, add and subtract fractions, and apply these skills in the area of problem solving. Two levels of math classes are offered and student enrollment in the grade level math or advanced math class is determined by assessment results.
Students use a variety of methods to explore the wonder of God’s creation. Students are introduced to the scientific method to explore and gain understanding of life science, earth science, and physical science by reading, observing, participating in class discussions, and participating in hands-on activities.
Students explore the history of California, from the earliest explorers to modern day, through the use of reading, discussion, and participation in individual and group projects. A two-day field trip to Sacramento and the gold country is the culminating activity for this study.
Students study the basic doctrines of the Church prepared for their grade level. Students not only gain an understanding of the doctrines, but how the doctrine applies to them personally. 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.
Students are involved in word processing, PowerPoint presentations, and a variety of research assignments. Students work with a variety of computer applications including PowerPoint, Word, Google Docs, and a web-based keyboarding program. Digital citizenship is introduced and students learn about proper online etiquette and research skills.
Thank you for your interest in Friends Christian Middle School. We welcome your questions! We want to get to know you, and we want you to get to know us. Questions give us a chance to share more about what FCS offers.
The questions listed below are the ones we are asked most often. If you don’t see the information you want listed below, call either the elementary or middle school office, depending on the grade level you are exploring. Better yet—come for a visit and see what Friends Christian School can offer.
A child must be five years old by September 1, 2019, to be eligible to register for Kindergarten, and six years old by September 1, 2019, to be eligible to register for First Grade.
All teachers have state teaching credentials and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certificates. FCS is accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Christian Schools International.
We have an Instructional Aide, as well as the teacher in the class (K–4th Grade). Kindergarten has four classes with 18–20 students in each class. Grades 1–2 have 3 classes with 26–28 students in each class, and Grades 3–4 have 3 classes with 28–9 students in each class.
Yes, extra curricular activities are available at both our elementary and middle school campuses. At the elementary school, students can participate in choir and LEGO Robotics in 3rd and 4th grade. (There is an additional fee associated with both programs.) Fourth grade students can also try out for the S.C.O.R.E. Street Hockey team. There is no cost for this program which is sponsored by the NHL Anaheim Ducks.
In 4th grade, our students visit Sacramento, and the cost is approximately $675.
Students do wear school uniforms, and on Fridays, students may Spirit wear. School uniforms are purchased from Global School Wear, and Spirit wear is purchased from Blackbox Merchandise.
Gifted students have multiple opportunities to excel. In early elementary, advanced students will receive specialized spelling lists and participate in differentiated reading groups. Additional challenge activities in math are available. Beginning in fourth grade, we offer honors math classes.
Additional opportunities for gifted students include our after school robotics program (available for 3rd through 8th grade), ACSI Math Olympics and other math competitions, and the ACSI Spelling Bee.
No, parents are not required to be Christian. During enrollment of a new student, parent(s) are asked to describe their current relationship with God, the history (if any) of their Christian commitment, and their present church involvement. If one or both of the parents do not have a current relationship with God, it will not affect the registration of their student at FCS.
On the elementary school campus, we have a library that includes 29 computers for student use. Our media center provides an additional 21 computers for K–4th graders.
On the elementary campus, we offer supervised care when school is in session beginning at 7:00 AM–8:15 AM, and again from 3:00 PM–6:00 PM. The hourly rate for extended care is $5.50 per hour—or any part of an hour—for each child.