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A solid foundation in core subjects and an immersive community to support our individual student’s paths toward high school.

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.

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Bible Studies

Additionally, 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.

Additional Program Benefits

  • Extra curricular activities including Choir/Band, Drama, and Athletics.
  • Opportunities to join Yearbook, the Online Newspaper, Student Government and LEGO Robotics.
  • An outdoor education trip in the sixth grade as well as class trips to Washington D.C./New York City in the eighth grade.
  • State of the art facilities including a Computer Lab, 2 Science Labs, Library, Media Center, and gymnasium

Curricula By Grade LEvel

Fifth Grade

Students develop oral and silent reading skills through the 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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)

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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).

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)

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).

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)

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.

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

5th grade has 3 classes with 29–30 students in each class, and 6th grade has 4 classes with 21–25 students in each class. 7th and 8th graders have a seven period day with 13–31 students in each class.

On the middle school campus, students can participate in athletics, including: flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, cross country, track, and roller hockey. The cost per sport ranges between $45–$165. Other available activities on the middle school campus include: band, choir, Praise Band, Academic Pentathlon, and LEGO Robotics. These activities each range between $50 and $120. Cheerleading is also offered and costs significantly more because of uniforms and other expenses.

The 6th graders have an outdoor education outing for $380. Our 8th grade students enjoy the sites of Washington D.C. and New York city, costing about $3,025.

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.

All students enrolled at Friends Christian School are expected to be able to participate in the regular, grade-level curriculum. For those students struggling to meet the grade-level expectations, the Success program has been developed to:

  1. provide specialized support to the classroom teachers to meet the academic needs of students, and
  2. provide direct services to students through a pull-out support program where students participate in small group instruction targeted at addressing academic areas of need, and
  3. provide Math tutoring , available during lunch to our 5th and 6th grade students at no additional cost.
Support is also provided to classroom teachers to help address the social/behavioral needs of students.

Gifted students have multiple opportunities to excel. Starting in 5th grade, all subjects increase the number of open-ended projects, enabling advanced students to achieve beyond normal requirements. In sixth grade, our advanced math track differentiates further, with the most advanced students preparing for geometry in eighth grade. Honors English is offered in 7th and 8th grade.

Additional opportunities for gifted students include our after school robotics program (available for 3rd through 8th grade), academic pentathlon (available for 6th through 8th grade), ACSI Math Olympics and other math competitions, the ACSI Spelling Bee, and a two-year Spanish sequence in 7th and 8th grade that completes the equivalent of the first year of high school Spanish.

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 middle school campus, we have a library that includes 34 computers for student use. Our computer lab provides an additional 30 computers for 5th–8th graders.

Electives for 7th and 8th graders are listed with descriptions under the curriculum for those grades at

No, fifth and sixth graders have breaks and lunch at the same time, and seventh and eighth graders have lunch and breaks together.

All middle school students are together for chapel and some special assemblies.

The middle school campus offers supervised care when school is in session, beginning at 7:00 AM–8:00 AM, and again after school from 3:30 PM–6:00 PM. Hourly use of extended care is $5.50 per hour—or any part of an hour for each child.

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