All curriculum used at First Baptist Academy will be Christian in orientation or taught in harmony with Christian values and beliefs and compatible with a classical approach to education.
First Baptist Academy partners with parents and the church to provide quality Christian education from a Biblical worldview. First Baptist Academy incorporates a centuries-proven approach to learning commonly known as Classical. This approach not only teaches the particular subjects, but enables each student to express what has been taught. Classical education recognizes that since Jesus Christ is not separate from any area of life, all coursework is centered on Christ. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, so at the heart of Christian philosophy of education is the acknowledgement that God created all things, and that they exist by His Power and for His pleasure. Furthermore, we exist to see each student become a wholly-surrendered disciple, who allows Christ to live through them.
The Classical Trivium describes the learning stages of children as they mature and focuses the educational method in each stage to best develop a knowledgeable, thinking, and articulate student. As its name implies, there are three stages represented in the Trivium: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric. We focus on these stages individually as our students move from Lower to Middle to Upper School.
The lower school years at First Baptist Academy are spent absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. This is referred to as the grammar stage, not because we spend ample time focusing on English grammar, but because they are the years in which the building blocks for all other learning are laid! In the lower school years, the mind is capable of absorbing large amounts of information. Children at this age actually find memorization fun! We focus on rote memory & repetition as methods of learning. During this stage, education involves the learning of facts, including the fundamentals of phonics, rules of grammar, Latin & Spanish vocabulary, descriptions of plants, animals, and the human body, the mechanics of mathematics, important historical events, Bible history – the list goes on! All of the information gained during the grammar stage – lower school years – comprises the basic building blocks for the second stage of education: the logic stage.
In the middle school years, students learn to think more analytically. First Baptist Academy students are less focused on finding out facts than on asking “Why?” In the logic stage, the student begins to pay attention to cause and effect, the relationships between different fields of knowledge, and the way facts fit together in a logical way. During these years, the students begin to apply logic & reason to all academic subjects. The logic of writing, for example, includes paragraph construction and learning to support a thesis; the logic of reading involves the criticism and analysis of texts, not simple absorption of information; the logic of history demands that the students find out why the War of 1812 was fought, rather than simply reading its story; the logic of science requires that the student learn the scientific method; the logic of Latin expands on the vocabulary and basic grammar concepts learned in the grammar stage and applies those things to diagramming and translating. These years prepare our students for the final stage of the classical education process, the rhetoric stage.
In the upper school years, the final part of a classical education, the rhetoric stage, builds on the first two. The student of rhetoric applies the rules of logic learned in middle school to the foundational information learned in lower school and expresses conclusions in clear, forceful, elegant language. Students also have the opportunity to focus on specific branches of First Baptist Academy student life & extra-curricular activities that appeal to them; these are the years for art camps, college courses, foreign travel, apprenticeships, and other forms of specialized training. The upper school at First Baptist Academy desires to develop and equip leaders. Students learn to take information that they’ve learned and communicate it in both oral and written formats. They should be able to convey what they believe and why they believe it. We also provide classes in which students are trained as leaders in the FBA community. One example is our Worship Arts class, in which students plan and implement weekly chapel services. We want to see our students go on to be godly, productive leaders in their families, churches, communities, and careers.
At First Baptist Academy we strive for Biblical excellency from the moment students enroll until the time they graduate. Truth grounded in God's Word is the foundation and aim of daily life at FBA in order to develop godly, effective leaders. Each student, from PreK to 12th Grade is exposed to Scripture on a daily basis and challenged to memorize, recite, and read verses in their courses of study. From academics to the arts and athletics, it is our desire that every avenue and area of First Baptist Academy reflects the truth that is found in Scripture.
Our students and staff take time each day to assemble together, being encouraged by God's Word and praying for specific needs. We are honored to have the opportunity to refocus on the Word and truth of God each day.
A time of praise and worship will be set aside each week as part of the student’s overall discipleship process. Our desire is that through participation in chapel services and other regular times of Christian fellowship, the experience of both private and corporate worship will become a priority in the life of each student. Chapel will provide students with a unique opportunity to worship with the school faculty and with church leadership. Parents are welcome to attend the weekly chapel services.
Individualized Learning Approach
The Individualized Learning Approach (ILA) at First Baptist Academy seeks to combine the desires and needs of the student, parents, and teachers into a plan, in which all parties can invest their time, energy, and attention in order to reach each student’s maximum potential. Standardized test scores, parent surveys, and meetings with previous teachers are just a few of the many tools we use to help us create an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) for each student. The purpose of an ILP is to gather ideas about how to best reach each student, while also generating discussion between students, parents, and teachers.
Once the Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) has been agreed upon by all those involved, teachers will use this tool in their efforts to best serve each student. As needed, teachers will review these plans and collaborate with parents and students to revise in order to better meet the needs of the student. Parents may discuss the progress of their student at any time by contacting the assigned teacher and making an appointment. Changes to these plans must include parent, teacher, and student input before changes are made.