At First Baptist Academy, we recognize that student development is not solely academic. We aim to create unique opportunities for our students to grow both in and outside of the classroom in five main areas that make up our "Portrait of a Graduate:" genuine relationship with Jesus Christ; godly, productive leader; discerning mind; intelligent and effective communicator; and mission engagement.
Our students and staff end each day with an assembly where they are encouraged by God's Word and prayed for. We are honored to end each day refreshed and focused on the truth of God's Word.
A time of praise and worship will be set aside every week for students as part of their overall discipleship process. The 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 will be welcome to attend the weekly chapel services.
Each Friday, our Middle and Upper School students enjoy an intentional time of fellowship, discipleship, and service. During this time, they are split into groups that rotate between different areas, including Lower School classroom service, small group time, and fellowship in the gym. This allows our students to develop relationships with one another, in which they are practicing being godly and productive leaders and seeing the practicality and necessity of a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. This also creates the opportunity for our younger students to find role models and mentors in our older students.
Because we follow the classical model of education, we believe there is no area of life that is separate from Jesus Christ, and the diverse opportunities provided within our campus life provide a practical application of that.
At First Baptist Academy, we place a special emphasis on community and fellowship among our student body. We believe our core value of encouraging a family environment among our students is beneficial to the development and spiritual maturity of each student. Our middle and upper school students have the unique opportunity to spend several days each fall or spring away from campus to focus on nurturing relationships with other students while engaging in a concentrated time of worship and Biblical teaching.
From Pre-K through 12th Grade, our students are involved in a variety of projects and service opportunities to foster and encourage our missions-focused core value. Our desire and goal is to emphasize God's call to take the gospel to all of the world (Matthew 28:19-20). We are committed to affording FBA faculty, staff and students with the equipping and opportunities to personally participate in the fulfillment of that command. Throughout the school year, our students are involved in various ministry and service areas, such as peer mentoring, Mission of Hope service, and local elementary school projects. Our seniors also have the opportunity to go on a mission trip each year, in which they are able to learn and experience the work and ministry of serving different ethnicities, socio-economic groups, and geographical barriers, in order to share the gospel.
While we affirm that an educational experience is primarily focused on academics and development, we also desire our students to engage in activities that promote creativity and fun. We do this through celebrations such as Spirit Week, when students are able to dress up in costumes to match a variety of themes; Field and Fun Days, when students participate in games and events to celebrate the end of the year with their families; and many other opportunities like these.