Academics

Accreditation

second grade teacher helpForcey Christian School is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). This rigorous third-party accountability and school improvement program is comprehensive and ongoing. The benefit to our academic program is that we are always evaluating our program and its content for maximum effectiveness from preschool through middle school. One of the many requirements is that our teachers are credentialed and certified.

Fully Devoted

ACSI Math Olympics 2016Forcey Christian School is fully devoted to helping students achieve their maximum potential academically, spiritually, and socially.  We want our students see Christ’s immeasurable love for each child every day.  We believe in excellence and, as such, offer preschool, elementary and middle school programs that nurture, inspire, and challenge students.  Our teachers are committed to individual attention and innovative techniques.

Challenge

At FCS, we believe each child has God-given second grade Hayesgifts and talents. It is our desire to see each one develop to his or her full potential. We offer a rigorous program designed to challenge our students to do their very best. Reading, writing, and math form a strong foundation in the early years, while STEM education and critical thinking play an increasingly prominent role as students grow. Students are also encouraged to explore the arts, foreign language, and social science. Graduates of FCS have a well-rounded background enabling them to thrive in the high school of their choice.

Curricular Program

Bible is taught daily throughout the entire school year.  The purpose of Bible instruction at Forcey Christian School is to produce students who are equipped to defend the Christian faith, forcefully advance the Kingdom of God, and become more fully devoted followers of Christ, reaching their full potential academically, socially, and spiritually.  This all begins with having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and growing in that relationship through prayer, praise and worship, and meditation on God’s word.  Our students will learn essential truths in God’s word that will allow them to stay on course for God’s purpose (Matthew 22:29).

Forcey Christian School students learn the doctrinal tenets of Christianity, have an opportunity to receive salvation, and learn to be competent with their Bible.  Our 3 and 4-year old prekindergarten students utilize the Holy Bible and ABeka curricular resources to accomplish our Bible instructional goals.  Students begin memorizing Bible verses in the 3-year old class and continue to delve progressively deeper into scripture as they matriculate.

In our Kindergarten – 5th grade Bible program, the Holy Bible and Positive Action for Christ are the resources of choice.  Bible journaling engages our students in critical thinking around God’s word.  Weekly activities include writing about life application of scripture; reading and answering questions about specific Bible verses; scripture memorization; and other activities. Our 6th – 8th grade Bible courses use the Holy Bible and a variety of other extra Biblical curricular resources to accomplish their objectives (Including Route 66 and Dynamic Christian Living from Positive Action for Christ.).

Science is for the understanding and exploration of God’s creation.  Scientific inquiry cannot be undertaken outside of an understanding of God as Creator.  Science also gives a unique insight into God’s character through the splendor of His creation (Romans 1:20).  The science program at Forcey Christian School is an inquiry-based program in which students have the opportunity to engage not only in reading about scientific concepts, but also real inquiry, application, and employment of the scientific method. The Forcey Christian School science program is aligned with a Christian worldview, the Maryland State Department of Education Voluntary Curriculum, National Content Standards, and insights from the National Academy of Sciences 2011 document, A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. Forcey Christian School utilizes Full Option Science System (FOSS) as its primary science curricular resource.  Nature of Science Note: All truth is God’s truth and science seeks to discover God’s truth in the study of His creation. In that process of study, science is tentative, theory-laden, requires investigation and observation to construct knowledge/discover God’s truth in his Creation. Science knowledge is not acquired from authorities (i.e. textbooks), but rather from investigation and experimentation.

Math – God has blessed His creation with time and innumerable things to count, as well as measure. In order to be good stewards of all that God has blessed us with in His creation, the basic math skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are a must as well as the understanding of higher order math concepts. Because of the need for order and precision in mathematics, our students will also be able to better exercise good stewardship of the resources our God has given us, for He is a God of order. (Isaiah 28:10, Exodus 30:13)

The Forcey Christian School instructional objectives for mathematics were comprised based upon a Biblical worldview, standards from the National Council for Teaching Mathematics (NCTM) and the Maryland State Department of Education Voluntary Curriculum and Common Core Standards. Forcey Christian School utilizes enVision Math published by Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley as its primary instructional resource for the elementary school. McGraw Hill/Glencoe textbook resources are utilized for middle school math (Middle School Math Course 1 to Geometry).

Language – God’s use of language (words) to establish the earth in the beginning and the Bible’s repeated admonitions to carefully use the power of verbal communication (Proverbs 15: 2, 4, 7, 23, 28 / Proverbs 12: 14, 18 / Proverbs 18:21), as well as all components of the language arts (Habakkuk 2:2, Deuteronomy 6:9, 1 Corinthians 4:6, John 20:31), both serve to underscore the importance of the language arts. Reading, Writing, Grammar, Spelling/Vocabulary, and Effective Verbal Communication are 5 core areas of study/instruction received by students of Forcey Christian School. With these core areas there is an emphasis on integrating our instructional efforts into our reading and literature instead of teaching the core areas in isolation.

**Our pre-kindergarten program utilizes Big Day curricular resources from McGraw Hill to support the building of language arts foundations in our students. Pre-kindergarten students continue mastering letter and sound recognition, as well getting a firm foundation of phonics instruction.

**Our middle school program utilizes Glencoe Literature curricular resources.

Grammar – Understanding the structural relationships in language and the rules implicit in a language both serve as a springboard for great readers, writers, and verbal communicators. Our grammar instruction is not delivered in isolation, but rather integrated into our reading program. Journeys, from McGraw Hill, is the main instructional resources used in grades K – 5. As students read and complete activities within the Journeys program, grammar is focused on in context. Our Writing Across the Curriculum focus also provides opportunities for students to practice proper grammar within the context of the various disciplines of study. There is an expectation for proper grammar and spelling in writing produced by our students, no matter the subject area or context.

Social Studies is for the purpose of teaching our students about the people, places, events, and systems in the world around us. From learning about their own neighborhoods, our students progressively expand their understanding of their surroundings to the people interactions, government systems, economic systems, and history that has shaped the world, as well as the geography which is the stage on which all of this has taken place. The history and geography of our world begin with God and are focused on one end: all being drawn unto God.

In order to completely understand the Bible within historical context, knowledge of history and geography is important (for example 2 Chronicles 15:5 highlights the importance of knowing history and geography for safety and an understanding of human relationships across societies). Additionally, in order to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20), which instructs us to go and make disciples of all nations, students must have a sense of their surroundings, their spatial relationship to their environment, their relationship to their country, and their relationship to the nations (an example of the usefulness of such knowledge is found in Judges 11:18).

The Ten Themes of the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment:

  1. Culture: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of culture and cultural diversity;
  2. Time, Continuity, and Change:

Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of the past and its legacy;

  1. People, Places, and

Environments: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of people, places, and environments;

  1. Individual, Development and

Identity: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of individual development and identity;

  1. Individuals, Groups, and

Institutions: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions;

  1. Power, Authority, and

Governance: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of how people create, interact with, and change structures of power, authority, and governance;

  1. Production, Distribution, and

Consumption: Social studies programs

should include experiences that provide for the study of how people organize for the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services;

  1. Science, Technology, and

Society: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of relationships among science, technology, and society;

  1. Global Connections: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of global connections and interdependence; and
  2. Civic Ideals and Practices:

Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of the ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic.

Technology is integrated into both teaching and learning at Forcey Christian School.  There are Stem, Robotics and Destination Imagination clubs at the elementary level, Robotics electives at the middle school level, 4th and 5th grade teachers integrate the use of Chromebooks in instruction via an ample supply of student FCS student Chromebooks and our middle school has a Bring Your Own Device program, as well as Chromebook and laptop carts for student use throughout the program.