We have been at this school for 4 years now, experiencing both the Preschool and Elementary 'sides' with our two children. We have been very pleased with our experiences so far. I will admit that I was concerned at first, because we are not church members here and I feared being a bit of an outsider. However, I was proven wrong. Yes, there are people here that are church members, so they've known each other for a long time and maybe they hang out together. But there are also many non Friends Church members here. I choose to be involved by helping out in the classroom and volunteering to do stuff for the school when I can, and I've met and befriended lots of people that way. My children have never felt excluded or like outcasts. Yes, they've both had little social battles here and there, but that's a part of learning how to interact with and figuring out what you like/dislike in people.
As far as the curriculum, I admit that I had concerns in the past. I had heard that things weren't going too well at the middle school campus, and that concerned me for the future. But the administration has acknowledged this and is making changes to better the academic levels throughout the school. My older child ranks high in math/reading/sciences, so her teacher gives her extra research or experiments to do when she finishes her class work to help give that extra push and keep her working at a higher level, and I very much appreciate that. I think it's difficult in a private school environment to cater to different levels within a single class. However, from my experience, I have seen the teachers work with the both the struggling students and also with the students who need to be more challenged, while maintaining the standard level of teaching in the classroom.
This school is the most nurturing environment, meeting both my child's academic and spiritual needs.
They are current, especially as of late, with raising the bar with STEM curriculum with the incredible science program "Robotics" as well as offering many other integrations of this utilizing their computer lab and media center and iPads. Not only do they excel in the math, science and language arts, they have a high level and competitive athletic and fine arts program. The music they offer students encourages a love for music at an early age with students being able to perform in full fledged musical productions beginning in Kindergarden.
Overall, this school produces well-rounded, God-fearing individuals who will be successful individuals.
On a side note: In reference to those who are complaining about issues they have had with the school, please understand that they are the minority and the overwhelming majority feels exactly the opposite about this school.
Friends Christian School is a wonderful place to teach. We are given encouragment and resources to better help students excel in all areas of development. We truly care about the kids and want them to become who God has intended them to be.
In the past we were extremely happy with sending our kids to FCS. However, the decline is apparent. Not only scholastically, but also with recent changes within the administration. Favoritism is a common thread at this school leaving some of the kids feeling left out, picked on, labeled and inadequate. It doesn't seem to reflect what true Christian values are all about. We are looking at other schools and may or may not make a change. I never thought we would ever be looking at other options, that is how much FCS has declined over the years.
I wish I could say wonderful things about this school. It used to be one of the top schools in the area. The repetitive statements from the administration, "this is the first time I've heard about this issue", is untruthful and disappointing. Parents have been coming forward for years regarding the academic issues and this is the response we get. It would be beneficial if they admitted to the shortcomings and addressed the issues at hand. My prayers are that they will be strong enough to do what is necessary to once again be a strong Christian school for our community.
My child attended this school and I have two issues. First unless you attend the church, your child will be somewhat of an outcast. Favoritism is shown to members of their own church. Secondly, my child graduated from this school academically behind. My child was in all the honors classes that were offered here and graduated at the top of the class. We were beyond shocked to find out that we now needed to hire a tutor to bring my child up to par. The pomp and circumstance that this school presents with their programs and activities is deceiving. The academic issues have been brought up to the administration and have not been addressed based on nepotism and funding issues. Maybe they should consider hiring the best teacher instead of a church member or family member. they might want to look at the current curriculum and where they fall short. I know they have added a robotics program which is a wonderful addition. However, it might have been better use of funding to address the curriculum issues that affect all the students rather than add another extracurricular activity.
After transferring our two children to Friends School (Lakeview campus) after three years at another private school, I have to say that Friends truly is a special place. Where else do you get extremely passionate teachers that are more than qualified in the areas they teach, and a concerted effort on the 'whole' child and encouraging them individually. The community of parents is supportive and such a great environment to have our kids at. We are extremely pleased.
I had children attend this school and they were prepared "morally" to enter the real world. Academically speaking, they were a little behind what the children were being taught in other local schools. This would be a great school in all areas if they could bring their academic programs up to par. They also need to employ strong teachers instead of hiring from their "family."
I have 2 children currently enrolled in the FCS system, (one at the Lakeview campus and one at the Rose Drive campus) and couldn't be more pleased with the challenging curriculum, positive and safe environment, encouraging and supportive faculty & staff and involved administration. I feel truly blessed that the Lord led our family to this amazing school. I am impressed with the "Meet the Masters" program, which teaches students about all kinds of art, such as Impressionism, along with detailed biographies about the artists...in fact, I often learn quite a bit about artists such as Matisse, Renoir, Kahlo, Monet, Picasso, Degas, and countless more through my children, which makes me a very proud parent! Not only do I appreciate the wonderfully eclectic and stimulating courses offered at FCS; but more importantly, the Christian curriculum goes beyond Bible classes and chapel, it is displayed through the teachers, who genuinely love to teach and strive to help the students succeed and to learn more about what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, students are taught to respect one another, help and encourage each other; open communication is key! Love FCS!