#1 - There's very little "Christian" left in Friendship Christian. The idea of teaching kids love, respect, and to value one other's differences seems lost on the teachers and administration.
#2 The bullying and cyber bullying is rampant. And if you're not from Lebanon, look different from other kids, etc....expect to be a target here. The administration attempts to address, but they're ineffective and outgunned. They bring kids in + parents, attempting to address issues, but honestly it's a "rinse & repeat" scenario the following week. (no doubt it's a common issue, which you'll see at just about every school.... My point- it's no different here.)
#3 Super Cliquey and the gossip mill here is off the charts. (students, teachers, office admin staff...no one seems to abide by any biblical teachings to refrain from gossip.)
#4 Nepotism - The school has a super high ratio of teachers that are also parents. While I first considered this to be a good thing, I witnessed situations where the parent/teacher would often become 'over involved' and would share in the gossip, rumors, etc of the kids w/in their classrooms with other parents. Sad.
#5 Academics - Moderate at best. (except a few stand out teachers/subjects) My children transferred from other private schools and basically had a year off, as they were miles ahead in terms of math, science, english, etc. If you're child is A/P level, you might spend more time evaluating local public options where they have some high quality teachers/programs along those tracks.
#6 Sports- If you're son/daughter is athletic and talented...then by all means, go here. If not, and they're into arts, music, etc...this isn't the place that will help them develop, find their calling, or prepare them for their next step after FCS.
I have (2) Jr high kids at FCS. HW levels are 100% teacher directed and let's face it, some teachers clearly have an ineffective approach towards HW.
When your 7th grader routinely has 2-3 hrs of math HW ....that's night right. (it's honors math, but still). That's simply missing the point with that much HW in 1 subject.
I truly beleive this school has ruined my childhood. I was there for 10 year and they were the worst of my life. This so called Christian school cares only for your money and sports. They give little to no charity. They provide zero help for special needs kids and will leave your child behind if they can't keep up with the 8 hours of homework they give every night......ask me how I know! We named FCS, Friendship Christian Prison, FCP. In the High school drugs were a very big problem. I was born in Lebanon and I am ashamed at how this school and the kids in it treat each other. If you go here you had better have a lot of money, be very beautiful, love and be good at sports or this will be the worst time of your life!!
Our kids have been going to Friendship for several years and have had a good experience. While we are happy with the academics I am sad to see that over the years sports has really overtaken the Christian focus. The school has gone from developing kids to recruiting from other schools. Extremely disappointed in the direction they are heading.
This is the 4th private school my child has attended due to my husband's job relocation. This is by far our best experience. We have been in schools smaller and larger per grade. The smaller schools had no options for athletics, and the larger schools were so big, my son wasn't able to make some of the teams. I have found that every school you go to is not perfect nor with perfect children (as hard as is it for some parent's to believe). My experience has been that if I have an issue with a teacher, I approach the teacher, and if the issue doesn't resolve, I involve the principal. It has worked very well for me so far. But I also show up when things are good, not just when they are bad. The academics are very challenging with honors classes and many choices for dual enrollment. We have been very pleased with the outcomes so far. I feel FCS prepares the students very well for the transition to college courses. My son feels very loved and accepted at school, but he is also very accepting and loving to others as the teachers and other parents tell me. I am very proud of the young man he is becoming and feel FCS has a lot to do with that.
My family is so happy to be a part of the Friendship family. We have three children and they are doing very well academically. In addition, we are involved in athletics and performing arts - which has been a real plus. We recommend FCS. A good way to find out about the school is to go by and see them. They have an open door policy. Go by and see for yourself!
Friendship is a family! My son has never been happier. He is from Hendersonville and has totally been accepted in among the other students. There is much stricter discipline than in public schools and we love being connected to his grades and the open communication with his teachers. There are students from all different denominations and we've meshed well with other parents. He wouldn't want to go anywhere else.