At FAA, we focus on academic excellence - striving to help each student learn and reach their highest potential in a safe, Christian environment. Educational field trips, hands-on learning, foreign languages, school exhibits, outdoor school, study tours, and an oratorical contest enrich the classroom instruction to produce student learning, retention, and demonstration. Achievement scores of FAA students are solid and our alumni have a record of success worldwide.
The pre-kindergarten program addresses the developmental differences and learning styles of emergent learners by providing play-based learning activities that are developmentally appropriate. This, combined with providing a safe, loving, caring, and intellectually stimulating environment, promotes the physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive development for each student.
The classroom is under the direct supervision and instruction of one teacher and a classroom aide during the morning educational session. We maintain a teacher to student ratio of 1:10. Using Creative Curriculum and Handwriting Without Tears, themes are planned around Bible, math, language arts, science, social studies, art, and dramatic play. Learning activities are designed to provide optimal growth for each child and have a heavy focus on outdoor experiences, science, and nature.
The pre-kindergarten program is licensed to operate through the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Development.
Stepping Stones -- A Journey to Excellence through Discovery, is an integrated program that includes all subject areas with developmentally-appropriate activities designed to meet each child’s needs. The comprehensive curriculum, based on national kindergarten standards, is organized into 10 thematic units with strong spiritual connections.
The philosophy of the program is based on the belief that kindergarten is an important time of transition for young children. It is the bridge between home, early childhood education, and the primary grades of school. It is a “children’s garden” where young ones, uniquely created in God’s image, are nurtured to think, learn, choose, and grow. Professional Christian educators celebrate the intrinsic worth and value of each child and understand that each brings to the classroom a different set of beliefs, customs, traditions, values, and experiences. It is the goal of Adventist education to guide kindergarten children into a loving relationship with God so they, through service, may reflect His love to others.
Because we are a faith-based educational institution, Bible classes are part of our regular daily schedule. Teachings from the Bible as well as Seventh-day Adventist history and doctrine make up the curriculum for each Bible class. Class activities are designed to lead students to a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, and to develop independent thinking. Students are encouraged to apply Biblical principles in their daily lives. In addition to the regular Bible instruction, each teacher is intentional about integrating into other curriculum areas the principles of creation, God’s awesome power, and the plan of salvation. Morning classroom worship is also a part of the school’s daily schedule.
Language arts instruction integrates language skills into all curriculum areas. At the early levels, a phonics-based reading program is provided to develop solid reading skills. At the upper levels, a variety of reading venues are provided to teach students to read and think critically, to use correct grammar skills, to build vocabulary, and to develop creative writing techniques. The use of literature, Writers Workshop, and poetry provide aesthetic enrichment, opportunities to develop critical analysis, and character-building skills to ascertain between the uplifting and the degrading. Skills are taught that will prepare students to meet the challenges of advanced academic education and equip them to take their places in the work force in the future.
Go Math, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is the adopted series used from first through fifth grade. It is a comprehensive, balanced approach that addresses the rigors of common core standards. Students focus on fewer concepts and skills each year, but they learn in greater depth, while simultaneously building a foundation for the next grade. Essential Questions are utilized throughout the lessons. Students interact with manipulatives, technology, activities, and daily practice to learn and reinforce mathematical concepts.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Big Ideas Math, 2012 is the adopted hardback edition math program for grades 6-8. It is a “narrower and deeper program,” combining discovery and direct instruction approaches that addresses the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. A deeper understanding of the math concepts is achieved by narrowing the focus to fewer topics and developing concepts through inductive reasoning, engaging activities, examples, and thought-provoking exercises.
Advanced 8th graders may be placed in Algebra I in preparation for high school.
By Design science curriculum is built on a foundation of inquiry that encourages wonderment, questioning, exploration of multiple resources to conduct research & investigations, and collaboration. The study of our earth and the world we live in, nature, and how things work are essential in the understanding of God. Science instruction is presented from a biblical basis. Students are taught to develop scientific values and attitudes essential to the belief in God as our Creator.
The social studies curriculum is designed to lead students to an understanding of the working out of God’s purpose in the history of nations and of the great brotherhood of society. The scope of the program includes the study of geography, the history of God’s leading among nations, and the mission program of God’s people. It presents broad, comprehensive views of life. The study of the facts of history along with current events prepares students for life in a constantly changing social environment. Instruction will not only present facts, but will also enable students to form meaningful concepts and values.
The Arts Attack curriculum is the foundation of art instruction offered at the elementary level. Art instruction incorporates a variety of media. Some art instruction is integrated into the core curriculum to provide a creative link within the regular curriculum. The art program is specifically designed to give students an appreciation of God’s beauty through aesthetic growth and creativity. It provides an outlet for creative expression for each student.
Students are provided with an opportunity to participate in musical activities which promote student appreciation for good music. Students in grades K-6 receive classroom music instruction, which includes, but is not limited to, a basic understanding of musical rhythm and note reading with singing. Students in Kindergarten – 2nd grade are also exposed to early instruments through a recorder class. 3rd-6th grade students have a joint singing choir while our 7th-8th graders have the opportunity to play in the handbell choir.
Physical Education (K-8)
Physical education for students in grades K-8 is the process of learning to control your own body in relationship to your environment, as well as developing your muscles for everyday activities. Physical education is also the process of learning rules and strategy of some sports. K-2 students follow the SPARK PE Program.
Spanish begins at the earliest levels of our program. Preschool students enjoy weekly lessons from Calico Spanish. They learn Spanish basics through active and engaging music and activities. Kindergarten students build on what they learned in Preschool with Hooked on Spanish. The highly interactive, Sing N’ Speak Spanish, begins in 1st grade and continues through 8th grade. This comprehensive program introduces basic vocabulary and simple grammar and continues over the next 8 years with new vocabulary and higher grammar skills, with special focus on verbs and conjugation.
Technology Integration Curriculum
Frederick Adventist Academy recognizes the need to equip students with the skills necessary to function as digital citizens in a technological society. Our students must develop skills in problem solving, collaboration, converging information, design, and management. By integrating technology into the enriched learning environment of the classroom, we strive to provide our students with the means to increase both technology proficiency and academic achievement.
FAA promotes daily use of technology by equipping classrooms with personal computers, tablets, Chromebooks, AV equipment, and interactive whiteboards.
We also subscribe to a variety of online educational resources to further support our learners.
As technology conquers the boundaries of the classroom walls, it requires schools to become gatekeepers to filter online content and block unwanted solicitations. FAA secures its internet access with a Fortinet Firewall system. We also educate students to discern between safe and hazardous content while online. Students are expected to be responsible and use Christian values as a measure for appropriate usage. All students sign a Computer Policy Agreement during registration. The combined effort of school and student is the best guard for a safe learning environment.
The lessons learned in the classroom and at home can be put into practice through after school activities and athletics. These include clubs such as LEGO, Abrakadoodle, Chess, American Girl, Baking, Bible Studies, Yearbook, Environmental, Journal, Christian drama, musical lessons such as guitar and piano, and athletics like basketball and soccer. The after school opportunities teach valuable life lessons, allow the students to develop and use their God given abilities, and connect as a student body. To see more information on Extracurricular Activities, visit: http://frederickadventistacademy.org/student-life/extracurricular-programs/
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About Adventist Education
Does my family have to be Adventist for my child to attend an Adventist school?
Absolutely not, though you and your child will gain the most benefit from Adventist education if you are a Christian or at least sympathetic with Christian beliefs.
Will an Adventist school try to turn my child into a Seventh-day Adventist?
At an Adventist school, students’ freedom to think for themselves is respected and nurtured, and students are encouraged to learn how to make good moral decisions regardless of their creed or belief system. One key Adventist principle is that no one should be pressured into church membership, but join willingly as they choose. Children of Adventist parents only become baptized members only when they are old enough to make the decision consciously and responsibly.
Are Adventist schools accredited? Do they provide as complete an education as other public or private schools?
Every Adventist school is accredited by a state or national accrediting body. In addition, the church office of education also operates a comprehensive accrediting process to maintain a high standard of excellence in all Adventist schools. If you’re interested in a particular Adventist school, feel free to contact that school and ask to be put in touch with students and parents who attend that school to get a sense of what the education is like. We think you’ll find, as an ongoing study is finding, that on average Adventist schools are better places to learn than any other.
The worldwide Adventist church has over 15 million members in more than 200 countries. Adventists operate 7200+ schools worldwide with nearly 1.5 million students. They also run 168 hospitals worldwide, 138 nursing homes and retirement centers, 442 clinics and dispensaries, and 34 orphanages and children’s homes. In addition, the Adventist development and relief Agency (AdrA) international, a disaster relief organization, funds over 2,400 projects in 112 countries.
What does the name “Seventh-day Adventist” refer to?
The name “Seventh-day Adventist” refers to two core beliefs. Respecting the fourth of God’s Ten Commandments, Adventists worship on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. “Adventist” refers to Jesus Christ’s promise to return and take his followers home to heaven. Adventists believe in the imminent advent, or return, of Jesus Christ. You can find out more about Adventists at www.adventist.org.
Where did Adventists come from?
The Seventh-day Adventist church grew in the mid 1840s during the Second great Awakening, a time of religious revival in the United States. Its first members came from the Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Christian connection congregations, but over the following decades the denomination has grown into a worldwide church with millions of members. The church is well known for its excellence in healthcare, education, and human service activities.
What is the Mission of Adventists?
From the very beginning, Adventists have focused on the importance of education and healthcare in improving people’s lives. In fact, Adventists run the next-largest denominational education system in the world, second only to Catholic schools. Adventist hospitals and clinics are also numerous, including Florida Hospital, America’s busiest hospital. You’ll find at least one Adventist healthcare center in many major metropolitan areas in North America. Adventists are also active providing schools and hospitals where they are needed around the world.
Why do Adventists put such an emphasis on Lifestyle?
One of the founding principles of the Adventist church is a healthy lifestyle—a balanced combination of exercise, diet, and trust in God. Adventists are generally vegetarian, and do not smoke, or drink alcohol. They operate successful stop-smoking clinics worldwide. Loma Linda, California, a primarily Adventist community, was recently named by researcher dan buettner a “blue zone” or “longevity oasis” where the residents not only have the longest life expectancy on earth, but are happier and healthier, too.