Results are in for our latest FAA Strategic Planning Survey!
hank you to the large group who participated in our 2014 Spring Strategic Planning Survey – we truly appreciate your responses. Our school and church community were asked to rank five categories according to their importance for our school’s mission. The top three (in order) were Adventist/Christian education, academics, and staff. The additional items were cost and extracurricular activities. While we recognize the importance of all five categories, we appreciate the feedback as we market our school and strategic plan this summer.
Results are in for our latest FAA Strategic Planning Survey!
Adventist/Christian Education is overwhelmingly our first priority for our students, according to parents and the church community in the recent Spring 2014 Strategic Planning Survey. Preference for the infusion of Christian values in our school programs is consistent with the feedback from survey questions imbedded in our incoming student registration form as well. Parents of returning students commended the teachers, in the registration survey, showing that FAA is doing a great job at its number one priority – sharing Christ and Christian values with our students.
In the registration survey, parents encouraged teachers to continue teaching Christian values in the classroom for the students:
“Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you to minister to our children in the classroom” endorsed a 6th-grade parent.
“Keep training up the children in the ways of the Lord,” stated a 2nd-grade parent.
“We value a lot the spiritual activities, such as the week of prayer, and the opportunity [our child] has to go to the chapel once a week! Plus music class and singing at the school choir is very important for her and for us as part of her development. We have really enjoyed the opportunities they’ve had to sing in the church services on Sabbaths,” complimented a Pre-K parent.
Did you know? Examples of spiritual components in the Frederick Adventist Academy education include, but are not limited to: pastor-instructed religion classes, daily prayers and devotions in the classrooms, sharing biblical stories as a part of instruction, weekly worship chapels (that have a year-long theme – such as “Fruits of the Spirit” for 2013-2014), week-long spiritual camps infused within the curriculum called “week of prayer,” musical performances for the church. Additionally, there is on-going faculty, staff, parent, and church-community-led prayer groups to bless the school. Sincere effort is made at every level to show a Christ-like image to our children so that they will grow, fall in love with, and join the Savior in His work.
Frederick Adventist Academy Academics
Academics are a pillar in any educational program and parents and community members value academics at Frederick Adventist Academy according to the recent Spring 2014 Strategic Planning Survey. While the school year includes myriad enriching activities for our school community, the time spent in the classroom during the day is focused on academic, spiritual, intellectual, social-emotional, and physical growth. FAA is part of the Adventist Education system that is over 140 years wise in training children to be astute Christians in their communities and worldwide. FAA follows the Adventist Education curriculum in the classroom.
Throughout the history of Adventist Education, there has been a strong outside-the-classroom element that is firmly routed in a belief of whole-person education. At FAA we continue that tradition, for example: numerous study tours, outdoor school opportunities, field trips, and workshops, cooking, and bird watching. These activities teach students the 3D aspect of learning – that is, legitimizing what you find in a book as it relates to the real world, with the bonus of an enjoyable experience for all involved.
Here’s what 2013-2014 school year parents said about academics:
“[Our child] has improved so much academically and I thank Ms. Pumroy for that. She’s doing a great job.” 2nd-grade parent.
“We can see the efforts the staff, teachers, and administration are doing to improve academic quality and [to make] the best environment for the students at FAA!” Parent of a Pre-K student.
“Teachers are wonderful and go way above their call of duty. My child has learned to play the uke[le] and now [is] playing the recorder through enhanced curriculum that the teachers have taken upon themselves! This is absolutely wonderful! They go above and beyond with our kids and I feel completely at ease with the care, attention and love provided to our children at school.” 3rd-grade parent
“[Our child] is really enjoying Pre-k. I’ve been very happy with his growth socially and academically.” Pre-K parent.
“[Our child] loves first grade and her teacher. She has really enjoyed choir, Spanish, reading, and writing.” 1st-grade parent.
Frederick Adventist Academy Staff
Our Frederick Adventist Staff, also highly prioritized by parents and the church community in the recent Spring 2014 Strategic Planning Survey, is a hard-working, Christ-centered group dedicated to instructing FAA students at all grade levels. With varying ages and years in the field, our staff has a diverse range of experience and great expertise to instruct students to excel as a whole person focusing on spiritual, academic and intellectual, socio-emotional, and physical growth.
The FAA staff were carefully hand picked as Christ-centered and intellectual leaders for the next generation of students at the academy. Returning families, in our registration process, acclaimed the faculty for the 2013-2014 year, showing their satisfaction with the teachers with words of appreciation:
“May God continue to bless you all for all your help and kindness towards my children and other students,” honored a 6th-grade parent.
“Love the teaching staff,” commended a 4th-grade parent.
“You are such a patient and loving group of people who do a fantastic job educating our children. Thank you for all you do,” affirmed a Pre-K parent.
“We recognize that every member of the faculty works very hard and we appreciate that,” complimented a 1st-grade parent.
“Keep being the kind, caring, involved, over the top staff that you are. You exemplify a true Christian spirit in the love and acceptance you show all our kids,” praised a Pre-K parent.
“Thank you for your time and dedication given to teach our children in a Christian and loving environment,” stated a 1st-grade parent.