Welcome to Fort Bend Christian Academy Founded in 1987 as a ministry of Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Fort Bend Christian Academy has had more than 30 years of history in private, Christian education. In 1992, the school became an independent Christian school, and since its initial enrollment of seven kindergarten students, the academy has grown to more than 700 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students. Fort Bend Christian Academy exists to glorify God through excellence in college-preparatory Christian education. It is the mission of Fort Bend Christian Academy to equip students to thrive spiritually, academically, socially and physically.
Philosophy Fort Bend Christian Academy is fully committed to a superior academic experience integrated with a consistent, Christian approach to learning. We proclaim that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God and that all subjects will be presented from a biblical perspective, with the Scripture as the measuring rod of all truth. Along with rigorous academic standards, the goals of the school are to exalt Jesus Christ as students learn to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, to love others as themselves and to serve God first, in all areas of life and in whatever vocation they are led.
Glorifying God through excellence in college-preparatory Christian education
Dear Parents and Students: Considering Fort Bend Christian Academy as your school of choice is such a smart thing to do. Conveniently located just off of Highway U.S. 90 in Sugar Land—a short drive from Houston proper—FBCA offers families and their students a College Board-based program of challenging academics. But FBCA offers families and students so much more: it is a bona fide Christian independent school. That is, Fort Bend Christian Academy combines a distinctively Christian, authentically college-preparatory education. FBCA’s wonderfully diverse program includes not just challenging academic courses but also fine and performing arts, community-service outreach opportunities and a large number of sports. Fort Bend Christian Academy’s rich and varied program is strongly grounded in its clear and succinct mission statement: “to glorify God through excellence in college-preparatory Christian education.” After reading this helpful booklet, I hope you’ll phone or email our admissions office to arrange a tour. We’d like to see you on our beautiful campus! With blessings & regards,
David Pitre, Ph.D. Head of School
Accreditation Fort Bend Christian Academy is accredited by SACS/CASI (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and ACTABS (Accreditation Commission of the Texas Association of Baptist Schools). FBCA is also accredited by SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools).
Affiliations • • • • •
Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Texas Association of Baptist Schools (TABS) Texas Association of Private & Parochial Schools National Association of College Admission Counselors Independent School Management (ISM)
Campus FBCA is housed on one 35-acre campus in the heart of Sugar Land. The campus includes softball, baseball, football, track and soccer fields as well as multiple gyms and a learning commons.
Faculty Distinguishing Fort Bend Christian Academy from many other private schools is the faculty’s commitment to providing instruction from a biblical worldview. The staff at FBCA realize their solemn responsibility before God in molding the life and character of each student in order to give a solid foundation for each student’s future. All teachers are qualified educators with college degrees and certifications. Many teachers hold advanced degrees and multiple years of experience in their field of expertise and the classroom.
Interdenominational Fort Bend Christian Academy families attend more than 100 area churches.
Lower School Administrative Team
Margie Meyer, M.Ed. | Lower School Principal Julie Davis, M.Ed. | Lower & Middle School Assistant Principal School hours: 5 Day Pre-Kindergarten Full Day Kindergarten 8:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Grades 1-4 8:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Class ratios: 1:16 Pre-Kindergarten 1:16 Kindergarten 1:18 Grades 1-3 1:20 Grade 4
Spotlight STEM Initiative The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative at FBCA is a collaborative effort with a single mission: produce a God-honoring, cohesive and cutting-edge program that engages learners through riveting, relevant and competitive curriculum. The goal is to equip learners to be problem-solving leaders in college and industry. Most of the learning is done by touching, discussing and getting feedback. Animals are a key component of the lower school curriculum, and students observe and care for hedgehogs, ladybugs, tadpoles, caterpillars, chicks, crabs and more. In addition to animal care, all grades help maintain the campus garden which features eggplants, tomatoes, squash, various peppers, cilantro, parsley, rosemary and watermelons. The STEM initiative also incorporates modern tools for learning. Each student has access to his or her own personal iPad, and in the library, students can enjoy augmented reality, new 3D technology that allows pictures to leap from pages. The library also hosts various speakers throughout the year.
Curriculum The lower school is the beginning part of the fourteen-year sequence offering a collegepreparatory education to students. Our well-rounded program includes skills, strategies and enriched academics while fostering aesthetic appreciation, moral values, physical development and sound emotional growth. Pre-Kindergarten – 5 Day This theme-oriented program encourages learning through structured play and lays the necessary foundation for kindergarten readiness skills. Activities and materials are distinctively designed to meet the individual needs of students. Kindergarten Bible – ACSI Phonics – A Beka Reading – A Beka Writing – A Beka Math – A Beka Social Studies – A Beka Science – Designed by Science Specialist Grade 1 Bible – Positive Action for Christ Phonics – A Beka Language – A Beka Spelling – Purposeful Design (ACSI) Penmanship – A Beka Math – A Beka Social Studies – Bob Jones Science – Designed by Science Specialist
Grade 2 Bible – Positive Action for Christ Phonics – A Beka English – Bob Jones Spelling – Purposeful Design (ACSI) Vocabulary – EPS Wordly Wise Handwriting – A Beka Math – A Beka Social Studies – Time for Kids Science – Designed by Science Specialist Grade 3 Bible – Positive Action for Christ English – Bob Jones Spelling – Purposeful Design (ACSI) Vocabulary – EPS Wordly Wise Cursive/Handwriting – Zaner-Bloser Math – A Beka History – A Beka Science & Health – Purposeful Design (ACSI) Grade 4 Bible – Positive Action for Christ English – Bob Jones Spelling – Purposeful Design (ASCI) Vocabulary – EPS Classical Roots Math – A Beka Social Studies – Pearson Science – Purposeful Design (ASCI)
Current curriculum is constantly reviewed to insure the best instructional materials are available for our students.
Enrichment There are various enrichment opportunities including Spanish, Computer Lab, Book Talk Club, music, art, Science Resource Lab and physical education.
Extended Care Extended Care is available for pre-kindergarten through grade 8. Early Morning Care is available from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Afternoon Care begins 15 minutes after campus dismissal time and is available until 6:00 p.m.
Annual events held in the Lower School include Veterans Day, Rodeo Day and Grandparents Day.
Middle School Administrative Team Ron Bell, M.A. | Middle School Principal Julie Davis, M.Ed. | Lower & Middle School Assistant Principal Judy Hassell, M.Ed. | Counselor Kelly Carroll | Activities Coordinator School hours: 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Class ratios are 1:22
Spotlight Student Leadership SALT (Students Active in Leadership Training) is a club that prepares middle school students for service in secondary school and beyond. Select eighth grade students receive biblically-based leadership mentoring which leads into Student Leadership University (SLU). SLU is a national organization that strives to instill future-tense thinking, character-driven decision making, ownership of biblical values and a commitment to influence through service. Students at FBCA have the opportunity to participate in SLU following their eighth grade year.
Curriculum The middle school curriculum stresses traditional academic skills and individual growth which prepares students for higher learning. It is our goal that the curriculum should prepare students for life in the 21st century. Textbooks are selected from publishers including A Beka; Prentice Hall; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Glencoe/McGraw-Hill; Holt, Rinehart and Winston; and BJUPress. There are various electives available through our award-winning Fine Arts Department such as drama, concert band and chorus. Grade 5
Bible – Positive Action for Christ Reading and English - BJUP Math – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Science – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt World History – A Beka Publishing Physical Education Fine Arts Exploratories: Art & Technology (taken two days per week for one semester each) Option: Chorus or Beginning Band (students choose one to be taken three days per week for the entire year)
Bible – BJUP English – Holt, Rinehart and Winston & selected novels Math 7 or Pre-Algebra* - Glencoe/McGrawHill Science – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Texas History – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Technology 7 (one semester) Physical Education (one semester) Options: Fine Arts Electives - two choices from the following semester courses: Art 1, Drama 1, Life Management Skills, Newspaper, Creative Writing, Guitar I, Concert Band**, Chorus**, or Yearbook** (**= must be taken for two semesters)
Grade 6 Bible – BJUP English - Holt, Rinehart and Winston & selected novels Reading – BJUP Math – Glencoe/McGraw Hill Science – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Geography – Holt, Rinehart and Winston Physical Education (three days per week) Fine Arts Exploratories: student’s choice of Art, Technology, Intro to Spanish (taken two days per week for one semester each) Option: Beginning Band or Chorus (continued from selection made in 5th grade for five days per week)
Grade 8 Bible – Living by the Book English – Holt, Rinehart and Winston & selected novels Pre-Algebra or Advanced Algebra I* Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Science – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt American History – BJUP Options: Spanish I* - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, American Sign Language I* – Sign Media, Fine Arts Electives: four Semesters from the following courses: Art 1 or Art II, Drama 1 or Drama II, Life Management Skills, Newspaper, Creative Writing, Technology 8, Guitar I or Guitar II, Symphonic Band**, Chorus**, or Yearbook** (**= must be taken for two semesters)
*Students must meet established criteria to be eligible for these classes.
Athletics Baseball 6-8 grade Boys Basketball 7, 8 grade Girls Basketball 7, 8 grade Cheer 7, 8 grade Cross Country 6-8 grade Football 6-8 grade Pep Band 7, 8 grade
Boys Soccer 6-8 grade Girls Soccer 6-8 grade Softball 6-8 grade Swimming 6-8 grade Track & Field 6-8 grade Volleyball 7, 8 grade
FBCA Athletic Facilities include: football field, baseball field, track, soccer field, the Field House, weight room, training facility, softball field and gyms for basketball and volleyball.
• National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) 7-8 grade • Academic Team 7-8 grade • Student Council 5-8 grade
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A Tech Team Private School Interscholastic (PSIA) Spelling Bee Math Olympics
Upper School Administrative Team
Joshua Gettys, M.Ed. | Upper School School Principal Todd Prince, M.A. | Upper School Assistant Principal Louis Dorsey | College Counselor School hours: 7:45 a.m. - 3:10 p.m. Class ratios are 1:22
Spotlight Fine Arts Program Fort Bend Christian Academyâ€™s new Art Pavilion encompasses approximately 7,000 square feet and is used as a multi-purpose space for art. The space is also available for collaborating school, university and community art exhibitions, lectures and symposiums; building unique sets and backdrops for drama performances; and establishing a robotics club to increase educational opportunities for our engineering students. The leading Visual Arts Program encompasses a wide variety of mediums. At the state level, FBCA students have excelled in applied design, 2D mixed media, printmaking, photography, sculpture, fashion, textile, jewelry design, ceramics, film and more. The award-winning Performing Arts Program includes Drama and Theatre, Symphonic Band and Concert Choir.
Community Involvement All FBCA students must complete a minimum of twenty hours per academic year of community service. Each spring, upper school students participate in a one-week program called Eagle Week designed to expand the horizons of our traditional curriculum by offering a variety of local, national and international mission/service opportunities.
Curriculum The upper school curriculum equips students with the knowledge, skills and experiences needed to succeed in college. Students take required classes in English, Bible, social studies, science, mathematics, foreign language, technology, fine arts and physical education. Students also choose from a wide array of electives. Dual Credit and Advanced Placement courses are available in upper-level math, science, English, and social studies. Department of Fine Arts Art I, II, III*, IV* Drawing, Painting, Print Making, Textiles, Ceramics, Studio Sculpture, Studio Jewelry Making Communication Applications Concert Choir I, II*, III*, IV* Photography I AP Photography Symphonic Band I, II*, III*, IV* Theatre Arts I, II*, III*, IV* Video Production I, II Vocal Performance I, II, III, IV Department of PE/Athletics Athletics Weight Training & Conditioning Department of Technology Exploring Computer Science Introduction to Computer Programming Department of Science Biology I Honors Biology I AP Biology II Chemistry I Honors Chemistry I AP Chemistry II Physics AP Physics I AP Physics C Human Anatomy & Physiology
Department of Foreign Languages Spanish I, II, III Honors Spanish IV, V French III Honors French IV, V American Sign Language I, II, III Honors American Sign Language IV, V Department of English English I, II, III, IV Honors English I Honors English II AP Language & Composition AP Literature & Composition with Dual Enrollment Department of Mathematics Algebra I Algebra II Honors Algebra II Geometry Honors Geometry Pre-Calculus Honors Pre-Calculus Applied Mathematics Applied Mathematics with Introduction to Calculus Honors Statistics AP Calculus AB
Department of Journalism Yearbook/Journalism Department of Biblical Studies 9th Jesus in the Gospels and Revelation 10th Acts and the Epistles 11th Old Testament Survey 12th Kingdom of God Honors Apologetics Department of History World Geography Honors World Geography World History Honors World History AP World History United States History AP US History US Government/Economics Honors US Government/ Economics Psychology Non-Credit Study Hall Teacher Aide *Honors
Athletics FBCA is a TAPPS 5A school with 26 varsity and junior varsity upper school athletic teams. Sports offered include: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball, tennis and track and field. FBCA Athletic Facilities include: football field, baseball field, track, soccer field, the Field House, weight room, training facility, softball field and gyms for basketball and volleyball.
FBCA Upper School athletic teams have won multiple district, regional and state championships.
Clubs FBCA offers 15 clubs designed to develop student character, leadership and community outreach. Some of the clubs offered include: • • • • • •
Interact Club National Honor Society Fellowship of Christian Athletes Mu Alpha Theta Student Council Eagles on the Air broadcast team
Graduation Requirements English - 4 credits Math - 4 credits Science - 4 credits Social Studies - 4 credits Foreign Language - 2 credits Fine Arts - 1 credit Physical Education - 1 credit Communications -.5 credit Bible - 4 credits
Grades and Rankings Grade point averages are reported on a 5.0 weighted scale and calculated each semester. There is an additional 1.0 quality point given to students enrolled in an Honors or AP course. FBCA provides a numerical rank for the top 10% of a class and a quartile rank for all other students. The quartile ranking is based on cumulative GPAs. Grading Scale A 90-100 B 80-89 C 75-79 D 70-74 F 0-69 Rankings are taken from all grades earned at FBCA. Students must complete two semesters at FBCA to be included in the rankings.
Test Scores & Scholarships The Class of 2017 has a Composite ACT score of 26.3, and 17 students scored a 30 or higher. 100% of FBCA graduates are offered admission into at least one college of choice. In addition to receiving countless scholarships, a number of FBCA students have been named National Merit Finalists. Council for American Private Education (CAPE) reports that in each subject area of the SAT, scores for college-bound seniors in religious and independent schools were substantially higher than the national average, actually helping to boost that average.
2016-17 College Acceptances Baylor University Colorado School of Mines (College of Engineering) Georgia Institute of Tech Ohio State University Penn State Purdue (College of Engineering) SMU (College of Engineering)
Syracuse University (School of Communications) Texas A&M University (School of Engineering) University of Texas (Honors program) University of Tulsa (College of Engineering) Wheaton College And many more!
Alumni Alumni serve in various career fields including law, medicine, engineering and education.
Steps to Admission To begin the application process, complete and submit the Online Application by going to www.fortbendchristian.org; click on “Admissions” and then “Apply Now.” The nonrefundable Application Fee of $150.00 is paid by credit card when the application is submitted. After completing the Online Application, you will need to provide the following documents to the Admissions Office via email or fax: 1. Copy of the applicant’s birth certificate. 2. Copy of immunization records. 3. Most recent report card and final report cards from the previous three years. Final report card for current school year will be required. 4. Score reports from previous achievement and/or standardized tests including PSAT, SAT and ACT test scores for middle school and upper school. 5. Results from previous special testing (e.g. psychoeducational testing, testing for reading, learning or attention difficulties, etc.) including 504/IEP with modification plan, if applicable. 6. Recommendation forms will be sent to current year’s teachers. Grades PK - 4: One (1) recommendation form is required. Grades 5 - 12: Four (4) recommendation forms are required (math teacher, English teacher, counselor/administrator and pastor/minister). The current school must also submit discipline and attendance records. 7. The admissions test should be scheduled once an Online Application has been completed. Grades PK - 4: Registration for testing will be scheduled through the Admissions Office. Grades 5 - 12: Registration for the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) is available at http://erblearn.org/parents/admission/isee. The testing fee is $105.00 and is paid directly to ERB (Educational Records Bureau).
Tuition 2017-2018 Tuition includes educational expenses, books, field trips, curriculum usage fees, designated upper school/middle school athletic and drama participation fees and middle school trips. All school supplies are provided for pre-kindergarten through grade 4 students. A supply list will be available online for all students in grades 5-12 in June 2017. Advanced Placement courses require additional fees for books, curriculum and testing fees. Non-consumable books and materials remain the property of Fort Bend Christian Academy. Special school trips, before and after school care, Eagle Week courses, club sports, athletic player packs and fellowship activities are not included in the tuition schedule.
12 Monthly Payments
2 Semi-Annual Payments
Pre-K Grades K - 1 Grades 2 - 4 Grades 5 - 8 Grades 9 - 12
$995 $1,060 $1,135 $1,260 $1,415
$5,970 $6,360 $6,810 $7,560 $8,490
$11,940 $12,720 $13,620 $15,120 $16,980
Monthly payments begin June 2017
International Tuition Pre-K Grades K - 1 Grades 2 - 4 Grades 5 - 8 Grades 9 - 12
$21,940 $22,720 $23,620 $25,120 $26,980
Financial Aid Financial aid is awarded annually on a needs basis. Complete information is available at the school website, www.fortbendchristian.org/Financial-Aid.
International Student Admission ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS MUST BE TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH Step 1: 1. Most recent report card and final report cards from the previous three years. Final report card for current school year will be required. 2. Student is required to be proficient in English (speaking and reading). FBCA does NOT offer an ESL program. Step 2: 1. Copy of the applicant’s birth certificate and passport. 2. A letter from a reputable bank, signed by a bank officer, stating that parents, guardian or student has an amount of at least $45,000.00. (Proof of financial support is required on I-20 form.) 3. A letter from parents designating a guardian for student while attending school and living in Houston. The letter must be in English, signed by the parents and officially notarized. 4. Copy of immunization records. Records must include all vaccinations from the birth of the student until the current year. FBCA requires that students have a TB test before arriving in the U.S. All vaccinations must be up to date as required by the Houston Health Department. 5. Score reports from previous achievement and/or standardized tests including PSAT, SAT and ACT test scores for middle school and upper school. 6. Results from previous special testing (e.g. psychoeducational testing, testing for reading, learning or attention difficulties, etc.) including 504/IEP with modification plan, if applicable. 7. Recommendation forms will be sent to current year’s teachers. Grades PK - 4: One (1) recommendation form is required. Grades 5 - 12: Four (4) recommendation forms are required (math teacher, English teacher, counselor/administrator and pastor/minister). The current school must also submit discipline and attendance records. 8. The admissions test should be scheduled once an Online Application has been completed. Grades PK - 4: Registration for testing will be scheduled through the Admissions Office. Grades 5 - 12: Registration for the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) is available at http://erblearn.org/parents/admission/isee. The testing fee is $105.00 and is paid directly to ERB (Educational Records Bureau). Step 3: Once the decision for admission by the Admissions Committee has been decided, the acceptance letter and enrollment information is mailed/emailed to the family. Annual tuition and student fees must be paid in full, with a cashier’s check or bank transfer of funds, by June 1. Tuition and fees are non-refundable unless the Visa is denied. Issuing the I-20 Upon acceptance to FBCA and the completion of the Enrollment Contract, payment of tuition and fees, the I-20 will be issued to the student no more than 30 days before the first day of start of school. Athletic Eligibility There are specific Texas Association of Private and Parochial School (TAPPS) rules that apply to sports participation for international students that FBCA is required to meet. If an international student desires to participate in a sport a request for an athletic eligibility needs to be determined.
Alumni Testimonials As one of the premier college-preparatory schools in Sugar Land, FBCA provides students with the tools they need to succeed. Our alumni attend universities and colleges throughout the nation. 100% of FBCA’s seniors are accepted into college, with most students accepted to their first choice of university. Alumni serve in various career fields including law, medicine, engineering and education. “I had a number of great teachers at Fort Bend Christian Academy and many of them helped me to pursue a STEM career.” -Matthew Torres, Medical School Resident, Class of 2006 “I definitely felt prepared for college. I was blessed to have gotten the opportunity to attend a collegepreparatory school which has been helpful in my college career.” -Peyton Jones, University of Houston Cheerleader, Class of 2014 “FBCA prepared me in a variety of ways for life outside of high school. Not only was I prepared academically but also in my faith. FBCA held me to high expectations, and I took the lessons I learned in high school with me to college. I had been taught so much about the Bible and God that when I truly began my walk with the Lord, I had a lot of my questions answered as a result of the classes we took. I am so grateful for the Bible classes.” -Lindsey Palmer Skinner, Math Teacher, Class of 2009 “Because of the great foundation I received at Fort Bend Christian Academy, I was very prepared to enter Baylor University and become a successful student. The education I received there gave me the confidence I needed to succeed in college that I wouldn’t have otherwise had and helped me to realize what I was capable of doing. My SAT scores and classes gave me a strong resume entering college and helped open the right doors for me.” -Taylor Tomasini, Consultant, Class of 2006 “The smaller class sizes at FBCA allowed me to develop close relationships with my teachers that served me well in college and in law school. I became confident and comfortable approaching my teachers with questions for more clarification on certain class materials. FBCA also nurtured my spirituality and confidence in who I am as a Christian, which is a priceless gift I have carried with me throughout my education. You meet a lot of people in college and law school who by majority do not share Christian beliefs. So I am grateful for the biblical foundation FBCA provided me because it has helped ground me in my beliefs and has helped me better answer non-believers questions about the Bible.” -Samantha Sears, Law Student, Class of 2011
Thank you for your interest in Fort Bend Christian Academy. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 281-263-9105 or schedule a tour at https://fortbendchristian.org/inquire
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