During the math block learners will be engaged in learning experiences that encourage curiosity, open-mindedness, flexibility and quality thinking. They will be encouraged to think deeply about questions and provide evidence to support their thinking.
When you walk into a Freedom math class, you should see students involved in discussion, analyzing and critically thinking about a mathematical concept. You’ll see kids working in partnerships at whiteboards constructing understanding. You hear them share ideas, reason, provide proof and productively argue as they work to make sense of the math.
During science, our students explore the natural world by asking questions and seeking answers using a variety of scientific methods. Students seek to answer questions using investigations and communicate their findings by designing tables, using graphic organizers, and producing discussion boards and lab reports.
They are also encouraged to design their investigations to extend learning into areas of personal interest. Students discover how to respectfully agree and disagree with other people by using evidence to support their ideas or positions. Most importantly, they are encouraged to be curious about everything!
Our literacy block strives to engage learners in authentic reading and writing. In fact, most of the academic time is spent reading and writing. High-level instruction from knowledgeable teachers is focused on units of study and specific skills of need.
We strive to read ambitiously (2 hours a day) and learn to have deep conversations about various texts. As writers and readers, we focus on a variety of genres to learn that we can immerse ourselves into a study of any genre and learn to write in that way. We work to clarify and evaluate thinking, to develop opinions and provide evidence, and to explore various facets of the craft of writing.
At Freedom, one of our goals is to disciple our students to become dedicated followers of Jesus. The Bible curriculum is specifically chosen to help the students understand and apply deep spiritual concepts to their everyday lives. They are challenged to know important historical contexts and the literary functions of the Bible as scripture.
Overall, we desire to help students acquire, understand, and demonstrate Biblical principles and also to challenge others to develop a relationship with Christ (Matthew 28:16-20).
At Freedom, we focus on the rights and responsibilities of being a U.S Citizen. Students will explore and discover the structure of our government and how it works. They will be immersed in Civics and U. S. History, including Florida History.
Students will take a look at original documents and discover the innovation that formed our great country. Students participate in discussions and provide thoughtful considerations into what is means to be an American and have pride in America.
Freedom Christian Academy offers multiple elective courses as well, including a computer science block utilizing modern coding languages like Python and PHP as well as web-based database applications like MySQL. In addition, for those interested in the arts, we have a theater and music electives as well as an opportunity to learn video production and editing. And lastly, our debate elective focuses on apologetics and prepping young believers with the ability to clearly explain and defend their faith (1 Peter 3:15).
The tone and descriptive style of this academic overview is inspired by an amazing school called Long-View Learning, located in Austin, Texas. In many ways they have inspired the education approach at Freedom Christian Academy.