All students are required to have 1.0 credit of Arts study before they can receive a diploma from The First Academy. This credit can taken in visual arts, theatre, band or broadcast media. The First Academy is committed to the Arts and is very proud of this rapidly growing discipline.
The First Academy seeks Biblical integration in every course offering. To this end, the Christian Studies Department is designed to foster an academic environment and framework for the study and application of God's Word. Through the rigorous study of the Word of God students gain a considerable knowledge base, are enabled to apply scriptural principles to daily living, and are equipped to think and reason from a thoroughly Biblical, Christ-centered worldview.
The Foreign Language Department of The First Academy recognizes that study of a second language broadens individual perspective and enhances the development of international understanding and compassion. Through intensive study of the language and culture, the Foreign Language Department engages students for the purposes of comprehension and interactive communication, both written and oral.
The First Academy's objective in Language Arts is to prepare students to be Christian leaders who demonstrate curiosity, competency, and an appreciation of, and desire for, life-long learning. Students of Language Arts actively engage in research, critical thinking, application, evaluation, and creative problem solving to actively demonstrate excellence in written and oral communication. Students are also taught mechanical skills to enhance organization, clarity of thought, and accurate utilization of the English Language.
Students are exposed to a variety of Literature throughout this process: prose, poetry, historic-based literature, Christian fiction, apologetic writing, secular novels, historical documentation, and personal narratives. The Language Arts Department seeks to develop student curiosity, imagination, and compassion, and encourages students to be "fearless writers" and confident and effective readers.
The ultimate goal of the Mathematics Department is the development of skills necessary for students to excel in life and in college. These skills include critical thinking, problem solving, written and oral mathematical communication, mathematical reasoning, and mathematical modeling. The Mathematics Department utilizes technology-based learning to help students visualize concepts and engage in creative problem solving.
The Physical Education Department seeks to promote, enhance and develop each student's God-given capabilities to achieve personal success and health through physical activities. Through a rigorous program of exercise, diet, goal setting, and discipline, the Physical Education Departments strives to develop life-long habits in students that promote strength, flexibility, health, well-being, and leadership. Through this program, students develop skills of team participation as well as corporate and individual goal setting. Ideals of good sportsmanship, participation, and competition are also promoted and encouraged.
Knowledge and exploration of the physical world has always been an integral part of a liberal arts education. The study of the physical world reveals God's intricate design and the divine order of His creation. Therefore, the Science Department of The First Academy seeks to provide a rigorous course of study which firmly grounds the student in the scientific method and engages students in the exploration, questioning, examination, measuring, quantifying, and evaluation of God's creation around them. Such systematic study and deliberate instruction has at its foundation the recognition of God as sole creator of the universe and all that is within it. The Science Department seeks to spark the curiosity of a student and encourages one that forever asks "why," and "how."
Social ScienceThe Social Sciences Department seeks to raise student awareness and understanding of God's created world and its people. Students explore patterns of human and environmental interaction through history, geography, political science, economics, and current events. In this exploration they come to understand the interconnectedness of these disciplines and the purpose of the study of history.
Students apply Christian principles in the examination of the past and present for local, state, national and global events. As such they examine and evaluate cause and effect relationships in both the immediate and long range history. Students develop an appreciation for personal heritage and cultural differences as they evaluate their role and responsibilities as citizens in God's creation. Using multiple research techniques and mediums, students collect information, analyze, synthesize and then present their findings in both written and oral format.
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