First Wesleyan is a private K-8 Christian academy and academic child care center which prepares students for spiritual, academic, and career success—both in this life and throughout eternity.
First Wesleyan Christian School provides a Christian education for nearly 275 students from age 2 through grade 8. Established in 1971 by the First Wesleyan Church, our secure, modern campus consists of 24 classrooms, a gymnasium, and five playgrounds. We offer an accelerated K-8 Christian academy, a year-round academic child care program, and a 10-week summer camp/child care program for grades K-7. Our conservative Christian values, small classes, professional staff, and accelerated academic programs equip our students to be future leaders.
First Wesleyan Christian School’s academic preschool is state licensed and offers ten small self-contained academic classrooms for over 120 preschoolers ages 2-5. Preschoolers at FWCS start learning traditional A Beka phonics as two-year-olds and finish as four-year-olds knowing most of the essential concepts and skills that typical public school kindergarteners learn in kindergarten.
First Wesleyan Christian School’s accelerated kindergarten classes take students through A Beka first grade level reading concepts. In a typical year, at least 25 percent of FWCS’s kindergarteners score in the top one percent (99th percentile) of the nation on national academic tests. Most kindergarten graduates easily read second grade words such as "splash," "scream," etc.
During their elementary years, First Wesleyan Christian School students work at an accelerated academic pace while enjoying an enriched curriculum—including weekly classes in art, computer, music, P.E., and Spanish. All these activities occur in a safe, positive, Christian environment free from common bullying, profanity, and violence.
First Wesleyan Christian School’s small middle school classes equip students with many important skills such as public speaking, personal Bible study, typing 50 wpm, dissecting animals in science, music, art, Spanish, basketball, and volleyball. FWCS graduates go on to attend various public and private high schools where they consistently excel in academics, public speaking, sports, and more.
First Wesleyan Christian School provides various child care services for children ages 2-12. These programs include a full-time academic child care center for ages 2-5, after-school extended child care for FWCS and Piedmont Charter students in grades K-8th, and a fulltime summer camp child care program.
Overview & Tuition
My oldest daughter attended FWCS 18 years ago. At this time we have a son in second grade and one in Pre-K. During all of our years at FWCS I can honestly and proudly say have been happy ones. The school’s hand-picked staffs are always among the best, top of the line in Gaston County.
— FWCS Parent