First Wesleyan Christian School is different from other Christian schools in the Gaston area
Several times a year someone asks, "What makes First Wesleyan Christian School different from other Christian schools in the Gaston area?" The following sets FWCS apart from most other Christian schools.
Beyond its A Beka, Bob Jones, and Positive Action for Christ curriculum, FWCS has added numerous educational experiences not usually taught in other Christian schools or Sunday schools.
FWCS students enjoy the strengths and other beneficial features of text books carefully selected from several Christian publishers instead of being locked into a single publisher or series of textbooks. FWCS believes that no single publisher is equally as strong in all subject areas. We attempt to generally align our curriculum with the local public schools whenever possible.
FWCS's K-8 classes average 14 students and FWCS's preschool classes have a student to teacher ratio between 10:1 and 13:1.
FWCS offers numerous after-school enrichment activities such as chess club, music lessons, art, drama, science club, and more.
Computer instruction at FWCS is usually given to one-half of each class at a time. Thus, the average computer class size is 7 to 10 students, which enables in-depth, personalized instruction.
Middle schoolers learn advanced keyboarding. All FWCS students learn correct keyboarding skills starting in the primary grades. By eighth grade graduation, most students are typing at least 50 wpm and several as high as 90 wpm.
FWCS has made training in public speaking an essential part of its curriculum. All FWCS students in grades 1-8 annually receive specific, intense training in public speaking and are given several opportunities to perform publicly either in front of their parents and/or in ACSI regional competitions that are held at FWCS.
FWCS is one of very few Christian schools in the entire nation that requires K-8 teacher candidates to pass a Bible knowledge test as part of its hiring process.
Each week all K-8 students at FWCS have at least five other specialized teachers in the subject areas of art, music, Spanish, P.E., computer, and library. Middle schoolers also have weekly home economics classes.
After homeschooling for seven years, we hesitantly decided to place our children back in regular schools. We chose First Wesleyan for our youngest child. She attended FWCS for grades 6th-8th. It was a great transition for her going from home to Christian to public. She has many fond memories of her days at FWCS.
— Jeanne Maricle