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.
First Wesleyan Christian School offers kindergarteners a safe, loving Christian environment. With small classes of typically fourteen to sixteen students, kindergarteners learn at an accelerated rate in our phonics-based reading curriculum, music, art activities, small computer classes, science, social studies, and other enrichment activities.
All K-8 classes also have five additional part-time teachers for art, computer, music, P.E., Spanish, library, and/or home economics.
The combined average of local public school students at or above grade level is approximately 42%.
All schools nationally, public and private combined, averaged at the 50th percentile.
The following is an actual page that 90% of FWCS kindergarteners are able to read by the end of March.
By year's end, 80% of FWCS's kindergarteners are able to easily and fluently read the following first grade story:
Dad, may Al ride on the bus?
Yes, Al may ride on the bus.
Al go on the bus.
The bus did not run late.
Al rode and rode on the bus.
Chip has work to do.
He will not play.
He must run to get nuts for food.
He fills his cheeks with the nuts.
He will store them in his nest.
He cannot see the food if snow is on the ground.
He must work now.
FWCS’s kindergarteners receive broad and rich instruction in various areas of community life, geography, American heritage, and cultures from around the globe. All kindergarteners also have the opportunity to participate in a grade wide geography bowl. The following is an overview of FWCS’s colorful A Beka social studies curriculum.
I feel so blessed to be part of the staff at FWCS. It feels like one big family with everyone on the staff working together to see that each student is successful—not only in academics but also in Christian values. I love the fact that we can talk about God and Jesus and get the students thinking about life skills and values that would glorify our Lord. After teaching in public schools for 20 years, I love being able to teach in such a loving environment.
— Ellen Taylor