Frequently Asked Questions
What are the qualifications of the teachers?
All full time teachers must have earned a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university. They must be certified either by the State of Florida or by Faith Christian Academy’s accrediting agency, the Association of Christian Schools International, which is recognized by the Florida Department of Education. Faith seeks experienced professionals who are dedicated to the highest quality of classroom learning in a spiritual environment. All teachers must be born again Christians and demonstrate a vibrant relationship with God.
What are the school hours?
Classes begin at Faith Christian Academy at 8:00 AM. Release times are staggered according to age. The elementary school (K through 6th grade) are released at 3:00 PM. Before and after school care is available from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Offices are open from 7:30 AM until 3:30 PM.
Please describe the school lunch program.
FCA provides pre-packaged items for lunch for students in grades K – 6. The school contracts with an outside company to supply those items which meet state guidelines. The current cost of varies by product and a product price list is posted in the lunchroom area.
What is the student/teacher ratio in the various grades?
For Kindergarten students, the maximum ratio is 1 teacher for every 15 students. First grade has a maximum ratio of 1 teacher to every 15 students. Second, Third, and Fourth grades have a maximum ratio of 1 teacher for every 18 students.
How does your school rank with other schools in the area?
FCA compares favorably with any school in the Southeast Hillsborough County area. The school’s advanced curriculum allows the students to perform at a superior level. Faith students, on average, test one to two grade levels above their contemporaries in public school. Further, the most recent achievement tests indicate that Faith Christian Academy students score better than 70% of students in other private Christian schools.
Is there a dress code?
FCA is a uniform school. All students are required to purchase and wear a uniform each day. Uniforms enhance the environment by creating an atmosphere of learning and professionalism. Further, uniforms increase campus security by allowing faculty and staff to instantly recognize those who are not enrolled in school.
What are the demographics of the school population?
Faith Christian Academy embraces the diversity of the community in which it is situated. Racial and cultural diversity enhance the educational environment. The body of Christ is composed of various elements that complement each other and augment the creativity and performance of each element. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
What special classes are available for elementary students?
In addition to the normal academic classes, FCA provides opportunity for children in grades kindergarten through 6th grade to participate in music classes, physical education, computer v1.1 classes, art, library and Spanish.
Do you have an extended care? What are extended care hours?
Faith Christian Academy offers extended care for all ages. Hours are from 7:00 AM until school begins in the mornings and from the release of students from classes until 6:00 PM in the afternoons.
What curriculum is used to teach reading in the lower grades?
We utilize ABEKA curriculum in all grade levels.
Describe the spiritual life of the school.
The “Christian” of Faith Christian Academy is key to the mission of the school. FCA is committed to providing a Christian atmosphere for the total growth of the individual student. As part of this commitment, each student is required to attend Bible classes each day. Additionally, students attend chapel services once each week. These services are age appropriate and are intended to apply the truth of Christ’s message to the daily obstacles and challenges faced by students in today’s culture. All faculty and staff are committed Christians called to partner with parents in the formation and development of students.