Faith West Elementary students discover God’s world in all subjects. Our Biblically integrated curriculum teaches a Reverence for God, a Respect for ourselves, others, and authority, and Responsibility for one’s actions.
Approach to Learning
- Our elementary primarily uses Bob Jones, a Christian curriculum. All of our curricula focus on developing and mastering skills, application of knowledge, and deep understanding of concepts, not just memorization of facts. We want students to not just love coming to school, but to love learning. Elementary curriculum is aligned grades K-5, ensuring that we build on skills and aligned vocabulary each year. We work hard to ensure that students are prepared for what lies ahead in their academic futures.
- Our lower elementary classrooms are taught in a centers approach to learning, meaning that students have whole group instruction, small group center instruction with the teacher, and independent practice. This model allows us to individualize instruction to meet the needs of each student, both remediating and challenging students when needed. Upper elementary classrooms also utilize the small-group approach to focus on skill mastery and individualizing instruction.
- Faith West Academy does not participate in state-wide mandatory standardized testing. The NWEA MAP benchmark assessment is administered digitally three times a year to evaluate student skill-mastery. This assessment data is used internally with teachers and administrators to inform curriculum and teaching decisions. MAP is not a high-stakes test and has no bearing on a student’s classroom grade.
More than Just Academics
- Students attend weekly chapel on Wednesdays at 8:00 am. Parents are encouraged to join!
- Each class has a minimum of two field trips per year, one each semester. Field trips are tied to classroom curriculum and intended to enhance classroom learning and provide real-world application to classroom content.
- Students have PE twice a week. PE focuses on team-building, godly character, understanding healthy living, and exploration of a variety of sports.
- Students also have music, Spanish, art, and computer, each one semester.
- Grades K-2 perform a Christmas program, and grades 3-5 have an Easter performance.
- Go Texan Day kicks off spring break each year, and Field Day is held every May.
Gifted and Talented
- The FWA Gifted and Talented program is a bi-weekly pull-out program for students in grades 1-5. Teacher recommendations are submitted each spring, and the recommended students must take the NNAT3 spatial and visual intelligence test for GT placement. Students recommended for GT are evaluated on a wide range of criteria.
- Junior Cheer
- Students in grades 2-4 may enroll and participate
- Junior High Cheer
- Students in grade 5 may try out for the FWA junior high cheerleading squad and participate in junior cheer during their 5th grade year
- 4H, FFA, and Shooting club
- Students age 9 and up
- Students must be in third grade or higher
- Boys in 5th grade. Boys may try out for the junior high baseball teams
- Girls and boys in 5th grade may try out for the junior high basketball teams
- Girls in 4th grade may participate in off-season volleyball, beginning in April of their 4th grade year
- Girls in 5th grade may try out for the junior high volleyball teams
*all elementary extracurricular activities require additional fees at time of registration and/or placement on a team.
The Faith West Elementary hours are 7:45 am to 3:30 pm. On-campus extended care is available for Faith West