A common misconception about education styles is that the “traditional” model works best. That is, a teacher, with a textbook and 30 students, all attempting to work at the same speed and on the same academic level works better than anything else. After all, that’s how most of us were educated. However, that’s really not “traditional” education at all.
In earlier days, the textbook was placed in the hands of the student, and every child was challenged academically from where they actually were, not from where they were expected to be. For some students, this means they require some extra assistance and time with the basics. For others, it means they can broaden their horizons and experience more electives because they are able to advance a little more quickly. What must be understood is that BOTH of these scenarios are completely normal. The common “Lock-Step” method of instruction used in most of our educational institutions today is failing many of our children. They’re either behind or bored.
Why not approach a child’s education the way God sees them—as a unique, gifted individual unlike anyone else in all of creation? At FCS, we take the time to academically diagnose every child much the way a doctor prescribes treatment for a patient—based on their individual needs. In short, we do what’s best for every student regardless of what other “traditional” models might say.