Instruction at FRCS is specific to the grade and developmental level of our students. As a K-12 school, we house three schools under one roof. Each (elementary, middle and high school) require a very specific and unique instructional approach. Instruction in all three schools are united through the development of a K-12 curriculum and supported by newly instituted Instructional Leaders.
To directly support instruction, our school recently underwent a self-evaluation and reorganization. The result of which was the creation of a variety of innovative structures. None more directly impacts the learning experience than our Instructional Leaders (ILs). An Instructional Leader or “IL” is an Instructional specialist for each K-12 department within our school (ie: Mathematics, Spanish, Integrated Arts, etc.). An IL supervises, coaches and directly supports the teachers within a department. This is achieved through modeling instruction, providing observation and feedback, organizing professional development and driving curriculum development within the K-12 vertical team. ILs guide teachers to create more authentic, interdisciplinary learning experiences through the unit planning process.
Instruction in our elementary school (K-4) is highly student focused and takes place in self-contained classrooms. Instructors of each classroom collaborate to develop integrated unit plans and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of the individuals in their classrooms.
Instruction in our middle school transitions students into application and specialization of skills. Students are instructed by content specialists, versus a single instructor. As the nation focuses on twenty-first century skills, technology integration has become a school wide priority. Teachers incorporate software, internet resources and interactive boards into lessons and integrate technology into instructional practices through a variety of media. Middle school instructors often utilize interactive boards as an instructional tool to engage, instruct and assess. Middle school students utilize interactive boards to start each day with a writing prompt as part of a Smart Start Program. Student-directed software programs such as PLATO, Rosetta Stone and Success Maker are utilized to provide student-driven learning opportunities and help fill in specific learning gaps as they are identified in the classroom.
Instruction in the high school prepares students for post K-12 with a primary focus on college preparation. High school instruction is student focused and driven. Many students participate in an independent enrichment program in which a student is paired with an advisor and together develop a specific course of study and final project that meets the student’s specific interests. Students receive instruction directly from the guidance department through programs that include student achievement teams and college advising courses.