FRA Lower SCHOOL


The beginning of the academic trajectory of young children is an exciting place to live on a daily basis. The early childhood years, from birth to age eight, are pivotal years for children to acquire reading and mathematical skills. Much of a child's ability to read emerges during this period.

Findings indicate that early mathematics and reading abilities are meaningful predictors of future student achievement. Therefore, to improve educational outcomes, it is important to maximize a child's preparation for school in the early years. The academic development of young learners has a relationship to the future. This is an exciting and sobering task.

Our teachers are highly trained professionals who carefully plan instruction based on the needs of the "whole" child. Learning is interactive and fun. Our students want to come to school, which is instrumental in their foundation for growth.

We invite you to visit us. Please consider scheduling a tour to learn more about Flint River Academy. In a one-on-one conversation, it allows us to learn more about your individual child. In the Lower School, we have the blessing to watch our students develop from very young students to accomplished, independent Middle Schoolers. We can think of no greater privilege to be life changers.




Flint River Academy Lower School Curriculum Descriptions

The Flint River Academy lower school curriculum provides a solid foundation for student success. Please refer to the grade level for a detailed description of subjects that will be taught during the 2015-2016 school year.



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  • • Personal skills
  • • Social and emotional development
  • • Fine & gross motor skills
  • • Communication & language skills
  • • Reading readiness skills
  • • Math readiness skills

Music: singing along and with others; history and culture; listening; evaluating


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  • • Fine motor skills
  • • Practical skills
  • • Social/emotional skills
  • • Work habits
  • • Speaking skills
  • • Listening skills
  • • Math readiness skills
  • • Reading readiness skills


Music: singing along and with others; history and culture; listening; evaluating




5K

Language Arts and Reading: First semester: recognize first and last name, recognize color words, Identify nouns, Recognize high frequency words; show basic understanding of positional words; determine cause and effect; recognize appropriate word order in sentences; recognize and select appropriate sentence end marks; know letter sounds. Second Semester: Recognize upper and lower case letters; identify rhyming words; identify the beginning and ending sounds in words; blend, sound, and read simple words; understand current vocabulary; identify action and describing words; form letters correctly; demonstrate readiness on spelling tests. In addition to the Open Court Language Arts program, the Orton-Gillingham Reading program will also be used as a supplemental program.

Writing: Each nine weeks, a different genre of writing is introduced. After discussion and modeling of the writing process, the students will produce several examples of the genre throughout the corresponding nine week period. The categories are as follows:

  • – Response to Literature
  • – Narrative
  • – Informational
  • – Persuasive/ Opinion

Math: First Semester: recognize number words (1-10); recognize and sequence numbers, cover design patterns with blocks; count objects in a set; complete and read a pictograph, learn four basic shapes; make simple comparisons and estimations; recognize, creates , and completes AB, ABB, AABB patterns; recognize and count pennies; identify greater and less than. Second Semester: write numbers correctly; count objects in sets; know number values; recognize penny, nickel, dime, quarter, one dollar bill and know value of each; count by two’s, five’s, and ten’s to one hundred; know days of week and months of the year; create and read a graph; complete simple addition and subtraction problems; identify ordinal positions.

Science and Social Studies: Students will be exposed to units dealing with a variety of topics. Some examples are (additional units will be taught throughout the school year):

  • – The Five Senses
  • – Plants
  • – Animals
  • – Our Earth
  • – Weather and Seasons
  • – Motion

Art: learn to use large markers, crayons, large and small brushes; learn to cut, fold, and match edges; learn to use scissors to cut curved and straight lines; learn to draw lines- thick, thin, zigzag, curved, straight, and interrupted; learn to recognize and draw geometric shapes; learn to recognize primary and secondary colors on the color wheel

Physical Education: Students will be introduced to concepts for personal development in health related fitness and physical skills. These skills include cardiovascular exercise, body composition, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Students will develop physical and health related fitness skills through participation in individual and field activities. Students will participate in Physical Fitness daily.

Music: singing along and with others; history and culture; listening; evaluating


1st Grade

Reading: the ability to arrange letters and words alphabetically; demonstrate left to right progression; recognize letter sounds and learn phonetic spelling of vowel and consonant sounds; blend sounds into words; recall sight words; read words smoothly together in a sentence; use words in sentences; match words with their components; correctly finish incomplete sentences; answer oral and written questions about stories and poems; retell a story or poem; draw a conclusion from stated facts; read and follow directions; recognize similarities and differences; recognize cause and effect; identify main idea and details in stories; predict outcomes; distinguish between fantasy and reality; recognize actions words and nouns; recognize pronouns, adjectives, conjunctions, and prepositions; understand contractions and their root parts; understand singular and plural forms of words; understand word endings; use punctuation marks correctly; recognize homophones, homonyms, antonyms, and synonyms; form compound words; use abbreviations correctly; understand capitalization rules correctly; and become familiar with study and reference skills. Writing skills will also be developed. Student will communicate ideas in sentence form. Correct construction of sentences will be stressed.

Math: Recognize and count numbers by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 100’s; read and write numbers to 132; identify place values to 1,000; identify dozen and half dozen; identify even and odd numbers; understand the meaning of addition and subtraction; master addition facts to 18; give representations of number statements to show addition and subtraction; whole number computation; recognize fractions and decimals; identify and county money; write money amounts identify right and left; give and follow directions about a location; identify ordinal and positional words; measurements and weights and capacity; read, interpret and construct a graph; county tally marks; sort and classify objects; predict probability; use comparison symbols; and identify patterns.

Spelling: Students will recognize beginning and ending sounds, spell words containing various beginning and ending sounds, short and long vowel sounds, and consonant blends. Students will recognize words ending in –s, -ed, and –ing, as well as color words, number words, months of the year, days of the week, and family words. The students will be introduced to different strategies to aid in the spelling of words with different sounds. The students will be able to use spelling words in sentences.

Handwriting: To reinforce correct manuscript letter formation, both upper and lower case and to learn correct spacing between words and sentences. Neatness, legibility, and correct formation are the goals. Each child will be encouraged to strive for neatness and correct letter formation.

Art: Learn to use large markers, crayons, large and small brushes; learn to cut, fold, and match edges; learn to use scissors to cut curved and straight lines; learn to draw lines- thick, thin, zigzag, curved, straight, and interrupted; learn to recognize and draw geometric shapes; learn to recognize primary and secondary colors on the color wheel.

Physical Education: Students will be introduced to concepts for personal development in health related fitness and physical skills. These skills include cardiovascular exercise, body composition, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Students will develop physical and health related fitness skills through participation in individual and field activities. Students will participate in Physical Fitness daily.

Music: singing along and with others; history and culture; listening; evaluating


2nd Grade

Reading: sequencing, comparing/contrasting, fact/opinion, predicting, figurative language, parts of a book, making inferences, characterization, author’s purpose, author’s point of view, mood/tone, retelling story events, clarifying, summarizing, formulating questions, main idea/details, cause/effect, drawing conclusions, classifying, categorizing, visualizing, making connections, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary.

Language Arts/Writing: types of sentences, parts of speech, homonyms, homographs, antonyms, synonyms, suffixes, prefixes, contractions, multi-meaning words, possessive nouns, compound sentences, capitalization, punctuation, letter writing, subject-verb agreement, irregular past tense, commas, paragraph writing, writing process, narrative writing, informative writing, persuasive writing.

Spelling: patterns for long, short, and r-controlled words, consonant blends, clusters, diagraphs, words with special endings, plural words, high frequency words, holiday, science, or social studies related words, dictation sentences.

Math: addition, subtraction, skip counting, two digit addition and subtraction with regrouping, graphing, geometry, fractions, patterning money, measurement, telling time and elapsed time, three digit addition and subtraction, beginning multiplication and division, problems solving and critical thinking.

Science: plant and animals, earth science-changes on earth, the sky and beyond, physical science-matter, changes in matter, motion and energy.

Social Studies: rules, laws, government, Georgia capital and capitol building, Georgia regions, Georgia rivers, James Oglethorpe, Mary Musgrove, Tomochichi, Savannah, famous Georgians, maps.

Art: learn to use large markers, crayons, large and small brushes; learn to cut, fold, and match edges; learn to use scissors to cut curved and straight lines; learn to draw lines- thick, thin, zigzag, curved, straight, and interrupted; learn to recognize and draw geometric shapes; learn to recognize primary and secondary colors on the color wheel.

Physical Education: Students will be introduced to concepts for personal development in health related fitness and physical skills. These skills include cardiovascular exercise, body composition, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Students will develop physical and health related fitness skills through participation in individual and field activities. Students will participate in Physical Fitness daily.

Music: singing along and with others; history and culture; listening; evaluating


3rd Grade

Handwriting: To introduce correct cursive writing letter formation, both upper and lower case. To learn to space between words and sentences. Neatness, legibility, and correct formation are the goals.

LA/Spelling/Reading: This will encompass: the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and expressions; using grade-level words to communicate effectively; using variety of strategies to gain meaning; competency in the writing process; writing a variety of genres and using oral and visual strategies to communicate.

Social Studies: Encompasses knowledge of: celebrating freedom and Greece, maps and globes, topographical features, Jamestown, immigration and migration, economic understanding, government, famous Americans, and rights and freedoms.

Science: To acquire basic understanding of Georgia’s habitats, changes in habitats, earth’s rocks and soil, fossils, heating and cooling, and magnetism.

Math: Numbers and operations, measurement, geometry, algebra, data analysis, mathematical reasoning and terms and symbols.

Art: to see and learn contour line drawings; self-portraits; proportions of the human form; different ways to draw trees, mountains, flowers; introduce sill life drawings and one & two point perspective.

Physical Education:Students will be introduced to concepts for personal development in health related fitness and physical skills. These skills include cardiovascular exercise, body composition, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Students will develop physical and health related fitness skills through participation in individual and field activities. Students will participate in Physical Fitness daily.

Music: singing along and with others; history and culture; listening; evaluating


4th Grade

Language Arts: include grammar, usage, and mechanics; focus on the writing process, listening, and speaking skills; emphasis on capitalization, punctuation, usage, sentence structure and fluency, and parts of speech; writing will be taught across the curriculum and included in all subject areas.

Math: focused on student success through incremental development; continual review, previous concepts are practiced frequently; warm-up exercises, presentation of a new concept, a practice section for new concept and cumulative mixed practice; quizzes; develop and demonstrate a better understanding of numeration, operations, fraction concepts, estimation, number theory, number sets, and number systems.

Spelling: pattern-based word lists, sound patters, structural patterns, meaning patters, quizzes, writing activities from weekly list.

Reading: reading fluency, comprehension, strategies for inquiry and research, understanding main idea, drawing conclusions, using context clues to decide word meanings, cause and effect, facts, facts vs. opinions.

Social Studies: United States history to 1860, government, civics, historical and economic understandings, geography, states and capitals.

Science: life science, earth science, physical science; investigations in science lab.

Art: to see and learn contour line drawings; self-portraits; proportions of the human form; different ways to draw trees, mountains, flowers; introduce sill life drawings and one & two point perspective.

Physical Education: Students will be introduced to concepts for personal development in health related fitness and physical skills. These skills include cardiovascular exercise, body composition, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Students will develop physical and health related fitness skills through participation in individual and field activities. Students will participate in Physical Fitness daily.

Music: singing along and with others; history and culture; listening; evaluating


5th Grade

Spelling: Concentration on sound patters, structural patterns, and meaning patterns, word in context, spelling.

Reading: Read Tuck Everlasting, Bridge to Terabitha, The River, Frindle; humorous and historical stories, poetry.

Language Arts: Nouns, verbs, pronouns, punctuation, guided and independent work for each concept taught, writing skills (contrast, personal narratives, research papers).

Science: Cells, kingdoms, parents and offspring, Earth, Georgia’s features, experimentation.

Social Studies: US History 1860 up to the Gulf War, biographies, geography .

Math: Multiplying with larger numbers, dividing, fractions, geometry.

Art: To see and learn contour line drawings; self-portraits; proportions of the human form; different ways to draw trees, mountains, flowers; introduce sill life drawings and one & two point perspective.

Music: Students will participate in music activities that will help them recognize and understand the elements of music. Objectives: recognize rhythm, melody, tone color, form, and harmony; participate in singing activities that lead to identification of pitch; use tools for writing and reading music; use music skills in performance experiences; recognize works of famous composers; and show understanding of history.

Spanish: To give students a positive Spanish language experience that will enhance their high school Spanish learning and put them on the path to fluency; more emphasis on culture and learning vocabulary in context and less emphasis on the grammatical component.

Physical Education: Students will be introduced to concepts for personal development in health related fitness and physical skills. These skills include cardiovascular exercise, body composition, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Students will develop physical and health related fitness skills through participation in individual and field activities. Students will participate in Physical Fitness daily.


6th Grade

Language Arts: speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills; poetry, short stories, novels, biographies, drama; concentration on literary terms.

Science: organize information; think critically; practice scientific processes; predict, interpret, and apply data; study of Earth Science (build a bridge of popsicle sticks; rock and mineral power point projects); Geology (build a volcano; make fossils); energy, water, atmosphere, weather (make a barometer, power point on energy resources; soil testing); climate, global warming, astronomy (power point on global warming; trip to Skidaway Oceanography Center).

Math: connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division; understanding of division fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers (includes negative numbers); writing, interpreting, and using expression and equations; developing understanding of statistical thinking.

Social Studies: World Area studies course; Latin America, Canada, Europe, Australia; geography (physical and human); government/civics; economics; major events in each region during the 20th & 21st centuries.

Music: Students will participate in music activities that will help them recognize and understand the elements of music. Objectives: recognize rhythm, melody, tone color, form, and harmony; participate in singing activities that lead to identification of pitch; use tools for writing and reading music; use music skills in performance experiences; recognize works of famous composers; and show understanding of history.

Art: learn to develop abstract thinking through three dimensional projects; study the life and artwork of famous artists; learn art in different forms and different cultures; introduced to poster art (using balance, space, and emphasis); introduction to surrealism.

Spanish: to give students a positive Spanish language experience that will enhance their high school Spanish learning and put them on the path to fluency; more emphasis on culture and learning vocabulary in context and less emphasis on the grammatical component.

Physical Education: Students will be introduced to concepts for personal development in health related fitness and physical skills. These skills include cardiovascular exercise, body composition, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Students will develop physical and health related fitness skills through participation in individual and field activities. Students will participate in Physical Fitness daily.


7th Grade

Language Arts: Develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills; poetry, short stories, novels, biographies, drama; vocabulary with concentration on literary terms.

Pre-Algebra: Develop understanding of and applying proportional relationships; understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions; working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

Social Studies: Learn physical and human geography and its importance; to understand the variety of governments in the world; to understand the global economic impact of Africa & Asia; to focus on the history during the 20th & 21st centuries; geography, early civilization and prehistoric regions; Middle East (southwest Asia): religion, history, government, education, and economy; Southern & Eastern Asia: religion, history, government, education, and economy; Africa: religion, history, government, education, and economy; projects: current events with power point presentations; power point and research project on a specific religion of the world; field trip to Antiquity of Lagrange, GA.

Science: Organize information; think critically; practice scientific processes; predict, interpret, and apply data; study of Life Science. Students will be expected the master the following: gain understanding of life science; understand structure of cells, cell processes, and reproduction genetics and heredity; identify how genetics changes over time; classify living things; grasp understanding in viruses, bacteria, protest, and fungi; and human growth and development.

Music: Students will participate in music activities that will help them recognize and understand the elements of music. Objectives: recognize rhythm, melody, tone color, form, and harmony; participate in singing activities that lead to identification of pitch; use tools for writing and reading music; use music skills in performance experiences; recognize works of famous composers; and show understanding of history.

Art: Learn to develop abstract thinking through three dimensional projects; study the life and artwork of famous artists; learn art in different forms and different cultures; introduced to poster art (using balance, space, and emphasis); introduction to surrealism.

Spanish: To give students a positive Spanish language experience that will enhance their high school Spanish learning and put them on the path to fluency; more emphasis on culture and learning vocabulary in context and less emphasis on the grammatical component.

Physical Education: Students will be introduced to concepts for personal development in health related fitness and physical skills. These skills include cardiovascular exercise, body composition, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Students will develop physical and health related fitness skills through participation in individual and field activities. Students will participate in Physical Fitness daily.


8th Grade

Algebra I: This is the first course in a sequence of required math courses designed to ensure career and college readiness. This course represents a discrete study of algebra with correlated statistics applications. Students are challenged to develop 21st century skills such as critical thinking and creative problem solving.

Advanced Algebra I: Develop understanding of equations, writing equations in different forms, linear inequalities, systems of equations, exponential functions, graphing quadratic equations, radical functions and geometry, statistics and probability.

Social Studies: Identify and understand the geography of Georgia, learn the historical events and contributions of Georgia, understand the government of Georgia, and learn the economic impact of Georgia; physical geography of Georgia; Georgia’s role in American Revolution, statehood, Indian lands, Antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction; political, social, and economic changes in the New South, Georgia during WWI and WWII, modern Georgia, Civil Rights; government/citizenship, state and local government; projects: pictures of historical markers; write and present a play of the found of Georgia; make tourism brochure of one of the major cities; dress-up and present power point of a famous Georgian.

Science: Organize information; think critically; practice scientific processes; predict, interpret, and apply data; study of Physical Science. Students will study and master the following: understanding of Physical Science; matter, elements, and periodic table; atoms and bonding; chemical reactions; acids, bases, and solutions; carbon chemistry; sound and light; characteristics of waves and electromagnetic spectrum, electricity and magnetism; motion; metric review; forces; forces in fluid; work and machines; energy and heat.

Music: Students will participate in music activities that will help them recognize and understand the elements of music. Objectives: recognize rhythm, melody, tone color, form, and harmony; participate in singing activities that lead to identification of pitch; use tools for writing and reading music; use music skills in performance experiences; recognize works of famous composers; and show understanding of history.

Art: Learn to develop abstract thinking through three dimensional projects; study the life and artwork of famous artists; learn art in different forms and different cultures; introduced to poster art (using balance, space, and emphasis); introduction to surrealism.

Spanish: To give students a positive Spanish language experience that will enhance their high school Spanish learning and put them on the path to fluency; more emphasis on culture and learning vocabulary in context and less emphasis on the grammatical component.

Physical Education: Students will be introduced to concepts for personal development in health related fitness and physical skills. These skills include cardiovascular exercise, body composition, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Students will develop physical and health related fitness skills through participation in individual and field activities. Students will participate in Physical Fitness daily.


Elementary School

  • ✓ The Flint River Academy lower school consists of pre-Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. FRA is dedicated to a safe and nurturing environment.

  • ✓ Small class sizes allowing for personal interaction among teachers, students, and parents

  • ✓ Child-centered classrooms where students are challenged independently, in small groups, and as a whole class

  • ✓ Traditional classroom activities in language arts, math, science, social studies, and handwriting that are supplemented with hands on experiences

  • ✓ Creating independent thinkers and critical problem solvers

  • ✓ Enrichment in art, music, media skills, Spanish, keyboarding and technology, and physical education

  • ✓ An after-care program is available Monday through Friday from 3:00 until 6:00 pm for our Pre-Kindergarten students through Fourth grades for an additional fee.

  • ✓ Electives: Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, and Technology

  • ✓ MS Athletics: Basketball, Football, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Cheer, Golf, Track

  • ✓ National Junior Honor Society


FRA Quick Facts

  • ✓ Instruction available for 3K through 12th grades

  • ✓ Optimal student-teacher ratio average of 12:1

  • ✓ Established bus routes serving Coweta, Meriwether and Pike Counties

  • ✓ Acclaimed Fine Arts Program

  • ✓ Winning tradition in academic competitions

  • ✓ After school programs

  • ✓ Freshly prepared breakfasts and lunches daily

  • ✓ Flexible tuition payment options and FACTS Tuition

  • ✓ Georgia's Qualified Education Expense Tax Credit Program

  • ✓ Apogee benefits

  • ✓ Families currently are enrolled from Coweta, Harris, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Talbot, Troup, and Upson Counties

  • ✓ 46% of 7th-9th graders are members of the National Junior Honor Society

  • ✓ 25% of 10th -12th graders are members of the National Honor Society

  • ✓ Twenty members of the 2015 graduating class received over $352,340 in combined scholarship monies with three earning the Zell (full tuition) and ten earning HOPE

  • ✓ Advanced Placement and Honors Classes offered as well as Dual Enrollment in college

  • ✓ 71% of graduates over the last five years qualified for HOPE: 65% in 2015, 88% in 2014, 88% in 2013, 57% in 2012, and 57% in 2011

  • ✓ Over the last five years, 1st – 8th graders score two to three grades higher on the ITBS than national and state averages

  • ✓ Average SAT score is 1500, average ACT score is 21.5

  • ✓ Graduating seniors exceed state and national averages on SAT and ACT

  • ✓ Over the last five years 9th-11th grades have scored above the state and national averages on PSAT