FRA Upper SCHOOL


FRA's Upper School provides a dynamic college-preparatory curriculum in the tradition of the Liberal Arts, emphasizing breadth and depth of study across a range of disciplines and providing unique opportunities for advanced courses and independent study.

The upper school is informed by a philosophy that puts students at the center of their learning in a dynamic environment where they are challenged to think critically and engage actively in their own education. While preparation for college is central, the mission of the upper school is to lead students to become thoughtful citizens who are responsible to and respectful of themselves and others.

A vital part of the school’s mission is to promote individuals of personal integrity and character who take responsibility for the quality of their own lives and who recognize that they are part of a global community. Beyond its academic goals consistent with a college preparatory education, the faculty is committed to supporting students who will be poised for success yet able to cope with difficulties; will recognize the importance of inter-dependence as well as independence, of cooperation was well as competition; and will choose to move toward a higher vision of what they can accomplish in their lives.

Flint River Academy is dedicated to the expectation that graduates be able to read and write as critical thinkers, with writing skills that are concise, expressive, analytical and persuasive. Graduates are expected to be solid oral communicators as well, and to be active listeners who recognize the value of observation and serious use of both logic and creativity.


2016/2017 High School Course Offerings

Please note class offerings will be determined by both students’ need, class size, and staff availability. Some classes may only be offered on a rotating basis.


FRA Graduation Requirements





9th Grade Freshmen Courses


Physical Science

Physical Science is the study of matter and energy. This course will be split into two different sections. The first section is Physics. The Physics portion of this class will allow students to gain a better understanding of energy, motion, acceleration, momentum, work, and simple machines. The Chemistry section will allow students to gain a better understanding of matter, substances, interactions of matter, waves, light, sound, electricity, and energy resources.


Algebra II

This discipline complements and expands the mathematical content and concepts of Algebra I. Students who master Algebra II will gain experience with algebraic solutions of problems in various content areas, including the solution of systems of quadratic equations, logarithmic and exponential functions, the binomial theorem, and the complex number system. Prerequisite: Algebra I.


OR
Advanced Algebra II

Algebra II Honors Math is a one year course. Included in this will be a brief review of Algebra I and fundamental concepts of the real number system. Much time will be spent in areas of trigonometry, analytical geometry, and logarithms preparing the student for calculus. Other topics will include functions, polynomials, sequences, systems of equations, matrices, counting principles, and probability.


9th Grade English – World Literature

This course is designed to introduce freshman students to the history of literature through a chronological study to 1900. Pieces of literature will be chosen from different areas of the world, making this a comprehensive study of literature and non-fiction. Students will read poetry, novels, plays, and short stories. This course will also focus on a comprehensive study of grammar and writing.


OR
9th Grade Advanced English – World Literature

This course is designed to introduce freshman students to the history of literature through a chronological study to 1900. Pieces of literature will be chosen from different areas of the world, making this a comprehensive study of literature and non-fiction. This course will also focus on a comprehensive study of grammar and writing. As an advanced course, it will move at a quicker pace and will involve more independent reading and writing, as well as in-class timed writing assignments. Additionally, grading will be based on a higher standard. Acceptance into this course will be based on ITBS scores, 8th grade English grades, and teacher recommendation. This class is a precursor for Advanced English 10 and the Advanced Placement courses in junior and senior years.


World History

Freshmen will study the history of the world from ancient civilizations to modern times. Students will be responsible for daily text readings and learning the geography of the regions being studied. Additionally, students will be expected to select articles from various media that relate current world events to those regions and the history covered in the text. Students will be responsible for a family history project, as well as other projects, that will require the use of the internet.


Art – C Harper & Music

This is a joint fine arts class combined with music and art to satisfy the fine arts requirement. The art portion of this course is a general class designed to introduce the student to a variety of art materials, mediums, and art styles. The music section of this course is geared towards music appreciation. Students will learn about music history along with the history of fine arts.

Work will be turned in weekly and grades are given for neatness and understanding of project concept. Students are not graded solely on their music/artistic talent.


Choraliers

This choir represents the top vocalists at FRA. The course will focus on sight-reading, the St Olaf style of choral tone production, melodic intonation vs. harmonic intonation, and advanced vocal techniques as demonstrated in traditional genres seen throughout the western European history. Students will also learn harmonic theory, Latin musical terms, and world music history. Performing is required. Performances may include: nursing homes, a Christmas concert, church visits, literary competition, and a spring concert. Prerequisite—prior vocal experience.


Technology

The goal of this required course is to provide 9th grade students with a working understanding of communication tools, research techniques, terminology, and technology. The impact of technology and communications will be explored from a personal, academic, and professional perspective. Competency will be developed in the areas of oral and written communications, interpersonal skills, and the use of technology in the academic setting. Students will explore the legal, moral, and ethical implications of technological connectivity. Assignments will frequently link to requirements in Science, English, and History. Students will complete presentations, research, papers, current events, and programming.


Physical Education and Health

This required course introduces concepts for personal development in health related fitness and physical skills. These skills include cardiovascular exercise, body composition, strength, endurance, and flexibility which will be the basis for the four-year physical education program. Students will develop physical and health related fitness skills through participation in individual, field activities and health education. Grading is based on daily dress-out and participation.


Weight Training & Conditioning Education

This class is designed for the student who enjoys physical activity and wishes to increase their strength and overall fitness. The student will be expected to understand and practice a certain level of knowledge of the body, kinesiology, exercise physiology and nutrition. Grading is based upon daily dress-out and participation. Prerequisite: 9th grade PE/Health.




10th Grade Sophomore Courses


Biology

This course will focus on enhancing the student’s knowledge and understanding of life, the structure and function of organisms, and the relationships that exists between all living things. The student will learn to solve problems, answer questions, and gain new information by way of scientific method and proper laboratory/research procedures. Laboratory activities will be completed for each chapter to enhance knowledge of content. Students will complete at least one formal lab report during the year. Prerequisite: Physical Science.


Geometry

The geometry skills and concepts developed in this discipline are useful to all students. Aside from learning these skills and concepts, students will develop their ability to construct formal, logical arguments and proofs in geometric settings and problems.


OR
Advanced Geometry

In addition to the material covered in geometry as listed above, the last nine weeks is devoted to an extensive review of trigonometry and areas of algebra II needed for pre-calculus and calculus. This allows for the beginning of AP calculus during the second semester of Pre-Calculus.


English- British Literature

This is a comprehensive, chronological study of British Literature beginning with the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Periods and moving through the Post World War II Era. As with the 9th grade class, a variety of authors and literary genres will be studied. Special emphasis will be placed on the Renaissance, the Romantic and the Victorian time periods. The writing component in this class will focus on the essay in order to prepare students for the SAT.


OR
Advanced English – British Literature

This class parallels the standard 10th grade class in terms of content; however, this class is designed as a Pre-AP class. Briefly, students will read some of the earliest known British works; however, the majority of time will be spent reading works from the mid-1500s through more modern writings. Writings from these particular time periods are used by the College Board on the AP Literature exam. This class will concentrate heavily on literary analysis, in particular the close read. Students will learn and practice this skill of interpreting the writing style of the author and how it impacts what is said. The writing component of this class will be the rhetorical analysis essay. This class is the precursor for AP Literature as a junior. Acceptance into this class is based on PSAT scores, 9th grade English grade and teacher recommendation.


Government

This course will provide students with a basic foundation in the field of U.S. Government. It will cover topics in constitutional underpinnings of government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties and interest groups, institutions of national government, public policy, and civil liberties and rights.


OR
AP U.S. Government and Politics

This is a college level course that covers American government and its political process. The purpose of this course is to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement exam. The course is taught at college level and requires reading and preparation. Students will develop a critical understanding of the American government, political system, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.


Spanish I

This course is the first in a series of courses that satisfy the foreign language requirement for entrance to a university. Spanish I language focuses on the development of communicative competence in Spanish and understanding of the culture(s) of the people who speak the language. It assumes that the student has minimal or no prior knowledge of the language and culture.


**Advanced Art

This class is a continuation of general art with more concentration on acrylic and water color painting and painting with pastels. Students will work at an advanced level of drawing and painting. For those students who wish to pursue a career in art, this class serves as a portfolio building class. Your portfolio will be suitable for a college entrance review. Projects are graded every Monday for progress or completion. No late work is accepted.


**Choraliers

This choir represents the top vocalists at FRA. This course will focus on sight-reading, the St Olaf style of choral tone production, melodic intonation vs. harmonic intonation, and advanced vocal techniques as demonstrated in traditional genres seen throughout t western European history. Students will also learn harmonic theory, Latin musical terms, and world music history. Performing is required. Performances may include: nursing homes, a Christmas concert, church visits, literary competition, and a spring concert. Prerequisite—prior vocal experience.


Speech and SAT Prep

The introductory speech and SAT preparatory class is a requirement for all 10th grade students. The class introduces the students to the various avenues of public speaking and will also help to refine the student’s public speaking and presentation skills. The students will be required to give several speeches every nine weeks and periodically will have tests covering information from their textbooks as well. The SAT preparatory section will serve as a supplement to the speech section and will prepare the students for the SAT in the area of English.


**Yearbook

The yearbook is more than an annual history book that chronicles the life of FRA students; it is the result of the staff's creativity and personality. Students develop skills in leadership, journalism, photography, creative design, layout, and writing. Students are expected to plan the theme and layout, design pages, photograph events, and write/edit/revise the text of each page while under the constraints of a deadline. Meeting deadlines requires staying after school and homework. Since computers are the production tool, the understanding and use of technology is important. Students understand the role and responsibility of each staff member, and they also understand the importance of teamwork. Teacher recommendation is required, and the adviser seeks students who are "go-getters": self-motivated, responsible, able to write well, and able to perform independently and effectively under "deadline stress. “This class is limited to a maximum of 8 students.


**Introduction to Computer Science

Course Description: The goal of this course is to provide students with a foundation of computer science and basic programming. Topics will be taught emphasizing STEM domains and will include, but are not limited to: data types, variables, and arithmetic operations, strings, arrays, streams and files, graphics, and methods and construction. Once students complete the CodeHS Introduction to Computer Science course, they will have learned material equivalent to a semester college introductory course in Computer Science and be able to program in JavaScript.


**Life Fitness

This course focuses on personal health with emphasis on health related fitness. Students engage in fitness activities based on their fitness level. A variety of fitness skills, individual and field activities will promote the development of lifetime fitness leisure skills. Daily dress-out and participation is required. Prerequisite: 9th grade PE/Health.


**Weight Training & Conditioning Education

This class is designed for the student who enjoys physical activity and wishes to increase their strength and overall fitness. The student will be expected to understand and practice a certain level of knowledge of the body, kinesiology, exercise physiology and nutrition. Grading is based upon daily dress-out and participation. Prerequisite: 9th grade PE/Health.




11th Grade Junior Courses


Human Anatomy & Physiology

Students will analyze anatomical structures in relation to their physiological function. They will gain new information and develop reasonable scientific explanations by way of inquiry, observation, measurement, data collection and analysis, use of scientific method, and proper laboratory procedures. Students will also pull meaning from technical texts, and use content and contextual vocabulary to communicate their investigations and conclusions clearly. Prerequisite: Biology.


Chemistry

This is an advanced science course that studies the materials that make up the universe and the changes these materials undergo. Chemistry is largely an experimental science; therefore, work in the laboratory is strongly emphasized. Laboratory activities are used to enhance knowledge of content, improve lab and critical thinking skills. Students are required to keep a class notebook and possess a scientific graphing calculator. This is a required course. Prerequisites: Physical Science, Biology, Algebra


Algebra III

Algebra III is the fourth course in a sequence of required math courses designed to ensure career and college readiness. In this course, students will pull together and apply the accumulation of learning that they have from their previous courses. Students will study real world applications of conics sections. They will apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data. Students will be challenged to develop 21st century skills, such as critical thinking and creative problem solving. Prerequisite Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus


OR
Advanced Pre-Calculus

This is an accelerated class that will cover all of pre-calculus by the end of the first semester. This will allow students time to learn derivatives, integrals, and limits in preparation for AP Calculus. Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra II/Trigonometry.


English – American Literature

This is a literature-based class that parallels the American History class taught at Flint River Academy. In order to appreciate American Literature, we must first appreciate and understand her history. Therefore, this is a chronological look at the history of American through the writings. This predominately-based fiction class focuses mainly on the novel and the play, with lesser emphasis given to the short story and poetry.


OR
English/AP Literature

Our AP English Literature and Composition course for juniors requires that students read and critically analyze great works of literature from various genres. Students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. Students will study a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone. The volume of work required for this class is far more demanding than the standard 11th grade class. Students are required to take the AP exam in early May. This three hour exam is administered on our campus. Acceptance into this class is based on the grade from the 10th grade Advanced English class, PSAT scores, and teacher recommendation.

OR
English Composition I & II (Dual Enrollment)

This is an online college level course that will serve for both a high school English credit and a college English credit. Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize and identify appropriate topics for presentation in writing. Students will also synthesize and logically arrange written presentations. Prerequisite: 3.0 Core GPA and attain a score of at least 970 on the critical reading and math portions of the SAT for the University of West GA. Minimum SAT scores of 450 on the critical reading and 440 for math are required for West GA Technical College.


U.S. History II/ Government

This is a divided course, U.S. History II will be taught during the first semester and Government will be taught during the second semester of the 2015-2016 school year. The U.S. History II portion is the second part of a two – year course covering the Civil War Reconstruction era through modern day. Students will be given weekly text reading assignments, vocabulary, and activities that will reinforce the text book materials. Government will provide students with a basic foundation in the field of U.S. Government. This course will cover topics in constitutional underpinnings of government, political beliefs and behaviors, institutions of national government, and civil liberties and rights.


Spanish II

Spanish II is the second in a series of courses that satisfy the foreign language requirement for entrance to a university. A passing grade in Spanish I is a prerequisite for Spanish II. This course is taught in compliance with the Georgia Department of Education Performance Standards.


**Advanced Art

This class is a continuation of general art with more concentration on acrylic and water color painting and painting with pastels. Students will work at an advanced level of drawing and painting. For those students who wish to pursue a career in art, this class serves as a portfolio building class. Your portfolio will be suitable for a college entrance review. Projects are graded every Monday for progress or completion. No late work is accepted.


**Humanities

Humanities is a college preparatory course designed to expose students to the study of human culture. It is world history taught chronologically studying the great civilizations of mankind and mankind's contributions in art, music, literature, architecture, theatre, philosophy, religion, and politics. The course is taught using text, visual aids, video, audio, lectures and field trips. Creative projects and cultural visits are required.


**Choraliers

This choir represents the top vocalists at FRA. This course will focus on sight-reading, the St Olaf style of choral tone production, melodic intonation vs. harmonic intonation, and advanced vocal techniques as demonstrated in traditional genres seen throughout t western European history. Students will also learn harmonic theory, Latin musical terms, and world music history. Performing is required. Performances may include: nursing homes, a Christmas concert, church visits, and literary competition. Prerequisite—prior vocal experience.


**Yearbook

The yearbook is more than an annual history book that chronicles the life of FRA students; it is the result of the staff's creativity and personality. Students develop skills in leadership, journalism, photography, creative design, layout, and writing. Students are expected to plan the theme and layout, design pages, photograph events, and write/edit/revise the text of each page while under the constraints of a deadline. Meeting deadlines requires staying after school and homework. Since computers are the production tool, the understanding and use of technology is important. Students understand the role and responsibility of each staff member, and they also understand the importance of teamwork. Teacher recommendation is required, and the adviser seeks students who are "go-getters": self-motivated, responsible, able to write well, and able to perform independently and effectively under "deadline stress." This class is limited to a maximum of 8 students.


**Introduction to Computer Science

Course Description: The goal of this course is to provide students with a foundation of computer science and basic programming. Topics will be taught emphasizing STEM domains and will include, but are not limited to: data types, variables, and arithmetic operations, strings, arrays, streams and files, graphics, and methods and construction. Once students complete the CodeHS Introduction to Computer Science course, they will have learned material equivalent to a semester college introductory course in Computer Science and be able to program in JavaScript.


**Life Fitness

This course focuses on personal health with emphasis on health related fitness. Students engage in fitness activities based on their fitness level. A variety of fitness skills, individual and field activities will promote the development of lifetime fitness leisure skills. Daily dress-out and participation is required. Prerequisite: 9th grade PE/Health


**Weight Training & Conditioning Education

This class is designed for the student who enjoys physical activity and wishes to increase their strength and overall fitness. The student will be expected to understand and practice a certain level of knowledge of the body, kinesiology, exercise physiology and nutrition. Grading is based upon daily dress-out and participation. Prerequisite: 9th grade PE/Health.






12th Grade Senior Courses


Human Anatomy & Physiology

Students will analyze anatomical structures in relation to their physiological function. They will gain new information and develop reasonable scientific explanations by way of inquiry, observation, measurement, data collection and analysis, use of scientific method, and proper laboratory procedures. Students will also pull meaning from technical texts, and use content and contextual vocabulary to communicate their investigations and conclusions clearly. Prerequisite: Biology.


Physics

This is an advanced science course that studies the nature of matter and energy and how they are related. Physicists search for explanations that describe phenomena in order to better understand the universe. Prerequisite: Physical Science and Chemistry


Pre-Calculus

This course is the fifth course in a sequence of required math courses designed to ensure career and college readiness. This course is designed to prepare students for Calculus and other college level mathematics courses. Pre-calculus is a culmination of learning from previous courses, including Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Statistics. Students are challenged to develop 21st century skills, such as critical thinking and creative problem solving. Prerequisite: Algebra III


OR
Calculus

Calculus at FRA is presented with the same level of depth and rigor as are entry level college and university calculus courses. The standards outline a complete college curriculum in one variable calculus. Calculus is a widely applied area of mathematics and involves a beautiful intrinsic theory. Students mastering this content will be exposed to both aspects of the subject. Prerequisite: Advanced Pre-Calculus.


OR
AP Calculus

This is equal to a one semester college course. It is designed for the mathematically gifted high school student who is motivated to excel in this field. It will be a collaborative effort among students, teachers, parents and administration to provide intense preparation in a college level course. In following this rigorous curriculum it is hoped that some or all will be able to take the AP exam in May and earn college credit. The workload will be very challenging. Prerequisite: Advanced Pre-Calculus


English – Literature and Composition

This class has been especially designed for high school seniors to show the relevance of literature to the world today by integrating modern literature with the classics. In this class, traditional, classic literature from the literary canon is paired with current novels, plays and movies to draw parallels in terms of common themes, ideas and literary devices. It is essential that students be able to make a connection with a text, and this format aids them in this connection. Literary devices and elements have not changed, just writing styles and vocabulary. The writing component for this class consists of analysis of the texts, especially in terms of comparing and contrasting.


OR
English Composition I & II (Dual Enrollment)

This is an online college level course that will serve for both a high school English credit and a college English credit. Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize and identify appropriate topics for presentation in writing. Students will also synthesize and logically arrange written presentations. Prerequisite: 3.0 Core GPA and attain a score of at least 970 on the critical reading and math portions of the SAT for the University of West GA. Minimum SAT scores of 450 on the critical reading and 440 for math are required for West GA Technical College.


American Government & Economics

Seniors will begin with the foundation of the U.S. governmental system and will learn about the organization of our country’s government under the framework of the U.S. Constitution. Study will require knowledge and understanding of the Constitution as well as an exploration of major laws and court cases that have impacted the role of the U.S. government. Second Semester, the course’s focus will shift to economic concepts. The course will cover basic economic principles and how they apply to different economic systems, and will also focus on the American economy and the role our government plays in the country’s economic system.


**Advanced Art

This class is a continuation of general art with more concentration on acrylic and water color painting and painting with pastels. Students will work at an advanced level of drawing and painting. For those students who wish to pursue a career in art, this class serves as a portfolio building class. Your portfolio will be suitable for a college entrance review. Projects are graded every Monday for progress or completion. No late work is accepted.


**Humanities

Humanities is a college preparatory course designed to expose students to a wide variety of subject matter. The course will cover but is not limited to: art history, music history, ancient history, church history, world cultures, mythology, astronomy, etiquette, Latin, opera, theatre and architecture. The course is taught using text, visual aids, video, audio, lectures and field trips.


**Choraliers

This choir represents the top vocalists at FRA. This course will focus on sight-reading, the St Olaf style of choral tone production, melodic intonation vs. harmonic intonation, and advanced vocal techniques as demonstrated in traditional genres seen throughout t western European history. Students will also learn harmonic theory, Latin musical terms, and world music history. Performing is required. Performances may include: nursing homes, a Christmas concert, church visits, literary competition, and a spring concert. Prerequisite—prior vocal experience.


**Yearbook

The yearbook is more than an annual history book that chronicles the life of FRA students; it is the result of the staff's creativity and personality. Students develop skills in leadership, journalism, photography, creative design, layout, and writing. Students are expected to plan the theme and layout, design pages, photograph events, and write/edit/revise the text of each page while under the constraints of a deadline. Meeting deadlines requires staying after school and homework. Since computers are the production tool, the understanding and use of technology is important. Students understand the role and responsibility of each staff member, and they also understand the importance of teamwork. Teacher recommendation is required, and the adviser seeks students who are "go-getters": self-motivated, responsible, able to write well, and able to perform independently and effectively under "deadline stress." This class is limited to a maximum of 8 students.


**Introduction to Computer Science

Course Description: The goal of this course is to provide students with a foundation of computer science and basic programming. Topics will be taught emphasizing STEM domains and will include, but are not limited to: data types, variables, and arithmetic operations, strings, arrays, streams and files, graphics, and methods and construction. Once students complete the CodeHS Introduction to Computer Science course, they will have learned material equivalent to a semester college introductory course in Computer Science and be able to program in JavaScript.


**Life Fitness

This course focuses on personal health with emphasis on health related fitness. Students engage in fitness activities based on their fitness level. A variety of fitness skills, individual and field activities will promote the development of lifetime fitness leisure skills. Daily dress-out and participation is required. Prerequisite: 9th grade PE/Health


**Weight Training & Conditioning Education

This class is designed for the student who enjoys physical activity and wishes to increase their strength and overall fitness. The student will be expected to understand and practice a certain level of knowledge of the body, kinesiology, exercise physiology and nutrition. Grading is based upon daily dress-out and participation. Prerequisite: 9th grade PE/Health.





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