What are the hours school is in session? Pre-kindergarten, age 3, attend from 8:00-12:00. Pre-kindergarten, age 4, attend from 8:00-12:00 or 8:30-3:00. Kindergarten through grades 5 attend from 8:00-3:00. Grades 6 through 12 attend from 8:00-3:15.
Do you have a before and after school program? We supervise students before school from 7:30-8:00. After-school care is offered from 3:15-5:30 for PK-8th. There is a minimum use requirement of three afternoons a week at a cost of $45/wk. Thereafter, there is a charge of an hourly rate of $6/hr.
Do you have a dress code? Yes, FBA requires uniforms in grades K5-8. We currently use Risse Brothers as our exclusive supplier and all uniforms are purchased from this company. Please refer to the Parent/Student Handbookfor more information.
What curriculum do you currently use? Materials and textbooks are selected to provide the classroom teacher with the best tools available to accomplish the task of equipping the next generation to lead in the Kingdom of God. We utilize texts from a variety of sources and present all content from a Christian perspective to promote the development of biblical worldview in the minds of the students at FBA. To view a current list of textbooks for each grade level please visit our link. Current list of Textbooks
Is standardized testing administered at FBA? In the spring of each year students in grades K through 10 are administered a nationally recognized and normed achievement test. The PSAT and PLAN will be administered to grade 10 in the fall. Other standardized tests may also be administered. Results of these tests are made available to parents.
Are your teachers certified? Yes, teachers are certified by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and may also hold a state teaching certificate.
Is your school accredited? Yes. We have been granted a full 5-year term of accreditation from the Association of Christian Schools International for grades Pre-Kindergarten-12. First Baptist Academy is also recognized and accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) for grades K-12.
Do you offer extra-curricular activities? Opportunities to enhance the program in Middle School and High School include participation in visual and performing arts, and athletic teams for football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, golf, cross-country, and cheerleading. Students may also represent the school through Student Council and other leadership opportunities and ACSI events.
Elementary students participate in drama performances and in ACSI events annually.
Do you serve hot lunches? A lunch program is offered to students for an additional fee or students may bring a lunch. Lunch menus are published monthly. No refrigeration is provided for students bringing their lunch.
What is the size of your current student body? Our current student body consists of 510 students.
Do you provide transportation? No, we currently do not provide transportation to and from school. We do provide transportation for classroom field trips.
What is your teacher/student ratio? There is a maximum class size designated for each grade level. PK3 has a class size of 15 students. PK4 has a class size of 15 students. K5 has a class size of 20 students. There is an aide assigned to each of the PK and K5 classes. We currently maintain an average class size of 19 students per class in grades 1-12. Our maximum class size may not exceed 24 students in grades 1 through 11.
How old must my child be to begin Kindergarten? Students applying for Kindergarten must have reached age 5 by September 1 before they may enter our classes. This conforms to Collier County entry requirements.
Must one be a Baptist to attend your Academy? There are approximately 60 different churches of several denominations represented at FBA. Our faith is expressed through the belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, in the inerrancy of the Scripture, and that there is only one true, living, sovereign, holy and eternally existent God as expressed on our Statement of Faith. We require that at least one parent/guardian be a born again Christian, but not exclusively Baptist.