6th - 8th Grade
Our faculty operates under the assumption that every student will graduate from FBA and attend college.
The process of preparing a student for success at the college level begins in the preschool. We are committed to excellence at every level of our PreK 3-12 grades. All grades are fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
First Baptist Academy is a college preparatory school. The academic classes, at all levels, are designed to provide each student with the content and mental challenge needed for consistent academic growth.
Nationally recognized achievement tests are administered to our students annually as well as periodic assessment of each students school ability index. This information provides the school with an accurate picture of where each student is academically and also provides a template for the current school year. The results from these tests are reviewed and analyzed by faculty and administration to insure academic progress.
The faculty also, by department, annually completes a State of the Subject report.
This report looks at the major subject areas (Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Bible as well as Related Arts) and identifies the progress, needs and goals for that subject for the current school year. FBA is committed to consistent improvement in all areas of academics on an annual basis.
In addition to our rigorous academics, students are also trained in Biblical worldview so they can articulate with clarity and conviction what they believe and why they believe it.
The Middle School Experience at First Baptist Academy
Above the Line
Serving the Community
Middle school students serve the community at The Pregnancy Resource Center, St. Matthew’s House, Florida Baptist Children’s Home, and Harbor Chase
Middle school students have an opportunity to take Band, Strings or Choir, and participate in Public Performances including the annual drama performance.
Middle School students are featured speakers in end of the year chapels. They make presentations in apologetics, biblical worldview, bioethical issues, and our American Heritage.
Middle school students are trained in conflict resolution skills. Real, right relationships are the focus of middle school life.
Leigh Anne Bates
Principal of Middle and High School
Leigh Anne Bates has been FBA’s Upper School Principal since 2011. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Dickinson College, and a Masters Degree in educational administration from Northern Illinois University.
Principal Bates previously served as Assistant Principal and Principal of Rockford Christian Middle and High School, and has years of experience teaching middle and high school history. She is certified as an administrator through ACSI, and she holds a state of Illinois Type 75 administrative certificate and teaching certificate, as well as a State of Florida certificate in Educational Leadership.
Assistant Principal of Middle and High School
Billy “Fish” Fisher is a native of Illinois but spent most of his life in the Carolinas. For the past 13 years, he has been working in Kingdom education in several different locations around the world.
Billy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible & Bible Teaching from Columbia International University in 2005. He returned in 2014-2015 to complete a Master of Education in Educational Administration and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. He is currently completing his PhD in Educational Leadership through CIU. Billy will be starting his 2nd year with FBA for the 2020-2021 academic year.
WHAT PARENTS SAY
"My son and I are truly blessed to be part of FBA and FBCN. I have seen my 'only' child grow with Jesus in his heart, and his knowledge of the 'truth' is part of his every day life. My son would not be who he is today if it were not for the amazing pastoral guidance, administration, and teachers at FBA. My son started in the sixth grade at FBA, and is going to be a senior at FBA next school year. As his mother, I am so very proud of him, and I know it is because of the excellent guidance, spiritual wisdom, and knowledge of the administrators and teachers to be able to incorporate a godly view along with subject area content."
— Ms. Stover