The co-curricular program allows The Friends School of Atlanta to extend and enhance our offerings for a progressive, well-rounded liberal arts education, with special emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) curricula. For detailed information on our co-curricular offerings, called Speicials, please see our Specials Curriculum Guide.
FSA’s co-curricular classes are designed to nurture the mind, body and spirit, with weekly or bi-weekly sessions in:
Innovation Lab features student-led projects designed to solve problems through invention and innovation to make the world a better place. The students have the ideas. The instructor provides the guidance, materials, tools and equipment (like our 3D Printer) for students to bring their ideas to life. Some projects are successful and some fail, but if they fail, they always fail forward! Click here to watch our young innovators in action.
Library and Media Arts
Whether young students are discovering the joy of checking out their very own books or older students are gaining essential skills in keyboarding, research and digital citizenship, FSA’s library and media arts program helps prepare students to be thoughtful, productive and responsible seekers of knowledge in a range of media.
Spanish and Latin
FSA offers Spanish language instruction to all students from PreK through 6th grade as a weekly or biweekly co-curricular class. Instruction focuses on vocabulary and grammar as well as the culture, history and geography of countries where Spanish is spoken. In the 7th and 8th grades, students may choose between Spanish and Latin, and foreign language instruction becomes a daily part of the core curriculum.
The Visual Arts program inspires students to heights of artistic expression and mastery they didn’t know they could reach! Incorporating both two-dimensional and three-dimensional elements in their work, students use a growing base of knowledge and skill to experiment with and practice multi-faceted techniques in highly varied and creative ways.
Music and Movement
The FSA elementary music program is based on the philosophies of Orff Schulwerk, where. students participate in music using their voices, bodies and minds to explore, experience and understand musical concepts. The use of poetry, songs, games, movement, and dance are tools for exploration, and teaching basic music concepts.
The middle school creative dramatics program offers students an opportunity to explore and stretch their acting ability, learn how to more fully develop characters and build a deeper understanding of the world through basic stagecraft and cooperative storytelling.
FSA’s focus on whole person education places health directly at the center of what we do, emphasizing the integration of physical, cognitive, emotional and moral growth and development. Using Health Promotion Wave (HPW), a national, research-based, K-12 health curriculum with the ultimate goal of health literacy for all children, FSA seeks to ensure that all children learn how to make responsible, safe and healthful choices throughout their lives.
In the physical education program, students participate and practice a wide variety of age-appropriate sports and exercises to improve their fitness, skills and enjoyment. Activities emphasize health-related fitness and promote such other physical education outcomes as developing movement and motor skills, acquiring active living habits and fine tuning personal and social skills and cooperation.
In addition to introducing various sports through the physical education program, FSA offers middle schoolers the opportunity to play such games as floor hockey and volleyball and to compete with other schools on basketball and ultimate frisbee teams. Go Quakes!