Educational research continues to point to smaller student/teacher ratio as a critical factor in the success and quality of a child’s education. FSA’s maximum student/teacher ratio is 7:1 in classrooms where 3-year-olds learn, 9:1 in classrooms where 4-year-olds learn, 11:1 in classrooms where 5-year-olds learn, 13:1 in other elementary classrooms. In middle school, where one teacher leads the class, the maximum number of students in class is 16.
What are the hours of the school day?
Elementary school and preschool (PreK3) students may be dropped off as early as 7:45 am and start their day at 8:15 am. Middle school students also may arrive at 7:45 am and start class at 8:00 am. All students dismiss at 3:15 pm. We also offer an Aftercare Program, billed by the day, from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. In addition, there are wide-ranging Afterschool Clubs for an additional fee. For information about Aftercare and Afterschool Clubs, see the Program section of the website.
Is FSA accredited?
FSA has a dual accreditation through the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
What is the difference between an independent school and a private school?
While the two terms are usually treated as synonyms, there is a subtle distinction regarding the governing structure of each. Both independent schools and private schools do not receive any public funding. An independent school, however, has an independent governing board and is completely self-funded through tuition, donations and other sources of revenue. A private school is often affiliated and funded at least in part by another entity such as a church, synagogue or mosque or even a for-profit organization. FSA is an independent school.
What is FSA’s policy on nondiscrimination?
The Friends School of Atlanta will admit students of any color, ethnicity, family structure, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School.
FSA will not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability or handicap, ethnicity, family structure, gender, gender identity, race, religion or sexual orientation in the administration of its policies, including hiring, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs.
What is the ethnic background of FSA’s students?
FSA, which was founded as a model of diversity, has from 35 to 50 percent of students of color in any given year.
Does FSA have a dress code or require uniforms?
Two tenets of a Friends education, simplicity and community, should be considered in dressing students for school. Please help students avoid dressing to show off or to compete with others. Slogans and characters on clothing should also avoid what might be offensive, divisive or violent.
What foreign languages are taught?
Pre-K through second grade students attend Spanish classes once per week. Third through fifth grade students attend Spanish classes twice per week. Sixth graders attend Classical Roots class twice per week. Seventh graders have a choice between Spanish and Latin; this choice is carried over into their eighth grade year. Seventh and eighth graders attend foreign language classes four times per week as an academic core subject.
What extra-curricular activities are offered?
Afterschool Clubs offer a wide range of activities such as yoga, drama, sports, piano and art. They run 3:15pm–4:30pm one day per week. Students may sign up for up to five clubs, each on a different day of the week. Middle school students may also sign up to play on a sports team such as basketball or Ultimate Frisbee.
Does FSA have any job openings?
If you are interested in job opportunities, please submit your résumé and area of interest to Waman French, Head of School. Please submit your résumé via email ([email protected]) or regular mail (862 Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030). No phone calls, please.