Upper Division at FCS

FCS students in 2016 following the annual flour war at King's Mountain Camp.

FCS students in 2016 following the annual flour war at King’s Mountain Camp.

FCS Upper Division students kick off the school year at King’s Mountain Camp, where students are quickly able to develop deep and lasting relationships. Back in the classroom, students jump right into a typical Upper Division schedule. They have the privilege to begin regular attendance at Dr. Grant’s lectures, which are unlike any history lesson they could hear elsewhere. Dr. Grant weaves the ideas of the past, outlining clear lessons for us to learn, in order to know how to navigate the present and plan for the future. Students are given weekly opportunities (tests) to give them a chance to wrestle with the ideas and think them through. There is a significant amount of time spent in class helping them prepare and learn strategies for success. During the Block class, we intentionally discuss the Humanities lectures, connecting the ideas to other subject areas we discuss including Bible, Literature, and English as well as incorporating the current events of the day.

It is in the spirit of connecting ideas through integrated study that we offer Natural Philosophy lectures to compliment the Humanities lectures.  Students in grades 7-12 who are enrolled in math or science course attend these 30-minute lectures each Wednesday and Friday. The lectures explore math, science, engineering, and technology topics relevant to the upper division humanities era of study. Natural philosophy is the classical term for what would now be called physical science.  But its classical usage was perhaps a bit more broad, encompassing the study of mathematics, science, and philosophy.  It is this broad sense that FCS uses to mean the integrated study of mathematics, science, and moral philosophy through a biblical worldview lens.

Every student will learn to interact with major elements from their culture, identify the truth and lies, and then offer a biblical response that applies to their own life. Each quarter requires a poetry memorization project. During the fourth quarter, the Sophomore and Junior classes will spar in a debate over a topic relevant to the Humanities syllabus.

The FCS Senior year invites students to enjoy both the added level of freedom and the added level of responsibility that accompanies young adulthood. Seniors help maintain the Christian culture of the school and often create what becomes new school traditions. The academic year offers new challenge as well as new and meaningful rewards. For instance, as part of the Humanities/English Block, seniors participate in the Lectio Divina—a discipleship program of Bible study, prayer, and personal application—further equipping them to live a life of Christ-like virtue, meaning, and purpose in a fallen world. In addition, much of the year focuses on the senior thesis and oral defense—a truly life-changing process as seniors undertake intense study of topics linked to their personal giftings and callings and then defend their conclusions before a panel composed of their teachers and mentors. This experience strengthens not only their research, reasoning, and composition skills, but also trains them to exercise courage and perseverance, hones their public-speaking ability, and reveals the great rewards of diligence and walking in community.

The year ends with a variety of other celebrations as well, including the Junior-Senior Banquet; a trip to the University of Louisville library; Senior Chapel; their final high school athletic banquet, drama production, and yearbook party; graduation; and of course, the Senior trip to London and Cambridge, for which they receive .5 Honors Study Abroad credit. This trip is the capstone of their academic career at FCS, where all they have learned in books and lectures comes to life and seniors gain additional understanding and new vision of how their personal callings can impact culture for the cause of Christ.