May 4, 2010 > Fremont Christian School introduces new facilities
Fremont Christian School introduces new facilities
By Alissa Gwynn
Photos By courtesy of Laura Johnson
In today's sour economic state, "budget cuts," "increased class sizes," and "paycheck cuts" are painfully common in California public schools. However, among the gloom, Fremont Christian School (FCS) is flourishing. With the introduction of a biotechnology program and accompanying science laboratories, new artificial turf for the two FCS fields and a myriad of new buildings, FCS is continuing to provide its students with top-notch resources and facilities.
Fremont Christian School consists of a preschool, elementary school and secondary school for grades 7-12. Its mission is to "partner with the families to build tomorrow, today, by providing a learning environment in which students will be equipped to grow continually in mind, body, spirit and community following Christ's example."
"Whenever we are seeking to make school improvements, we look at how we can best spend our limited funds to improve teaching and learning on our campus," says Dr. Tricia Meyer, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent-elect of Fremont Christian School. "All of these improvements are helping us do that in meaningful ways."
Thus, the idea for biotechnology courses was first suggested after two FCS teachers attended a regional science seminar. After the idea was approved, the $250,000 science laboratory investment was built. FCS's 200 high school students are able to participate in hands-on experiments every day in a "real-life" context in industry-like facilities that impress parents and visitors alike.
Similarly, the poor condition of the athletic fields was brought to the attention of the administration. Considering that the fields were difficult to maintain and often muddy during the winter months, FCS determined it would be in the best interests of their students to invest in artificial turf. Now field use is maximized year-round during recess, Physical Education classes, athletics, and other student activities.
And as if these two new facilities weren't enough, FCS is also currently working on two construction projects: a two-story building that will house 19 classrooms, a computer lab, and restrooms; and a choral room for the high school choir.
In addition to recent campus improvements, FCS provides its students with intimate classroom sizes and valuable teacher support. Meyer says, "At FCS, we also offer web-based access to daily homework assignments, course grades, course notes and handouts as well as easy email access to teachers. I believe parents find an enormous benefit in the kind of communication they get from our school."
FCS offers need-based financial assistance to students in Grades K-12, and has just begun a merit scholarship program for incoming freshmen.
Fremont Christian School
4760 Thornton Avenue, Fremont