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Academics

The academic program at Fuqua School is designed to respond to the needs of each student and emphasizes the development of individual strengths. Lower school students are diagnosed in the areas of reading and mathematics to determine appropriate instructional levels, and advance at their own pace without limits to that advancement (continuous-progress learning). The middle school provides both core courses and a variety of exploratory options and focuses on the social and emotional development of this age group. At the upper school level, a wide range of courses is available including advanced placement and honors options.

Fuqua School's comprehensive curriculum reflects rigorous academic standards and includes the Virginia Standards of Learning. It is frequently updated to respond to the changing needs of our student population and to ensure the inclusion of new skills and concepts.
  

Instructional Program

Fuqua School's instructional program is designed to respond to the needs of each student and emphasizes the development of individual strengths.  Its comprehensive curriculum (Performance Standards) includes competencies outlined in the Virginia Standards of Learning and those recognized as essential by other exemplary schools and school districts. The School uses alternative structures to ensure optimal learning and promote social and emotional growth.

The Lower School (pre-kindergarten through grade five) is multi-aged and emphasizes developmental practices. Classes consist of two age levels, and students typically remain with the same teacher for two years, increasing continuity of learning. Students are diagnosed in the areas of reading and mathematics to determine appropriate instructional levels and advance at their own pace without limits to that advancement (continuous-progress learing).  Art, music, media, computer, and physical education classes are provided weekly by specially trained teachers. These classes are scheduled in blocks of time to reduce fragmentation of the instructional day and to create planning time for classroom teachers. In addition, students visit the science lab weekly for hands-on experiences under the guidance of a science lab coordinator. The average class size is 17 students with a full-time teacher assistant in each pre-kindergarten through grade three classroom, and a part-time assistant in each classroom for grades four and five.

At the Middle School level (grades six through eight), instruction is delivered through planning teams in order to monitor both learning and social/emotional well-being as well as to allow flexible scheduling for maximum instructional time. Each team teaches cooperatively to expand concepts across the curriculum and meets daily to plan and assess student progress. In addition to the core subjects of language arts, social studies, math, and science, students are required to take courses in technology and Latin (grade 7) and to explore a range of elective offerings. The average class size is 17. One full-time teacher assistant provides clerical back-up.

The Upper School (grades nine through twelve) operates on a semester block schedule through which students complete traditional year courses in one semester by taking only four classes at a time rather than seven. This scheduling system increases time-on-task and reduces fragmentation of the instructional day. Class periods last approximately 85 minutes, providing instructional flexibility. In addition to a wide range of courses on campus, including advanced placement and honors options, students are able to take courses at Hampden-Sydney College and Longwood University. Class sizes range from three to twenty-four, with the average size being seventeen.

The School places emphasis on active, hands-on learning, "real-life" experiences, and character development. Multiple resources, including technology applications, are used to facilitate instruction. The program is not "textbook driven." All students participate in activities which involve "giving back to the community" and are required to complete forty hours of community service in grades 9-12 in order to graduate. An ethical issues seminar for rising juniors and seniors reflects the School's commitment to the classically rural values of honesty, responsibility, kindness, compassion, respect, commitment, perseverance, cooperation, and fairness. Through the "Extended Campus" program, older students engage in job-shadowing and are able to work during school hours in coordination with the School. Students frequently participate in field experiences from day trips to week-long trips to sites as far away as Europe.

Fuqua School strongly endorses the arts and is extremely proud of its award-winning band, theater program and young graphic artists and musicians. In addition to general music, piano is offered weekly at the Lower School. Students also participate in a wide range of extra-curricular offerings, including athletics, student clubs, and social activities.
 
 
The School maintains high expectations for academic achievement and behavior. Behavior guidelines and dress regulations were collaboratively developed through committees composed of students, teachers, and parents and are reviewed annually. These standards emphasize students taking responsibility for their own actions and are clearly articulated to the School community.

98% of our graduates go on to college, and since 2000 our graduates have been offered collectively over $33 million dollars in academic scholarships.
  
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