Philosophy/Academic Programs

Philosophy:

The first years of a child’s education form the foundation for happy and successful academic and personal growth.  During the early years, the minds of children develop very rapidly, at a pace greater than at any other time in their lives.  In addition to learning essential academic skills, developing aesthetic and physical capacities, and acquiring facility in languages, children at these ages begin to understand how their values and beliefs shape behavior and influence relationships with classmates and adults.  It is during these years, also, that children come to understand that learning is a life-long process.

Academic Programs:

Based on solid academic theory and incorporating the latest research in curriculum and pedagogy, FIDS provides a solid foundation for continued academic success and lifelong learning.  Highlights of the FIDS curriculum include the following:

  • Small class sizes, which ensures individualized attention at every level.  FIDS maintains an average class size of fourteen students in each class.
  • Emphasis on language skills with regular Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, beginning with Early Learning and continuing through middle school.
  • Emphasis on hands-on learning, which is evident throughout the curriculum.  Students acquire the skills to explore the concepts behind activities presented in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, STEM, and Social Studies.
  • Art and Music are taught weekly, with additional offerings available through our Active Hours program.
  • The Physical Education, athletics, and extra-curricular programs are designed to instill an appreciation for movement, physical activity, and the creative arts -- all of which are part of a healthy lifestyle and which serve to enhance academic achievement.  In addition, athletics and sports involvement instills attributes of teamwork, commitment, and skill development in the adolescent years.  FIDS offers a daily P.E. program and a robust array of extra-curricular activities and sports, which are designed to perfect a range of physical skills and artistic talents.