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Fellowship Christian School has developed a Center of Excellence in STEM for families and students seeking a more technical secondary school experience. STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It has become a widely recognized term that reflects a nationwide academic initiative to enable the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader in the global marketplace of the 21st century. A strong STEM program is foundational to our mission of “partnering to inspire academic curiosity, impeccable character, and Christian leadership.” Over the last several decades, STEM related products have changed the very fabric of our social and economic lives. Managing technological change is now a required skill for an educated citizenry. FCS considers it a privilege to help train up a new generation of STEM educated who live with purpose and lead with intent.


Each year we expand our course offerings to accommodate our growing STEM population and diverse student interests. Courses are numbered as follows:
• 10x Series – Introductory or exploratory courses.
• 11x Series – Design courses
• 12x Series – Engineering courses
• 13x Series – Computer and technology courses
• 14x Series – Advanced science courses and electives
• 15x Series – Advanced mathematics courses and electives
• 16x Series – Internships, teaching positions
• 17x Series – Senior level capstone and design courses.


All STEM courses are inherently hands-on. Course delivery formats include independent study, instructor led lectures and labs, and project based courses. Independent study enables a student to pursue a course under the supervision of a faculty member at their own pace. Our desire is that STEM students remain actively engage in learning by doing rather than sitting. As such, project based learning is a hallmark of our STEM program.

 

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STEM Diploma

A student must accumulate a minimum of 27-28 credits which include:

4 credits in Mathematics – progression specific to chosen pathway. May include courses through AP Calculus BC.

3 credits in Social Science - must include World History/AP World History, U.S. History/AP U.S. History, Government (1/2 credit)/AP Government, and Economics (1/2 credit).

4 credits in Science - must include a minimum of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and an advanced elective.

4 credits in English - must include Introduction to Literature/Honors, World Literature/Honors, American Literature/Honors or AP Language, and British Literature/Honors or AP Literature.

4 credits of Bible - one for each full school year for which the student is enrolled in high school at FCS.

2 credits of Foreign Language - students must complete two years of the same foreign language.

2 credits of STEM Competency Courses – must include one unit of design and one unit of programming.

2 to 3 credits of STEM Electives – varies by Pathway.

1 credit in a senior year Capstone Design Project.

1 semester of Physical Education.

1 semester of Health.

At least 3 of the above must be at the Dual Enrollment or AP level.

Final cumulative numeric average must be 80.0 or higher.

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We are blessed at Fellowship Christian School to have students with varying interests, talents, and goals.  It is our desire that the STEM track be accessible for students who show an interest/aptitude in the STEM disciplines.  STEM students may enroll in one of the following six pathways or begin a core program of study.

 

Which Pathway is right for me?

The STEM Track at Fellowship Christian School offers six different Pathways to accommodate the different interests, talents, and goals of our students.  Each Pathway has the distinction of earning a STEM diploma upon graduation.  The STEM diploma provides each student with the recognition of a unique accomplishment.  It provides a rewarding and permanent record of the rigor and breath of study that was accomplished in high school.   


Each Pathway requires a combination of on-level, honors, dual enrollment, and AP courses.  Students are always encouraged to take the highest-level course available.  At least three courses must be at the dual enrollment or AP level. The mathematical requirements for each Pathway differs slightly and should be taken into consideration when choosing a Pathway.  Students who love math or find it easy, should always seek to take advantage of all the advanced math opportunities here at Fellowship.  Regardless of Pathway, each STEM student will be well prepared for college.  Learning how to learn is the hallmark of the STEM program.  With that, the opportunities are endless. 


The descriptions below provide general information for each Pathway.  They are followed by course plans which outline the graduation requirements.  Students may always begin with the STEM Core program and then declare a Pathway prior to their junior year.   

 

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The Core Program

The ‘Core’ program provides them with the necessary math and science foundational skills, making it possible for them to specialize in any of the pathways at a later date. 


Each Pathway provides a structured course of study centered on that particular STEM discipline. Math and science courses are accelerated to support specialized courses as early as possible.  This coursework is supplemented by internal and external internships providing students with hands-on experience. At least one year of programming is required for all pathways as coding has become a foundational skill for any STEM field.  Although the state of Georgia recognizes computer programming as a foreign language, many universities are still looking for students who demonstrate an international vision and interest.  Therefore, at least two years of a spoken language is also required. 


Regardless of the Pathway or program plan, students who are accepted into the STEM diploma track are joining a special group of like-minded individuals who have a passion for all things STEM.  STEM students form an identity and bond, engage in extra-curricular activities, and develop strong friendships.  The STEM faculty invests in each student providing counsel, support, and encouragement.  It is our goal that each STEM graduate will be well prepared for college and develop a love for learning that will last a lifetime. 


The STEM program at FCS will be characterized by continuous change and improvement as associated with the technologies it represents.   Our goal is to glorify God through our pursuit of excellence in STEM.  God instructs us in Genesis 1 to be stewards of His creation to subdue and rule over the earth.  In the 21st century and beyond, the STEM disciplines will drive this

Regardless of the Pathway or program plan, students who are accepted into the STEM diploma track are joining a special group of like-minded individuals who have a passion for all things STEM.  STEM students form an identity and bond, engage in extra-curricular activities, and develop strong friendships. 

The STEM faculty invests in each student providing counsel, support, and encouragement.  It is our goal that each STEM graduate will be well prepared for college and develop a love for learning that will last a lifetime.

 

The STEM program at FCS will be characterized by continuous change and improvement as associated with the technologies it represents.   Our goal is to glorify God through our pursuit of excellence in STEM. 

God instructs us in Genesis 1 to be stewards of His creation¾to subdue and rule over the earth.  In the 21st century and beyond, the STEM disciplines will drive this effort.

 

 



Hal Scripka

Hal Scripka

Director of STEM Bio

Director of STEM


Undergraduate Degree:B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering (BSAE)
Graduate Degree:M.S. in Engineering (MSE) and Education Specialist (EdS)
At FCS Since:2015; I began as an educator in the Air Force, first as an instructor pilot and then as an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics at the Air Force Academy. The Lord called me into Christian school service in 2000, where I have held various administrative and teaching positions. Certified airline transport pilot.
Church Home:Watermarke Church
Favorite Bible Verse:Genesis 1: 3-5 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
What I enjoy most:Sharing and learning alongside students about the wonder, mystery, and beauty of creation. Exploring new technologies that bring glory to God. Helping students discover that the universe points to a creator and contains many attributes that define His character.
Email:hal.scripka@fcspaladins.org

STEM Roswell, GA

Applications are now being accepted for the STEM Diploma Track. Enrollment is open for rising 9th and 10th grade students. Students accepted into the track will engage in a demanding program of study focusing on STEM related competencies and hands-on experience.

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Facts & Questions

FCS will partner with local companies to host student interns. Many of these may be with companies of current FCS families. Internships will normally occur in the summer following the junior year, or during the 1st or 2nd semester of the senior year. Internships are normally unpaid positions in which students gain invaluable work experience. Students will earn 0.5 units of course credit for each 75 clock hours of internship service.

What are the entrance requirements for the STEM diploma track, and how are students selected?

The STEM diploma track is available to rising 9th and 10th grade students enrolled at FCS.  Students must complete an online STEM application that will provide us with information about their academic aptitude and overall motivation.  The application requires at least two teacher recommendations.   A STEM selection committee will then select students based on their potential to complete the program.  Conditional acceptance may be granted for those requiring summer work to meet prerequisite requirements. 

The high school diploma program does not allow much room for electives. How can my student participate in non-STEM activities or take a study hall?

The STEM diploma track requires 28 units of instruction, or 7 classes per year.  Students who wish to make room in their schedules for additional courses or study halls may take online or summer classes to satisfy some core requirements.  It is expected that courses in math, computer science, health and PE will be offered during the summer.  Summer work will incur an additional cost above the standard tuition.

Is there an additional cost to enroll in the STEM diploma track?

There is no additional tuition cost, however, there is a small annual technology fee of $75.  Students may also elect to take summer courses to meet prerequisites and/or soften loads during the regular school year.  Registration fees for summer courses are not included in FCS tuition.

What exactly is a STEM pathway?

A STEM pathway is a focused plan of study within a particular STEM field and are designed to support student collegiate goals and interests.  FCS offers six pathways:

·       Engineering Sciences Pathway

·       Mathematical Sciences Pathway

·       Digital Sciences Pathway

·       Life Sciences Pathway

·       Physical Sciences Pathway

·       Architectural/Industrial Design Pathway
 

Students may select a particular Pathway upon enrollment or may take a STEM Core program and select a pathway prior to their junior year.  Each pathway has a specific course plan for graduation.

What type of facilities will be available for STEM?

We are very excited about our STEM facilities at FCS.  Our high school building includes several laboratories, including a separate STEM lab and FAB lab.  The STEM lab provides students with the space and equipment to pursue hands-on activities in mechanics, electronics, and computer aided design/manufacturing.  It also supports various after school activities such as robotics.  The FAB lab contains woodworking tools, metalworking tools, and computer controlled rapid prototyping devices.  Our students soon learn that if they can dream it, then they can build it.

What will be the qualifications of the teachers in STEM?

Our STEM courses are taught by our most experienced math/science teachers and our dedicated STEM staff.  All STEM teachers have engineering degrees in their field of study. Our STEM director, Mr. Hal Scripka, has a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Texas and an Educational Specialist degree from Liberty University.  He has served as an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics at the Air Force Academy and has held positions in IT, school administration, and K-12 education for over 20 years.

How will external internships work?

FCS will partner with local companies to host student interns.  Many of these may be with companies of current FCS families.  Internships will normally occur in the summer following the junior year or during Winterim of the senior year.  Internships are normally unpaid positions in which students gain invaluable work experience.  Students will earn 0.5 units of course credit for each 70 clock hours of internship service.

What if my student decides to leave the STEM program after admission?

Students who enter the STEM diploma track may withdraw from the program prior to the start of any school year.  It is recognized that some students will decide that STEM may not be for them during the course of the program.  There will be no penalty or stigma for withdrawing from the track.  These students will likely be ahead in math and science as they join another track.

Will STEM programs be available for the elementary and middle school?

In Elementary school, students are exposed to STEM competencies throughout the curriculum. Students in 4th and 5th grade can participate in a Spark and Ignite program which includes an activity based  STEM Lab and a school news video production team.

The Middle school offers an Introduction to STEM, and Robotics elective.  These electives provide students with hands-on experience in science and engineering.  These introductory electives will allow young students to sample various STEM fields while helping them decide if the high school STEM program is right for them.  A competitive Vex robotics program is also available for 7th and 8th grade students.

Where can I get more information about STEM at FCS?

Please contact Hal Scripka at hal.scripka@fcspaladins.org for more information.  We are excited about our STEM program and if you, or your student, believe that STEM is in your future, please let us know.  It’s never too early to express your interest in STEM!