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Curriculum Philosophy

Our curriculum emphasizes the ­visual and performing arts and prepares students to think critically, communicate effectively, analyze issues, and develop leadership abilities. We approach this in four ways:

  1. Rigorous academic courses premised on high expectations and sequenced to prepare students for college success.
  2. Enrollment in arts classes for all students to support and encourage self-expression, creativity and awareness. CARE (Core Arts Requirement Emphasis) applies to all FALA students and requires a minimum of one course within each artistic discipline–theater, dance, art and music.
  3. Civic participation through our service learning program, which connects course curricula with local and global social issues through service experiences in the community. Our emphasis is on organizations that work for social change.
  4. The development of leadership skills through our weekly advisory program, which encourages students to mentor, reflect on their experiences, set short- and long-term goals, and create personal portfolios that track academic and artistic growth.

Service Learning

Our Service Learning program encourages students to become active members in local, national and global communities through service experiences related to classroom curriculum. Contact Service Learning Coordinator Janeece Henes  for information. You can also download a service learning log sheet to help you record and keep track of your service learning hours. Options for service learning projects include:

  • Volunteering at non-profit and community organizations.
  • Assisting with the varied needs of community members.
  • Participating in faculty-initiated projects.
  • Helping FALA as a teaching aide or office aide.
  • Working with community partner organizations to create and participate in projects aimed for community improvement.

Middle school students are strongly encouraged to participate in service learning projects through their courses at FALA. (Hours logged in middle school will not count toward the high school requirements.) High school students must participate in five service-learning hours per year connected with FALA courses and complete an additional 25 hours per year either through additional FALA service learning activities or community service, volunteer work or individual service learning opportunities.

All high school students must complete 120 hours of service learning to graduate, pro-rated per year of attendance. Any student who does not complete the service learning requirements by the date of graduation will be allowed to participate in the ceremony but will not receive a diploma until verification of completion of hours is submitted.

Middle School Academic Requirements

Middle school students must be enrolled in 4 courses each day (for a total of 8 courses each semester). Students must earn at least a C in each required academic class (math, English, science, social studies and liberal studies) to advance to the next level. Students must earn at least a D in at least 2 electives each year. Middle school students must earn at least a B for their  electives and have the recommendation of their teacher to take advanced elective courses once they reach high school. For an idea of the courses we offer to middle school students, click onto 2017-2018 Middle School Course Catalog.

High School Academic Requirements

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 courses each day (for a total of 6 courses each semester). Study Hall, Office Aide and Teacher Aide positions are not included in these totals. Earning a D grade is passing for all high school classes. To see the courses we offered this academic year to high school students click on the 2017-18 FALA High School Course Catalog.

Advanced Placement (AP) & Honors Courses

All students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the AP exam in May and pay the required testing fees. Fee reductions are available based on family income. Arrangements must be made two months before the tests with the assigned school counselor. Students must remain in honors and AP classes for the entire year to receive the additional GPA calculation. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for transfer students.

Honor Roll, High Honor Roll & Valedictorian

Students with a GPA of 3.5-3.74 (by semester) will be placed on Honor Roll. Students with a GPA of 3.75 and above (by semester) will be placed on High Honor Roll. The senior valedictorian will be chosen based on a cumulative, unweighted GPA as of May 1. In the case of a tie, the faculty votes to choose the valedictorian.

Graduation with Honors

The honors program is for students who are truly invested in their educational endeavors at FALA. Honors students challenge themselves by pursuing Advanced Placement and other advanced academic courses while also taking the most advanced courses in at least one artistic discipline. Students graduating with honors will be recognized at the Honors Ceremony in spring semester and earn a special cord for graduation.

Specific requirements: 1) Students must earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher (measured on May 1 of the senior year). 2) Students must take (or be enrolled in) at least 4 Advanced Placement courses. 3) Students must take at least 3 years of the same foreign language. 4) Students must earn 4 credits in math, science, social studies and English. 5) Students must take at least two of the most advanced courses in at least one artistic discipline while still fulfilling the CARE requirement. Students must earn 28 credits to graduate with Honors.


National Art Honor Society/Karen Butterfield Chapter: Open to students in grades 11 and 12 with at least a 3.0 GPA, a 4.0 GPA in visual art courses and current with community service hours. Advisor: Janeece Henes.

National Junior Honor Society: Membership for 7th-9th grade students with application process for admittance. Meets very other Tuesday during lunch. Ms. Garns,

National Honor Society: An invitation-only organization with membership based on academic achievement, service, and character. Grades 10-12 can participate. NHS meets Tuesdays at lunch in room 16 and the first Monday of the month in room 14 at 3:20 p.m. Ms. Gruber

Passionate Students of Science and Technology: Discuss and learn about science and technology news and be involved in student-organized research labs with PSST. Membership open to all grades. Meets in room 16 every Friday at lunch. Advisor: Audrey Baird

Poetry Slam: Spoken word/ poetry club, come and share your work. Meets Thursdays at lunch in room 13. Advisor: Allison Gruber

Student Council: Membership determined by student election. Advisor: Alex Casady

Chess Club:  Did you know that there are more possible chess games than number of particles in the entire observable universe?  Chess Club meets every Wednesday from 3:30 – 5pm in room 1.
All grades and skill levels are encouraged to join! Coach: Mr. Mistler
Ultimate Frisbee Club: Ultimate Frisbee Club will Meet Monday’s from 3:30 – 4:30 starting February 5th. This is a great and fun opportunity to get some exercise. Ultimate Frisbee combines soccer and frisbee to create one of the best games out there (In my opinion). This group welcomes all ability levels. We meet at Rm. 14 after school and walk to the park to play a few friendly games of Ultimate Frisbee.  Please bring appropriate clothes/ shoes and water.  Champion: Kayla Richards


FALA Auto Club: First meeting Wednesday September 5th, from 3:30 to 5:00 in room 5!

We will be meeting every Wednesday. 

You can learn how to do simple repairs and maintenance to building and modding classics

As well as general understanding of the vehicles.  Sponsor – Gene Brosseau 

Table Manners: Table Manners is FALA’s premiere tabletop gaming club. Members can sign-up and meet to learn, play, and teach each other everything from board games to pen and paper roleplaying games.
We meet each Tuesday and Thursday, from 3:30 to 5:30.
Sponsor: Alex Casady
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