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Rigorous Academics


FLACS is whole child-focused and supports each unique learner’s needs to ensure every child excels. Scholars engage in rigorous academic curriculum, develop social-emotional skills, explore the creative arts, and build skills for a lifetime of health.

Lifelong Readers and Writers
FLACS supports all students in becoming independent readers and writers. Our balanced approach includes explicit instruction in phonics and vocabulary, and comprehension. Students analyze texts and use evidence to support their ideas about what they read. In writing, we teach writing craft, grammar, and conventions. Students write stories, research-based informational texts, and argumentative texts.

Creative Problem-Solvers
Problem-solving is at the center of math learning at FLACS. Through problem-solving, scholars gain a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics. FLACS uses the Singapore math approach. We emphasize the interconnection between mathematics and its applications in everyday situations, science, and technology.

Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers
FLACS scholars engage in scientific inquiries that mirror the work of actual scientists and engineers. Each unit is organized around a real-world phenomenon. Students work to develop and strengthen scientific claims about this phenomenon by collecting evidence through reading, modeling, and experimentation, and testing their assumptions. In eighth grade, students take the NYS Living Environment Regents.

Future Global Citizens
Through project-based and inquiry learning, FLACS scholars engage in the study of history, geography, political science, civics, economics, and sociology. They study events from multiple perspectives and analyze primary source documents such as journals, political cartoons, and photographs. Students have the opportunity to take the New York State United States History Regents in eighth grade.