First Baptist School Academics

Upper School

Academic Excellence with a Christian Perspective, our mission, is embodied in our 9th– 12th grade program.  Our college prep program provides an intellectually rich environment which challenges students to grow academically, emotionally and spiritually.  Students are nurtured by a caring faculty who model Christian values in and out of the classroom.


First Baptist’s 9th-12th grade program builds on the students’ previous years to prepare them for the college program of their choice. Students are challenged throughout the curriculum to rise above the level they previously thought themselves capable of. The talented faculty provides multiple ways for students to learn, apply, and showcase their abilities and interests. Research and writing skills are emphasized and students are encouraged to present their content mastery and independent thinking in various forms. 


Students are exposed to various career paths and requirements through assembly speakers and within subject areas. Not only are students offered the opportunity to take AP courses, they may receive college credit through our dual credit program with Trident Technical College. Some of our students begin their college career with a full year's worth of credits to their name. In addition, many extracurricular activities are available to students through campus clubs, our fine arts programs and our athletic offerings.

UPPER SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Please click here to view and download/print the curriculum guide for First Baptist's Upper School, including general registration information, graduation requirements, dual credit classes, and detailed course descriptions.

UPPER SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK

Our student handbook gives details regarding general school information, attendance policies, dress code, grading, behavior expectations, and more.  Please click here to view and download/print our student handbook.

FINE ARTS EVENTS

The English Department requires students to attend Fine Arts events every semester. Upper School students are required to attend 4 events per semester. Students are asked to explore an area of academic study that includes visual and performance art for art's sake.  These arts are not determined by the English department, bur rather they are an actual field of academic enrichment and appreciation.  The purpose is to supplement the curriculum with meaningful experiences that enhance student learning.


Examples of ACCEPTABLE Fine Arts Experiences:

  • Curated art exhibitions (Gibbes, Halsey, Redux)
  • Artistic dance performances (ballet, jazz, modern, etc.)
  • Symphony/Orchestra/Choral performances
  • Classical and jazz concerts   
  • Theater
  • Foreign and artistic films (only when approved and offered by English department)  

Examples of UNACCEPTABLE Fine Arts Experiences:

  • Commercial art galleries
  • Popular music concerts (country, rock, pop, Top hits)
  • Festival events (fairs, picnics, rodeos, Christmas lights, etc.)
  • Historical tours
  • Religious services
  • Sports Events