FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Q: What is the average GPA of a high school student at FBS?

A: The most current report that was generated in 2012 stated that the average GPA of FBS

high school students was 3.1.

Q: What is the average score of a FBS student on the ACT?

A: Since 2010, the average score on the ACT from a FBS student is 25.

Q: Are scholarships available at FBS?

A: Tuition scholarships are available through the REAP scholarship fund. Members of FBC

donate to the REAP scholarship and the FBS staff designates scholarship money to families

who are struggling, have multiple children in the school, or any other reason that may deem

financial aid. Families must apply for assistance from the REAP scholarship.

Q: Does FBS have a sports program?

A: Yes. Elementary students participate in intramural sports during PE to gain teamwork and

athletic skills. Elementary students also are able to compete in the NACS Track Meet against

other students from Christians schools in Nebraska. Secondary students (7 th -12 th ) participate

in flag football (boys), basketball (boys), volleyball (girls), and track (boys and girls). With

the exception of track, these sports are run through the teen athletics of First Baptist Church.

Bro. Bill Marks is the athletic director of FBC.

Q: How can I track my student’s progress?

A: FBS desires to partner with families in educating children. In order to do this, FBS

provides many avenues to track your student’s progress throughout the year. Sycamore

Education is an online school software program that allows parents to track current grades,

attendance, and financial information at any time from the convenience of any computer

connected to the internet. Parents can send notes to the teacher through this site and can stay

informed with news and activities going on at the school through the news and calendar

section on Sycamore. Other ways parents can stay involved are through daily communication

in the student’s notebook, weekly memos, parent/teacher conferences (scheduled twice a

year), and scheduling a visit to the school.

Q: Is FBS accredited?

A: Although FBS is a member of the Nebraska Association of Christian Schools, we are not

accredited through any accreditation agency or through the state office. FBS files for Rule 13

status each year, which simply means FBS is a group of families privately educating their

children without state aid due to religious beliefs. FBS credits are accepted at any public

institute or university. Our graduates are gladly accepted into community colleges, state

universities, and other private or public universities/colleges.

Q: What percentage of graduates go to college?

A: The most recent survey done in 2012 showed that 80% of FBS graduates go on to pursue

college degrees.

Q: How old does my child have to be to go to Kindergarten at FBS?

A: In order to attend FBS as a Kindergarten student, the child must be 5 by September 1 st . If

the child turns 5 between June and September, he will be required to test to examine

readiness for Kindergarten.

Q: What time does school start & end each day?

A: School begins with homeroom each day at 8:30 a.m. and school is over at 3:00 p.m. each

day. Students may arrive as early as 8:15 a.m. and must exit the building by 3:15 p.m. each

day. Kindergarten dismisses and 11:30 four days a week and stays until 3:00 p.m. one day a

week.

Q: What do students wear to school?

A: First Baptist School students wear uniforms to school each day. Elementary students’

uniforms can be purchased through the school’s uniform provider. Junior high and high

school students are given a variety of colors to mix & match. For more information, contact

Mr. Jesse Wicks or Mrs. Jean Wicks or request a uniform information sheet.

Q: What is the Teacher-Student ratio at FBS?

A: The teacher-student ratio at FBS is 1:6. Plattsmouth Public Schools is 1:14 and the

Nebraska school average is 1:11. (Information taken from publicschoolreivew.com)

Q: How big are the classes at FBS?

A: The class size at FBS varies depending upon enrollment, but most classes average

between 6-12 students. Most classes also have two grades combined; however, the core

subjects are taught based on their grade level or classes rotate curriculum so that a student

would receive both years within a two-year time period.

Q: How do I know the rules of FBS?

A: Each student receives a handbook which states the rules of FBS. Students who attend

FBS are required to read it each year. Also, new students attend “student orientation” during

the first week of school which helps acquaint new students to the procedures and facilities of

FBS.

Q: How qualified are the teachers of FBS?

A: FBS teachers have college degrees in education as well as trained yearly through

educators’ conferences and in service training. As of 2015, FBS teachers have a combined

136 years of teaching experience that averages out to 14 years of teaching experience per

teacher.

Q: What incentives are offered to students who do well?

A: The staff of First Baptist School does its best to reward positive behavior and academic

achievements. Elementary classes have contests and incentives throughout the year to assist

with this. High school students compete for Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and other awards.

At the end of each quarter, students are recognized for Honor Roll (academic) and Principal’s

List (behavior) achievements. Perfect attendance awards are also given at the end of each

year. FBS awards the “President’s Awards” for academic achievement throughout the year at

the end-of- the-year chapel service.


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