The team teaching approach enables two teachers to collaboratively provide instruction to the students. Clusters afford teachers the opportunity to specialize in their own areas of expertise while concurrently working with three grade levels. Each approach focuses on preparing students for the rigor of the Middle School curriculum. Middle School: Each student will receive instruction in their four subject areas (Language Arts, social studies, math and science) and several electives including new additions such as Engineering and Artonomy, which are now being offered. In addition, eighth graders have the opportunity to take a foreign language (Latin or Spanish) and Algebra I for high school credit instead of an exploratory class.
The cohesiveness of our prestigious faculty and staff provide an environment that allows us to offer several graduation options: A four year standard program requiring a minimum of 24 credits; a three-year standard college prep program requiring a minimum of 18 credits; a three-year career prep program requiring a minimum of 18 credits. Additionally, we offer nineteen (19) Major Areas of Interest (MAI) and fifteen (15) Advanced Placement (AP) courses to sophomores, juniors and seniors based on academic criteria and teacher recommendation in addition to dual enrollment course offerings.
In assisting students to make informed choices and explore career options, individual instructors may invite guests to talk about the skills, training and academic qualifications for a specific vocation or profession. Concurrently, teachers may issue creative and thought provoking assignments to further enhance awareness and understanding about careers related to their own disciplines.
Additionally, faculty websites are provided for information regarding course syllabi, assignments, memos about special class events and acknowledgments. We encourage parents and students to visit the sites, which are available, to stay current with instructional occurrences and academic requirements.
Faculty have been developing Curriculum Pacing Guides (abbreviated Curriculum Maps), which indicate intended units and skills to be taught this year in specific disciplines. National and Sunshine State Standards (SSS) are used as a guide in the development of the Curriculum Pacing Guides and as a contributing factor for the vertical alignment of our curriculum. Curriculum Pacing Guides are posted on the FSUS Curriculum website, which also contains resources and a monthly calendar of events.
FSUS has become an ACT testing site. Information concerning registration will be forthcoming.
Research and development continue to be a fundamental component of advancing knowledge and contributing to best practices in education through research jointly initiated by FSUS personnel, university professors, or other stakeholders. This fall we will offer opportunities to learn about research that has been conducted on campus through a Seminar Series that will occur once a month beginning in September.
The relevant and rigorous curriculum, rich extra curricular activities, research and development learning opportunities and competent, caring professionals at FSUS provide a holistic environment that enable students to be successful in their future endeavors. I encourage you to be actively involved in the many wonderful opportunities that are being offered.