Guided reading is a huge part of the curriculum at FCCPS. Students are grouped together according to their reading level to help boost their reading scores. Students are pushed to read at their individual level and at the instructional level and get one-on-one attention from their teacher based on those levels.
FCCPS uses the Eureka Math program and supplements it with different KIPP techniques and methodologies. Students use songs and chants to learn basics of math. The curriculum is designed to prepare student to take Algebra in eighth grade, enabling them to take Algebra II as ninth graders and be competitive with top students around the country.
Fifth graders at FCCPS receive a broad overview of science and learn the fundamentals of the scientific process. The school teaches content across the scientific disciplines including earth, life, and physical sciences. At least 20 percent of science time is dedicated to hands-on laboratory experience as required by Arkansas frameworks.
A variety of social studies resources are used at FCCPS. Students learn about United States history and civics in preparation for their trip to Washington, D.C., at the end of the school year. Local and state history is also integrated into course work.
Students at FCCPS are taught to master the basics of grammar and syntax. The school places a high priority on mechanics, appropriate usage, and sentence formation. Students receive a solid foundation that will enable them to be serious writers by eighth grade.
Every Friday, students gather to celebrate their accomplishments of the week. Some are academically based and others are based on the fifth-grade character strengths, Grit and Self-Control. Certificates are given out for displaying positive behavior or making good grades in class. Students are also rewarded with some sort of extra treat, such as pizza parties, ice cream socials, and popsicle parties.