Electives & Sports
Fortis Academy Supports Home School Families
Fortis Academy is a school where God’s love is made real to our students through a high-quality classical Christian curriculum. Not only are we a 5 day a week school that utilizes a university model to prepare college ready disciples of Jesus Christ, but we also have several options to support home school families.
First, Fortis offers two graduation tracks. Our students can enroll in our whole program and graduate as Fortis Graduates, or they can enroll in individual classes as part of their home school curriculum. Our graduation was evenly split between Fortis and home school graduates.
Next, Fortis offers a number of electives and sports that are open to non-Fortis students. We offer an all day Kindergarten through 5th grade electives bundle on Fridays that includes theater, art, music and Spanish and art on Monday afternoons. For grades 6th and above we offer art, theater and PE conditioning on Fridays. We are also offer a number of sports that are open to non-Fortis students.
As a classical Christian school, we value the arts and want to encourage creativity and a love for beauty in our children. Looking at beautiful art is one of my absolute favorite pastimes, and I hope to instill a love for creative expressions and great art in your sweet children as well! Throughout the year, we will be creating many projects using a variety of media. Projects will be focused on giving children experiences with each of the art elements: line, shape, color, form, space, value, and texture. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of materials. Various media will include: pencil, marker, tempera & acrylic paint, watercolor, oil pastels, chalk pastels, block printing, mosaic, weaving, clay, and paper mache. We will also be incorporating some art inspiration from literature. In the younger grades some projects will be inspired from classic picture books.
Art history is a component of the curriculum as well. We will enjoy beautiful art through the ages as we look at works from various artists and genres. Students will look at art from the Ancient world including Egyptian, Greek and Roman Art, as well as Medieval Art, Renaissance Art, Romanticism, Impressionism, and other artists up to modern times. Several of our projects will be done in the style or technique of the various artists studied.
The goal in embarking upon study of a second language is, of course, ultimately fluency. Time and effort are key and most of us struggle as adults learning to think in another tongue. Exposed not until our later school years, we may find ourselves already “hardwired” for our first language, English.
The purpose of second language education for grammar-aged children however, is not really to develop fluency, considering that young children are still acquiring their own first-language grammar and vocabulary. But they do retain from infancy an amazing God-given ability. The dendrons in children’s brains, which work a little like wires in a lamp cord, switch with relative ease from their first language neural pathway to create a second one for the new code. The dendrons literally “unwire” themselves from the English neural path and begin “rewiring” themselves in the new linguistic direction. Where adults feel the mental gears grinding as pathways are laboring under construction, our kids’ brains take the rumble strips in stride. So, if we’re not aiming for fluency, what is the point of experiencing other languages in the early years? Early language (any will do) exposure lays the groundwork for success later. That future code may well be different, but the “how to” will already be in place.
This fall Mrs. Peek will be offering Spanish again. We hope you’ll join us as we lay important foundations.
Students learn the basic tools of drama and how to use them through interactive games and lessons. These lessons focus on cultivating creativity, spacial awareness, dynamics of voice, building confidence, storytelling, and teamwork. Students work to increase their theater vocabulary and terminology, along with learning stage direction. They learn the benefits of encouraging one another in a constructive way.
Older students start to develop improvisational skills along with memorization. They begin to learn the various components of a theater production, including the various roles needed in theater other than the actor.
Logic & Rhetoric Theater Production:
Students continue to practice the basic tools of drama along with increasing their improvisational skills. They apply their knowledge of theater and their drama skills as they work on a group production or smaller skits and monologues throughout classes culminating in a production or showcase at the end of the semester. Lessons consist of developing a character and analysis, memorization, various acting techniques and methods, theater roles and vocabulary, along with discovering how the arts can be used to glorify God and point to our creator.
Students involved in productions are required to attend after school practices each semester to be determined by the headmaster and director. They are responsible for providing their own costumes and make-up as needed. This may be left to the discretion of the director depending on the production and available supplies at the school.
In this class, children are exposed to the many facets of music. Each month a new hymn is presented with historical information about the writers. By following along to the music, the skill of reading from hymnals is practiced. Percussion instruments are used to first instill a sense of beat, then explore rhythms in songs. Basic note values are learned and practiced with games. We look at lives of composers and listen to their great works along with studying about the families of musical instruments one would see in the orchestra. Vocal anthems are learned with a goal of performing for an audience at end of semesters. We also dig into scripture memorization by putting bible verses to a beat. The goal is exposure in a broad sense with some fun worked in as well.
The PE Conditioning class will first instruct students on exercise safety and on different components of exercise such as cardio and resistance training. The goal of the course is to build core strength and cardio endurance while improving posture, balance and flexibility. Conditioning is essential for athletes to excel as well as to help prevent injuries. The class will use Anytime Fitness Gym in Liberty Hill. It is a great complement to our sports program.
Fortis academy values the importance of physical conditioning and is proud to offer our students numerous athletic options and team sports that include:
- Flag Football (Fall)
- Volleyball (Fall)
- Cross Country (Fall)
- Track and Field (Spring)
Fortis Academy is officially part of the Texas Association of Independent Athletic Organizations (TAIAO) conference which means as interest grows we can offer sports such as six man football and basketball in the coming years.
INFORMATION & PRICING
Core Class Electives
Fortis Academy invites home school students to enroll in our core classes to supplement their home school scope and sequence. If you are interested in enrolling in core classes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will schedule a meeting to discuss class options for enrollment.
Elective and Sports
**All electives and sports require a minimum team size in order to make except for cross country and track. If a team does not make, funds will be returned, applied to your account or applied to a different sport or elective as directed.
Grammar School Non-Core Electives (K-5th Grade)
Friday Music Friday Art
Friday Drama Friday Spanish
Upper School Non-Core Electives (6th-12th Grade)
Friday Drama Friday Art
Friday PE Conditioning Class
5th – 8th Grade Sports
Girl’s Volleyball – Fall Sport Co-ed Cross Country – Fall Sport
Boy’s Flag Football – Fall Sport Co-ed Track and Field – Spring Sport
9th – 12th Grade Sports
Girl’s Volleyball – Fall Sport Boy’s Basketball – Winter Sport
Co-ed Cross Country – Fall Sport Co-ed Track and Field – Spring Sport
Girl’s Basketball – Winter Sport
Friday Grammar School Electives – Elective Bundle: $1000 for all Friday electives for the year.
Pricing of Electives and Sports
The Grammar school Friday elective bundle is $1000 for all electives for the year. All other electives are $550 each for the year, $350 each for two or more electives for the year, or $300 each for a single semester. Sports are $250 for each season that your child participates. You also have the option to include it in the FACTS system as part of a payment plan.
**There are no registration fees for students only taking electives or sports.