Following are questions often asked by families considering Front Range Christian School for their children. For additional information, or if you have questions not answered on this list, please contact our admissions department or call 303-531-4541.
Where is Front Range Christian located?
All PreK-12 students are located on our campus, just southeast of the intersection of Coal Mine Avenue and Pierce Street in Littleton, Colorado. The master address for the campus is 6657 W Ottawa Ave (for suite numbers and other addresses, please see the contact page). As the owner of the entire complex, Front Range Christian has renovated the former Cooper 7 movie theater complex and has built a relationship with several secular and Christian-owned businesses located onsite which lease business space from the school. These businesses enhance our community by providing useful services to our students and school families.
What grades does Front Range Christian offer?
Preschool through 12th grades.
What are the school hours?
All full-time students meet Monday through Friday. For days off, half days, holidays, etc. please view the academic calendar.
- Preschool/Pre-kindergarten: 8am-12:15pm (normal half day schedule) and 8am-2:45pm (full day schedule)
- Part-time Kindergarten: 8am-3pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
- Full-time Kindergarten: 8am-3pm
- Grades 1-6: 7:50am-3pm
- Grades 7-12: 7:40am-3pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; 8:35am-3pm on Tuesdays
Is Front Range Christian School affiliated with a church?
No. Front Range Christian School is an independent, non-demoninational Christian school. Our school families represent over 75 churches within the surrounding communities.
How many students attend FRCS?
Full-time enrollment is over 400 students, Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grades.
How many students are in a classroom?
Our average class size is 17 students. This allows for lots of individualized attention so that every child achieves their ultimate potential.
Does FRCS offer before and after school childcare?
Yes. We offer an after school program for students in our Early Childhood Education (ECE) program and one for students grades 1-6.
What is the birthday cutoff for kindergarten?
All students enrolled for kindergarten at Front Range Christian must turn five prior to September 1 of the upcoming school year. We conduct screenings to determine the readiness of all kinder applicants.
Besides the cost, what is the difference between part-time and full-time kindergarten?
Part-time kindergarten students attend classes only three per week (8am-3pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays). During this time, part time students attend special classes (art, music, PE, Library) once during the week whereas full-time students receive specials twice per week in their five-day, 8am-3pm schedule. In addition, full-time kindergarten students receive more hands-on learning time. For instance, if they’re learning about outer space, there would be more extensive study on that subject with extra projects. Both the part-time and full-time kindergarten programs readily prepare most students for entrance into first grade the following year.
Is Front Range Christian School accredited?
How does FRCS compare with other schools in regards to national testing?
Our position on elementary level standardized testing
In general, we believe that there is way too much emphasis on standardized testing in the public school arena. Parents have valid complaints in regard to there being too many mandatory tests throughout the school year and concerns regarding the loss of inordinate amounts of classroom instruction time as a result of those tests. As a private school, FRCS does not receive any federal or state funding and, therefore, is not mandated by law to administer the same standardized tests as one finds in public schools. In the interest of maximizing classroom learning at FRCS, we do not participate in TCAP, CSAP, etc.
At the same time, we do believe in monitoring the progress of our students to ensure that every student is meeting or exceeding appropriate grade-level benchmarks, especially in the area of reading, which is fundamental to all learning. We individually assess our K-6 students’ reading levels three times per year using DIBELS reading assessments, which take about 15 mins each, and this helps us identify students who may face learning challenges that require intervention, as well as children who are gifted beyond their grade level and need extra challenges in order to stretch and grow further. In addition, we use the Terra Nova assessment tool once per year to measure children’s general progress across multiple subject areas.
What about junior and senior high students?
Our junior high and senior high students participate in standardized testing as a part of their preparation for college entrance tests (ACT and SAT). Our students consistently score above the average state and national scores. For details, including national and local comparisons, please refer to the high school ACT and SAT scores web page.
Which foreign languages are offered?
Spanish is offered at the junior and senior high levels. An optional Spanish program is available for 1st through 6th grade. At the high school level, FRCS requires three years of foreign language in order to graduate.
What are your homework guidelines?
Elementary: An average of 10 minutes per grade level per year is a guideline. So, an average first grader would spend about 10 minutes on homework a night; a sixth grader would average about an hour. Of course, each class has a wide range of personalities and abilities. What might take one child 10 minutes could take another one 30 minutes or even longer. Our philosophy is to avoid assigning busywork and to focus on assigning only relevant homework.
Junior High: An average of 15 minutes per subject per evening (or a weekly total of 60 minutes per subject, with the exception of Saxon Math). For an elective course, the expected homework load is 30 minutes per week. If homework is assigned in every class in a given day, you could expect that your junior high student will spend approximately 90 minutes per evening completing the work.
Senior High: 20 minutes per evening, weekly total = 80 minutes per subject. For most elective courses, (exceptions for Speech or Honors Spanish), the expected homework load is 40 minutes per week. If homework is assigned in every class in a given day, you could expect that your senior high student will spend approximately 2 hours per evening completing the work.
How does one’s faith grow at FRCS?
As a discipleship-based Christian school, biblical principals are integrated into all subject areas. We offer a detailed Bible curriculum for students PreK-12 and appropriate time is devoted each day to Bible instruction. Our teachers encourage students to have their own personal devotions and to attend church regularly. In addition, students attend chapel once a week. Spiritually, FRCS provides an atmosphere in which students begin to “own” their faith and transition from a faith inherited from their parents. If you’d like to know more, be sure to ask our admissions office about our junior/senior high discipleship groups or read about our Discipleship Programs.
Does FRCS have a fine arts program?
Yes! Front Range Christian offers numerous opportunities for students through our excellent fine arts program. Vocal music, praise and worship band, and art are components of the elementary curriculum. An after school Honor Choir is available for 4th-6th grades. Choir, visual arts, musical theater, digital photography, drama, and video production are offered in grades 7-12. FRCS proudly presents drama and musical programs each year.
Which sports does FRCS offer?
For complete information, be sure to visit the Athletics and Sports section of our website.
Elementary: The FRCS Athletics Department helps facilitate team placement of students into community leagues for basketball, baseball, volleyball and soccer.
Junior High: We have FRCS teams in boys soccer, boys basketball, girls basketball, girls, soccer, volleyball, cross country, and track and field. We also assist students in placement in baseball and football community leagues.
High School: FRCS is a member of CHSAA (Colorado High School Activities Association) and it competes with public and private schools in 2A. Boys sports include football, golf, basketball, soccer, and baseball. Girls sports include volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, and soccer. Co-ed Cross Country is also offered. FRCS also offers co-ed sports clubs, including Archery, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, and Skiing/Snowboarding.
Do you have a homeschool program?
Yes. Front Range Christian offers terrific homeschool options for K-12 students. Elementary and junior high students (K-8) may participate in a one day per week homeschool enrichment program. Senior high students (9th-12th) may choose from any of our core or elective courses (on a space available basis). For more information, see the senior high homeschool options page. Front Range Christian School also offers a complete umbrella program for families desiring assistance with record keeping, graduation and more.
Do students wear uniforms?
No, we do not require uniforms. Our dress-code is based on Christian standards of modesty and neatness. A detailed description is available in the Parent-Student Handbook.
Do you have a hot lunch program?
Yes. Students may purchase a hot lunch from the school or bring their own lunch. Food items are also available for purchase from Holy Grounds Café or from vending machines on campus. You can learn more about the hot lunch program here. Microwaves are also available for student use.
How much is tuition?
Does Front Range Christian offer financial assistance?
Yes, tuition scholarships are designed to meet a short-term financial need for qualified families who desire to have a Christian education for their child(ren). Tuition scholarship applications are only accepted and processed after the prospective family enrolls their child(ren) at FRCS. Tuition assistance funds are limited, so the sooner you enroll your child(ren), the better your chances are (if qualified) to receive assistance. For more information, please see the financial aid page.
How does SCRIP reduce my tuition rate?
Front Range Christian School sells merchant retailer certificates (SCRIP) to FRCS families. This program functions for the sole purpose of reducing tuition costs to families by allocating and accumulating a portion of money being spent for normal weekly living expenses: food, clothing, dining, and even gifts! More information is available on the financial aid page.
May parents work off tuition?
No, however, a parent may apply for a job, when available, and, if hired, use the paycheck to pay school bills just as with any other job.
How is the leadership structured?
Front Range Christian School is governed by an elected Board of Directors comprised of parents of the school. The administrative staff includes the President and Head of School (David Cooper), Jr/Sr High Principal (Leo Hackett), Elementary Principal (Dan Sarian), Director of Early Childhood Education (Ron Downs), Director of Business Development (Dave Sherman), Director of Operations (Rod Ross), Director of Admissions (Rachel Kreke), Director of Discipleship (Sam Butler), Director of Guidance and Counseling (Jeremy Wall), and Athletic Director (Eric Osberg).
My child has special needs. Can you accommodate him/her?
Possibly. Front Range Christian views special needs as including students on both ends of the learning spectrum: those who are extraordinarily gifted and those who have learning disabilities.
The Explore Program is Front Range Christian School’s tool for addressing the unique needs of highly capable elementary-aged learners. Specific services offered vary according to grade level and employ a variety of tools including pull-out classes, differentiated work, cluster classes, leveled classes, apprenticeships, and servant leader opportunities. Students are identified for the Explore Program through the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test scores (above the 90th percentile), teacher recommendation, and parent recommendation.
For gifted students in the junior/senior high, we offer a variety of honors and AP courses. For a complete list of courses, please refer to the junior high course catalog and the senior high course catalog.
Students with Learning Challenges
There are currently two different levels of services:
- Learning Accommodations can be provided to students in the classroom to support those students with documented learning needs.
- The Learning Center (TLC) – TLC services older students in a setting which offers a modified and differentiated curriculum, as well as opportunities for students to attend regular classroom settings for electives, including: PE, art, music, chapel and discipleship groups. In addition, students may participate in sports and clubs. One of the features of our prorgam is our pre-vocational and vocational program. Our goal is to have students work within a tiered program starting with working in the Front Range Christian School community and then reaching out in the community with a job that fits each particular student.
What is the community like at FRCS?
Front Range Christian offers a family atmosphere that is both welcoming and supportive. We are an active community of believers who possess a common vision for PreK-12 education.
Does the school have a parent volunteer program?
Yes. The Parent Partnership Program (P3) is a vital component to the operation of our school. Realizing that our tuition rates do not fully cover the cost to educate children at FRCS, our school relies on charitable contributions and gifts-in-kind from parent partners and generous givers to remain financially healthy. All Front Range Christian families are also asked to consider one (or both) of the following: Charitably contributing $600 or serving 60 hours per family during the fiscal year (80 hours per family if receiving tuition assistance). Charitable gifts to FRCS (monetary donations are receipted and tax-deductible; FRCS is a 501(c)3). Many P3 hours goals can be fulfilled together as a family and as a community. For a current list of opportunities in which to serve, please see the P3 page.
How do I schedule a tour, classroom observation or student-shadowing?
You may schedule a family tour or classroom observation by calling the admissions office. Front Range Christian also offers open house events in which families considering FRCS can experience the school at special events. Prospective students may have the opportunity to shadow a peer student; please call the admissions office for details.
Does the school utilize carpools?
Yes, though the school does not organize the carpools. Since the school does not provide transportation for students, many of our families carpool. FRCS provides a list of families (separated by zip code) on ParentsWeb (the school’s interactive software system) to help accommodate carpooling. Parents are given access to ParentsWeb once their student is enrolled at FRCS.
Are computers available for students?
Desktop computers and iPads are available in the elementary school. Use of this equipment is assigned by teachers for specific lessons and projects. Jr/Sr High students are all required to have iPads for classwork and homework (iPads are provided for grades 7-8; students grades 9-12 must have their own iPad). A computer lab is available for specific class use and may also be available for specific projects if something more than an iPad is needed.
What holidays does Front Range Christian observe?
Because of the strong secular emphasis given to certain holidays, the following guidelines will be followed in respect to celebration:
- Halloween – Because of the controversial nature of Halloween, we choose NOT to observe this holiday. Instead, we will focus on the harvest theme of the season. Also, recognition of the Reformation (occurring on October 31, 1517) is an option for teachers.
- Thanksgiving – Before Thanksgiving, we will observe a time of prayer and thanks to God for the many blessings He provides. The historic Christian roots of this holiday will be emphasized. A service project is planned each year in which all students are expected to participate.
- Christmas – We want students to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and, therefore, we will emphasize and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s precious gift to us. There will be no promotion of Santa Claus at the school.
- Valentines Day – We will focus on friendship and God’s love.
- Easter – We will emphasize the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There will be no promotion of the “Easter Bunny” at the school.
- Birthday Parties – Students who have birthdays during the school year may bring treats for the entire class if desired. Birthday treats may be distributed at a convenient time as determined by the classroom teacher. A day near the end of the school year may be designated to celebrate summer birthdays. If you are inviting students from school to a birthday party and want to give out invitations, please mail them or hand them out personally instead of using the teachers or the classroom for this purpose. Birthdays parties shall not be held at the school.
Are high school students allowed to leave campus for lunch?
Only juniors and seniors are allowed to drive off campus at lunch, and they are not allowed to take underclassmen with them. Sophomores may walk off campus on Thursdays. Freshmen must remain on campus during lunch. More information is available in the Parent-Student Handbook.
What grading scale does FRCS use?
90-100 A (4pts); 80-89 B (3pts), 70-79 C (2pts), 60-69 D (1pt), 0-59 F (0pts). A grade point average of at least 2.0 is required for admission into FRCS and to remain eligible for enrollment.
Which curriculum do you use?
Elementary: We have written our own curriculum documents which include course of study, scope and sequence charts, and instructional objectives for every course that we teach. These documents provide the core of our instructional program. We have selected a variety of excellent curricular materials and texts that support our learning objectives and that serve as tools to aide in our instruction. These materials come from a variety of publishers, both secular and Christian, and include Saxon Math, Rebecca Sitton Spelling, McGraw Hill Reading, Easy Grammar, ACSI Bible, Purposeful Design Science, and Journeys materials, for example. An excellent selection of high-quality literature and “living books” enhance our curriculum and challenge our students to think critically and to develop a Christian worldview.