The middle school program at Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy is a small, personalized environment where students’ interests are focused on in a safe environment. Unlike a lot of traditional middle schools and junior high schools, our seventh and eighth grade students know one another well, frequently collaborating with one another, from day-to-day assignments, to fun and exciting projects. Due to our unique location, our eighth graders also have an opportunity to participate in some of the high school class offerings, including higher levels of math, foreign language, and CTE classes such as Aviation Seminar, Robotics, Leadership, and Engineering Essentials. The middle school program also involves our families into the educational foundation to a much larger degree, because one day a week the students have a home study day. This day is meant to be a personalized learning day at home, involving family members to support and guide the learning, utilizing the world as the classroom. This unique partnership makes the Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy a wonderful option to consider when families are looking for the “right” place to enroll their adolescent children.
Mission/Vision: Our Classroom is the World
At FAPA Middle School, our classroom is the world, and this particular world incorporates a living, breathing airport, which allows students the unique opportunity to experience learning unlike any other. Although we use aviation as a focus for many of our learners, our school is much more than that. We believe that personalizing learning for our students is key, igniting each student’s passion for learning through a multi-faceted approach to teaching. We personalize our approach for each student by collaborating with them, their parents and mentors, and each other in order to successfully discover each student’s career passion and create life-long learners who are involved members of their community.
Each FAPA Middle School student is valued as an individual. Teachers know each student both as a human being and as a learner. The learning environment is designed so that each student has time and space to pursue academic and personal learning goals through a variety of means. Authentic and real-world learning experiences are consistently prioritized over traditional textbook methods. FAPA Middle School learners are empowered with knowledge of their preferred learning style, tools they can use to master a learning goal, and significant choice in the learning process.
Collaborating with their teacher, each student creates an individual learning path whereby s/he can attain measurable and achievable weekly and yearly goals (at least one year’s growth for students on or above grade level, 1.5 for students below grade level.)
It is vital that we personalize the learning for our students, ensuring that our educational philosophy is student-centered. By taking such an approach, we ensure that each individual child learns according to their unique learning style, which helps to maximize their potential. When the focus of learning is on each individual student’s interests and passions, they are empowered to learn.
At the beginning of the year, each student sets academic and personal goals for the year. We discuss these individual goals with the students regularly, guiding, supporting and modifying as needed for them to be successful at reaching these goals. Knowing there is no one path towards any goal, we help support our students along their learning journey to a positive conclusion.
Our students at FAPA Middle School have many interests. They partake in spirit days, play competitive sports against other schools, participate in school socials, collaborate on projects, and compete in science fair. Our students also have the opportunity to take classes on aviation from current and former pilots and participate in high school level math, and Spanish courses (upon teacher recommendation).
At the FAPA Middle School, we do not simply have a classroom comprised of four walls, windows, and one or two doors. Our classroom is also the community, and we place authentic learning as a high priority