FAQ for Prospective Parents
Q: How many students are at Faith Baptist Schools?
A: There are about 1300 students total in grades K3 - 12.
Q: How many students are in each class?
A: The three and four year old classes can have up to 21 students in each classroom with a teacher and teacher's aid. All other grades have between 25-32 students per class with one teacher.
Q: How much does Faith Baptist cost?
Q: When is the deadline to enroll?
A: There is no deadline to enroll, but space is limited. It is recommended that you enroll as soon as possible so you don't have to be put on a waiting list if your grade level is full.
Q: What is the age cutoff?
A: Faith Baptist Schools follows the admission guidelines set by the state of California. Children entering the three year old kindergarten must be three by September 1. Children entering the four year old kindergarten must be four by September 1. Children entering the five year old kindergarten must be five by October 1.
Q: Is there a waiting list for enrollment?
A: Enrollment opens in January for each upcoming school year. We do not maintain waiting lists for future school years. Space is limited, particularly in the three and four year old programs, and a waiting list will begin only when each spot has been filled for the upcoming school year.
Q: We were put on a waiting list. What does this mean?
A: A waiting list will begin only when the seats have been filled in a grade level. If your child's grade level is full by the time you turn in his application, your child will be placed on the waiting list in first-come, first-serve fashion. Students will officially be accepted and can begin school when a space becomes available.
Q: What time do classes start?
A: Classes begin at various times. Please see below:
- K3 & K4 8:45 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
- K5 8:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
- Grades 1 or 2 8:30 A.M. - 3:10 P.M.
- Grades 3 or 4 8:30 A.M. - 3:20 A.M.
- Grades 5 or 6 8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M
- Grades 7 through 12 8:00 A.M. - 3:40 P.M.
Q: What time does before- and after-school daycare begin?
A: Before- and after-school daycare is available for all students in kindergarten through sixth grade beginning before-school at 7:00 A.M. and after-school until 6:00 P.M. An after-school study hall is available until 6:00 P.M. for all students in grades 7 & 8.
Q: I've already turned in my child's application for enrollment. What's next?
A: Unless you were told there is a waiting list, children in grades K3 & K4 are officially accepted once an application is turned into the financial office with the enrollment fee. Once all of the requirements are met for children entering grades K5-12, the Admissions Director will contact you to let you know of your child's official acceptance. Additionally, information will be e-mailed to you in August regarding the start of school, school supplies, and Back-To-School Night.
Q: What is the sibling discount?
A: The oldest child is considered the first child and will pay the regular tuition cost for his grade level. The second child will receive $1000 off the regular tuition cost for his grade level. The third child receives $1500 off his regular tuition cost. The fourth child, and any additional children, will receive $2000 off the regular tuition cost for his grade level.
To be eligible to receive the sibling discount, a parent must present a birth certificate or proof of legal guardianship.
Q: Is Faith Baptist affordable for my family?
A: Due to our debt-free facilities, Faith Baptist is able to provide the least expensive private school education in the San Fernando Valley. Please visit the Tuition and Fees page for a complete list of tuition costs. Financial Assistance is available for families who qualify. Please visit the Affording Faith Baptist page for more information.
Q: Does my child have to wear a uniform?
A: Yes, all students in grades K3-12 must wear the Faith Baptist approved uniform. Faith Baptist uses the Dennis Uniform Company as our official uniform distributor. Please check out the Dennis Uniform website to order uniform pieces, or visit the store located at 20920 Victory Blvd. in Woodland Hills.
Q: How can my child be a student at Faith Baptist?
Q: My child received an "F" on his report card from his previous school. Can he enroll at Faith Baptist?
A: Because we have a very accelerated curriculum and strict code of behavior, the administration may find it necessary to deny some applications for enrollment. This may be due to academic deficiencies. Students must pass the entrance exam and their report cards must be average or better.
Q: What if my child doesn't do well on the entrance exam?
A: If a child scores low in any area of the entrance exam, Faith Baptist may recommend or require him to attend Summer School. Summer School may help elementary students who score low in math, reading, or English. Summer school classes available for students in grades 7-12 can be found here. Academic Probation may also be an option for low-scoring students. If a student is not accepted into Faith Baptist, the enrollment fee will be fully refunded.
Q: My child was expelled from his previous school. Can he enroll at Faith Baptist?
A: Past discipline problems may cause an application to be denied. No child will be admitted into Faith Baptist Schools without a good recommendation from his previous school. His report card must reflect good work habits and citizenship. Please understand that although we would like to accept every student, Faith Baptist is not primarily a remedial or disciplinary school.
Q: What if we are not Christian or Baptist?
A: Faith Baptist Schools is an open-enrollment school, therefore, church attendance is not mandatory for students or parents. However, because we are a distinctively Christian school, Bible is a required subject for every student.
Q: How is Christianity a part of my child's education?
A: Faith Baptist Schools is a distinctively Christian school. Our purpose is not only to educate the minds of young people, but also to guide their hearts to an understanding of God's Holy Word, the Bible. For this reason, Bible is a required subject for every student. In addition, our first- through twelfth-grade students attend chapel regularly.
In a Christian school, and only in a Christian school, will your child be taught moral and ethical values which have a foundation in God's Word. Students who are given such a foundation have the opportunity to develop the personal characteristics necessary to succeed in college and in life. Please read A Faith Baptist Education to understand more about the education your child will receive here at Faith Baptist.
Q: What if my child has trouble catching up to the FBS academics?
A: Depending on a child's entrance exam scores, Faith Baptist may recommend or require him to attend Summer School. Summer School may help students who score low in math, reading, or English. Once school begins, after-school help classes are offered by each grade level. Tutoring is also available at $15 per hour for a student tutor, or $35 per hour for a teacher tutor. You can request a tutor for your child here.
Q: Are parents required to complete volunteer hours?
A: Parents are not required to complete any volunteer hours. Parents, however, are more than welcome to help chaperone class field trips, the candy sale, and various classroom parties. For your child's safety, we require that all parents complete a Volunteer Screening Form for approval.
Q: When can we visit FBS?
A: Parents may schedule an appointment with the Admissions Director to take a tour of the campus. To request a tour, please click here. Information on parent meetings and our annual Open House can be found here.
Q: What colleges and universities have your students been accepted to?
Q: Do you offer bus service? A: Yes, Faith Baptist offers a bus service to families in the Simi Valley and San Fernando Valley. For information and to complete a contract, click here.
Q: Can I request a teacher for my child?
A: Please understand that we cannot honor all requests for specific teachers. The Administration of Faith Baptist earnestly seeks to provide each student with the best possible classroom environment. When it comes to placement, the following factors are considered: time of enrollment, teacher requests, academic ranking, teacher recommendations, gender, and new student status. We do our best to put each student where we feel he will be most happy and effective in his school work, but we cannot promise to place your child in the class you request. We kindly ask that each school family support our policy of waiting thirty days before requesting a teacher change, if your child is not placed in the class that your request on his application.