Fort Myers Christian School
K3 – 8th grade Christian School (faith based)
A ministry of First Assembly of God, Fort Myers
FMCS works with the home and the church to academically train and spiritually nurture students to become productive citizens in society and impact others for Jesus Christ.
Statement of Beliefs
Fort Myers Christian School is a ministry of First Assembly of God. Click here for our statement of beliefs.
Fort Myers Christian School (FMCS) was established in 1979 by First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida. We are very thankful for the leadership of Pastor David Deaton of First Assembly and our first Principal, Pastor Rick Heers, who had the vision to reach Southwest Florida students and families for Jesus Christ through Christian Education.
We are also very thankful for God’s blessing over the years and for all the Principals, Pastors, School Board members, faculty and staff who have dedicated their lives to lead our young people to “become productive citizens in society and impact others for Jesus Christ.”
All the principals of our school have been a blessing!
- Pastor Richard Heers, Our Founder, serving 1979 – 1988
- Dr. Charles Kendrick, 1988 – 1989
- Mr. Dale Moncrief, 1989 – 1995
- Pastor Shelton Gwaltney, 1995 – 2004
- Mr. Mel Mitchell, 2004 – present
Fort Myers Christian School (FMCS) was established in 1979 by First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida. Since 1987, FMCS has been a FULLY ACCREDITED PK3-8th grade school through the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), and the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC), (www.fkconline.org) (Other local FCIS schools include the Canterbury School; in Naples: The Community School of Naples, & Seacrest Country Day School).
FCIS was founded in 1954 by a small group of independent private school leaders to establish high standards for nonpublic schools. It is a professional educational association that evaluates and accredits independent schools throughout the state of Florida. FCIS assures that each member school maintains high standards and its independence. In serving the students of Florida, FCIS promotes educational, ethical, and professional excellence on the part of owners, trustees, administrators, faculty, and staff in member schools. (From www.fcis.org )
In March of 2012, an accreditation team conducted their five year re-accreditation review. We are happy to announce that our school has passed and will continue accreditation through 2017! A new team arrives in March of 2017 for review.
We are also members of Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), (www.acsi.org). Currently ACSI serves over 5,300 member schools in approximately 100 countries with an enrollment of nearly 1.2 million students.
Core Values (Infograph link)
Definition: A core value is a central belief deeply understood and shared by every member of an organization. Core values guide the actions of everyone in the organization; they focus its energy and are the anchor point for all its plans. A couple of years ago in a Wall Street Journal Interview, Lou Holtz, the famous head football coach at Notre Dame, said “What holds a country together, what holds a family together, what holds a business together are core values.” (from “How To Be a Nostalgia Creator“)
Faith – we believe and teach our students that our foundation is built on Jesus and on God’s spoken word, the bible. John 14:6 states, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” 1 Corinthians 3:11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ
Love – one of the main reasons why parents chose FMCS is because they know the teachers and staff love their children. In turn, our desire is to teach students to love others. John 13:34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
Integrity: Abraham Lincoln said “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” God is truth and from his Word come absolute truths for us to live and model. It is a blessing to work with young people of great character. 3 John 1:14, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
Excellence – a daily goal for each staff, faculty and student is not to settle for the norm, or the average, but to reach for higher standards and give our best. Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men”
Service – students at FMCS from PK to eighth grade are actively involved with serving others locally and around the world through our Mission 24:40 program. Matthew 23:11, “The greatest among you will be your servant.”
FMCS exists to cooperate with Christian parents to teach and train their children according to God’s Word. FMCS seeks to integrate the truth of Scripture into every aspect of the curriculum and school program and to nurture the development of Christian character in each student.
It is our goal that each student be academically and spiritually successful, and we believe this can only be fully attained through a combined effort of the home, school, and church. The personal philosophy of each family is important, as parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education. We exist to provide a Christian education for children of average and above average aptitude and ability.
FMCS embraces a traditional approach to the elementary and middle school curriculum. Strong emphasis is placed on phonics, critical thinking skills, study habits and a disciplined approach to learning.