Frequently Asked Questions
Who comes to French Camp Academy?
Most of our students are typical kids. We are geared to help students with normal physical and emotional health who are able to perform at their normal grade level in school. Most of our young people come to us from some kind of problem home situation not of their own making such as divorce, separation or death of a parent. Often they have a single parent who is unable to give the time and structure that is needed. Sometimes the family is together but dysfunctional and sometimes elderly grandparents are unable to continue caring for a child. The common thread is that these young people are in situations that are unhealthy for them and they need a stable environment.
What is the cost or tuition for FCA?
Our desire is that no young person be turned away because of a lack of financial resources. We believe that if our Heavenly Father desires for a young person to attend FCA, He will provide the finances through the family, FCA scholarship funds or a combination. For more information refer to page 5 of the Student Application under the Admissions heading.
What are the "dorms" like?
We prefer to call them "homes" because of the qualities that give them the look and feel of being at home. Each child lives with one roommate in a 16-18 student home. Student kitchen, den and laundry areas are available for free time and chores. A house parent couple lives in the home and does all they can to make a happy home life for the students. House Parents supervise study hall, take children to the doctor, cook an occasional meal with students, attend student activities and are available to the students all day, just as parents would be.
How are students disciplined?
Forms of discipline, ranging from restrictions to corporal punishment, are administered to encourage young people to work harder or to correct habitually bad conduct such as tardiness, disobedience, disrespect, lying, or stealing. A child who does not respond to discipline may be asked to leave FCA. A young person whose attitude, words, or actions cause more harm than the good s/he is receiving must leave FCA. Certain offenses such as use/distribution of drugs/alcohol, leaving the dormitory after hours, inappropriate sexual behavior, or purposely doing harm to one’s self or another result in immediate dismissal.
What about church?
Though our school was founded by Presbyterians, we are an interdenominational school/home. No child is turned away because of religion, and we do not force our beliefs on a child. Students are, however, required to attend church on Sunday and weekly chapel and vespers services. Respect for the Lord and others is expected during these worship times. There are also personal discipleship opportunities for students. Our ultimate goal is young people who love God with all their hearts and their neighbors as themselves.
What about the Work Program?
Students are assigned to small teams supervised by FCA staff. Every 9 weeks they rotate to another team with different responsibilities and objectives to learn. This unique program is designed to teach basic skills, dependability, and a good work ethic, and to introduce the students to different career choices. Students, 7th grade and above are assigned to a supervised crew for an hour and a half each weekday after school and three hours on Saturday morning. Crews involve the students in work such as office skills, retail sales, landscaping, equine management, arts & crafts, building maintenance, photography, and dining room service. Upon graduation from French Camp Academy a student will have a resumé of experiences that can be used for future employment opportunities.