If you have any questions please call the office at (661) 206-0120.
The Fulton & Alsbury Academy opened in the fall of 2016, a public 6th-8th grade middle school in the Lancaster School District. Attending Fulton & Alsbury is an educational choice for academically motivated students interested in rigorous and relevant studies in arts and engineering. Our test scores are among the highest in southern California, and we are proud of our students’ accomplishments!
Our district prides itself on offering options and excellence in education. The district’s four comprehensive middle schools offer a host of terrific after-school sports, music, band, drama, and foreign language options. Fulton & Alsbury doesn’t offer these, but we do offer a rigorous and engaging curriculum within our specialized areas of focus.
Every student has three teachers in all three grade levels. One teacher teaches the math, science, and engineering courses, the second teaches language arts, history, and the art class, and they have PE daily with the third teacher. We have two pairs of content teachers at each grade level, for 140 students per grade and a maximum school enrollment of 420 students. In this small school environment students and teachers know one another very well. While are proud of our academic rigor and we place great value on creating a supportive, caring, and safe environment. Our students stand out for being nice.
We use a nationally recognized curriculum called Project Lead The Way (PLTW). Their middle school program, Gateway, takes students through nine courses over three years at Fulton & Alsbury. They are taught in the following order:6th Grade: Energy and the Environment, Green Architecture, Science of Technology7th Grade: Design and Modeling, Medical Detectives, Automation and Robotics8th Grade: Magic of Electrons, Introduction to Computer Science, Flight and Space
Every student uses a high-end laptop in class to run sophisticated software including Autodesk Inventor for 3D modeling. Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Air Force Research Lab and the support of the Lancaster School District, we have a 1:1 ratio of laptops to students. We are also grateful to Lockheed Martin and Verizon for their generous support of our school. Each donated $20,000 to our STEM program, allowing us to ensure students have all the materials for their elective classes.
Our arts program provides a foundation in the visual arts, starting with the elements of art in 6th grade, the principles of design in 7th grade, and mixed media in 8th grade, including watercolors and acrylic painting. Our students learn that they can become competent in art through instruction and practice. Our focus is not on art history, but on producing art.
Some days during the week the art period is used to teach skills strategies. We hire college tutors to lead small group tutorials, teaching students to work through difficult problems they encountered during the week. The tutors serve as facilitators, helping students to think for themselves and not just giving them answers. Our students are required to keep large binders to stay organized, and their binders are checked on a weekly basis.
We enrich our program with visits to locations including the Getty Villa to study Greek and Roman cultures, the Ronald Reagan Library to deepen our understanding of U.S. history, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, the Cal Portland Cement Company, NASA Armstrong, the Air Force Test Pilot School, LPAC, and Lancaster City Hall. Optional field trips have included Sea World, Disneyland, Washington, D.C., Boston & New York, and Puerto Rico. Visiting universities is also an important component of the program. Our students speak with university students, interns, and those employed in the STEM fields to better understand the pathway these young men and women took to get where they are today.
In order to learn about the world around them, we bring in many guest speakers to share their stories. We have heard from the CEOs of firms like Sage Cheshire Aerospace, Masimo, and Simulations Plus. We have spoken with the director of NASA Armstrong, the Chief Scientist, and interns. We have spoken with a rocket propulsion expert from Virgin Galactic and a space and missile specialist from the Air Force Research Lab. We heard from an instructor at the Air Force's Test Pilot School. We Skyped with the director of a nuclear fusion laboratory in France and with a windmill expert who was inside of a turbine above the Kansas plain during our conversation. Each of these talks led to a better understanding of how math and science can be applied to solve real world problems.
Each year we have been invited to bring 2-3 students to the Society of Experimental Test Pilots annual symposium at the Disney Grand Californian. We also select 7th grade girls for Tech Trek, one of whom will win a scholarship to attend a week of science camp at a university over the summer.
Robotics: Our robotics team won the state championship last year and was invited to attend the VEX World Championship in Louisville, KY. There they competed with and against teams from across the country and around the world, including China, Mexico, New York, Michigan, and others.
Science Olympiad: Our students compete in a challenge of science knowledge and know-how, where attention to detail and the ability to study their subject carefully can lead to regional and state championships. Last year we placed third in the region and competed at Caltech for the state finals.
Dance Force: Our competitive ballroom dance team has the highest enrollment of any of our after-school clubs, and students learn to waltz, line dance, and lindy hop their way to success.
Who Makes a Good Fit?:
We are looking for students who have a deep interest in studying hard, building things, using computers, and enjoying art. Students will work extremely hard in this program and must be willing to challenge themselves.
How Are Students Selected?:
On March 1st - April 3rd at 3:30 PM the application will be available on this web page. Students will be randomly selected from those who apply on Friday, April 5th at 3:30 PM. At that time parents will be contacted either by email or text message that their child has been accepted or is on the waitlist. For those who are accepted, they must confirm they will attend by April 19th at 3:30 PM or their space will be given to the next student on the waitlist. Further, parents must complete registration for their child for the 2019/2020 school year by Friday, May 17th at 3:30 PM or their space will be given to the next child on the waitlist. If you have any questions about the process. Please give us a call at (661)206-0120.
Can You Sum It Up?:
We are impressed that many visitors say, "I wish I had this kind of program when I was a kid!" Our students have summed it up by saying, "Fulton & Alsbury is challenging, and it's fun!" For those who enjoy arts and engineering, we can't agree more.
If you have questions, feel free to call us at (661) 206-0120.