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!
A successful candidate has these qualities:
- The student is highly interested in the academic program we offer and understands it is very challenging
- The student is self-directed and motivated
- The successful candidate typically has at least a 3.00 GPA and CAASPP (state test scores) at "standards met" level in both English language arts and math
- Excellent attendance. Students who miss school will not be able to make up labs or experiments
- Expect to have two hours of homework per night every night, and often on weekends
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, Medical Detectives, Green Architecture7th Grade: Design and Modeling, Automation and Robotics, Science of Technology8th 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 on making students feel proud of the artwork they produce.
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.
Robotics: Our robotics team won the state championship in 2017 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.
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.
How Are Students Selected?:
From March 2nd - April 8th at 3:30 PM the application will be available on this webpage. Parents MUST "submit" the application for it to be considered complete. An email will verify that the application was successfully submitted. Applications that are not submitted by the deadline will be considered void. Parents MUST apply for the correct grade level, or the application will be considered void. For example, if the child is currently in 6th grade and the parent applies for a grade other than 7th grade for the 2020-2021 school year, that application will be considered void.
A computerized lottery will take place on Friday, April 10th, at 3:30 PM. All students will either be accepted or placed on a numbered waitlist. That waitlist will remain in effect until October 31, 2020. Parents will be notified on April 10, 2020 of their child's status via email. Parents must complete registration for their child for the 2020-2021 school year by Friday, April 24th at 3:30 PM or their space will be given to the next child on the waitlist.
The lottery will create a pool of students that is 50% male, 50% female. It will also be balanced to match the ethnic makeup of the Lancaster School District.
Parents do not need to complete "zone exception" paperwork until a child is accepted for enrollment. At that point parents will receive information about how to do so.
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.