As the oldest on the elementary school campus, fourth-grade students have many privileges and responsibilities associated with being the "big kids." Fourth grade participates in big fine arts performances, they lead worship on stage during chapel, they beat the teachers in the annual kickball and basketball tournaments, they are invited to the mall to sing at Christmas, they dress up to attend a play in Houston and they are privileged to lead the younger students on campus.
In an effort to prepare these young leaders for the transition to middle school, boys and girls are separated for a special mentor day where they learn how to act with maturity and respect. Girls enjoy a tea party that focuses on etiquette and manners and boys have a pizza party where they discuss what it means to be gentlemen.
The annual Junior Dedication Ceremony is the longest standing tradition at Fort Bend Christian Academy as it began with the first graduating class. It is one of the most anticipated days of the year in the upper school. The ceremony marks the countdown to graduation, as students only have 18 months under their parent's roof before heading off to college, and it also signifies the junior’s transition into leaders of the school. Junior Dedication is a time for faculty to pray for the students, and it is customary for students to receive gifts from their parents such as a Bible, ring or something sentimental to commemorate the day.
Each August, the senior class enjoys a long weekend for a retreat. The retreat gives seniors the opportunity to build community, strengthen relationships, discover ways to serve and lead and prepare for the final year of upper school. One of the most meaningful retreat traditions includes the students receiving encouraging letters from family and friends.
For many, Bike to Breakfast is their favorite tradition at FBCA. With the help of the campus police, seniors are safely led through Sugar Land on their bikes. They meet at a host’s home for breakfast together.
The Graduates Parade is a relatively new tradition that has garnered a lot of excitement. After taking their class photo, seniors—dressed in their caps, gowns and tassels—parade through the lower and middle school campuses, high-fiving former teachers and young students. This tradition inspires the younger students as they look forward to their own graduation one day, and it also reminds the seniors of where they started, how far they have come and who got them to where they are today.