First Wesleyan Christian School

Address: 208-A South Church St. Gastonia, NC 28054
Voice: 704.865.9823
Fax: 704.852.4219


First Wesleyan is a traditional, interdenominational Christian school which has been providing quality Christian education since 1971.  It currently serves some 280 students in its state-licensed, academic preschool and accelerated K-8 division.  FWCS's staff and school families represent some 40 evangelical churches. 

Academically, FWCS's K-8 students as a group have repeatedly scored in the top 20% of the nation on the rigorous Stanford Achievement Test.  FWCS's average K-8 teacher/pupil ratio is 1:15.  Its average kindergartener graduates read at near the second grade level.  Beginning with its two-year-old classes FWCS's 120 preschoolers receive intense instruction in phonics.

FWCS's K-8 classes use texts from ABeka, ACSI, Bob Jones, Saxon Math, Positive Action in Christ, and McDougal Littell.  Besides regular academic subjects and daily Bible classes, FWCS K-8 students enjoy weekly classes in art, music, Spanish, P.E., computer, and library.  Extracurricular activities include girls' volleyball, boys' basketball, chess club, art club, Home Economics, etc.  K-8 students also have numerous opportunities to compete in spelling bees, speech meets, math contests, science fairs, and geography bowls.

FWCS also offers unique emphases such as: Public-speaking training for all students in grades 1-8; Small, advanced computer classes in grades K-8; Training in systematic Bible study methods in grades 6-8; Expanded/enriched Bible curriculum in grades K-8.