Faith West Students Excel through Specialized Learning

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KATY (Covering Katy News) – At Faith West Academy, a student’s academic experience is designed for the individual. There is nothing cookie cutter about the north Katy Christian school that serves students K-12.

Student Adapted Individualized Learning, or SAIL, is the foundation for academic success at Faith West. Evaluating each student individually provides a comprehensive guide to identify individual strengths and talents. SAIL helps each student reach their full potential both academically and in their chosen extracurricular activities.

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“SAIL gives us the opportunity to help every student individually be successful in their academic goals,” said Kim Derry, Faith West Academy Academic Advisor.

Through SAIL, Faith West Academy partners with parents to find each child’s gifts and talents with the ultimate goal of providing an educational opportunity that will allow a child to grow in the areas of his or her talents. Parents and teachers work together with the student and the academic advisor to walk through the SAIL evaluation process. Once a student’s interests and talents are identified, an academic and extracurricular plan is drafted specifically for the individual student.

SAIL is not just used to evaluate students academically. It’s also used to identify strengths in athletics, fine arts, and other important areas so that students can be placed in a program that best suits them.

At Faith West, all departments work together to offer programs that work for each individual student. A gifted and talented program is available for elementary students who need the additional challenge. For elementary students who may be struggling in reading or math, there are specialists available for extra academic support. For both elementary and secondary students, tutoring is offered several times during the school day.

A learning lab is available for secondary students who may have scheduling conflicts or who work better in a self-paced environment.

“In the Learning Lab, we can expand the number of courses we offer, and teach with an individualized approach,” said Anita Kontilis, of Faith West Academy. “Using various online curricula, we can provide additional AP classes, special pacing for students who have unique medical concerns, or added flexibility to accommodate the many extracurricular options at Faith West.  The Learning Lab gives Faith West the benefits of a larger school, with smaller classes and personalized attention.”

Faith West also offers a wide variety of sports for both male and female athletes, as well as a fine arts department that offers classes in art, theater, yearbook, photography, band, speech and debate, and choir for beginners and advanced students.

Along with athletics and fine arts, Faith West has an FFA program and agricultural science department for those interested in everything from leadership to welding.

Faith West Academy will hold an open House on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Faith West occupies a 42-acre campus that includes more than six acres of lakes and 130,000 square feet of buildings designed to serve a full range of academic, extracurricular and spiritual needs. For more information about the school call 281-391-LOVE (5683) or email

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