Fairview Honors Program
Page updated: 4 September 2020
Congratulations to our Graduates, School Start, Test Registration, and Volunteer/Fundraising Initiatives
(Message from Chris Weber, IB Coordinator)
What a busy summer and start of school it has been! Despite the upheaval to our world during the past nine months, we are so very proud of the Fairview High School Class of 2020, and our International Baccalaureate Diploma students. It was an honor for me to recognize them at July’s atypical ceremony, and in my many online conversations with them this year, I was strengthened by their fortitude, resilience, and hope for the future. Our graduates are truly inspiring and it has been a privilege to work with this special group. Having taught a number of them as 11th graders, I had the chance to see their academic excellence, humility, and work ethic on many, many occasions. I will certainly miss seeing them on campus. Fortunately, a number of them have continued to help with our IB Mentor Project, helping to transition to our Class of 2021 Diploma Program Seniors, and giving valuable advice to our incoming 9th graders.
Speaking of incoming 9th graders, we met with many groups of families in early August, hosting virtual Q&A sessions with students and parents as they enter FHS and make choices about their courses, whether those are pre-IB/Honors classes, or with future plans for AP and IB courses, or the full IB Diploma. I’m most grateful for the support of the parents on the Supporters of Fairview IB committee who helped with the informative events. Please see below for a way to get involved with this wonderful group!
In addition to meeting with incoming 9th graders, we have continued to counsel 10th graders with their AP and IB plans, solidified the IB exam plans for our Class of 2021 Seniors, and began working in earnest with the Juniors who are Diploma Candidates.
The Honors Office is proud to be supporting the following developments for 2020-21:
Secured over $5000 in exam fee scholarship funds;
Sent 6 teachers to new training workshops;
Purchased supplementary educational materials for Latin, History, English, and Math classes;
Both AP and IB students are beginning the process of registering for their May 2021 exams--the registration period will begin October 1 and has a deadline of October 31. In an era with so much work done online, it’s very important for students to read their emails carefully--more AP and IB exam registration details will be sent to student emails soon!
Looking ahead, the Supporters of Fairview IB steering committee is seeking the input of parents, and would love to see you at our next meeting: please email [email protected] for more details and the link to virtual meetings. This is a great way to volunteer your time and support the school.
Finally, please keep an eye out for a donation request email as we initiate our Fall fundraising campaign. Thanks to those of you who have already contributed! Tax-receipts will be mailed in early 2021.
Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns.
ANNUAL PLEDGE DRIVE
Thank you! to the many families who have already contributed to our annual pledge drive. If your son or daughter participates in any part of the program (Pre-IB, full IB, AP/IB, just one class or many), please consider making a donation. The quickest and safest way to make a donation is by clicking on this link.
CONGRATS! GRADUATED SENIORS EARN THE IB DIPLOMA
IB Mentor Project
Some of our IB seniors have started a new initiative called The IB Mentor Project. In short, their goal is to help students understand how the IB program actually works. More specifically, the seniors are promoting longer-term discussions with underclassmen (throughout the entire school year), all with the aim of helping students make good choices with academic goals, course selections, IB/AP exams, and scholarly options within the program. They have created a great resource! You can find more information about The IB Mentor Project here.
The Washington Post has once again recognized Fairview in their annual survey of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. Fairview is the only IB school in Colorado to receive distinction every year since the inception of the report, started by Jay Matthews in 1999. The system ranks schools according to an index formula, which is a ratio of the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. You can read more about the ranking system by following this link.
CONTACT THE HONORS PROGRAM OFFICE
Fairview is a proud International Baccalaureate school, and a strong supporter of College Board's Advanced Placement program. We have woven together the best of these two curricula to create our Honors Program, and our office is here to help you navigate the many choices for advanced study.
Office hours during the school year are: 8:30am - 4:00pm daily