Fairview Honors Program
Page updated: 4 December, 2019
Fall Semester Wrap-Up, Test Registration Completion, and Volunteer/Fundraishing Initiatives
(Message from Chris Weber, IB Coordinator)
What a busy Fall it has been! We’ve registered close to 800 students for over 1700 IB and AP exams, and we are proud that our students are challenging themselves with their advanced coursework. Heidi Bolles and I have gone through a steep learning curve in our new roles and are happy with the results that teachers, staff, students and their families have helped us achieve. So far, in addition to the exam registration logistics, we have supported the following developments:
granted approximately $5000 in exam fee scholarships;
sent 4 teachers to IB training workshops;
purchased supplementary educational materials for Latin, Biology, English, French and Math classes;
presented, by the student IB Mentor Project group, to 9th grade seminar classes, Showcase Night for prospective FHS families, and scheduled multiple middle school outreach events this winter.
Both AP and IB students have been working hard in preparation for their semester-end exams, not to mention the college applications that that they’ve completed. I’ve enjoyed working with our Diploma Candidates as they finalize their Extended Essays, Creativity, Activity and Service work, and in writing many letters of recommendation. I hope that their focused research and CAS projects continue to inspire the discovery and motivation in their various interests, whether they be formal degrees at university or hobbies that they continue long into the future.
Looking ahead, we are excited to meet the Class of 2021 IB Diploma Candidate parents at an informational session at the end of January. We will also begin seeking volunteers for AP and IB exam proctoring; our training session for proctors will be held in mid-April. Finally, please keep an eye out for a donation request mailer as we initiate a December fundraising campaign. Thanks to those of you who have already contributed! Tax-receipts will be mailed in early 2020.
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 participate 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! 56 GRADUATED SENIORS EARN THE IB DIPLOMA
During the first three weeks of May, over 300 Fairview students engaged in a series of college level, international examinations. Many students were simply taking exams for the experience, and the hope of getting college credit for good scores, while over 50 were attempting to earn the more difficult to obtain International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. All 56 of the diploma candidates completed all program requirements and earned the regarded IB diploma! It is very rare for 100% of the diploma candidates to make the grade; Fairview students have always done well, and especially so this year.
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