Fairview Honors Program
Page updated: 25 September, 2019
School Start and Test Registration Season
(Message from Chris Weber, IB Coordinator)
I am honored to have been chosen for the IB Coordinator position and excited to continue the proud tradition that Mr. Bessett has established. The IB and AP Programs at Fairview are robust, and I look forward to continuing our work with students, parents, colleagues, and administration in 2019-20 and into the future. The start of school began with a wonderful kickoff picnic, when many new FHS families socialized. Opening remarks were shared by Mr. Stensrud, an introduction to the IB Program was given by James Shehigian (Fairview Supporters of IB President), and a number of Seniors (as well as one graduate!) shared their experiences in the program. In recent weeks, I've enjoyed meeting with many students and their families as they consider the range of options available at Fairview.
As you may have already read, Judy Martin, the Honors Program Assistant, has retired from her position. Though the school will not be the same without Judy, we are happy to report the new hiring of Heidi Bolles for this post. Heidi has worked with BVSD for 5 years, at Fairview for the past year, and brings an array of exemplary skills to the IB/Honors Office. We are most grateful that Judy remains on-call to assist during this transition.
The test registration process for May 2020 has begun with AP students using a College Board A.P. account, and continues with the fee collection system for both A.P. and IB tests. Please go to this link to register for exams. Remember that test registration is not complete until the final step of making payment through Revtrak has been taken.
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