Fairview Honors Program
Page updated: 7 Aug, 2019
NEW IB COORDINATOR AND HONORS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
(Message from Darren Bessett, outbound IB Coordinator)
Congratulations to Chris Weber who has been selected to be Fairview’s new IB Coordinator/Honors Program Director. Chris has been a long-time Fairview teacher in the Language Arts department and supporter of IB; he comes to us with a wealth of teaching experience and degrees in English Literature and Cultural Studies. Anticipate the same high-quality experiences the Fairview community has come to expect from the combined IB/AP curricula. We are fortunate to have Chris onboard.
Events and news this summer are bringing changes to FHS. The Navy has recalled me to active duty and I will spend the next year in Bahrain and surrounding countries. Given the timing and duration of this assignment, I have decided it best for Fairview to introduce new leadership to the honors program, thus the assignment of Chris Weber as the IB Coordinator. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as Fairview’s Honors Program Director, and I am proud to be associated with such a fine group of students, parents, and colleagues.
Judy Martin, the Honors Program Assistant, is retiring from the program as well. Judy has served the Fairview community for over 15 years, all with grace and distinction. Despite the difficulties of running a very large school, Judy has helped make Fairview a welcoming, friendly, and uplifting place for students and the community. Although retired, she will likely spend some time in the IB office first semester to help manage the leadership transition.
Have a great school year, and I will be thinking of Fairview from afar. Kindest regards, Darren Bessett
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, 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