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                  ESSENTIALLY ACADEMICS
Fayetteville Public Schools rigorous academic program begins with our youngest students in Pre-Kindergarten and culminates with graduates of Fayetteville High School who are annually accepted into leading colleges and universities across the nation.  FPS leads the state in AP SCHOLARS, and offers outstanding programs in Gifted & Talented, Advanced Placement, and Career & Technical Education. Please take a look at a few of our outstanding programs below.

GIFTED & TALENTED The Fayetteville Gifted and Talented Program, offered by Fayetteville Public Schools,  specializes in identifying and challenging those students whose needs are not met fully by the standard curriculum.  Our GT program is widely recognized as a leader in the state and region.   The program has been named Outstanding GT Program in Arkansas for large districts a record six times.  The gifted and talented program is an ADE approved K-12 program. Five GT teachers have been recognized at the state level as outstanding educators in gifted and talented programs. The program director has been recognized as the outstanding administrator of a gifted and talented program by the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators.  She has served as the Chairperson of the SW 4-State Regional Council of The College Board and is currently serving in an elected position of the National Academic Assembly of The College Board.   More about the program:

  • The GT program was awarded the first National Association for Gifted Children Curriculum Award.
  • Duke TIP Identification Program for 7th grade:  FPS had 106 qualifiers for participation:  50 students gained state recognition  (9% of state  recognition total) and 3 national recognitions (5% of the state’s national recognition total).  
  • The Fayetteville GT program was selected for inclusion in the national Standards in Action publication for exemplary identification and evaluation programs. This selection consisted of only 19 programs from 15 states; the FPS GT program was the only program recognized in the state.


ODYSSEY OF THE MIND
is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program (http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/).  Fayetteville Public Schools offers the opportunity for students to participate in Odyssey of the Mind at schools across the district.  Most recently, the team from Ramay Junior High, won the Arkansas Competition and placed 34th at the World Finals! 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT Fayetteville High School currently offers 25 Advanced Placement courses which offer the opportunity for students to receive college credit accepted throughout the United States from performance on the national AP Exam.   Last year FHS had 215 Advanced Placement Scholars,  a student national recognition program for AP exam scores in multiple courses.  This number has been the highest number of scholars for any high school in the state for a number of years.  Data available from May 2015 showed that FHS had the highest percentage of students gaining college credit-bearing scores in the state and the highest average number of exams taken in the NW Region. An annual AP survey, conducted with FHS AP graduates since the late-1980’s, indicates that over 1,000 hours of college credit throughout the nation has been awarded for  FHS student AP scores.

VIRTUAL LEARNING  Fayetteville Virtual Academy is the first district-conversion charter school in the state of Arkansas that offers an online curriculum with opportunities for face-to-face learning experiences, personalized learning plans, and specialization in areas determined by the students’ interests. The online core courses are provided by local Fayetteville Public School teachers who are available online and/or in-person, depending on the needs of the individual students. Fayetteville Virtual Academy offers a wide variety of electives-online or on another campus within the Fayetteville Public School District. In addition to the electives provided in our brick-and-mortar schools, students can complete courses, such as: Japanese, Latin, Chinese, astronomy, archaeology, gothic literature, sports & entertainment marketing, and game design. Fayetteville Virtual Academy is currently serving students in grades 4-8 and will expand over the course of the next four years to be a kindergarten through 12th grade school by the 2019-20 school year.

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION  The goal of Career Education is to empower students for effective participation in a global economy as world-class workers and citizens. Currently 66 percent of the student population in grades 7 through 12 is enrolled in a career education program of study. A student who completes a pathway by earning 3 full credits as prescribed earns the distinction of Career Education Scholar and is awarded a graduation cord, a certificate with the state of Arkansas gold seal, and is honored at a special recognition ceremony.  Career Education (CE) begins with a focused exploration of the self in relation to the world of work. Students discover their interests, talents, aptitudes, and abilities. They also learn which careers might suit them best. The workforce has evolved into a world where skills and academics go hand in hand. CE classes have also evolved over the years to incorporate industry standards, academic standards (reading, writing and mathematics), career standards, and life skills. Aligning community college and university curriculums is a focused goal so that students begin planning and earning college credit while still in high school.  Programs of study include:  Agriculture, Family & Consumer Science, Film & Television, Journalism, Photography, Finance, Marketing, Sports Medicine, STEM & Computer Science.  Please visit the Career & Technical Education pages for more information.  (Need to link this – it’s under Teaching & Learning).

STEM EDUCATION  There are many opportunities for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education within the Fayetteville Public Schools.  Currently,  concentrated STEM education is offered through Project Lead the Way’s (PLTW) Launch program at Leverett Elementary School which was awarded School of Innovation status to integrate STEM education school-wide. Two other elementary schools, Happy Hollow and Vandergriff, are piloting STEM and literacy integrated units.  At the middle level, ALL students in grades 5 complete PLTW Launch Robotics module, and 6th grade students participate in PLTW Energy & the Environment and Medical Detectives modules.  At the junior high level, both Woodland and Ramay Junior High Schools offer PLTW courses as electives. Seventh grade students have the options of  9 week electives including:  Science of Technology & Magic of Electrons or Flight and Space & Green Architecture. Eighth grade students have semester course options of Design & Modeling or Automation & Robotics.   

Ramay Junior High currently offers students a Fabrication Center equipped with mobile workstations that support a wide range of bench-top machines and equipment designed to allow students to build artifacts, projects, and displays. Ramay students also utilize a laser engraver and two 3D printers. Ramay students compete in VEX Robotics, BEST Robotics (2014 Regional Finalists), an Electric Vehicle Club, Technology Student Association and in the Razorback Technology Challenge.   Woodland Junior High offers many STEM related clubs for students including: BEST Robotics, VEX Robotics (were 2013 and 2104 State Tournament Champions, and placed in the top 20 in the World Championship), an Electric Vehicle Club, Technology Student Association and the Razorback Tech Challenge Club. The equipment available at Woodland includes: a laser engraver, a 3D printer, numerous robotics kits and a small number of hand and table tools.  Together, the junior high schools offer a summer camp for kids and host a Robotics Tournament.

Fayetteville High School offers three STEM Pathways:  Environmental & Spatial Technology, Pre-Engineering and Programming.  The Environmental & Spatial Technology Pathway includes Virtual Reality, Software Animation, GIS, Networking, Web Design, Server Administration, and Video Editing .  Pre-Engineering provides practical skills and hands-on experience and includes Intro to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Civil Engineering/Architecture.  In Programming, students can take Computer Applications I & II, Essentials of Computer Programming and AP Computer Science.