Student achievement Is our top priority at Falcon High School. Faculty in each department establishes goals for their students. For individual students, we establish goals that coincide with their individual educational plans, individual learning plans, advanced learning plans and response to intervention plans. Additionally, we establish student achievement goals within our school improvement plan. All goals revolve around the Colorado academic standards. We believe that teachers need individual and collaborative planning to be most effective. Innovation status allows Falcon High School to design and implement a master schedule, a teacher work schedule, and an annual calendar that best serves our students, families and teachers.
Aligned with current research and best practices, our curriculum and structure at Falcon High School is supplemented with a multi-strand approach that encourages learning and growth for all students. We integrate a rigorous career and college-preparatory curriculum with the option for students to pursue a course of study in one of six comprehensive academies:
- Information and Technology
- Health Careers
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Character and Leadership
This academic environment is supplemented to increase internal supports, safety and school attachment - characteristics that have been shown to eliminate the achievement gap in public schools. The curriculum at Falcon High School is overlaid and aligned to the career and technical education system of instruction, which is based on the premise that students of all abilities can succeed if held accountable to the highest standard, provided appropriate academic and social supports, and encouraged to participate In opportunities for learning enrichment.
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FHS Grading System Rationale
At Falcon High School, we believe that a standards-based assessment system promotes academic success for our students.
Teachers, students, and parents have a clear understanding of each student's strengths and weaknesses so that this information can be used to promote growth and provide remediation where needed to ensure student success. Standards-based grading is a way of combining alternative forms of assessment by assessing students on specific criteria and reporting on students' specific strengths and weaknesses. We believe:
- Standards-based grading system will promote academic success for our students.
- Teachers, students, and parents will have a clear understanding of each student's strengths and weaknesses and can use this information to promote growth and provide remediation where needed to ensure student success.
- The purpose of grades is to communicate about the student's current level of achievement. Assigning grades to shape behavior is not consistent with a standards-based educational system.