About Falcon High School
Falcon High School in Falcon Zone is the oldest high school in District 49, was founded in 1900. During the 2007 school year, students and staff moved into a new, eco-friendly, technologically enhanced building at 10255 Lambert Road in Peyton. It's complete with Smart board technology and wireless internet access. The current enrollment includes more than 1,200 students. Facilities are in high demand for rental by the community.
Falcon High School is dedicated to the professional learning community model for high achievement for all students. It offers 20 advanced placement and CU Succeed classes to challenge students; the newest course is AP computer science. Faculty members are committed to their response-to-intervention process. To that end, after-school tutoring is available and coteaching in math, social studies, science and English. The special education and resource programs are inclusive by nature, while mild to severe needs programs are center based.
The school hosts five career academies: The Academy of Finance, the Academy of Information Technology, Academy of Health Sciences, Academy of Arts and Academy of Biotechnology. Faculty are proud of their developing ACE program, which includes an internship in a school based print shop. In addition, the school offers a strong Air Force JROTC program for those possibly considering a military career.
The school offers a full range of boys and girls athletics, band and choir opportunities, including marching band, musicals and plays, drill team and color guard. It also sponsors a variety of extracurricular programs such as: Link Crew, student council, Knowledge Bowl, Kitty Hawk Air Society, Mock Trial, Rocket Club, Distributive Education Clubs of America, FBLA, S2S, Art Open Studio, Ski/Snowboard Club, Java Club, Chess Club, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, GSA, Cyber Security, Videogame Club, REACH, Peer Mediation, Tech Theater Club, Role Playing Club, Math Club and Health Occupations Students of America-Future Health Professionals.
Falcon High School is a member of the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference, Class 4A. It competes in cross country, golf, soccer, basketball, bowling, swimming, wrestling, track, baseball, women's softball, volleyball, cheer, and track. Football competes 3A in the Foothills Football Conference.
Falcon Zone Overview
Falcon Zone has a strong tradition that dates back to 1900. That tradition carries on today with five highly successful schools. Falcon Zone offers the following programs: Academy of Health Sciences, Academy of Finance, Academy of Information and Technology, Air Force JROTC, FBLA, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Link Crew, National Honor Society, Student-to-Student program and many others. The zone offers more than 20 advanced placement and CU Succeed classes. Its schools have performed well on CSAP and ACT. Falcon Zone prides itself on offering students a sound, fundamental and comprehensive education.
- Information Technology Academy
- Health Sciences Academy
- Finance Academy
- Air Force Junior ROTC
- Vocational Classes
Trust, Compassion, Integrity
Falcon Zone achieves excellence through a collective responsibility for student learning. All members of the Falcon Zone community must feel respected, accepted and valued as we work together for students. By placing the focus on learning in every classroom, we make academic success a priority for all students. Through effective professional learning communities and collaboration with all stakeholders, in Falcon Zone:
- We learn by using data analysis to drive instruction, resulting in academic growth for all students.
- We work by providing excellent research based instruction.
- We lead by empowering and growing people through targeted and focused professional development.
Balanced Enrollment in Falcon Zone Elementary Schools
Falcon Zone schools — Falcon Elementary School of Technology, Meridian Ranch Elementary School, Woodmen Hills Elementary School, Falcon Middle School and Falcon High School — are bustling with newly built homes and new families moving in on a daily basis. Class sizes in some grade levels at Falcon Elementary School of Techology and Meridian Ranch Elementary School are nearing and reaching student numbers that begin to be detrimental to an ideal learning environment. Conversely, there is available seat space at Woodmen Hills Elementary School for the time being. Having classrooms with high student-to-teacher ratios at one school, while another sits with available spaces is not the most ideal situation for effective student learning.Depending on grade level, new Falcon Zone students will attend Woodmen Hills Elementary School, even though it is not within their natural attendance area, or “home neighborhood” school. The growth in our community presents both opportunities and challenges for all of us. The Falcon Zone leadership team is committed to giving all students an equal opportunity for learning and success.How is enrollment balanced?The Falcon Zone administrative assistant, Trish Burley, monitors enrollment during the summer, as well as quarterly throughout the school year. As students join the district, elementary school principals collaborate to place them in schools and classrooms based on class sizes. Mrs. Burley notifies parents as soon as possible, after they complete the central enrollment process, regarding each child’s school placement.
We care for students in the same special way, regardless of whether or not they are attending their natural attendance area school. Every teacher, every administrator, and every support staff member will treat all children with love and respect.
- A student may be returned to the school in the natural attendance area, if an opening occurs during the first two weeks of the school year (August 4-14, 2015), based on the child’s official date/order of enrollment. We value children having the opportunity to attend their “home neighborhood” school whenever possible.
- During the process, Ms. Burley will ask parents if they want to be contacted later (after the initial two-week start) during the school year for a possible relocation to the home neighborhood school, as spaces become available. If parents indicate they do not want to be called during the school year, then they give up their current place in line on the waiting list to return for the current school year, and the balanced enrollment process will begin again for them the following year.
- If parents want to be notified of an opening during the school year, then Ms. Burley will call on a quarterly basis. Children will have the option to return, where openings exist, at the end of each quarter.
Portfolio of Schools
District 49 will create a robust portfolio of distinct and exceptional schools. It’s not enough just to have a bunch of different kinds of schools; the district needs to have high quality, exceptional schools. District 49 strives to offer wonderful schools in all of its zones, schools that are different from each other and superior to the options students might have in neighboring districts and communities.District 49’s board-approved strategic plan provides unified vision, goals and strategies to prepare students to achieve like never before. Its strategic plan is organized around a a big rocks metaphor. If the district identifies and focuses on what's most important – its big rocks of trust, community, best district, portfolio of schools and every student – and then adds other things around them, the medium-sized rocks, and finally works in the pebbles, everything better fits together. District 49 has applied this metaphor in its strategic plan, which identifies the district's Big Rocks. These strategic initiatives will be emphasized over the upcoming years, representing the district’s commitment to its community. These five rocks are its foundation for building an excellent future with its staff, students and greater community.