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Experience the Fairview Advantage There is an undeniable mystique about Fairview Park. Some may say it’s the hidden gem of the west side. Our community has the many benefits of being part of a vibrant metropolitan area, yet possesses a small town quality that many families seek when searching for a place to call home. And a great community deserves great schools. That is why we developed a comprehensive strategic plan that will guide our work over the coming years. Using multiple surveys, focus groups, community forums and a broad communitybased advisory group and steering committee, we realigned our mission and vision and created focused goals and action plans to make our school district a leader of innovation and success. As a key facet of this work, our District Leadership Team researched, defined and set in motion the “Fairview Advantage,” a unique set of skills and attributes that set our students above the rest as they prepare for success in school and beyond. Nine areas of focus serve as a framework for student success: Create, Innovate, Investigate, Collaborate, Communicate, Solve Problems, Lead, Reflect, and Serve.

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One key tool to deliver the Fairview Advantage is the Summit Personalized Learning program. In the summer of 2016, Fairview Park City Schools was selected to participate in this elite national program which was developed by teachers from Summit Public Schools in the San Francisco Bay area with technical assistance from Facebook engineers. The program helps students set both short and long-term goals (while tracking progress towards these goals), prioritize their work, learn content at their own pace,


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complete deeper learning projects that apply real-world situations, and reflect on their learning. Teachers are able to better customize instruction to meet individual students’ needs and interests, including utilizing a variety of tools, many hands-on. This approach is supported by technology that allows both students and teachers to create and carry out individual learning plans and track progress towards goals. With a clear vision of being “a community united, empowering each other to learn differently, care deeply, and aspire to excellence” we have taken a bold and dynamic step forward to capture the imagination and ignite the passion for learning in each student from daycare to diploma.

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