Fairview Elementary Named One of the Best in the Nation!

Fairview Elementary School in the Fox Chapel Area School District has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. United States Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr., announced today that Fairview is one of among 279 public and 50 private schools from across the nation selected to receive this honor.

Fairview was one of 18 schools in the state nominated for the award by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Once nominated, schools then completed a comprehensive application. Schools applied for status as Exemplary High Performing Schools (among the top schools in a state), or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools (schools making the fastest progress in their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups). Fairview’s application, completed by parents, teachers, and Principal Rebecca Stephan, addressed how Fairview uses collaboration and flexible grouping, as well as how the use of differentiated instruction sets it apart in helping students succeed. Fairview is being honored for the high performance of its students.

“You are a shining example for your communities, your state, and the nation,” Dr. King stated, speaking in a video message to the National Blue Ribbon Schools honorees. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are proof that we can prepare every child for college and meaningful careers. Your schools are on the cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices…”

According to Mrs. Stephan, the award would not have been possible without the combined efforts of many people, including all of the Fairview staff, students, and parents, as well as School Board members and district administrators.

“We are so honored to receive this recognition. It demonstrates the commitment of the Fox Chapel Area School District to maximize student learning through rigorous curriculum and instruction,” Mrs. Stephan said. “Our Fairview community is simply fabulous! We are so fortunate to have a dedicated and highly qualified staff and active parent support and involvement, and our students are such eager learners!”

Fairview Elementary School will be honored at a two-day awards ceremony November 7 and 8, along with the other National Blue Ribbon School Honorees. Mrs. Stephan and a Fairview teacher will represent Fairview Elementary at the ceremony which will be held in Washington, D.C.

This is the second time Fairview Elementary School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School. Fairview last received this recognition for the 1998-1999 school year. All six Fox Chapel Area School District schools (Fairview, Hartwood, Kerr, and O’Hara elementary schools, Dorseyville Middle School, and Fox Chapel Area High School) have received this national honor in the past between 1991-2000. The high school has also received Blue Ribbon recognition twice. Now in its 34th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools.

Fairview Elementary School has 345 students in kindergarten-grade five.

Fairview Elementary School Media Summary

Part of the Fox Chapel Area School District, Fairview Elementary is guided by our district’s mission to maximize student learning, achievement, and development. Committed to supporting the curriculum practices and efforts, families are involved with their children’s academic, athletic, and social growth at school. Children are encouraged to participate in a wide range of after-school classes, play musical instruments, participate in sports, and contribute to service projects for those less fortunate. Fairview teachers differentiate instruction so that each child has the maximum opportunity for growth. Flexible grouping allows students to move in and out of learning groups according to their learning styles and pre-assessed readiness levels. Analysis of assessment data by classroom teachers and the Response to Intervention team monitors growth to ensure appropriate interventions or enrichment. Targeted assessments are used to address early math, reading, speech and language, hearing, vision, physical and occupational therapy needs as well as the need for gifted support. Cross-curricular instruction through project-based learning projects and art, computer literacy, library, music, and physical education classes strengthens students’ capacity to apply knowledge across all subject areas. Our learning support staff implements specially designed instruction, adaptations, and accommodations for students based on need. Intensive teaching and errorless learning strategies in our intensive teaching classroom helps students achieve their academic learning goals, social learning, and communication skills needed to develop and maintain social relationships. We are committed to teaching the whole child so that our students demonstrate significant growth no matter where they are on the learning continuum.