Fairview Elementary School has a bountiful history beginning in 1899. Its roots are deep and its branches are strong. Countless students have emerged from its halls to become involved and productive citizens throughout the world. Fairview has a tradition of educational excellence where community and school, together, support and foster student success in a nurturing environment. We continue the proud heritage and fine tradition.
Fairview provides a caring and challenging learning environment where students feel comfortable and come to school ready to learn. Individual potential is developed with an emphasis on intellectual curiosity using critical and creative, higher-order thinking. Students grow and learn in a culturally-rich population with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Instruction is provided through a continuum of services integrated appropriately for the individual needs of general education students, students with varying degrees of learning challenges, as well as students requiring academically advanced programs.
The school continues to receive local, state, and national recognition for academic excellence and community partnering. Fairview Elementary School has been recognized as a high-performing school by the Virginia Board of Education, earning excellence awards including the 2009 Governor's Award for Educational Excellence, the highest honor under the Virginia Index of Performance Program of the VDOE, as well as the Competence to Excellence Award in 2010 and 2011. Fairview has also earned the FCPS Golden Apple Wellness Award each year since its inception three years ago. This top-tier award recognizes elementary and secondary schools that focus on wellness in their school and community. In addition, Fairview Elementary School received the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit for two of the past four years, a national recognition.
Fairview’s high academic expectations challenge students to extend and refine learning. Collaboration among highly-qualified teachers incorporating active teacher leadership and staff development of researched, best teaching practices provides instruction for individual student success. Opportunities for expression of cultural diversity and an appreciation for the uniqueness of each student are encouraged and included in the curriculum. Learning by serving others within the community is an integral part of the instructional foundation at Fairview. The Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) program teaches conversational Chinese to students, adding a grade level each year. This year Chinese will be taught in first through fourth grades. Students are also provided opportunities to participate in a myriad of activities such as band, chorus, strings, patrols, and Student Council (SCA). Regular parent communication through conferences, newsletters, Keep in Touch and the FCPS 24-7 Blackboard interactive class sites keep parents informed as partners in their child’s education.
Fairview provides the technological base needed to prepare students for productive, global citizenship. SmartBoards are available in all classrooms to enhance instruction and promote student interaction. The computer lab boasts 30 student work stations for individualized, hands-on research and content integration as well as web cameras for video sharing. Computer stations are available in every classroom with LAN and wireless access to the World Wide Web throughout the school. The media center uses individual computer stations, a closed-circuit broadcasting studio, and a computerized book checkout/inventory system. In addition, mobile computer laboratories are available at every grade level. A digital camera lab and grade-level video cameras provide additional hands-on possibilities.
Support for student success and the education of the whole child comes in many forms. The Fairview PTA sponsors after-school programs, family evenings, cultural and educational assembly programs, as well as support for identified school initiatives. Volunteers from the school community are visible in classrooms and workrooms throughout the school day and into the evening hours. The cooperative effort among the involved parent neighborhood, the extended community, and the school creates a place where students grow and learn in a community that cares.
Last Updated: 2011-08-02