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Fairview High School

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Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My child has been at this school for 2 years, has a very high GPA, takes IB/AP classes, has many friends, is in sports, all kinds of clubs and is very involved and motivated in general. student likes FHS mainly because friends go there and excels in spite of many obstacles, culture and challenges at this school. experience has been that the school climate in general is not so great. Very competitive, lack of transparency- e.g., for some club/activity selection seems to be arbitrarily exclusive, without transparency, and no due process. Teachers and counselors are overloaded, don't respond to emails or messages, and students and parents have to be very persistent to get an answer which leads to perception that lack of accountability, time or not caring or some combo. staff don't admit mistakes or like to be challenged, blame stuents .Students don't have much time to be persistent due to heavy load so concerns are dropped. Have second guessed selecting FHS, others say diff h.s. in the area get to know their students. school prepares for life because it's ruthless, not fair. good news is, if survive, can handle most anything. mostly school highly rated bc of high potential students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

Great School, but I feel as though their are schools with better environments and programs in this district.


Posted September 19, 2013

I am so glad that I went to this school. It was an amazing experience and prepared me very well for college. I am currently an elementary school teacher in a different district and wish that lived in Boulder so my kids could attend this school. Fairview's teachers were always encouraging me to follow my dreams and worked tirelessly to make sure I understood the curriculum. The choir program was outstanding and extremely fun to be a part of. I would not change my high school experience for anything. If you are looking for a great, high performing school with many different activities, clubs and classes then Fairview is a great choice.


Posted February 3, 2013

Fairview is interested in their sports programs and only students who fit their mold. The administration want kids who don't rock the boat and toe the line. Their counselors with a few exceptions are under motivated and not creative. Fairview has some really incredible teachers who are working against an administration that only seems to care about performance and not students. So if your student has no issues, loves homework and is just another face in the crowd they will do fine. If your student questions things, is an alternative learner and wants to have any social interaction with people not into their clique, then another school might be a better fit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2012

I remember this school. The things that I experienced were quite surprising. As I recall they would take note of the students that had the lowest performance rates on a list... then slowly they would go through the list and encourage the student to drop out or to transfer to different schools. I assume this was to keep the ranking of the school up? I don't really know, and that practice might have changed by now. The teachers that attempted to help these students to succeed were many times overwrought with difficulty and resistance. There also seemed to be a major lack of communication across the system and intense focus in only specific areas. The building is also badly constructed for mental health as there is little natural sunlight and the shape is hive like. Many of the teachers also seemed to be overloaded with work and so students were not properly attended to. The lack of diversity is also a bit disconcerting. So, from the perspective of an alternative learner I would really suggest going somewhere else.


Posted June 21, 2012

I went to Fairview for a year and transferred to nearby Centaurus High in May of that year, and I was floored at how incredible the difference was. At Fairview I felt like I was always working and like I was always being judged from every direction. The theatre and music departments especially were almost cruel in their ruthlessness. When I transferred I realized that the work I'd been doing at FHS was essentially busywork, and that I could learn just as well without the sadistic workload administered by FHS staff. Now in the CHS IB Programme, I can assure you that if you are eager to learn, you should come to Centaurus rather than to Fairview. The teachers there actually care and are willing to help students learn without assigning them hours upon hours of busywork, and CHS IB kids get more 1-on-1 attention because while FHS is simply too big for such rigor, Centaurus IB classes hover around 20 students. The IB test results and a 95% success rate at CHS demonstrate this perfectly. Please, if you want to do IB, don't let the test scores fool you. As a former student, I know that this school is not for kids who enjoy learning and achieving. It is a school for kids who enjoy working.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2011

As a sophomore who attends FHS, I have a very different perspective from many of the parents whose kids attend Fairview. What you should know right off the bat is that Fairview is a VERY competitive school. The work is difficult if you are in Pre-IB/AP/IB classes. The IB Diploma is an insane amount of work, basically you don't have a life outside of school. Although the IB Diploma is good, it doesn't do much for you unless you are going to college out of the country or are planning to be in the very top of your class and attend an Ivy League School. I do not take part in any sports but I know for a fact that many of them are good. The teacher at Fairview from very good to good to very bad.The Social Studies department has some phenomenal teachers, especially Pre-IB teachers. The music department is also very very good. In my opinion the best in the district, if not the state. The bottom line is if you are willing to work your butt off and are willing to learn then Fairview is the perfect school for you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2010

Fairview High School has a dedicated stuff of teachers, counselors, and administrators who really care about our students, and they push our kids to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2010

Fairview is a great school for people with any strengths and interests. The athletic program is very strong and wins, even in the 5A division (the largest high school division)- in the past year, the football team made the state Final Four, the boys' basketball team made the state finals, and both the ultimate frisbee and girls' soccer teams won their respective state championships. Many other teams made other levels in the playoffs. The fine arts department is exceptional- the advanced choirs are well known. The academic program is clearly well ahead of almost all other public high schools- the test scores from Fairview are very high (SAT, ACT, PSAT, CSAP, AP, IB, etc.) and many seniors each year are accepted into top universities. IB is a challenging, rigorous program. Student Council, Knight Crew, and NHS develop leadership.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 30, 2010

Fairview High School provided me with exellent academics, incredible athletics, and an outstanding fine arts program. I felt independent to choose my own path for my future but knew that any path I would be guided by the fantastic academics of Fairview High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

Fairview High School not only excels in academic performance but the staff and faculty provide a caring and nurturing environment for every student
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

FHS has a variety of courses for every child and excels in academic performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

As a former student, I truly cannot give high enough praise to the quality of the academics, athletics, and extracurriculars of Fairview High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2008

Fairview is wonderful. My daughter has been in the IEP program and the support and hard work these teachers give has been exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

We've pretty much had it with Fairview. My child isn't in the IB program and virtually every teacher he has had in a year and a half have been entrenched, inflexible and unresponsive. It's difficult to get a hold of teachers (voice mail box system doesn't allow you to leave messages with most after school hours). We're pulling my son out at the end of the semester.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2007

Fairview has been a wonderful school. It offers challenges that I and my son expect in its IB program along with an excellent choice of extracurricular activities for those who want to participate. We feel that we are definitely on the right track for college and Fairview is helping us to achieve that. Of course, with Fairview or any other high school it is what you make of it and how much effort you are willing to put into your education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2007

Fairview has undergone a tremendous amount of change over the last 4 years. The current school administration is much more caring, involved, and consistent with the students, the parents, the teachers and the community. The IB program is unique as one does not have to test into the program and one can pick and choose whether to take an IB core class or a regular level core class. Teachers who teach both IB and non-IB classes are the better teachers. There are some non-IB teachers who are awful, especially in the Language Arts department. The Math and Science departments are very challenging, regardless of whether you are an IB or non-IB student due to expectations and in some cases, the teacher. The fine arts department produces fantastic productions. Vocational education is available as half day classes during junior and senior year. Many seniors are accepted into top universities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2006

This is a great school for the kids in the IB program. The kids not in the IB program can get the short stick at times. My child has had some good teachers, and some awful teachers. In particular, we've found the social studies program to be the highlight in regards to teachers....even for kids just taking regular, and not IB and AP classes. It also has a wonderful music program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2006

A truly outstanding public high school with world-class academics and extracurricular activities. The workload is considerable, the expectations are high, and the students themselves - at least at the IB level - have little tolerance for the kind of distractions that so often plague our public schools. A great place for a kid to get an education; one should expect no less from a staff of the caliber of the one at Fairview.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 2, 2005

great school, teachers.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

566 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

2012

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

566 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

566 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

548 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

548 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

548 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

548 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Female75%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian88%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial76%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Reading

All Students89%
Female92%
Male85%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian94%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial89%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant88%

Writing

All Students81%
Female87%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian94%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial81%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligible47%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female69%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian81%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%

Reading

All Students82%
Female89%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian85%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Science

All Students76%
Female78%
Male72%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian83%
Hispanic41%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Writing

All Students69%
Female79%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian74%
Hispanic38%
Multiracial79%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligible29%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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52%
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24%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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ACT participation

97%

Average ACT score

26

Graduation rate

97%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 56%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 3%
Hispanic 7% 32%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
School psychologist
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Latin
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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
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  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse

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