Accelerating Student Achievement
Schools in the 21st century need to incorporate a project-based curriculum aimed at engaging students in addressing real-world problems, issues important to humanity, and questions that matter to them. We as a nation have not paid enough attention to students’ willingness and ability to learn and how we should teach to their learning styles. As our students strive for excellence, I hope they understand that the word “education” has evolved right along with the twenty-first century student in its pursuit. The factory-model education of the past must be discarded because schools in America need no longer prepare the overwhelming majority of our students for work in factories. If our schools are going to succeed, we will not be able to remain textbook-driven, teacher-centered, factories where the final product is a young adult who has memorized some percentage of a set of facts. “Fairport Harbor Schools strive to implant a will and a facility for learning; we hope to produce not learned but learning people.” A new way of designing and delivering the curriculum is required to ensure that every student is given the opportunity to attain the post-secondary credentials they will need in order to thrive in today’s world.
Fairport Harbor has chosen to undertake a course, which accelerates its students toward their future with sensitivity to each individual student’s talents. This initiative is designed to remove the financial, academic, and psychological hurdles that prevent our students from reaching their preferred college and career goals.