WHAT MAKES FSSD SPECIAL
The FSSD is Special Because…
- The FSSD places a deliberate focus on personalized instruction tailored to meet each student’s individual needs.
- The district’s achievement on the 2015 State Report Card (last reported year) placed it among the top 8 of all public school systems in Tennessee. Out of 144 public school systems, in 2015, the FSSD ranked 7th in reading/language arts and 8th in science and math.
- The district consistently meets and/or exceeds the state’s teacher-pupil ratio requirement of 1 to 20 in K-3rd grade, 1 to 25 in grades 4-6, and 1 to 30 in grades 7-8. In kindergarten through third grade, the ratio meets the state requirement of 1 to 20, while in fourth grade it exceeds the requirement with a 1 to 22 ratio (state requirement: 1 to 25), and in grades 5-8 it is 1 to 25 (state requirement: 1 to 30).
- Middle school students have the opportunity to participate in the Duke University Talent Search and both middle schools consistently have honorees at the state and national level.
- Students in grades 7 and 8 may take high school credited courses in Algebra I, Geometry, French I, or Spanish I, enabling them to earn as many as 3 high school credits.
- Each school has a fully staffed clinic to meet the health needs of all children. A District Nursing Coordinator supervises eight full-time nursing positions.
- All schools and the Central Office are accredited by AdvancED, one of the most esteemed education accrediting agencies in the nation. In its last review (2013), the FSSD received a glowing review and was extended accreditation through 2018.
- Board Named 2015 Tennessee School Board of the Year by the Tennessee School Boards Association and is a six-time winner of the TSBA Board of Distinction Award.
- Two of the six Board of Education members have received Master School Board Member status by achieving Level V accreditation from the Tennessee School Boards Association. Chairman appointed to 2015 TSBA All-Tennessee School Board and was awarded the 2015 Tennessee School Board Member of the Year by TSBA.
- The average salary of instructional personnel in the FSSD is consistently in the top 10 in the state in most salary lanes.
- Approximately 65 percent of the district’s faculty holds a master’s degree or higher (2015-2016 State Report Card).
- The FSSD’s expenditures per pupil are $13,984 – among the highest in the state. This figure is a standard of quality that illustrates the district’s commitment to providing high quality instruction and resources to its students (2015-2016 State Report Card).
- The FSSD holds an Aa1 (Exceptional) Financial Strength Rating classification by Moody’s, signifying the district’s commitment to responsible spending.
- FSSD students have unique opportunities to use and develop their talents in the visual and performing arts. The FSSD provides extraordinary funding for programs such as art, theater, vocal and instrumental music as part of the student’s academic day.
- The FSSD physical education program is recognized on both the state and national level as a model. One school is a state demonstration centers and a second school is a national award winner for physical education. Students in grades K-4 receive daily physical education instruction.
- Special academic programs include the Honors program for high-ability learners in grades 5-8 as well as a program of services for gifted and talented students. Each school has an accelerated learning teacher who provides direct instruction to eligible students.
- The district is committed to early childhood education and has pre-kindergarten classes in all of the elementary schools.
- The FSSD is committed to integrating technology at all grade levels and has three Instructional Technology Specialists.
- All students in grades 5-8 have a 1:1 laptop-to-student ratio with access to a district Chromebook or MacBook.
- The FSSD operates a low-cost Morning and Afternoon Care (MAC) program for children five days a week and during most holidays and summer break. MAC is a self-sustaining program that provides enrichment, tutoring, and extra-curricular activities for its students.
- The FSSD operates an employee child care education center for children of working parents. The MAC program oversees the center, called WeeMAC, which serves children ages 6 weeks through preschool and is self-sustaining.
- The FSSD is committed to student safety and all schools have secure access through an office vestibule, monitored at all times by district staff. Cameras monitored by office staff are also present in all buildings.
- The FSSD daily attendance rate is superior, at 97% (2015-2016 State Report Card).
- FSSD students taking Algebra I or Geometry as a high school credit course have achieved 95% success rate on the high school end of course (EOC) exam since its inception.
- The district has made a priority of not charging academic fees for supplies students need for core classes or related arts. No supplemental fees are required of parents.
- The district believes that summer instruction can be beneficial to both high ability and low ability learners. The district offers the Young Scholars Institute for students who choose summer enrichment. In addition, the district helps fund Gentry Educational Foundation for youth in the community to receive academic remediation and/or enrichment, as well as instruction in many fun and diverse extra-curricular classes.
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