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  • The FSSD places a deliberate focus on personalized instruction tailored to meet each student's individual needs. 
  • The district's achievement on the 2014 State Report Card places it among the top 5 of all public school systems in Tennessee. Out of 137 public school systems, in 2014, the FSSD ranked 2nd in social studies, 3rd in reading, 4th in science and 5th in 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 consistently has winners at the state and national level.
  • Students in grades 7 and 8 may take high school credited courses in Algebra I, French I, and 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 (March 2013), the FSSD received a glowing review and was extended accreditation through 2018.
  • Three 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.
  • The average salary of instructional personnel in the FSSD is $56,209, which ranks sixth in the state (2012-2013 Tennessee Education Association statistics).
  • Approximately 66 percent of the district's faculty holds a master's degree or higher (2012 Tennessee Dept. of Education statistics).
  • The FSSD's expenditures per pupil are $12,466 – 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 (2012 State Report Card).
  • The FSSD holds an Aa2 (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. Two schools are state demonstration centers and a third school is a national award winner. Students in grades K-4 receive daily physical education instruction.
  • Special academic programs include the Honors program for high-ability learners as well as a program of services for gifted and talented students. There is a teacher of gifted students in each school 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.
  • 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 Wee MAC, 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 attendance rate is superior, at 97.3% (2012 TN Department of Education statistics).
  • FSSD students taking Algebra I as a high school credit course have achieved 100% success rate on the high school end of course 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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What Makes FSSD Special
  • The FSSD places a deliberate focus on personalized instruction tailored to meet each student's individual needs. 
  • The district's achievement on the 2014 State Report Card places it among the top 5 of all public school systems in Tennessee. Out of 137 public school systems, in 2014, the FSSD ranked 2nd in social studies, 3rd in reading, 4th in science and 5th in math.

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