"The Fairfax County school system for the first time failed to meet academic goals under the No Child Left Behind Act, largely because many students with limited English skills struggled on reading tests that were given in response to a federal order, according to school officials and scores released yesterday." -Excerpt from the Washington Post; By Maria Glod and Michael Alison Chandler; Washington Post Staff Writers; Friday, August 24, 2007; Page A01
My child attends a school that did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) according to government standards.
My child attends a school that has not made AYP in the past as well.
My child attends a school where 45% of the students are not proficient in English.
My child attends a school where 54% of the students are on free or reduced lunch.
My child attends a school where he is a minority in many ways.
My child attends a school where 42% of the population participates in the English for Speakers of Other Languages Program.
But my child also attend a school where there are children from 40 countries that speak 20 different languages.
My child attends a school where there is true racial diversity - 14% Asian/Pacific Islander, 6% Black, 48% Hispanic, 26% While, and 5% Other.
My child attends a school where there were no serious incidents or firearm violations, and only two fights last year.
My child attend a school that has had more winners of the Fairfax County Teacher of the Year than any other elementary school.
My child attends a school with an outdoor habitat learning lab, a black box theater, a museum in progress, a state of the art communication lab where students produce their own TV shows and videos, a staffed math lab and a staffed science lab.
My child attends a magnet school for the arts and sciences.
My child attends a school that has a foreign language partial immersion program in Spanish.
My child attends a school that offers about 30 before and after school classes ranging from athletics to science to band to arts and crafts. These classes cover thing like photography, healthy eating, drama, basketball, sewing, soccer, science experiments, and many more. These classes are open to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.
My child attend a school where kids are given a chance to learn, regardless of where they came from or what language they speak.
My child attend a school where he learns.
My child attends a school he loves.So, my child attends a school that really doesn't leave any child behind, regardless of the adequate yearly progress that we do or do not make.