Welcome to Fall River Public Schools!
The transformation of Fall River Public Schools is underway and we invite you to learn more about us through our website. Fall River, a vibrant mix of cultures with rich history and tradition, is raising standards and expectations to improve education for its young people.
Since beginning our Recovery Plan in August 2009, Fall River has recommitted itself to creating schools where children and young people thrive. As a result, we have developed a viable curriculum for all students, invested in significant professional development for our educators, and established district systems of support in the areas of human resource management and financial management. In November 2011, the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education noted significant improvement for Fall River in the areas of teaching and learning, financial management, and human resources.
We acknowledge there is much work to be done in our schools, but remain steadfast in our belief that through our collective will and capacity, our children and young people will achieve at high levels. A recent trend in the data is showing the hard work of teachers in classrooms is paying off. Teachers have been able to accelerate student growth and achievement so that the gap between Fall River students and the state average is closing. During the 2010-11 school year, the percentage of students moving into Advanced and Proficient categories exceeded the state average in five out of seven tested grade levels in English language arts and in two grade levels in mathematics. Moreover, more students are staying in school as evidenced by Fall River’s fifth consecutive year of increased graduation rates – now the third highest among state’s ten largest cities.
In addition to strengthening teaching and learning, Fall River Public Schools has adopted a district Wellness Plan – an extraordinary opportunity to support our students’ social and emotional learning. Our goal is to ensure each student is a self-confident, engaged learner. Recent brain-development research has found the frequent engagement in play, the arts, and sports can promote critical thinking through the connecting of imagination and creativity with logic and analysis. As one of five districts in Massachusetts designated as a Wraparound Zone, Fall River Public Schools is partnering with community agencies to make certain our children and families are well supported.
Thank you for visiting our website. Please take a moment learn more about our schools by visiting their websites to see how we are devoted to improving the lives and academic achievement levels of all our students.
Meg Mayo Brown, Superintendent of Schools