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Old 12-22-2011, 08:14 AM
 
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Looking at the school boundary map, Falls Church includes Holmes Run and some expensive neighborhoods outside the beltway. It could become a well-rounded largely middle class school, especially if highly motivated students (of any income level) didn't transfer to Marshall for IB. Perhaps the school should provide both IB and AP, which is the Falls Church PTA's plan (according to their website). There are many schools that offer both programs. I say give the parents and admins at Falls Church the resources to explore expanding its academic program before considering a competing charter school.
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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Would the proposed Falls Church charter school be the first secondary level charter school in the state?

If so, has the state board of education worked out the problem of interscholastic athletics and VHSL membership with secondary charter schools? Or would students still maintain an affiliation with their home high school for graduation and sports teams and extracurriculars like debate? The current and proposed charter schools in the state seem to focus more on the curricular side of things.
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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The current and proposed charter schools in the state seem to focus more on the curricular side of things.
How shocking, for a school to do so!
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:07 PM
 
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and it usually loses a bunch of students each year to the IB programs at Marshall and other schools (conversely, despite your views about IB, there aren't many students at the nearby IB schools who transfer to Falls Church for the AP courses).
I have a feeling that students districted to Falls Church don't transfer to Marshall because of the IB program, but rather they use the IB program as an excuse to transfer out of Falls Church High School. Just a guess on my part.
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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I have a feeling that students districted to Falls Church don't transfer to Marshall because of the IB program, but rather they use the IB program as an excuse to transfer out of Falls Church High School. Just a guess on my part.
Could be both; some may find the IB program attractive (certainly it's something the FLA sponsors are touting) and others may just engage in demographic/test score arbitrage.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:04 AM
 
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How shocking, for a school to do so!
I meant to say that the discussion on charters in Virginia is exclusively about academics, but activities outside of the classroom are a huge part of any high school experience. HB Woodlawn (a lottery magnet school) in Arlington does not offer sports through the VHSL, but since students are officially enrolled at their "home" high schools they play sports for that school (i.e. W-L, Wakef, Ytn).

I realize the charter proposal / movement is in its infancy, but there are important non-academic issues that need to be addressed.

In some states existing neighborhood schools become charters, and so the extracurricular programs are not significantly affected.
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:55 PM
 
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Here's an update about the proposed school:

Fairfax teacher proposes charter school - The Washington Post
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:24 PM
 
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Here's an update about the proposed school:

Fairfax teacher proposes charter school - The Washington Post
Interesting. Lots of quotes, but none from the two school board members who presumably will have the most say - Sandy Evans and Patty Reed.

I think it will be hard for Sandy Evans to support this if there continues to be a lot of opposition from parents in her district with kids currently at Falls Church HS, particularly if FCPS doesn't do anything to move FCHS up the renovation queue. A lot of it may be emotional, but she has a lot of constituents who are looking for a sign that she cares as much about FCHS as she does about Stuart or TJ.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:51 PM
 
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Which provides a better education? O'Connell or West Springfield. My son is a National Honors student -- straight A's in 7th grade. Which sets him up better for college -- getting into UVA and William and Mary seem all but impossible from Fairfax Co schools as VA allows for a lot of out of state admissions
I have no idea what led to this thread being bumped near the top, but this is from page 1 and I had to pause because I hear this from parents in NoVA all the time: "It's so much harder to get into UVA from in state than from out of state!"

Not it isn't. It is MUCH harder to get into UVA from out of state. Look up the acceptance rates, SAT scores, and so on sometime.

Now I'll read the rest of the thread.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:17 PM
 
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