• January 2010

The Road Map to Academic Success, K-12

By Ann Monday
Superintendent
City of Fairfax Schools

Having been a high school principal for many years, I have had the privilege of giving thousands of graduating seniors their high school diplomas after seeing them make the transition from childhood to young adulthood during their high school years.

High school graduations are happy occasions for students and their families as parents celebrate the journey that their children have made from elementary school through middle school and then on to high school. On graduation day, I would routinely hear proud moms and dads wistfully say, “It seems like only yesterday that he (or she!) was starting kindergarten.”

I could not help but wonder what the students might have done differently on their journey through school had they known at kindergarten what they learned by graduation.

It was this observation that led the schools in the City of Fairfax to develop a document called the Road Map to Academic Success.

Charting your child’s way with the Road Map

This document, which is available at all of the City schools and online, provides the information that parents and students need so they can make good decisions about their children’s academic progress from kindergarten to 12th grade.

The Road Map is more than a document. It is a commitment on the part of the City schools to help all students reach their potential — and to be ready for life after high school. This commitment is demonstrated in many ways, as illustrated by the examples described in this issue of Close-Up Online.

I am always honored to be invited to Fairfax High School’s graduation ceremony where I see our students so well prepared to follow their own paths to success. This year’s graduation was no exception.

In fact, we are pleased to tell you that this commitment is paying off for our students who can be sure that a diploma from Fairfax High School has prepared them well for whatever their future holds. We invite you to view our latest newsletter, and see how well the students are doing in terms of graduation rates and taking Advanced Placement classes. Here’s to finding the best course for your child’s academic success!

Below you’ll find information about each segment of the Road Map.

Click here for information by subject:

Reading and Writing
Mathematics
Science
History and Social Studies
Foreign Languages
Fine Arts

Click here for information by grade:

The Foundation Years, K-2
The Formative Years, grades 3-6
The Middle School Years, grades 7-8
The High School Years, grades 9-12

To find more information:

Diplomas
Key Questions for Parents
Milestones
Additional Resources
Road Map Task Force


ABOUT SUPERINTENDENT ANN MONDAY

Educational leader and City of Fairfax resident Ann Monday became Superintendent of the City Schools on July 1, 2007. She retired on June 30 as the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), a district she has worked in since 1973 when she became a teacher at Kilmer Intermediate School in Vienna. She then served as chairperson of the English department at Chantilly High School from 1976-1980, when she became an administrative aide at Marshall High and subsequently a subschool principal at Lake Braddock High School.

In 1984 she was appointed the assistant principal at Fairfax High until 1987, when she became associate principal at Robinson Secondary School. After a stint as the principal at Longfellow Middle School from 1990-1992, she became the principal at Robinson where she was responsible for managing more than 4,000
students and 300 staff members.

In 2003, Monday was tapped to become Cluster VI Superintendent, and
was responsible for 24 elementary and secondary schools. The following year, she
took on a division-wide leadership position as the FCPS Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, responsible for all instructional programs from pre-K through adult education.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit the City of Fairfax Schools website, www.cityoffairfaxschools.org. Or contact Superintendent Ann Monday by email, amonday@fairfaxva.gov.

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