The FAIR School is the Downtown Minneapolis premier community school. Rooted in arts, equity, innovation and creativity, The FAIR School provides rich programming, relevant instruction, and fosters high achievement, cultural understanding, global citizenship, and a robust network of partnerships that help engage and empower students in personalizing their learning experience.
The FAIR School provides a safe, integrated, equitable, and multi-generational learning community where rigorous study combined with real world experiences and opportunities allow every student to understand who they are. Students get to know their strengths, talents, and passions so they can engage and transform their world.
Excellence Through Arts Integration
Our commitment to arts education gives students the opportunity to actively engage in culturally relevant and student-centered curricula. Through an interdisciplinary approach to instruction, students make cognitive connections across several disciplines. In addition, students are taught using a sequential curricula, learning age appropriate skills, and concepts for each arts area. Students experience arts areas through a variety of genres and historical time periods.
FAIR High School provides students an academic school day with a variety of courses designed to prepare all students for success after graduation. Students enroll in courses that meet both local and state graduation requirements. Our school year is divided into 4 quarters. Students earn .25 credit per class at the end of each quarter.
At FAIR School Downtown, our commitment to arts education gives students the opportunity to actively engage in culturally relevant and student-centered curricula that promotes critical and creative thinking. Along with reading, writing, math, science and other core subjects, students at FAIR School Downtown may progress sequentially through each of four areas in the fine arts: theatre, music, media arts and visual arts. The arts are also integrated into academic study, providing hands-on learning opportunities. For example, in a science unit students may learn how sound from musical instruments is created. In a social studies unit, students may connect the cultural and arts traditions of people in other nations. Guest and resident artists work with teachers and students to support the interdisciplinary experience. Students have many opportunities to learn as well as to demonstrate their learning through the fine arts.
Our focus on arts education increases students’ cultural understanding and develops them socially, linguistically, and cognitively through a broad variety of hands on experiences. Our commitment to arts education gives students in high school the opportunity to actively engage in culturally relevant and student centered curricula. Through an interdisciplinary approach to instruction, students make cognitive connections across several disciplines. Sharing in the richness of the arts community of the Twin Cities, we have established partnerships with professional arts organizations and postsecondary schools.
Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEO)
FAIR students are both encouraged and prepared to take advantage of the PSEO program offered by the state. Eligible sophomores, juniors, and seniors are able to take college courses while earning high school credits. PSEO colleges attended include: The University of Minnesota, Normandale Community College and Minneapolis Community & Technical College. During the 2015-2016 school year, FAIR had 64% of its eligible students enrolled in part-time or full-time PSEO.
64% of eligible students participated in PSEO in 2015-16 school year
1 on 1 Program
We believe that it is essential to prepare our students for the real world through technology. This enhances the learning process and gives students access to vast amounts of information. We also believe that access to technology should be distributed to all of our students. For this reason, we place a device (laptop or tablet) in the hands of every student to use at school and at home.
In collaboration with artistic partners, FAIR Downtown provides students with unique learning opportunities called Arts Residencies. Local artists from various community groups work with students to share their expertise and enhance the students’ learning experiences through interactive programming. These residencies take place in the academic and arts classrooms as well as in the FAIR Downtown After School Matters Program. Recent Art residencies include: Elder’s Wisdom/Children’s Song, MacPhail Center Explore Percussion, Red Eye Theater, Art Institute International of Minnesota, Schubert/Cowles Center, Ordway Center Dance to Learn and Illusion Theatre.
FAIR+ After-School Programming
Made available by 21st Century Learning Center Program, FAIR+ enriches the lives of students with opportunities to pursue passions while they develop relevant skills and gain experience in an authentic setting. FAIR+ is made available through a 21st Century Learning Center. Lives are enriched when students have opportunities to pursue passions.
Aviation - Theatre - Hip-Hop - Combo/Rock Band Music Production - ACT Prep - National Honor Society - Skateboarding - Screen Writing
The student experience is enriched by the partnerships FAIR Downtown has with local organizations and professionals. FAIR School Downtown partners with the following institutions: University of St. Thomas, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Target Corporation, YMCA, Stages Theatre Company, Art Institutes International Minnesota, Big Brothers Big Sisters, MacPhail Center for the Arts, Rotary Club, Red Eye Theater, Illusion Theater, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Wells Fargo, Ameriprise Financial, Eco Education Minnesota, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts, and Minnesota College of Art and Design and the University of Minnesota.
A Standard 4.0 grading system with letter grades of A, B, C, D, or F is used. PSEO courses are not weighted as part of the GPA. Class rank is based on GPA and includes all marks earned in grades 9-12. Grades are recorded on the transcript and grade point average is computed after each quarter (4 times per year).
We offer an array of athletic opportunities for our students at all levels to participate in throughout athletic seasons. This includes competitive sports in addition to dance and cheer. Athletics promote the development of personal growth in each student as they develop skills individually, and as a team.
2017-18 FAIR Graduation Requirements: 22
4 English credits
4 Social Studies credits
3 Science credits
3 Math credits
.5 Physical Ed credit
.5 Health credit
4 Fine Arts credits
3 Elective credits
2019 FAIR an Beyond Graduation Requirements: 22
3.5 Social Studies credits
94% Graduation Rate with no disparity between students of color and white students
64% of eligible students participate in PSEO
Boutique size where all students feel known and valued
Passionate, engaged, qualified, and supportive staff
National Recognition and Awards
Diverse and integrated environment
Numerous opportunities for self-expression
Community Service and Volunteerism