Since inception of the FAIR model in 2000, the passionate, creative, and committed faculty, staff, and administration have continued to provide the tools and support necessary for students to achieve academic excellence. Our work to enhance the achievement of all students, while preparing them to thrive in a diverse world, is done through intentional and integrated learning opportunities. This innovative work has attracted national recognition and the school has received multiple grants.
2014 Celebration School Downtown Campus
2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year - Thomas Rademacher
2012 Minnesota Middle School Principal of the Year (MASSP and Medtronic) - Kevin Bennett
2012 Minnesota Center for Reading Research Certificate of Recognition
The Minnesota Center for Reading Research recognized the educational professionals at FAIR School Downtown for making significant progress in teaching students to read over consecutive school years, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.
2012 Ramp-Up to Readiness
The FAIR School was selected as a charter member of the 2012 Ramp-Up to Readiness network of schools. The University of Minnesota congratulated FAIR School on its commitment to increasing the number of diversity of Minnesota students who graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills and habit for success in higher education.
2012 Star of Innovation Award
Awarded to FAIR School Downtown from the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals, Hennepin Division (MASSP) because of our innovative approach to education.
2008 U.S. Department of Education Innovations in Education Guide for Creating and Sustaining Successful K-8 Magnet Schools
In 2008, FAIR School Crystal was highlighted in the U.S. Department of Education guide on Creating and Sustaining Successful Magnet Schools as one of the six schools nationally that serve as models for K-8 programs. The recognition marks FAIR Crystal’s success in showing evidence of strong academic achievement as well as success in reducing minority group isolation for at least four years.
2006-2014 TIES Exceptional Teachers, TIES Education Technology Conference
2012 World Savvy Challenge Twin Cities Regional Competition
- Best Exhibit Senior Division and Third Place Best Exhibit Senior Division
- National Honor Society Annual Certificate of Affiliation
2004 Arts Education Leadership Award, Minnesota Alliance for Arts in Education
2004 Best Scale Model, Minnesota Regional Future City Competition, RLK-Kuusisto, LTD
2004 - Schools As Centers of Community: National Search for Excellence, Honor Society
FAIR Downtown was invited to the Schools as Centers of Community Honor Society as a result of a national search for excellent schools that successfully model the growing trend to build schools as centers of community. Schools as Centers of Community Honor Society Members are schools with innovative design elements and initiatives.
2003 Biotechnology to Manage Water Resources Recognition, Minnesota Regional Future City Competition, CH2M Hill
2003 - Constitutional Fellow Award of Excellence, Minnesota Showcase
Center for Civic Education Recognition for excellence in civic learning.
2002 Regional Champion, Minnesota Destination IMAGINATION
2002 Walter Taylor Award, AASA, AIA, CEFPI
A national exhibition, presentation and juried award program, showcasing how well-designed school facilities promote student growth and achievement.
2001 National Junior Honor Society of Secondary Schools Charter, National Junior Honor Society of Secondary Schools
2001 Award of Excellence, Minnesota Council on Physical Activity and Sports
For outstanding contributions in the promotion of physical activity.
2001 Certificate of Commendation, State of Minnesota
For the school’s work on improving the health of Minnesotans through physical activity.
2001 - Walter Taylor Award, AASA, AIA, CEFPI
2000 Publications and Electronic Media Contest, Honorable Mention for FAIR Crystal School Brochure, National School Public Relations
2000 - James D. MacConnell Award, Council of Educational Facility Planners, International
An award for creative design integrating school construction with child development, curriculum and instructional methods.
1999 - Honor Award, A Society of the American Institute of Architects, AIA - Minnesota