Framingham High School

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Framingham High School
Framingham High School seal.gif
Framingham High School Seal
Address
115 A Street
Framingham, Massachusetts, Middlesex, 01701
United States
Information
Established 1792/1852
Opened 1967/1991
School district Framingham
Superintendent Dr. Stacey Scott
CEEB Code 220842
Principal Michael Welch
Vice principal Jeff Convery (2013)
Mark Albright (2014)
Sarah Redboard (2015)
Elyse Torbert (2016)
Grades 912
Age range 13–19
Number of students 2184
Language English, Spanish & Portuguese
Campus Urban/Suburban
School colour(s) Navy Blue & Gray         
Athletics conference Bay State Conference
Sports Baseball · Basketball · Cheerleading · Field hockey · Hockey · Football · Lacrosse · Softball · Soccer · Track and field · Volleyball · Swimming
Mascot Fleagle
Team name Flyers
Rival Natick
Average SAT scores 512 verbal
548 math
510 writing (2010)[1]
Newspaper 'The Eagles Eye'
Website
Framingham North and South High Schools merged in 1991

Framingham High School, or FHS, is an urban/suburban public high school in the town of Framingham, Massachusetts, located approximately 20 miles west of Boston. Founded in 1792, as Framingham Academy, the high school is the result of the merger of Framingham North and Framingham South High Schools in 1991.

Like most high schools in the United States, it enrolls students in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. The school has an approximate enrollment of 1900 students, making it the fifth largest high school in Massachusetts.[2] Framingham High School has a racially, ethnically, economically, and linguistically diverse population (20 percent of its students are considered low-income and 30 percent have a language other than English as their first language).[2] The school is classified as an urban high school by the state of Massachusetts[3] and the fifth largest high school in the state.

Framingham High School has received numerous awards for being a successful urban school, including a designation as a Commonwealth Compass School by the state of Massachusetts[4] and as a Vanguard Model School by MassInsight.[5]

The Framingham High School Flyers compete in the Bay State League-Carey Division of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association's Division I and their mascot is the Fleagle (Flying Eagle).[citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

A pie chart showing FHS enrollment by ethnicity for the 2010–2011 school year. See right for exact statistics

Framingham High School's racial/ethnic demographics for the 2011–2012 school year are as follows:[6]

  • African American-5.8%
  • Asian-5.7%
  • Hispanic-22.5%
  • Native American-0.1%
  • White-63.5%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander-0.0%
  • Multi-Race, Non-Hispanic-2.3%

As of 2009, approximately 20 percent of the school's white population (and 14 percent of the entire school population) is of Brazilian descent.[7]

Other demographics:[8]

  • First Language not English-30.7%
  • Limited English Proficient-6.6%
  • Low-income-20.0%
  • Special Education-16.6%
  • Free Lunch-13.7%
  • Reduced Lunch-6.3%

Framingham High School is a racially, ethnically, and economically diverse school and in part this relates to the town of Framingham being historically a hub for immigrants to the United States.[9] The student body of Framingham High is made up of significant immigrant (or children of immigrant) populations from Brazil, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Russia, Asia, and Africa.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The Framingham Academy was established in 1798, replacing the organization known as the Proprietors of the Brick School House which had formed in 1792. The town of Framingham gave the academy $1000, but some time later this was found to be illegal, and the academy was dissolved.

In 1852 the high school was formed, and later became the legal successor to the Academy. Thus the high school can be considered to be founded in either 1792 or 1852.[10]

In 1958, mid year, a new building on Flagg Drive replaced the original high school on Union Ave. that was built in the 1920s. The original building was eventually converted to house several facilities, including the Danforth Museum and the Callahan Senior Center.

In 1963, due to an increasing school population, the original Framingham High was split into two schools, Framingham North High School and Framingham South High School. South High was located in the Flagg Drive campus in South Framingham (now the Fuller Middle School) and North High was located at the new school building at Winch Park on A St. in Saxonville. Originally, North High shared facilities with Winch Park Middle School ("E" & "F" halls in the current building) until 1974 when the first Cameron Middle School opened on Elm St. The two high schools remained separate until 1991 when they were merged to create a unified school under the name Framingham High School.

The two high schools were distinguished by their colors and mascots: North had the Spartans in yellow and green while South had the original town mascot Flyers in blue and white. When the time for the merger of the schools came, the district held an election to determine the fate of the colors and mascots. The winning combination was to be the Spartans in blue and white, however alumni of the original Framingham High raised a protest that the town should revert to the original mascot and colors which happened to be used by Framingham South. After discussion with the student body, it was agreed that the colors and mascot would revert to the original set.

On a visit on October 20, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed the Improving America's Schools Act (IASA) in the school's John F. Kennedy gymnasium.[11]

Academics[edit]

In the late 1990s, Framingham High School was labeled underperforming. Through multiple school reforms in the early and mid 2000s, Framingham High dramatically increased their MCAS (Massachusetts state graduation assessment) scores and the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses increased.[12] In recent years, Framingham High has been labeled an "over-performing" school on standardized assessments, compared to other districts of similar student populations.[12][13] In 2008, Framingham High was ranked by Newsweek in the top 500 high schools in the United States.[14]

Framingham High School has received press for its success with students in the English as a Second Language Program. Noting that 69 percent of Framingham students are considered proficient in English after three or more years[15] and the school has higher graduation rates and MCAS scores than most other districts with large groups of English-learners.[citation needed] Only 17 percent of Framingham's English Language Learners drop out of school, half that of districts with similar demographics.[citation needed] Part of this successes is attributed to Framingham's use of a provision in the Massachusetts law by having parents waive their right to an all-English education.[citation needed] In Framingham, very few parents of high schoolers have chosen the English-only option.[16]

Framingham High School has a unique co-teaching program, where most teachers at the school co-teach a course with a colleague from the same discipline. This helps reduce the student-teacher ratio in the classroom and intends to lead to greater faculty collegiality and collaboration. It contributed to the school's earning of Commonwealth Compass School designation.[4]

Framingham High School also has several innovative programs for at-risk and struggling students, including Resiliency for Life,[17] Step Up to Excellence,[18] Mazie Mentoring Program,[19] Academic Development Center (peer-to-peer school day tutoring)[12] and the Phoenix Program,[20] as well as the Thayer Campus, an alternative high school located in south Framingham.[21]

In 2004, Framingham High School launched a "homeroom adviser" program, hoping to reduce the high rate of freshman students being forced to repeat their first year, a problem for many schools in the state. The advisers have around 25 students each, and watch the students' grades and attendance, meet with them individually, and may also consult with parents or teachers. It is hoped that the program will catch struggling students early and encourage them to feel more accountable for their studies[22]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

The Framingham High School Flyers compete in the Bay State League-Carey Division of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association's Division I. The school offers and competes competitively in a number of sports, including cross-country, outdoor track, indoor track, cheerleading, baseball, basketball, field hockey, american football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, swimming, softball, wrestling, and volleyball.

Drama Company[edit]

The school offers a theatre program for all levels of young actors.

FHS-TV (Home of "Flyer News")[edit]

Framingham High School Television's (FHS-TV) news show "Flyer News" began broadcasting a live newscast at 7:15 a.m. every day to the high school in 1999, and then to the entire town in 2005.[23] Flyer News is run by television production teacher Dan Devlen and his students. A Flyer News episode may consist of student-produced segments such as Sez-You, which interviews the student body on various topics; Webcrawler, a technology segment; Word of the Week, asking students to define a different word each week and broadcasting the more entertaining responses; New England Sports Minute, which covers the latest news in the New England professional sporting world; Sports Update, which brings updates about Framingham High School sports; and a daily segment, Homeroom Headlines, giving morning announcements, among other things. One of Flyer News' focal points is to get the student opinion on the issues to voice the student-body's beliefs. The station also airs numerous sports games, as well as student-produced movies, music videos, and public service announcements.

Music[edit]

Under the direction of Brian Cervone, the FHS's Wind Ensemble has competed in the MICCA circuit two years in a row, receiving an award of merit in 2005 and a Bronze Medal in 2006. Framingham High School also has a Marching Band, Jazz Band, Flute Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, and a Drumline.

Exchange Program[edit]

The school participated[when?] in a sister-city exchange program with Lomonosov, Russia, a suburb of St. Petersburg. George Perrone, now-retired Music Director, brought a contingent of musicians to perform at several venues in Lomonosov. In return, Lomonosov residents visited Framingham and Framingham High. This exchange has not taken place since April, 2002.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/sat_perf.aspx
  2. ^ a b Enrollment Data from the Massachusetts Department of Education
  3. ^ "2010‐2011 Early Warning Indicator Index Risk Level Calculator" (Portable Document Format). Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 
  4. ^ a b Welch, Michael; Maiorano, Paul. "Framingham High School Compass Award" (Portable Document Format). 
  5. ^ http://www.massinsight.org/initiatives/buildingblocks/vanguard.aspx[dead link]
  6. ^ Framingham High School Enrollment Data. Massachusetts Department of Education. 2010–2011.
  7. ^ "Class of 2009 Profile" (DOC). Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 
  8. ^ [profiles.doe.mass.edu/profiles/student.aspx?orgcode=01000515&orgtypecode=6&leftNavId=305& Framingham HS Selected Populations (2008-09)]
  9. ^ Evans-Daly, Laurie & Gordon, David C. Framingham. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing.
  10. ^ History of Framingham High from the Framingham Historical Society
  11. ^ Pres. Clinton Visit from The Clinton Foundation
  12. ^ a b c Jan, Tracy (September 29, 2005). "On MCAS and beyond, school gets results". The Boston Globe. 
  13. ^ Journal of Statistics Education, v13n3: I. Elaine Allen and Norean Radke Sharpe
  14. ^ America's Top Public High Schools 2008 - Newsweek
  15. ^ Shartin, Emily (January 19, 2006). "A language to learn". The Boston Globe. 
  16. ^ Project Dropout » Blog Archive » Debating The English-Only Law In Mass. High Schools
  17. ^ Resiliency for Life
  18. ^ Step Up to Excellence - Opportunity. Achievement. Excellence
  19. ^ Agency - The John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation
  20. ^ Framingham Public Schools | Special Education Department | High School Program
  21. ^ Framingham High School, Thayer Campus
  22. ^ "High schools seek ways to keep freshmen on track". The Boston Globe.
  23. ^ "feature in MetroWest Daily News". [dead link]
  24. ^ Pave, Marvin (December 30, 2009). "Stan Benjamin, 95; coach and Major League scout". The Boston Globe. Globe Newspaper Company. Retrieved December 30, 2009. 
  25. ^ http://framingham.patch.com/articles/framingham-s-danny-o-connor-to-fight-tonight-at-the-garden

External links[edit]

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