Fairmont Heights High School
|Fairmont Heights High School|
|1401 Nye Street, Fairmount Heights
Fairmount Heights, Maryland 20743
|Type||Public Comprehensive Secondary School|
|School district||Prince George's County Public Schools|
|Oversight||Maryland State Department of Education|
|Principal||Mrs. Torrie Walker|
|Color(s)||Maroon, Black, Gray, White
|Communities served||Fairmount Heights, Seat Pleasant, Kentland, Palmer Park, Chapel Oaks, Belle Haven|
|Feeder schools||G. James Gholson Middle School, Kenmoor Middle School|
Fairmont Heights High School (est.1950) is an American public comprehensive secondary school located in Fairmount Heights, Maryland in Prince George's County just outside Washington D.C. It is part of the Prince George's County Public Schools system. Two middle schools (G. James Gholson and Kenmoor, both in Landover) feed into Fairmont Heights. It is one of the oldest high schools in Prince George's County and is part of the School Board District 3.
Fairmont Heights High School opened its doors back in 1950. It was the only school in Prince George's County at the time to serve African Americans in the area. The school was originally named after the town it is in, Fairmount Heights. The name of the school differs slightly from the name of the town, as it is missing a "u". This is because of a mistake a contractor made when constructing the sign for the town's elementary school in 1934. When the high school was created, it kept the same spelling as the elementary school.
Academics and programs
In 2000 Fairmont Heights, along with the other Prince George's County public high schools, adopted the "Alternating A/B Block Schedule". The A/B block allows students to take four alternating every-other-day classes all year. A-days consist of Period 1-4 and B-days consist of Period 5-8. Other schools offer periods 1, 3, 5, 7 on A-days and 2, 4, 6, 8 on B-days. All lunches take place during 3rd period.
- Jay-Z visited FHHS in 2002.
- Rev Jesse Jackson visited FHHS in 2009.
- Charles M. Robinson - Class of 2002 - Director and Musician
Communities served by Fairmont Heights
Fairmont Heights High School serves students from almost all of the city of Seat Pleasant, Chapel Oaks and all of the town of Fairmount Heights. It serves most of the town of Landover which includes part of the communities Kentland, Palmer Park, Belle Haven, and Village Green. Cargo allowed.
Feeder patterns and admissions
There is no admissions process (i.e. pre-entrance examination) for students to attend Fairmont Heights. Students must live in the designated zoned attendance area for FHHS. Certain academics have specific requirements that students need to satisfy in order to apply for that program.
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- "Rapper Jay-Z Brings Message to US High Schools - 2002-11-23". Voice of America. Voice of America. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- Royden, Nancy (20 May 2009). "Rev. Jesse Jackson visits local schools with message of hope". The Sentinel Newspapers. Retrieved 20 January 2013.