Fox Valley Lutheran High School
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|Fox Valley Lutheran High School|
|Faculty||41 full-time, 9 part-time|
|Color(s)||Maroon & Gray|
|Mascot||Rocky the Fox|
|Yearbook||The Cross & Crown|
Fox Valley Lutheran High School (FVLHS) is a Lutheran high school located in Appleton, Wisconsin. The school is owned and operated by a Federation of 42 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) churches across the Fox River Valley area. It is a member of the Fox Valley Lutheran Schools system. Steve Granberg has been the principal since the summer of 2014.
The school colors are maroon and gray and the athletic teams as known as the Foxes. The school mascot is "Rocky the Fox."
When the school was founded in 1953, it began classes with only 8 students in a school building rented from the Appleton School District. By the mid-1950s, enrollment had grown and the school relocated to its own building at 2626 N. Oneida Street. Enrollment continued to grow during the 1960s and 1970s. Enrollment peaked in the late 1970s at 778 students. Several building additions were made over the years.
In 2000, the school relocated to a 63-acre (250,000 m2) campus on Meade Street from its previous campus on North Oneida Street. School enrollment in 2017-18 is 618 students. In the summer of 2016, the school added a metals shop and began offering automotive training in partnership with Fox Valley Technical College. In September, 2017, the school's general board approved a $5.6M expansion that will add classroom and specialty spaces, including a biomedical STEM lab, an additional science lab, and an additional art room.
Features of the campus include...
- Chapel/auditorium with seating for 900
- Two computer labs -- all students supplied with a personal laptop beginning in 2016
- STEM lab
- Media Center
- Four science lab/lecture rooms
- Woodworking shop
- Metals lab
- Family & Consumer Education lab
- Weight room & fitness center
- Two gymnasiums
- Lighted football field with all-weather track
- Competition & practice fields for soccer, baseball, and softball
- Eight tennis courts
- Foxtail Meadow Nature Preserve—a 14-acre natural prairie that is home to a variety of native wildlife and plant life.
FVLHS offers educational programs to prepare students for college, ministry, and the work force. On average, 90 percent of FVL graduates pursue post-high school education opportunities. Three foreign languages—Spanish, Latin, and German—are offered. College-credit capable courses are offered in English, math, science, psychology, social studies, Spanish, economics, and STEM.
FVL's Guided Studies program is designed to meet the needs of students who find themselves more than a grade level behind their classmates. An "At-Risk" and tutoring program helps students who may be struggling with specific subjects.
FVLHS' STEM Academy was opened in 2011. STEM is aimed at students interested in hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, and math. Specialized STEM classes are offered in aerospace engineering, biotechnical engineering, and computer science and software engineering. In 2018-19 a Biomedical STEM lab will be opened. FVL's VEX Robotics Team has qualified to compete at the World Championships the past four years.[when?]
In the 2014-15 school year, FVLHS was accepted into the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP). This state-funded program provides tuition-free education for 18 students at FVL. In 2017-18, over 120 families benefited from this program.
Since the 1970s, FVL has enrolled international students. The school is licensed to accept international students coming to the United States with I-20 visas. Each year about 50 international students are enrolled at FVL. The school has hosted students from nearly 40 countries, including nations from Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and Africa.
In athletics, FVL is a member of the WIAA and competes in the formed NEW conference.[clarification needed] Boys teams include football, baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, track, cross country, hockey, tennis, and wrestling. Girls' sports include cheer and dance teams, golf, tennis, basketball, hockey, cross country, track, soccer, softball, and volleyball.
Other extracurricular activities include:
- Art Club
- Book Club
- Chapel Organists
- Choraliers (swing choir)
- The Cross & Crown (yearbook)
- FVL Theatre
- Fox Folk Marionette Troupe
- Jazz Ensemble
- Jesus Cares Ministry Team
- Library Assistants
- Sound & Light Team (SALT)
- Math Club
- National Honor Society
- Outdoor Club
- Peer Leadership Group
- Student Council
- VEX Robotics