FAIR School Downtown is a beacon of 21st century learning, grounded in equity and defined by arts and academic excellence, where all students achieve through the integration of the arts, technology, cultural understanding and active, committed community partnerships.
We serve approximately, 520 students. As a voluntary integration magnet school, we enroll students from different metro area school districts, with nearly half of our student population from the MPS attendance area.
We are committed to equity and excellence for all students, eliminating disparities in achievement and opportunity, and preparing all learners to thrive in a diverse world.
The award-winning Fine Arts Integration Resource (FAIR) School has created a unique learning environment focused on ‘mass personalizing’ the school experience to maximize individual student engagement and growth. Collaborative school leadership, a vast network of bold community partnerships, new approaches to school staffing, and an emphasis on real and relevant learning gives FAIR the capacity to engage 21st Century learners. The dynamic leadership team at FAIR School has propelled this new vision forward shifting the paradigm of traditional education models to an equitable model that is built around what works best for students.
FAIR’s innovation has lead to the successful development of a comprehensive school model that includes key approaches that contribute to FAIR’s success.
Extensive network of community and business partnerships that create opportunities and experiences to allow students to explore their talents and to find where their interests and passions align with college and career pathwa College Prep and
College Prep and Career Pathway
The FAIR School has forged an exclusive partnership with the Minneapolis Community Technical College (MCTC) to align Minnesota State Academic Standards and college course offerings for high school students enrolled in the Post Secondary Enrollment Options program. This innovative program, unique only to FAIR and MCTC, has identified a pathway for students to simultaneously meet the requirements of the MnTC Academic Goal Areas (required for a two and four year degree) and achieving a high school diploma. (Currently, about 50% of HS junior and Seniors are registered for a minimum of one PSEO course)
The heart of FAIR’s magnet focus, We infuse fine arts into FAIR curriculum on a daily basis in our K-3 and 9-12 curriculum. Lessons are intentionally planned to include project-based learning combined with rigorous course standards. The curriculum incorporates aspects of visual, theater and media arts, music, movement and technology; that allow students to demonstrate content mastery through creative production in formative and summative assessments.
The FAIR School provides in-school social/emotional supports to student through our social work internship program. We have a unique partnership with the schools of social work at the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine, and St. Cloud University. Each year 5-6 graduate students intern at The FAIR School, working an average of 15 hours a week. This program allows for comprehensive mental health support services for all students. Services include: one-to-one counseling, community resource linkage, crisis intervention, social skills groups, friendship groups, organizational support and academic coaching. Each year the program serves over 100 students.
Empower families through creating equitable opportunities that allow families to engage in meaningful experiences together
Technology Rich Learning Environment
1:1 devices for all students, classroom technology and open access
African American Male Cohort (2016-17)
In collaboration with MPS Office of Black Male Achievement we will develop a black male cohort of 9th graders with courses and curriculum and instruction designed to prepare each learner for college, career and life success.
These programs, approaches and beliefs have brought unparalleled recognition to The FAIR School including the following accolades:
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