Program of Studies

USING THE PROGRAM OF STUDIES

The Program of Studies will help students and parents plan high school courses.  This is not a process that should be taken lightly or done in a rushed fashion.  The courses you take in high school will provide you with the skills and understandings necessary to become a well-educated person, and they will provide the foundation for life beyond high school.  In addition to planning a schedule for next year, you should draft a plan for all four years of high school.  This draft will help you to see how the courses you take each year will prepare you to graduate from high school, college and career ready.

At both Fairfield Freshman School and Fairfield High School, the academic day is divided into seven class periods.  Each period is approximately 45 minutes in length.  Most courses are 36 weeks in length (two semesters) and are worth one credit.  Some courses, such as Health and a few electives, are 18 weeks long and are worth one-half credit.  Physical Education is an 18-week course, but by Ohio law it is only worth one-fourth credit.

A study period (study hall) can be scheduled in place of a class if parents agree that this is in the student’s best interest or if schedule conflicts make it impossible for a student to take a needed course.  The school tries hard to avoid schedule conflicts, but they do occur.  Planning ahead can help to minimize the chance of schedule conflicts.

Guidance Counselors

Developing an appropriate schedule is the shared responsibility of the home and the school.  Students and parents can seek guidance and assistance from teachers and counselors.  Guidance counselors are helpful in advising families on topics such as preparation for college, identifying and preparing for other post-high school options, meeting NCAA course requirements for playing college sports, meeting the requirements for a high school vocational program, and selecting an appropriate list of courses for desired careers.  No question is too simple.  All questions can be directed to counselors, who welcome the opportunity to share information with students and parents.

Guidance counselors are determined by the student’s last name:

Fairfield Freshman School:
Mrs. Jessica Neal (A-L)
Mrs. Nicole Climer (M-Z)

Fairfield High School:
Mr. Zach Yates - A-B & Academy
Mrs. Tracy Ashford - C-F 
Mrs. Melissa Salyer - G-I & Butler Tech
Ms. DeAnna Owens - L-M 
Ms. Amanda Schur - P-Sd 
Ms. Heather Braun - Sp- Z
Mrs. Caroline Haynes - J, K, N, O & Se-So

**Attention parents/guardians and students who are considering applying for VLO**
 
The district anticipates the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will continue to provide flexibility in courses qualified as an NCAA eligible course. Fairfield City Schools will be seeking approval from the NCAA for our Virtual Learning Option (VLO), however, the NCAA requires all high school courses to be approved by their governing board. Courses completed through computerized instruction may not be approved by the NCAA. If you are, in any way, looking at playing a sport at the collegiate level, this is to advise you the courses you take in the 2021-2022 school year through the Fairfield Virtual Learning Program may not be eligible to count towards NCAA qualification.
 
Reach out to your School Counselor with questions regarding NCAA eligibility/qualification.