COPLEY, OH- Academics continues to be the number one priority at Copley Fairlawn Middle School. It has repeatedly been rated "excellent" or "excellent with distinction" from the state.
It begins with a challenging curriculum for its fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders.
“So, in math we are learning about integers in my class. That is sort of challenging, but then we have awesome teachers that make it easier to learn. In literacy we are learning about different words that have the same Latin roots,” Sixth Grader Emma Beck said
Often, students are engaged in active learning instruction, like this world history lesson on medieval times.
"I call it hands-on learning, because it is more than just reading a book. You get to put on costumes. You get to learn about their architecture and how they built it back then," seventh-grader Landon Robinson.
This is also a technology integrated school with chrome books and IPads provided by the PTA. “Our school does offer a lot of opportunities to use technology in our classrooms. So, it helps a lot being able to do new and different things online, helping us to learn different ways," eighth-grader Kimmara Yarborough added.
Students are introduced to foreign languages in the seventh grade. They can take German, French, Spanish or Chinese in the eighth grade for high school credit.
While all students take fine arts classes, 87 percent of the student body is in band or choir. And, this is a culturally diverse school with students from all over the world.
Fifth-grader Isabelle Greene sums up why Copley Fairlawn Middle is worthy of being named this week’s Fox 8 Cool School. "We all have respect for each other and we all care for each other. We look out for each other. That's just something that is unique about this school," she said.