BREWSTER, OH -- Fairless High School in Brewster is the home of the Falcons. It's where students are soaring to excellence everyday. Their pride is showing after being named this week's FOX 8 "Cool School."
Once under academic watch, Fairless High has soared to one of the top high schools in Stark County. The academic philosophy at Fairless High involves rigor, relationship and relevance.
"We try to challenge all of our students to the highest level, try to get as many higher order thinking questions and skills," teacher Jim Conley said.
This is the first year for the "Freshman Academy," an approach to building strong relationships for students new to the school.
"We work on social skills, character, education, team building, academics, anything to improve them as a student and help them get used to high school," teacher Ryan Murphy added.
The teaching approach is to make what students learn "relevant." Freshman Jessica Kline said it makes a difference.
"When you go to a job out in the real world, you have to work with other people. And when you communicate and work with your peers here at school, then it will help you prepare for the real world," she said.
The video production class is unique to Fairless High.
"We make videos, we go around the school and film things that are happening, whether it's sports, whether it's the band, the play, whatever. We make videos about it and present it to the school," senior Dustin Mayle said.
Falcons burgers are also one of a kind.
"It's a hamburger, cabbage and cheese encased in a bun. It's amazing, they're awesome," said sophomore Cole Wells.
Fairless High is a very spirited school. Andrew Hukill is a member of the "dirty birds" who cheer on their teams, win or lose.
"We're a family. Every one of us, we're all a family whether we're in the stands every game or if they are on the field every game. We're just a big family," he added.