2016-2017

Expansion Project
In 2016 FRCS submitted a request to increase our enrollment cap which would enable us to purchase and renovate an adjacent property.  A few key benefits to this project include:

  • Design more age- and developmentally-appropriate academic, support, and common spaces for our elementary, middle, and high school populations, while maintaining a K-12 campus
  • Create new and expanded academic and extracurricular courses, teams, and activities, as well as individual and small group learning centers
  • Improve safety and traffic, both on-site and on Route 140, with significant campus access, parking, and flow changes
  • Address the overwhelming demand for our learning environment

For those who took the time to write the state on behalf of the school your efforts are greatly appreciated!  State officials received numerous emails and letters supporting our request.  On behalf of our school community, thank you!  The building has been purchased – renovations and preparations are underway and on schedule for the new Elementary School building to be opened for the start of school year 2017-2018!

Students Learn History and Tolerance by Collecting Stamps

The Holocaust Stamps Project, 9.4 million stamps collected and counting, a community service learning (CSL) initiative, teaching history and tolerance one postage stamp at a time.  2016-2017 marked the beginning of the 7th year that the FRCS school community has been working towards collecting 11 million postage stamps.  Every stamp that the students touch brings them one step closer to understanding the immediate impact and long term effects of the intolerance and incomprehensible evil acts of the Third Reich during World War II.  Read about this years major milestones and the program here.

National Merit Scholarship Program

Four FRCS Juniors have met the requirements for the National Merit Scholarship Program! Sumit De, Isabel Koran, Arlyss Milne and Andrienne Vreeland scored in the top 50,000 in America on the 2016 PSATs! They outperformed the over 1.5 million other students around the nation to earn this honor! This is only the first stage in the program. Over the next few months, the 50,000 qualifiers will be narrowed to 34,000 (Commended Students), then 16,000 (National Semi-Finalists) and finally about 7,400 students will be awarded with the National Merit Scholarship! We are proud of these (4) students who have attended FRCS since elementary school – we are excited to see where they will go from here!

2016 MCAS results continue to show tremendous student performance!

Our district experienced a continued strong and multi-year trend index rating in both English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics as determined by a state metric measuring the narrowing of proficiency gaps, student growth, and graduation and dropout rates over multiple years.
Our students did very well:
  • Outperformed the state averages as well as most of our sending districts in both ELA and Mathematics.
  • 100% of our students earned Advanced or Proficient in 10th grade ELA.  Tops in the area.
  • 86% of our students earned Advanced or Proficient in 10th grade mathematics.
  • All have earned their required graduation competency status based on passing the exams.
  • The only district in the region to report no warnings or failures on all ELA, Math and STE high school exams.

For more information about our school and student performance on MCAS, PARCC, AP, and other state indicators, as well as a summary of our accountability metric and level, please click  here.  This letter provides further highlights as well as identifies areas of focus for our school this year.  

Top MCAS performers recognized for their outstanding accomplishments!

Those students who achieved Perfect (P – 280) and Near Perfect (NP – 278) scores on the 2016 exams.  Congratulations to Isabel Koran and Arlyss Milne for their perfect scores on the ELA exam and to Matthew Hayden (P), Catherine Koran (P), Isabel Koran (P), and Kyra Kent (NP) for their outstanding performance on the Science exam!

FRCS Admissions and Family Engagement Center Opens

FRCS was proud to announce the opening at 149 Central Street of the Admissions and Family Engagement Center in September 2016! Family engagement is a vital part of the FRCS culture.  The center is designed to provide a space for families to learn about and contribute to FRCS educational programs.  Programs are hosted before, during and after the school day to make it easy for families to be involved in their child’s education, and to provide opportunities for families to learn about the school.  Coffee with the Counselors, Parent Cafe and Staff Superstar Spotlight are just a few of the popular programs held in 2016-17.