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Teaching and Learning

Exciting shifts are occurring in Forest Hills as educators respond to student needs in today’s global, digital world. Forest Hills is transforming education through powerful new tools that provide more personalized learning and blend the best of face-to-face instruction with digital tools. This combination allows students to both master academic content and build skill sets that help apply their learning to real-world scenarios (6 Cs).

Collaborative teams of teachers and administrators use four critical questions to drive FHSD's instructional approach:

  1. What do we want students to learn? (essential standards)
  2. How will we know if students have learned? (balanced assessments)
  3. What will we do if students don’t learn? (systematic interventions)
  4. What will we do if students already know it? (enrichment)

To that end, Forest Hills offers a wide variety of learning options for all students including more than 165 courses, four global languages and 23 Advanced Placement courses. Students are able to excel both inside and outside the traditional classroom setting–and earn college credits while in high school-- through required service learning, internships, Credit Flexibility programs.

FHSD Learning Recovery & Extended Learning Plan

On February 9, 2021, Governor DeWine asked schools and districts to work with their communities and educational stakeholders to help students continue to advance academically and to make up for any learning that may have been lost or delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and related disruptions.

Governor DeWine has requested that schools and districts design plans that address learning recovery and extended learning opportunities to meet the needs of students that could include, but are not limited to, extending the current school year, beginning the new year early, extending the school day or instituting summer programs, tutoring, remote options, and other remedial or supplemental activities.

Please view the full FHSD Learning Recovery & Extended Learning Plan here.

FHSD Beliefs

We believe learning . . .                                                                                                                                                                                                     

  • Occurs in different ways, depending on abilities, readiness, and interests.
  • Takes place through research, questioning, exploring, experimenting, and problem-solving.
  • Requires inclusion of reading, writing, numeracy, and digital literacies in all content areas. 
  • Occurs by acquiring skills and knowledge, and application of what is learned to other contexts.
  • Requires active and social collaboration and interaction.
  • Takes place when learners are secure, valued, and able to take risks.
  • Is engaging, meaningful, purposeful, and challenging.
  • Includes reflection and requires learners to be responsible for their learning.