The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School
District is creating a new academically and physically rigorous program designed
to provide educational and career preparation for those interested in law
enforcement, fire prevention, emergency response, and related fields. The
Public Safety Academy (PSA) program also promotes maintaining
a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness as significant components of the
Academy's philosophy. The Academy will emphasize cooperative learning standards
that include listening, communication, problem solving, participation, helping
and encouraging others, self responsibility, critical thinking, and leadership.
Education will take place through an
experiential, hands-on, project-based program.
All State standards will be met and taught through the common core
curriculum, ensuring that all graduates will qualify for the college or
secondary training programs of their choice. Through partnerships with police
and fire professionals, community college personnel, and members of the community,
graduates will be prepared to meet the demands of public safety careers in
representatives are hosting an informational night at each elementary and
middle school through the month of February for qualified students.
In addition to solid academic achievement, Public Safety
Academy students will graduate with proficiency in communications,
problem-solving, critical thinking, technology applications, leadership and
teamwork, and ethics and legal responsibilities. Graduates will be college and career-ready,
with a solid foundation for future employment in a public service agency.
The Public Safety Academy opens in late
2012, and will be located at 1100 Civic Center Drive in Fairfield. Any student who is on grade level
academically and willing to learn and apply the PSA core values of fidelity to
others, diligence to succeed, and scholarship in the classroom is welcome. Students must accept both uniform attire and
Even if students are not yet certain
of a career path, this program will be valuable. In 9th grade, students will focus
their work with teachers, mentors in the public safety and security fields, and
others to help explore career options which may be a good fit for them. If
students change fields, or even decide to pursue an entirely different type of
career, the skills and character traits fostered at the Public Safety Academy
will be a great advantage to them in their future endeavors.
The academy is currently accepting
student applications for 5th-8th grade classes. Each year
the Academy will add additional classes, ultimately creating a 5th-12th
grade program. Those interested in applying are encouraged to begin the
enrollment process now. Applications are
being accepted at: https://sites.google.com/a/fsusd.org/psa/home