New public school opens fall 2012

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified SchoolDistrict is creating a new academically and physically rigorous program designedto provide educational and career preparation for those interested in lawenforcement, fire prevention, emergency response, and related fields. ThePublic Safety Academy (PSA) program also promotes maintaininga healthy lifestyle and physical fitness as significant components of theAcademy's philosophy. The Academy will emphasize cooperative learning standardsthat include listening, communication, problem solving, participation, helpingand encouraging others, self responsibility, critical thinking, and leadership.

Education will take place through anexperiential, hands-on, project-based program. All State standards will be met and taught through the common corecurriculum, ensuring that all graduates will qualify for the college orsecondary training programs of their choice. Through partnerships with policeand fire professionals, community college personnel, and members of the community,graduates will be prepared to meet the demands of public safety careers intoday’s world.

PSArepresentatives are hosting an informational night at each elementary andmiddle school through the month of February for qualified students. 

In addition to solid academic achievement, Public SafetyAcademy students will graduate with proficiency in communications,problem-solving, critical thinking, technology applications, leadership andteamwork, 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 late2012, and will be located at 1100 Civic Center Drive in Fairfield.  Any student who is on grade levelacademically and willing to learn and apply the PSA core values of fidelity toothers, diligence to succeed, and scholarship in the classroom is welcome.  Students must accept both uniform attire andbehavior expectations.

Even if students are not yet certainof a career path, this program will be valuable.  In 9th grade, students will focustheir work with teachers, mentors in the public safety and security fields, andothers to help explore career options which may be a good fit for them. Ifstudents change fields, or even decide to pursue an entirely different type ofcareer, the skills and character traits fostered at the Public Safety Academywill be a great advantage to them in their future endeavors.

The academy is currently acceptingstudent applications for 5th-8th grade classes. Each yearthe Academy will add additional classes, ultimately creating a 5th-12thgrade program. Those interested in applying are encouraged to begin theenrollment process now.  Applications arebeing accepted at: