- Fox Chapel Area School District
Middle States Association Recognizes FCAHS for Programs of Distinction
MSA accredited schools are eligible to apply for Program of Distinction recognition for outstanding programs in Global Literacies, World Languages, Visual Arts, Music, Early Childhood Education, Service Learning, School Counseling, and STEM.
Fox Chapel Area High School first received Programs of Distinction in Music and School Counseling in 2012, and in the Visual Arts in 2015. Of note, in 2012, Fox Chapel Area’s school counseling department was the first ever in the history of Middle States to receive Program of Distinction status, and the music department was the first public school to receive the award. Additionally, back in 2015, Fox Chapel Area High School was the first school – nationally and internationally – to receive Program of Distinction status in Visual Arts. Now, all three departments have received Program of Distinction status once again.
The Visual Arts Program of Distinction identifies programs of superior quality, clearly articulated and comprehensive, led by qualified and talented instructors using research-based instructional techniques and strategies, and allows all students to develop an appreciation for and an understanding of the visual arts as a valuable and expressive fine art form.