For the month of March, Alignment Jackson has chosen to highlight Forest Hill High School as the School of the Month! Sitting on an impressive 47 acres, Forest Hill High has transformed from a community school house in the 1800s to a modern academic and athletic complex. Forest Hill’s mission is to enable all students to become competent, self-directed, life-long learners so they can achieve their highest potential in today’s society. The staff and faculty feel very strongly about providing the students with a high-quality education as well as depositing positive affirmations in the minds of their students. Their school motto, Exhibiting Nothing Less than the Best, communicates an expectation of excellence to everyone. Forest Hill’s Academies include an Education and Law Academy as well as a Health and Human Services Academy. Students in the Health-Related Academy are now certified Health Advocates through a partnership with University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Health Academy has also been recently adopted by McColumn Physical Therapy. The Freshman Academy is a source of pride for Forest Hill. In preparation for the next academic years to come, Forest Hill pays close attention to their 9th graders. When asked what he liked about his 9th grade Academy experience, Leo McIntyre III said, “Mr. Ellis makes sure everyone learns in the most comfortable environment. The counselors and Academy coaches will consider changing your schedule to improve your success in a specific class.” To address the health of the “whole child”, Forest Hill always looks for opportunities to infuse real-world lessons into the school’s day-to-day. Earlier this school year, Forest Hill’s Freshman Academy piloted the first Teens Against Domestic Violence Campaign in partnership with the MS Coalition of Domestic Violence; engaging in curriculum studies, announcing daily teen violence tips during morning announcements, and by wearing orange on Nation Teens against Violence Day.
In addition to Academies, Forest Hill’s commitment to preparing its young scholars for college and career compelled administration to invite the Jobs for Mississippi Graduates program into the school. The main objective of JMG is to help students learn employable skills that will better prepare them to enter the workforce, college, or technical school after they graduate high school. Other programs at FHHS include an award winning JROTC and their Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program that emphasizes the recognition of positive staff and student behavior, positive decision-making, and the social competencies and academic achievements of students. In keeping with the vision of well-rounded students, Forest Hill boasts a plethora of clubs so that every student can explore their interests and get involved. Themes of these organizations include Art, Mathematics, Foreign Language, Drama and Journalism, Science and Robotics, and Coding. The students of Forest Hill High School are fortunate to be in a learning environment that values diversity, high expectations, and collaboration. FHHS truly Fosters Pride, teaches students to Heed to Authority, to Help One Another, and Supports Self Respect. Congratulations Forest Hill High School! Keep up the good work.