Each year, our school counselors provide a school profile to the Minnesota Department of Education. The following is what was written for the Fergus Falls High School’s Profile…
The Fergus Falls High School (FFHS) is a four-year public school with an enrollment (grades 9-12) of 634. The Graduating Class of 2019 has 162 students.
The Fergus Falls High School is located in West Central Minnesota lakes country, near the fertile Red River Valley. Fergus Falls is the county seat of Otter Tail County and is a vital regional center that combines industry, a growing retail sector and a focus of building on our heritage and planning for our future. Our community offers many opportunities with the arts, sporting events and the natural beauty of our trails and prairie. With acres of available industrial, commercial and residential property and the support of economic development services, the City of Fergus Falls is prepared to meet the needs of developing and expanding businesses.
Many honors have been bestowed on our community during recent years including being recognized as a “Tree City USA” for 31 years, making us the longest standing “Tree City” in Minnesota. Fergus Falls can be called a City of Parks also, as it contains 22 parks covering over 550 acres of land. We also have a scenic five-block walking path along the Otter Tail River near downtown Fergus Falls. Five lakes lie within the city limits and over 1,000 lakes are less than one hour’s driving time away. There are 6,002 households in Fergus Falls. Fergus Falls has a population of 13,410 and Otter Tail County has 57,581.
Staff and Required Courses
Of the 78 certified faculty members, approximately 56 percent have earned Master’s degrees or higher.
To be eligible to graduate in 2019, a student must have successfully completed 50 semester credits in grades 9-12. Class periods are 50 minutes, and students take seven classes for each of the two semesters. Required credits include – English: 8 credits, Social Studies: 7 credits, Math: 6 credits, Science: 6 credits, Phy Ed/Health: 3 credits, Family/Consumer Science: 2 credits, Arts: 2 credits, TechEd: 1 credit and 15 credits of electives.
On the ACT, the Class of 2018 averaged a composite score of 20.9 compared to the state average of 21.3. The postsecondary plans for students in the Class of 2018 included: Four-year colleges or universities – 43 percent; Two-year colleges – 38 percent; Military – 1 percent; and other – 18 percent.
Kennedy Secondary School has a robust curriculum to challenge students including honors and advanced placement course in English, Math, Science, Music and Social Studies. Students may also take college credit courses from M State while earning high school credit. The courses include, but not limited to, College Writing I, College Writing II: Writing About Literature, College Writing II: Professional and Technical Writing, College Algebra, College Functions/Trig, and College Statistics, AP Music Theory, College Physics I, among others.
Students may enroll in STEM/PLTW – Project Lead the Way courses – which includes Introduction to Engineering, Design (IED), Principles of Engineering (POE), Digital Electronics (DE) and HLTH 1115 Intro to Long-Term Care.
Students have the opportunity to be involved in National History Day, Knowledge Bowl, JETS Competition, a comprehensive music program features orchestra and three levels of Band (Varsity, Concert and Wind Ensemble) as well as Marching Band, Jazz I, Jazz II and Pep Band. Choral Programs include Varsity, Women’s Concert, Men’s Concert, Encore and A Cappella Choir. An additional music class includes a Rock Band class.