Model Program

WINGS Academy at Flagstaff High School

Flagstaff High School
400 West Elm
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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Contact Information:
Sharon Falor
Assistant Principal

Program Specification:






Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School


Grade Level


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


The Wings Academy at Flagstaff High School (FHS) targets entering freshmen who are academically at risk. The program offers academic and behavioral interventions during part of the school day, while maintaining the students' freedom to explore a wide range of course offerings outside the Academy. Flagstaff High School's goal is to divert the failure syndrome and to retain the integrity of the freshman class through promotion and completion of all introductory high school course work. The Wings Academy embeds three year-long courses into a block schedule, providing the Wings freshmen with English, Math, and Projects on a year-long basis within the Academy. The school manipulates the Master Schedule to foster a small learning community and culture within the walls of a large comprehensive high school. This allows FHS the chance to advocate for the most "at-risk" students by designing a learning community which fosters relationships, communication, systematic interventions, and accountability for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. The Wings Academy operates during first and second periods (8:00 am to 10:55 am) daily. Students reenter the flow of the traditional high school for third and fourth periods. This hybrid design provides for a common team preparation period, so team teachers can establish clear parameters and priorities that will guide their work toward the goal of improved learning and promotion of every member of the Academy. The Wings Academy provides systematic interventions during the day, a more personal learning environment, strong communication between school and home, and an enriched curriculum with the infusion of technology. "Wings" represents a part of the school mascot, the Eagle.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Behavior Management/Discipline, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Early Childhood Education, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Strategies for Locating Students:

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: 50-250
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Low educational expectations
  • Low commitment to school

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:


Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:


Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College

Evaluation Information:

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level