J.H.S. 135 F. D. Whalen teachers realize that in order to close the achievement gap, F. D. Whalen focuses on improving student reading, and writing, mathematical and critical thinking skills. Being an involved parent is the best method to insure your child's success. Educational programs and services are designed to meet the varying needs of all students and will not discriminate against any individual for reasons of race, creed, color, gender, national origin, economic status or handicap. 135 F. D. Whalen teachers work to ensure early literacy and language arts skills of the youngest students, ensuring their ability to read, write and think critically in all curricular areas including math, science, social studies, art, music, library skills, and physical education. Teachers are very committed to teaching these future adults by preparing them for grade advancements while preserving the ethics and cultural environment every parent expects.