I have two children who have gone to this wonderful school. One has already moved on to middle school but the younger one is in 5th grade.
She loves what she learns and all of her friends. The teachers are so wonderful with the children and teach them so much. They all truely care for the kids and want them all to excel.
Not every student is a good fit for an academically-advanced curriculum; otherwise, I would have marked this category as "strongly agree." The teachers and staff want the students to succeed and will do whatever is in their power to help the students in any areas of concern.
This pledge demonstrates how important character is at FAAM: "Forest Avenue Character Pledge:
I promise that each and every day
I will show my good character at work and at play
I promise to do what is right and fair
Even when nobody else is there.
I will work hard on good character, and soon you will see
I have grown up to be the best person I can be."
FAAM is an academically-accelerated magnet elementary school where the students work a grade-level ahead. The curriculum also includes music, computer lab, science lab, library, PE, Spanish, and Chinese. Monthly field trips also round out the educational experience at FAAM. The test scores attest to the advanced curriculum. FAAM was also a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon Award for 2016. The students are challenged and never bored. They also have fun with seasonal parties, Back-to-School Bash, grade-level performances, art projects, 50s Day, Red Ribbon Week during which they have a crazy sock day, etc. They were also treated to a National Blue Ribbon celebration with a parade, music, and snacks. FAAM is an inclusive and diverse community of students, parents, teachers, and administrative staff. The Principal, Vice Principal, and office staff know each child by sight. It truly is a family atmosphere. The PTA is one of the most active PTAs in the state and has a great working relationship with the teachers and staff. There is a high level of parental involvement and volunteering at the school. FAAM's student body is very diverse, enabling the class environment to be even more enriching through the sharing of different cultures. The students are well-rounded. Besides excelling academically, they are involved with extracurricular activities. After-school extracurricular activities include dance, Girls on the Run, chess, Chinese, and Abrakadoodle art. The students participate in other activities outside of school including competitive sports, music, an dance. I have two children at FAAM who have been able to maintain straight A's while participating in softball, soccer, dance, and music lessons. I highly recommend FAAM for children who like to be challenged and well-rounded.
FAAM is a WONDERFUL program. The teachers are amazing and caring, the staff are like family. Our son is in the fourth grade, and we have fallen in love with EACH teacher each year! The students work one year ahead, and the children are kept busy, but what a wonderful outcome! Our son has plenty of time to participate in basketball, baseball, and even played All-Stars! The parents are amazing, we have such a GREAT support system! We absolutely love this program, and cannot imagine being anywhere else.
Adding to the reviews that say that FAAM is the best school in the area, hands down. The test scores speak for themselves. We are a military family - here for only a year - and have 2 kids at FAAM (2nd and 4th). This is the first time for both kids to be challenged in school, period. As a former educator, this is a dream school. The teachers want to be there, they want to push the kids, they LOVE the kids, and provide an extremely well rounded, organized educational experience. This program is not for everyone but if your kids excel and are motivated, this may be a good fit. We wish we could stay or bring the school with us!! We never expected to find our favorite school in Montgomery.