I think this school needs major improvement! My son attended Islands Elementary for four years prior to this school and the staff there was absolutely wonderful. The communication from the teachers was outstanding - now I cant get the teachers to remain committed to anything at Finley Farms and my son has gone from a 'A-B' average to almost failing and now I have to pay for this with a tutor. I feel stuck here and greatly disappointed in the public schools now.
My family had to move to Arizona reluctantly in September 2006 - I was not the happiest camper about it. However, when we arrived, Finley Farms was an enormous part of my attitude change. The previous reviewer is exactly right: Mr. Maas is the most involved, hands-on principal I've ever seen in my 42 years as a child and a parent, yet he's humble and warm to each child. He seems to see the ones that need a little boost each day and he offers a kind word to everyone. I hope Mr. Maas stays at FFE for all the years my girls are there. When you've got great leadership, most everything else falls into place. You can see it in the kids and the staff - everyone loves being there. The staff is terrific, too - this whole community is focused on what's best for the kids.
I have 2 children attending Finley Farms, 1st and 2nd grade. I have been very pleased with the school so far. The principal is out managing the car pickup and drop off each day. He knows the kids by name. The teachers are very enthusiastic. My children love attending school.
My daughter attended the Kindergarten program at Finley Farms and the experiance was fantastic! I feel like my daughters introduction into the wonderful world of public school was enjoyable and rewarding. THANK YOU MS MCGETTIGAN!
I have 2 children that attendy Finley and I cannot be more happy with their accomplishments. The teachers are well qualified and are very helpful and available. My kids love going to school each day. The principal is very involved and seems to know the all the children by name. I hate the fact that we are moving and have to leave this highly performing school.
We have enjoyed this school. I have a 2nd and K. The teachers we've had have worked well with the individual needs of the children and haven't hesitated to let us know about any concerns. My 2nd grader finds the work challenging enough for her and it makes her work a little more. There are tons of extracurricular programs through the district and many are available at the school site. There is a great parent involvement and we enjoy all the school activities and see a huge attendance for those. The principal is wonderful and is always out with the kids and even participated in Pajama Day.
The school has been great! The principal knows more of what is going on in the school then the parents know. I couldn't find my son one day at pickup. The principal knew who normally picked him up and what he was wearing that day. He was immediately on the radio putting out the word. Little did we know that he was where he was suppose to be but he had put a hat over his head that he made that day which covered his entire head! I walked right by him. My son has gone from a below kindergarten reading level to a late first grade reading level in just one sememser! The teachers have worked hard with him on his work. The communication between parents and teacher could be a little better but overall I enjoy the school.
Finley farms is a great school for so many reasons. First and foremost, the principal is amazing. He is so hands on and willing and ready to help out wherever he is. There are many parents that are hands on as well. The curriculum is challanging and my daughter thrives there and i'm very fortunate to be able to send her to finley farms.
The teachers are great. I dont think the principal does the school justice.....He doesnt always know what is going on w/ students that he should. He should be trying to make their school experience a good one.
Over crowded but otherwise good school as long as your does not have any special needs including gifted.
Until this school year (04-05) I was confident my children were receiving a decent education and were treated with respect. Unfortunately, due to enrollment dropping, this is the first year the principal has been without an assistant principal. The impact has been dramatic. The school has a 'Responsibility Center' for discipline issues.
In the 2003-2004 year i had 3 kids enrolled k-3. I am a very proactive parent and would communicate daily with the school staff on issues, progress and action plans for each child. The teachers and admin. Of the school would never follow through no stay consistant. There classes are far to large for effective student teacher interaction and supervision. Students that are less the conforming are not held to consistant standards and allowed to 'sluff by' with the teachers response being 'well its ok its only k or 1....Etc. I removed my children after 2 years of this and placed them in a charter school. Since, they have all exceeded there grade level by no less than 4 grades each... I would have not made issue to f.F.E. If not for the documented fact of extreme improvement after removed.
Academic programs are very good but leadership is weak. The parents basically run the school. If you like that sort of 'leadership', you will love this school!
It's been 3 yeays for my kids to attend and they really love school and teachers.School has variety program and excellent teachers.
Finley Farms Elementary has been a wonderful school for my children to attend. The staff goes the extra mile to make this school exceptional! Thank you to all the teachers for doing their best to provide my children with a solid foundation of education and to prepare them for the school years ahead.
Wonderful School. They have, for the most part, a terrific teaching staff. It is a very neighborly school with lots of parent participation. You are always well informed as to what your child is learning and how they are progressing with all school testing results sent home for you to see. They also have lots of extra carricular activites, and encourange lots of art, music, and outdoor activities along with the standard cirriculum.
My child has been in the Gilbert School district for 5 years now. We have been extremly pleased with Finley Farms. The Principal truly cares about his students. I have found the teachers to be well educated and very patient.
With four children, two have attended Finley Farms K - 6, and two are currently in attendance. My experience has been that the faculty at Finley Farms is exceptional, as is the principal. The teachers are more than willing to work with my children, through academics or clubs, both before and after school. On several occasions my children's teachers have attended their sporting events or awards ceremonies in their 'off' time. The principal has an open door policy and responds to questions or feedback promptly and with respect. Finley Farms has exceeded my expectations for opportunities for my children.
My daughter attends Finley Farms and we are very impressed with the qualitiy of the teachers, the administration, and even the physical facility as well. She is stimulated and attempts are being made to assure her instruction is differentiated base on her own needs. I am a teacher in another school district and I have nothing but good to say about Finley Farms!
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