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Fenster School

Private | 9-12 | 13 students


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Posted October 28, 2013

Fenster is a great school! It is my daughters sophomore year and she raves about how much she likes it there. Before Fenster, my daughter was not engaged in school but now she is actually excited to learn. She also tells me how wonderful the headmaster, Mr. Tony Tsang, is and how the teachers make the classes interesting. I have spoken to Tony numerous times and he has been very informative and helpful in my daughters learning progress. He genuinely cares about my daughters educational success and wants to help her get into college to pursue her dream of becoming a physician. My daughter also tells me about how much fun she has during the chaperoned weekend activities with her classmates such as roller skating, movies, miniature golf, swimming, shopping, museums, etc. I could not be more proud of my daughter and I am thankful to Tony and the teachers who have helped her do so well!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 13, 2010

I agree with the Parent who posted on May 1, 2010, a pure disaster since the headmaster left unexpectedlyl They definately need to regroup.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 1, 2010

A word to the wise. You should investigate this school, thoroughly, before you send your child there. Things were going well in the beginning, and then suddenly, the long time headmaster resigned due to 'personal reasons'. That was in October of 2010. This man was the main reason we selected this school after a meeting with him and a visit to the campus. The school has been on a downward spiral ever since. Notwithstanding my own child's misbehavior there, the school is being run by three staff members only one of which has any common sense. There are not many extra curricular events to keep their idle minds pre-occupied and some of the non-teaching staff seem to lose track that the mission there is education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 15, 2010

I don't know where our daughter would be today without Fenster. She is a very smart girl who got involved with bad crowd at local school. Went from honor roll to failing. After being at fenster, she became herself again. Excited to do well in school, etc. The headmaster and teachers are great and really care about the students. She is now in her second year of college and doing very well. Admits Fenster was a positive change that was much needed at the time. We are grateful that she made the choice to change and that Fenster was available to us.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 8, 2010

Well My daughter got to fensters in April of 2009. She did great and During Christmas asked to come home. So I let her come home to stay she been home 2 months. At Fensters she was an A/B student. At public she is back to C's and F's Well it's March of 2010 and she has asked to return to Fenster to finish her 11th grade. I called and they welcomed her back with open arms saying with hard work she will be back on track. Now she is actually thinking about her grades and her future. We will miss her but she making good choices that she wasn't doing before going there. She see how she succeeds while there on her own!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 15, 2008

This school saved my son. He is a very bright student who was bored in public school and began misbehaving. FEnster school and the Principal Don Scafeffer were amazing. My son's whole attitude changed and his life turned around. He graduated as the 'most improved student' and went on to college. I couldn't be more satisfied. Sending my son to Fenster was the best decision I've ever made for hi,.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 4, 2008

I attended and graduated from Fenster. Prior to attending Fenster, I attended a prestigious military academy, and excelled at both academics and sports. While Fenster was a departure from the military academy structure, I benfitted from the small class size and teacher to student ratio. I graduated from the University of Arizona, and am currently in my final semester in an MBA program. I highly recommend Fenster for parents seeking to send their child there. As with everything, parents need to guide their children in the proper direction. If you are looking for an educational institution to do the work for you, then you need to look somewhere else.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 8, 2008

Fenster helped my son tremendously. He was able to graduate high school a year early with a 3.35 GPA and is currently in the Honors Program at a state university. He graduated with 15 college credits. The majority of reviewers who don't like the school didn't give it a chance to work!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 25, 2008

My twin sons are bright, affable and were constantly making the wrong choices and did not care about school or grades. I had them in military school and various programs which seemed to help for a short while, but they would slip right back in to bad habits. They attended Fenster last year and were in detention most of the time, but they did succeed in attaining A's and B's (all there is to do in detention is study!) It was their choice to go back for their senior year and they have matured so much. They are dedicated to getting good grades and getting into a 4 yr university. THey are also dedicated to fitness and working out and are excited about playing basketball this year. They don't want to sit in detention all year and have given up smoking pot and cigarettes. I credit Fenster with this turn about!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 26, 2008

My daughter would not of graduated if it was not for Fenster! Don is an outstanding Headmaster!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 25, 2008

My son is also a junior, and is in his second year at Fenster. He flunked out of his public high school and had many disciplinary issues. During his time at Fenster, he has greatly matured and pulled his life together. I know that not every kid can handle this type of environment, but the headmaster's disciplinary philosophy of making the kids accountable for their own actions has been great for my son!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 10, 2008

My son is a junior has been attending Fenster for just short of a year. He previously had low grades and was beginning to get into trouble. His grades are now better than we ever thought possible and he is more future oriented. Getting grades emailed to us every Friday avoids being blindsided by an academic problem as was the situation in public school. The teachers are a very qualified and dedicated staff. They know each student well due to the very small classes. The headmaster is a very strong and effective presence who oversees a structured reward and sanction behavior program that would be next to impossible to do at home.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2008

We sent our son to Fenster after he was at a military school and sent home. We were very pleased with the school they are great people. Don takes the time to talk to the parents and kept us informed at all times. They helped my son graduate and he also took college classes and had college credits at graduation. They try to work with the students and have discipline when needed. I would reccomend this school to any parent that is having problems with their teenager. We only wished we would have sent him there sooner.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 17, 2008

I attended Fenster my freshman year. I loved the staff and the headmaster. Although some students may have not benefited from their experiance I did. Fenster is an enviroment where you must grow on your own, the staff will help you if you are willing to get better and recover from your previous lifestyle. However, like many students there who are not willing to do so the staff can not force them. I witnessed the headmaster time and time again reaching out to students who were unwilling to cooaperate. I am sorry if your children did not change or mature but Fenster is an enviroment where you have to work hand in hand with the school to recover. There is no forcing. There is ramifications for bad actions, however this is not a detox rehab or lockdown facility. It is a very beautiful campus and a great opertunity to grow.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 16, 2007

as a personal student of the fenster school i have to strongly support the curiculum. the headmaster, Don, cares more for the students then the parents that put them there. i graduated from fenster in 2006 and now i am a Sgt. First Class in the United States Army. i am able to provide for the family i have created, and live a decent life. befor fenster my life was headed downhill and on the wrong path. since my six months at fenster i have accomplished all of my goals. fenster is a good school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 14, 2007

Our daughter attended Fenster for one month in January of 2007. It was the worst experience in all of our lives. I wish we would have read the reviews before we sent her. All the information about the enviornment is false. The headmaster takes no real responsibility and is generally not there for the parents. Take the advice of the majority of the parents on this site. Stay away. A very hard and expensive lesson learned.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 25, 2007

I graduated from Fenster this past year. The headmaster likes to make the school look as if it is well structured and helps build success. The fact of the matter is, the only thing your child will get out of it is classes that are too simple. Drugs are also problem. There are no extracurricular activities at this school which creates boredom and a use of drugs.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted June 26, 2007

My son was at Fenster for three months in the fall of 2006. When we tried to talk to the headmaster, he left the campus upon our arrival. Please visit the campus and dorms prior to sending your child. It can do more harm than good. Terrible environment for teens.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 15, 2007

I went to the Fenster School and it was one of the best experiences of my life, but I need to add that even though you may send your child there to clean up, in the end it is his or her choice to do so. I graduated in 2005 and from what I have heard from friends that are still there or graduated in 2006, the school's enviroment has drastically changed.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 2, 2007

My daughter was heading nowhere fast before Fenster. i was really worried if she would be a productive member of society. I am not sure of the acedemics, however she has become responsible, accountable, participative and a joy to be around. It has been a God send. And the whole family agrees.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 38% 3%
White 38% 42%
Hispanic 15% 43%
Black 8% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
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