These reviews are a little misleading. Some positives - the teachers are not bad and gardening class nice - but the high test scores are directly related to the socioeconomics of the area. There is not good funding for this school. There is no art teacher and the music program is constantly in danger of being cut. Classes are overcrowded - most upper classes with 32-35 kids each. Teachers rely heavily on parent volunteers - some even ask parents to grade papers! For the privacy of other families and because parents may not be qualified, they should not be doing this. PTA meetings usually have less than 10 in attendance - and the teachers don't seem to care about the T in PTA. Because of funding issues, families are asked to donate over 300 dollars per student each year. The other fundraiser is an auction where families that bid the most get prizes and special outings - those with less money have no chance. Child supervision on the school grounds is lacking - often only 1 adult. Teachers have expressed a lack of parent volunteers, but teachers should be there to fill in at least! The academics were fine, and our experience here was not terrible. It was just not a 10.
The school just changed over to a learning center from a SDC and it is not working out well at all. The school districts solution is to move my child to another school in the district but what she is struggling with is all the transition from class to class. That being said, moving to a new school mid year sounds stressful. This school is great and we love the teachers the learning center just cannot meet my child's needs.
I have a 7th grader and a kindergartner at Bay Farm... I'm halfway through what will end up being 18 years at this school! I don't mispeak when I say that... the community, the parents, are as much a part of this school as the kids, teachers and staff are. Together, this community works toward a common set of goals: Giving each student a great education, creating a safe and scintillating environment for them to learn in, and putting them on a path to success. Many of us feel as if we've stumbled upon a piece of near perfection. The principal, Mrs. Freitas, is dedicated to the betterment of the school at every turn, and the teachers and staff are absolutely fabulous. With a hugely active PTA and parent community, you just can't go wrong. I'm so thrilled my kids have this place!
We have been at Bay Farm Elementary for 3 years and are very proud to be part of this school. There is a great partnership between parents and teacher/staff. Our child is challenged and excited about class.
Last year we celebrated our 20th Anniversary at Bay Farm School, and I couldn't be prouder of all that we have accomplished over the years! We've come a long way since we opened our doors to just over 250 students! We are now over 500 strong, with a staff who is committed to making Bay Farm a safe, fun, and challenging place to learn and grow. We have replaced overhead projectors with document cameras and smart boards, are in our second year of our K-8 implementation, continue to move forward into our 21st Century Innovative Plan, and have an Outdoor Learning Center and Go Green program that is the envy of districts near and far. Our greatest legacy, however, is our continuing relationship with our students who have grown and left us to make their way in the world. They have gone on to high school and college, are making the world a better place in their chosen fields, and, most importantly, are raising their own children to be strong, kind, and independent. They come back often to check in and to take part in school activities and celebrations. They share their memories of their experiences at Bay Farm and their goals. They remind me, day after day, why I do what I do!
Bay Farm school is wonderful. This is the first year it holds seventh grade, and it has two classes. The teachers are phenomenal and balance each other's strength. One is a Math and Science genius, while the other is an English and History buff. I have twins and one kid in each class. Both of them respect and admire their teachers. They actually enjoy learning and look forward to going to school. Of course, they love their weekends too. Just incredible how Bay Farm and their teachers created an environment in which my twins are engaged and are blossoming. When I drive up to the school each morning, I see a clean, well-kept grounds. There a true sense of safety and caring. Little safety monitors help direct all the crazy bicycle, car and people traffic. Today was "Walk to School" day, and the community had the local police also guiding traffic. They were even smiling. The children gather in the courtyard for morning announcements, and each child who has a birthday that morning is brought up while the entire school sings them a song and wish them well. Can you image how special that makes a kid feel? If only each day can be that extraordinary. Oh wait, it is at Bay Farm.
BayFarm school is such a strong school due to the tight knit sense of community among children, teachers & parents. Most of us walk or ride to school and find we have a lot in common: a high value place on education, a strong sense of drive and desire for our kids to excel and be contributing members of our community. I am grateful to live in such a supportive neighborhood and participate in such a wonderful school community.
We are impressed by the quality of the staff and dedication of the principal. It's a very calm, well-run school with huge parent involvement.
We are new to Bay Farm school and have been to others due to moving, so have a little experience in elementary schools. In terms of learning, attention to children, parent involvement, community, technology - this school is doing wonderfully! The teachers and staff are innovative and most of them seem to love what they do. We have recently changed form k-5 to k-8 and the transition is going well. The program they are developing for the middle school is fantastic so far; and AEF compliments it with extra-curriculars like band and sports. We are thrilled with Bay Farm!
Bay Farm School is truly a community of learners! Together, our students, teachers, support professionals, and parents work tirelessly to support our academic and social goals, and provide learning opportunities that challenge our students to become independent, creative, and collaborative problem-solvers. We are implementing an Innovative Plan that infuses technology directly into our instruction so that our students can develop 21st century learning skills to be able to participate successfully in our global society. Come learn with us!
We are Extremely happy and impressed with the school. The Principals involvement is remarkable. All the Kindergartner teachers are Excellent but we Love ours Mrs. Geis.
Love this school. We have had our 2 kids here at Bay Farm over 9 + years and is still loving it! The teachers (including PE and Music) are just incredible! The parents are VERY helpful and our principal is just incredible:) This school is growing better and better! We HIGHLY recommend sending your kids here!
My kids have gone through Kindergarten to 5th grade here. I couldn't be happier with the quality of the teachers. High parental involvement and the kids are great. They have added 6th grade and will be adding 7th & 8th to round out the middle school option as well. Hopefully it will continues to be high performing through the middle school years.
Our daughter is about to finish her 4th year at Bay Farm (3rd grade) & we have been extremely pleased with the school & its teachers. We often thought about moving to the East Bay for more space but kept comparing Lamorinda scores & feel the quality of education here combined with the diversity and easy lifestyle & commute can't be beat. We have opted to stay to give our son who is entering K next year the same experience. This past year Measure A was passed ensuring class sizes stay small at Bay Farm & extra-curricular activities remain extremely enriching. This is a hidden gem of a school.
Our daughter just finished kindergarten at Bay Farm and it was a wonderful year. The teachers are dynamic and caring, and the parents are involved. The mornings are like a Norman Rockwell painting as most kids live close enough to walk to school. We'll often see our daughter's friends around town as well - we really feel like we are now part of a community. Go Bay Farm!
My sons came in behind when they started at Bay Farm School due to going from a traditional school schedule to year round schedule. Within 2 months the staff at Bay Farm had them both up to grade level in both reading and math. The 6th grade class was the best experience for my oldest. It prepared him for middle school very well. In fact many of the subjects he learned in history have actually provided the foundation for more indepth learning in honors classes now that he is a freshman. The parents and PTA are all very involved and financially support the school in a big way. This was one of the best communities we have lived in and as a military family we have lived in several places since our children have been school age.
There's a high level of achievement and parent involvement at this school. Teachers are excellent. In particular, Joni Reynolds, the 6th grade teacher, has such heart, intelligence, energy and infectious enthusiasm that she is a valuable role model not only for her students, but also for their parents.
Three of my children went through Bay Farm Elementary. My youngest started in the Kindergarten and is now attending fourth grade. We moved into this area so our children can attend Bay Farm Elementary. The biggest asset of the school success is its parents. The parents of the students are heavily involved in school operations and activities. The students are aware their parents are in close contacts with the teachers. My daughter wants to go to school everyday to meet her friends and to learn. If you are interested to attend bay Farm, you must move into the proper zoned neighborhoods. You will also be willing to be involved with your children's education and activities. As long as you participate in the children's activities, you will find out that Bay Farm Elementary offers academic achievements as good as any private school. It is an example of public school that works.
This is our first year at Bay Farm and I am very pleased with my kindergarteners progress. Bay Farm teachers are not afraid to push the kids to the limits. My daughter is being challenged and she is loving it.
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