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6100 Olmeda Avenue
Atascadero, CA 93422

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(805) 460-2500
(805) 460-2522
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October 08, 2010
Having tried both, we think FAA compares favorably to the private school options in this area, especially when it comes to "the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic". If you look at state STAR tests, you'll see FAA does quite well in the area compared to the local public schools, too. I've worked in education (at the university level) and the private sector for many years. I would say that the teachers at FAA are some of the most dedicated, hardworking individuals I've ever encountered. And the chief staff support person (Evie) is perhaps the best administrative assistant I've ever encountered, anywhere. All CA schools I've seen have behavioral issues (parents). FAA teachers do as well as any. My only complaint about the school is that the PTSA has (-some great folks and-) a couple hysterical individuals on it, who should probably be teaching drama.

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August 25, 2010
HAving served on the PTSA, I can honestly say that the teachers at this school are incredibly lazy, disconnected and on auto-pilot. The entire lot should be replaced and start over. The concept of the school is good, but between the complacency of the staff, and the severe cuts in education funding, it's a poor excuse for an edicational facility. The basics of reading, writing and arithmatic are given short shrift. Do not send your child to this schol if he or she needs additional help in any way. LAstly, it seems that there are many students who end up here as a last resort. Lots of behavioral issues and kids that need additional supervision. However, the stupid school board has cut the Principal here to two days a week (even though it is essentially a middle school). In total, great concept school, dismal execution of concept!

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May 25, 2010
Every child have different learning capabilities. My older son really love this school. As a parent, I have no regret to send my son in this school. Teachers, students are amazing, their academic programs are superb. Love it...

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September 16, 2009
This was part of CA pilot programs to increase the Art experience of the students. We have had five of my grandchildren attend this school right from its start. Each of them benefited from the limited size & personal attention they recieved there.

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August 03, 2007
I loved this school! I've been to a lot of schools and the fine arts academy has been by far my favorite! I completely recommend it to anyone!

- submitted by a student

November 15, 2005
Average academics, good hands-on art activities (in many forms), but small school which may not be a blessing for girls going through puberty (very few girlfriends to choose from...this can become a problem).

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October 07, 2003
The students [are] there for their love of drawing, dance, choir, drama or art. I find the kids have such a happiness about them. They choose to go there, so it is their school and they make it fun. The teachers all have the arts in mind, and they enjoy teaching. They truly care about the kids. They try to adapt to differnt learning styles that a child might have.

- submitted by a parent
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Fine Arts Academy
6100 Olmeda Avenue, Atascadero, CA  93422
(805) 460-2500
Last modified Fine Arts Academy is a Public school that serves grades 4-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fine Arts Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 7 reviews. Top