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901 Military West
Benicia, CA 94510

(707) 747-8350
(707) 747-8359
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October 19, 2015
Stuffing 25 kids in a classroom where they can not get their academic needs met is wrong, especially when the teacher is making a salary of $85-95/yr. for 180 days of work per year (look it up on Transparent California...also look up the principal's salary, over $110k while kids are stuffed into classrooms. District superintendent...$200k). To compensate for ineffective classroom instruction, teachers send home mountains of homework to pass the work onto parents. Is this really okay w/ parents, whose property taxes are funding this ridiculousness? Our funding should go first to smaller classes, where kids can actually learn.

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August 11, 2015
We have a grandson in Kindergarten 2014-15. He had an excellent teacher who gave him knowledge and experience in all parts of every subject. I helped in the classroom every afternoon, so I know how much the children learned. His homework was not excessive and after he got into a routine, he did it without complaints and still had plenty of playtime after school. Kudos to Mary Farmer.

- submitted by a community member
Teacher effectiveness: Effective
August 10, 2015
Despite concerns about the amount of homework, we generally liked the teacher. We did not find that the teacher was an invested in our son as what we experienced after moving and being in other school districts, though.

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Amount of homework: Too much
August 10, 2015
We were there just one year, but our son had 16-20 pages of homework a night in kindergarten. We were shocked by this, and he has not had this much at other schools even in older grades since. This is excessive and really influenced him developing a negative attitude about homework. He was excited to get homework at first; however, as they settled in and it got to the regular amount of homework, it quickly became too much. He started to hate school and homework. In kindergarten it is important to develop good study habits and a positive attitude about homework. They failed to do this.

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Develops grit: Disagree
August 10, 2015
There attempts to do this may work for some, but also may be counterproductive. They have a lot of homework, which can develop persistence and grit. However, it can also create an aversion that works to the opposite of this.

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Develops respect: Neutral
August 10, 2015
They did an okay job with this, but nothing stood out as impressive. The school is not very diverse, and our son was one of the few children that represented diversity. We would have liked to see more emphasis on this.

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Develops empathy: Neutral
August 10, 2015
They did okay with this, but also noting stood out too much as being impressive related to this.

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Develops honesty: Agree
August 10, 2015
We had no concerns with this and they seemed to do well. We also didn't see things that stood out that impressed us related to this. We have seen this in other schools our son attended.

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August 10, 2015
We were here just for one year and, for the most part, were quite satisfied with the school. The one major frustration was the amount of homework given to kindergarten students. Our son had 16-20 pages of homework a week. He was in an after school program that helped with homework, but still had to do homework in the evening for 1-2 hours a night to complete it. He started off loving school and enjoying homework; however, he began to really hate the homework over time because of the amount. After moving away, we've really struggled to change this. He is able to do his homework, just has not overcome the dislike of it from kindergarten. It has improved as we've been at schools with better balance.

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December 11, 2014
This is a great school with a very involved Principle. There are some challenges when it comes to the 4th grade teachers. I believe that there is a couple, from my experience and discussions with other parents that just need to RETIRE. There were times when my child didn't want to go to school just because of the teacher belittling them in front of the class! I spoke to parents who actually moved their kids out of the school specifically because of these teachers. It seemed like they had a huge power trip . After surviving the 4th grade my child began to love going to school again. So with that said great school, just beware of the 4th grade teachers!

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July 22, 2013
It's a pretty good school though when i was there( im going to the middle school now) a lot of kids were cliquey and in my 5th grade class there was a lot of drama and the teachers tried to stop it but couldn't. And the yard duties? Please. One word: TERRIBLE. Two kids got in a fight like ten feet away from one in the direction she was facing and she just stated and did nothing while the kids were beating each other up and me and other people had to stop them. The field trips were good though

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March 05, 2012
Love it! This school has great administration, great teachers and great parents. I've never had a problem reaching my kids' teachers or speaking with the principal. I specifically picked Farmar because of the family-like atmosphere and diverse student body. My son experienced some difficulties earlier this year with another student and I could not be happier with the teacher's response. Still offer a great selection of after school programs.

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February 19, 2010
That last review is really unfortunate. We've been at Mary Farmar for 4 years (2 kids) and have always experienced the staff to be warm, dedicated, and terrific, from teachers to principal to support staff. It has a true sense of community and we've been fortunate to be part of the Mary Farmar family!

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September 03, 2009
While my child is doing fairly well, and the environment 'seems' like an open and welcoming set-up, the Teachers are largely unavailable before and after school due to their being over-scheduled for yard duties. And trying to talk to the principal is pretty much pointless because she will never squeeze a few minutes out of her busy schedule for parents that actually show up and care about their children s education. If you are the invisible parent and don't ask questions your child will be fine.

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January 30, 2009
I have had an opportunity to attend all of the elementary schools in Benicia due to transfers and summer school and I can say by far Mary Farmar is the most diverse. It not only has a caring staff and dedicated teachers it has a well rounded community of parents from all socio economic backgrounds. That is what I want for my two children. I found that two of the other schools placed to much emphasis on test scores and performance on did not value the individural child. Mary Farmar is a family. They make each child feel welcomed and appreciated. The do an excellent job of adding erichment to the school with jazzercise, fencing, spanish and french and cooking for kids. I can't say how proud I am to be a Falcon Family!!!

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May 22, 2008
I love this school. I have 2 children who currently attend Farmar & they have showed to be great students. The teachers are great & the parent involvement at the school is excellent. I can't wait to enroll my other 2 children (when the time comes) at Farmar. I also love the fact that the classes are not over crowded.

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May 22, 2007
Wow, what a great experience this past year has been. Our daughter is about to finish her kindergarten year at Mary Farmar. We have been so pleased with the professional, kind, organized and experience staff at this school. All of the kindergarten teachers (as well as the first grade teachers) are warm and fuzzy while commanding and teaching respect. This school is just like the elementary I went to when I was a kid. The parents are very involved and there is absolutely no 'keep up with the Jones'' going on here. The principal, Mrs. Sullivan has a very strong and positive presence. We couldn't be more pleased.

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March 11, 2006
We have 2 boys at Farmar. Both have excelled not only academically but socially as well. Farmar has a solid format that works, but expect the amount of homework that goes along with it. The API scores of 86 prove the system works. Our oldest son attended from K-3 and is thriving in this system.

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May 04, 2005
Mary Farmar Elementary is a great school. The teachers do a great job of teaching the kids everything they need to know. Currently my daughter has Mrs. Johnson and I can tell she is getting them prepared for 6th grade. I also know she is getting through to the kids too. I love that they have the teachers do P.E. because the students already know them well. I also like the music teacher Mr. Johnson he has a lot of fun songs to teach them. i remember last year they had professinals come do a play with some of the kids from his 4 classes. The PTA is a great one and they really try hard to do whatever they can. I know in some of the lower grades they have parent volunteers everyday. I forgot to mention student concil. My daughter loves it. Sincerely, Anonymous

- submitted by a student
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Mary Farmar Elementary School
901 Military West, Benicia, CA  94510
(707) 747-8350
Last modified Mary Farmar Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mary Farmar Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top