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10155 Barbara Lane
Cupertino, CA 95014

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(408) 252-0706
(408) 253-0271
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June 12, 2014
Unsatisfactory from day one. Not seen such a polarized set of parents for a school, where on one hand, some like it to the most extent while others can't even stand it. My child have had horrible experience and yes, I do not buy that a elementary school teacher needs to be so hard on kids even if the school is so called known for academics. Principal is great (which is why the school gets its only star from me): understanding and yet passionate about students. Teachers are ineffective: most of the sections (irrespective of grade) did not complete their Math and English books that left them way behind in the star testing. Some kids who go to Kumon or RSM may find it easier though. Grading is always skewed and highly dependent whether the teacher 'likes' your kid or how your kid looks, and not on merit. If you're on the good side of the teacher, yes, you will like the school, but if not, you'll have a terrible time. Watch out for the report card comments - they can easily break your child's morale. Do not tell me that your child's school is so good in academics that justifies 9 goal defeats in inter-school soccer. It only shows that they work only on studies and learn nothing else.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
I am a parent. Let me explain 3 things that make this school great. so it helps make right choices for their kids. 1. Great teachers. Why? My kid's teacher, turns out, is a role model to my kid. My kid admitted this personally. I was surprised! Who else can be the best judge then the kids themselves? 2. Great staff Why? Very responsive. Address matters effectively. 3. Great principal. Why? Addresses matters very effectively. Very caring and bonding. And additionally here's something to think about 1. Being effective means following rules. 2. Sometimes teachers can chide parents. But don't we deserve to be chided as well? 3. Sometimes they are "hard" on kids. But hard does not mean physically or rude. Just "No" means "No" kind of discipline. 4. For those who are concerned of "diversity." - Frankly , just apply for lottery. Kids don't discriminate positively or negatively (frankly term diversity is nothing put positive style of discrimination) 5. Games, extra activities. They maintain the balance or at least have programs just to accomplish all that stuff. 6 PTA - very active

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
Great School! Extremely hard working teachers and staff. I've never come across such dedicated teachers who give their best to bring out the best in our kids. I am glad my kids are in such good hands:))

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
My kid is in 3rd Grade...so far I think the school is great...yes , there is lots of concentration on studies and homework, the parents also have to work hard. But we are ok with it , atleast so far. If you do not want your kid to work too hard for elementery (everyone has thier own openion and I respect that) then this is a deinite no no... BTW ...I think the front office staff is great, there are times they are a little not so polite...but then hey...deal with 100s of kids and imagine ur state of mind..also do u know how the parents deal with them ? are they polite with them? I doubt all parents are polite... Anyways we love the school....

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
This school has teachers who put unnecessary burden on students. Some parents may like this school but if your child is jovial, social, fun-loving and not necessarily a bookworm in his early days, this school is certainly not for you. We continued here for a few years hoping it will get better the next year, but apart from one year, we were highly disappointment. The teachers will often form an opinion of your child in the first few days of the school year and then treat the child differentially through the rest of the year. Whats worse is that the teacher will often peer compare kids and cite example of well-performing kids to the ones they don't like. My child has been a fun-loving, great hands on guy, with lot of interest in studies as well as in many extra-curricular stuff (sports, drawing, chess). He is probably not so much well organized, may be little slow in math, etc. One cannot even imagine how his morale was put to feet when he was openly compared with others as his teacher did not like his science project. Overall, I'd suggest parents to stay away if you care for your child's most precious time of life. Star Test results do not matter. Eaton, Colins are all much better.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Its a great school for not only academics but also for arts, music, and PE. Teachers are doing a great job and we love it!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
Excellent school. Great Academics programs and qualified teachers. They do a really good job of coaching in Grade 4 and Grade 5. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2012
The front office ladies appeared to be ok to me even though I can sense their politeness is not by their nature. They might have read comments here and behaved a little better afterwards. The old lady in the kitchen is so rude. I saw students shocked at how she talked and interacted with others. I was appalled, too. I wonder how they could role-model to their students on how to treat other human beings with decency. The principle talked about educating students with politeness. How could they if someone like that is setting up an example?

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2011
I agree . School is great but Worst part is the front office staff..they are very very unfriendly.. and not professional.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
I can say same feeling as below comment. Nothing great in school.They are depending on kids progress.

- submitted by a community member
July 07, 2010
Faria is a good school, but NOT a great one. It's highly over-rated and there is lot more hype for Faria than some other Cupertino schools which are also good. Diversity is non-existent, and almost all parents care a lot about academics and hence the high API scores. Not all teachers are good. The school does well because most parents take keen interest and push their kids a lot. Nothing great about this school. Those who don't get into this school due to the lottery system should not despair - there are many good schools in neighborhood - e.g. Garden Gate

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
Faria is a great school. I have two daughters studying in this school and I have never felt any homework or academics pressure. I am a working mom and try to volunteer whenever I can. i can only thank the other parents who volunteer a lot for their dedication and the teachers and principal for theire sincerity and hardwork. This year Faria has becaome one of California's Distinguished Schools! We are lucky that we qualified in the lottery and had the oppurtunity to experience Faria!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
The principal is great, he is always in the campus for the kids and parents equally. My daughter is in fourth grade and enjoys going to school everyday. Good focus in academics and after school activities like band, chess and school sports activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
Every thing in the school is great! Worst part is the front office staff..they are very unfriendly.

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September 07, 2009
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August 07, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
April 07, 2009
It's a blessing for my child to go to Faria School. The principal and the teacher are very responsible, and kids are really learning from the clearly guided curriculum and daily school work. You can see the principal around the campus whenever there are school wide activities, regardless of night or weekend. I highly recommend this school to all parents. However, I still hope there're more field trips for young kids, though there's budget crisis throughout the state- Parent of a first grader.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 06, 2009
Good school, with great scores and wonderful students and caring teachers.

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March 18, 2009
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March 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2008
My Daughter started attending Faria this year. So ,far I can only agree that Faria is way better than other schools. Discipline wise, academics wise. The Principal is so much involved. The teachers are excellent.Staff is friendly as well, if we don't drive them nuts with silly questions. I love this school, so does my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 08, 2008
My son is attending Faria. Its a good school but overall only Academics is being concentrated on. Very few extra curricular activities and totally 100% parent participation is required. Unlike other Cupertino schools here Voluntery is Mandaetory which kind of is difficult for working parents. If the child can cope up with homework and still have fun then its a great school. If the child crumbles under pressure then this is not the school you want your child to attend. Overall I would rate it only a 3 1/2 star. Wish there where more friendly front office staff. They can be uptight at times and drive you nuts.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2008
It's not a bad school-- I wouldn't say any school in Cupertino is bad... but there is nothing great about Faria. The parents who choose to send their kids to Faria are the ones who really really stress nothing but the academic pursuits, so of course if their kids are entirely focused on that, they will get high test scores. There is nothing brilliant about the school or the teachers, however, that help kids excel. Your child can excel no matter what school they go to in the district. Faria itself has nothing special.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
If you take away the bottom 3 schools of Cupertino School District, the average API of the schools is over 940 which is extremely high by any standard. But that is not enough for the parents that send their kids to Faria, they want more. Kids are taken in by a lottery system, I don't know if Faria teacher selection process is any different that the rest of the school district. So, how do we explain the higher API scores? Yes, there is extra effort, pressure and competition on the academic front. Most kids thrive but some will have hard time and will feel intense pressure. There is more homework than in other schools. Credit to the new Principal, over last few years many extra curricular activities were added at Faria: Sports, Student Jobs, Music etc.. however there is no let up in excessive homework and too many rules.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2008
I would say Faria is an overrated school.Iam an Asian parent and agree that the school is not diverse.Faria philosophy is nothing but to keep pressure on parents and kids.Usually Parents of Faria children are much brilliant and school get the high score .Kids of these parents can excel anywhere with their personal attention towards their kid.If you want your kid remember his/her childhood as one horrible experince,Faria is the way

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2008
I consider Faria as an excellent school. The teachers are excellent - Very dedicated teachers - School does not teach on STAR testing - Acamedic; parents made aware of school philosophy before they can apply for Faria lottery - %age of Asians high as more Asians choose Faria - You dont need to send your child to any outside math/reading program if you send your child to Faria - Your child's concepts are crystal clear if they learn it from their Faria teacher, instead of learning the concepts from other other sources. - The teachers do not encourage to memorize the math tables before the kids are taught the multiplication concept - Creativity and Reading is highly encouraged - School stresses on basic values, organization, listening skills and public speaking Emphasis on arts, music and PE is also given - Parent participation also plays an important role - On rainy days, kids are inside the classroom Downside - Traffic congestion. Parents violate

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2008
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December 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2007
It's a good school, but I would refuse to say it's a great school. Being great is not equivalent to just having a good test score. There are many more important values that we want our kids to learn and get from the school. How about love and care? How about the importance to have a good health? If a school does not care that its students are baked under the sun or soaked in the rain during lunch hour; if some of the teachers are doing their best to block building a mere shade for the poor students, would you still want your kids to come to such a school? We are seriously asking ourselves the question now: are we sending our child to the right place? If love and care are somehow lost, Faria will never get to the 'great' level.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2007
My daughter has been attending Faria since her Kinder year. Although she likes it, but she feels a great pressure for the amount of in-class work given. I am very surprise to see the amount of the work completed in class & bring home for my husband & I to review. Parents involvement are extremely high & also demanded by school. No doubt, their academic program is well structured especially in reading, phonic building. However I think the school should also be aware of that children need to be more balance. Therefore I could only rate 4 starts for Faria instead full score.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2007
I currently have my daughter attending Faria. She loves it there so that's a very good sign. I just wish that they offer Spanish or other foreign languages within the curriculum.

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September 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2007
My child is back at Faria for the new school year. Overall Faria is good school with sound teachers. Faria is primarily focused on basics. Faria is more balanced now with music and sports programs. Despite its high test scores, Faria does not emphasize standardized testing! The school community is split across Asian (90%) and non-Asians. Technology exposure is limited.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2007
Both of my sons learned how to study effectively while they were at Faria. Now both are attending top UCs, and my husband and I are really grateful for the strong guidance provided by the Faria faculties.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
Yes, the test scores here are high. But, for some reason, the school has attracted too many parents who are only focused on test scores. My daughter is one of the few who isn't enrolled in Kumon or Score after school programs. There is a fine line between supporting one's child to succeed academically and going over the top, creating a competitive atmosphere unhealthy for the child in the long run. Kudos to the parents who can keep a perspective and allow their children just be kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2007
I have had three children at this school over many years. It remains very high quality even with changes in staff and demographics. Parent involvement is stressed and most parents follow through. Art and music are offered and are good quality but not for many hours. Most of the emphasis is placed on academics. There are after school athletics and lunch time activities. The teachers are very committed and of the highest caliber. The discipline is excellent. Children learn how to behave well with good manners. They are well prepared for entering middle school.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
Have kids at Faria now. It seems like a lot of teachers are leaving or planning to leave, and this concerns me. I believe the special and rare teaching phylosophy, mainly carried on by the teachers, may not survive if there is too great a turnover. Most parents here seem to care a great deal about their child's education and many enroll the kids in external classes. I wish they would let children skip a grade if they were qualified. I see it can make some of the bright student bored, since everyone get the same curriculum. I think there is too much emphasis on sports recently. Also, discipline seems to have declined in the last couple years.

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April 18, 2006
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March 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
Excellent academic program. Not much extracurricular activities. Decent involvment

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2006
Faria is a great school. It instills a sense of self motivation in children and develops a very inquisitive and logical thought process. Their curriculum seems to have a method and purpose. I found it even better than other great cupertino schools

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February 28, 2006
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February 13, 2006
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February 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
Both my daughters are currently attending Faria. In all, the school is pretty good, especially considering the generally bad situation in california schools. The school's emphasis is on academics and it seems to be working. The school scores are highest amongst california public schools. What I like about Faria: - discipline; - higher than average level of requirements; - homework starting @K; - material base (computer lab etal) - parents involvment; What I do not like about Faria: - new principal is not a strong leader; - lack of extracurricular activities;

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February 03, 2006
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January 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 11, 2006
Great school, great teacher. School has added music plan and significant extra-curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 19, 2005
Academically intensive school.

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October 31, 2005
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September 23, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
September 01, 2005
Great school with laser sharp focus on academics and behaviors.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
Faria is a very good academic school. The parent involvement is really high. I am satisfied with the music,art and sports programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2005
Great school. Academic program great.

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July 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2005
excellent programs. Amazing parent involvement.

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April 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2005
Heavy emphasis on academics (API=993) but not enough on overall development of a child. Percentage of grade 5 students meeting fitness standards at Faria is only 9.7%(15.8% girls/5.5% boys), while neighboring school Regnart (API=953) has overall 43.5%(52.4G/34.3B). Can you picture your 9yr old boy, pale and skinny, wearing thick glasses bending into a pile of thick books seem too heavy to carry?

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Very committed school to academics. There is suffcient extracurricular activities. Teachers give personal attention to each students. Good parental involvement.

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March 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2005
Its very well motivated, energetic school. Shows interest in a lot of extra curricular activities and at the same time stands steady with the core academics.

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January 27, 2005
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January 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
Autocratic, militant school. High test scores achieved, but at what cost? Socializing completely discouraged, as are imagination and independence. Good for making followers of our children, but not leaders and innovators.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 14, 2004
Strict curriculum but very supportive of their students. Parental participation is a must at this school.

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November 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2004
This is school emphasize too much on academic, and not overall growth of kids. The result will be kids with high score but little innovation. It's just like many Asian schools. 90% Asian. Will it resulted in virtual segregation.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2004
Very thorough grounding in math, english, science. We are hoping the new principal will continue to foster the strong academic environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2004
Faria is an Excellent school, it is loved by all parents and faculties. This is not a diverse school; it is an Alternative school.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2004
This school is not diverse being over 90% Asian. This creates problems that are not reflected in the high scores. Great school academically, but not a good school to go to allow kids to be kids or how to be content with just simply doing their best (even if they get an A+).

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2004
Faria is an excellent school. Teachers are highly professional, parents are very supportive, students are very friendly and knowledgeable. My child really enjoy being in this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2004
A very good school. The staff and parent interaction is outstanding. Look at their school test performances! Way above the rest!

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2003
One of the best schools no doubt about it. Parents and teachers are great a like and help devlope the kids

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2003
Prinicpal is the best I have ever come across. Also the teaching quality is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2003
The principal is strict yet friendly with the kids. The staff is very good. Best of all, the parents are very involved in their kids' education. That makes all the difference.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2003
Not a diverse school - is 91% Asian.

- submitted by a former student
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William Faria Elementary School
10155 Barbara Lane, Cupertino, CA  95014
(408) 252-0706
Last modified William Faria Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
William Faria Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 78 reviews. Top