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.
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
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:))
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....
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.
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!
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.
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?
I agree . School is great but Worst part is the front office staff..they are very very unfriendly.. and not professional.
I can say same feeling as below comment. Nothing great in school.They are depending on kids progress.
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
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!
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.
Every thing in the school is great! Worst part is the front office staff..they are very unfriendly.
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.
Good school, with great scores and wonderful students and caring teachers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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