Principal is very caring, responsive and takes prompt action over any issues. Front office is very professional, polite and helpful. Teachers - unable to make any conclusions. Parents - PTA, FEEF, are e.g.s of active parent involvement. Diversity : Kids are kids - let us not think with adult mindset. It's a unbiased fair, lottery system and X number of kids make it and others don't . Why "discriminate" or to put it in more stylized terms , why expect "diversity" ? Define "diversity"? Everyone here is a working class parents who have great aspirations for their kids and May or not be an American citizen with roots from different cultures (or same , as it so happens ). PS: I am truly a parent not a staff impersonating as a parent.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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