This school is Haywards hidden gem!
Small class sizes ensure each student receives personalized attention. Why have your child lost in the 600-700 student shuffle? The Principal and teachers here know each child in every grade by name and there is a real sense of community amongst parents. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only strictly project-based school in the district. The hands on, Common Core approach has led my 1st grader to conduct his own science research, write book reports, deliver oral presentations with visual aides, and design, measure and assemble his own solar robot. Each class manages a planting bed in the award winning school garden, and each school year kicks off with a harvest festival where all the food they have grown is prepared and shared along with lessons on healthy eating and the environment.
Now, is the school perfect? No...its not, and im not sure there is such a thing. The building is old, its true, but its the teachers and the parents that make the difference here. Creative, dedicated...and refusing to accept less than your childs very best...the teachers and college focused parents are the primary reason this school rocks. Dont believe me? Come see for yourself.
Some of the staff really truly is great. However A school is supposed to be the safest place for your child outside of your home. I don't agree with the way the faculty deals with bullying. How can this be tolerated? It only facilitates it and would not recommend the school.
This school has great potential to be absolutely amazing. Faith Ringgold seems to lack leadership in terms of dealing with problem children that disrupt the learning environment, this isn't fair to the kids that want to learn. Certain behaviors should not be tolerated by the school or ignored: It's a real safety concern. I think once that issue is addressed then the school will get a rating of 5 stars.