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K-12
Public charter
Newark, CA
Students enrolled: 1,593

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39899 Balentine Drive, Suite 335
Newark, CA 94560

(510) 687-9111
(510) 687-9145
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November 29, 2014
This school is a disaster. Very unprofessional. The teachers are not qualified enough to teach. Kids get a lot of homework but don't learn much new things. The "teaching Arabic" is a scam- they do not teach well. Besides that, the fees are very annoying. It is better to put your kids in a public school rather than this. I advise you not to. It is a HUGE waste of time, especially the high school- how can you go off to college after high school if they aren't teaching the necessary things properly?

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2013
Frame is a big shame ... I made the biggest mistake of my life putting my children in this school . It's a waste of their education time. The school is very unorganized ,the students get loads of homework , but who cares if they bring it back or not. No daily reading for homework . No control over the students bad behavior. I would rate this school a (2).

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
I am a 2nd grade student and I love my school . the teachers are super nice !!! my teacher is Mrs. young and I love her !!! I was super happy when I came to this school . the teachers always make work fun I am an A+ student . I also love the hot lunch .

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2013
Great school for my daughter and son. The teachers are very nice and polite. The system is good. If I go back to Fremont I put my kids in fame again .. it is the best choice for me.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2013
I'm proud parent, of FAME chartered school's student. Really nice environment. A diverse culture, good study, nice and totally safe environment. For us its great school, if I compare ILM academy , a private school with $400+ / month fee.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2013
As a parent, I'm happy that my son is learning Arabic, and I would like this school to continue after fixing previous issues it had in the past. I can see some of the criticism is purely based on racist grounds, and this is the only reason this person wants to shut down this unique school in the bay area.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2013
Coming to the FAME was the biggest mistake my family made. We were told the school would teach our children strong cultural values and teach them to read Arabic. This was a lie at best. The school is an organizational mess. The is a huge disconnect between the principals and the teachers. No one seems to agree with the other and our children are suffering and losing out on a sound education. I won't be taking my children back to this school regardless of it being shut-down or not.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2013
The school needs fixing in terms of better teachers and a proper structure and I'm sure with the hire of qualified teachers, its an attainable goal, but the people to blame are not at the schools but at the district office. The only reason I decided to discontinue working with FAME is because of the unprofessionalism of the HR department. They are the department to go for help as an employee, but the person in charge is never available. You call, her voicemail box is full, you email her, she never replies. She seemed totally unprofessional, incompetent and full of lame excuses.

- submitted by a teacher
November 15, 2012
The high school Arabic program needs to be scrutinized by higher authorities. To be more specific, Nahil Iriqat needs to be TERMINATED from the school - never have i seen such an individual with poor rude etc personage. Action will be takin against this woman

- submitted by a community member
November 02, 2012
Shame shame shame on FAME. Mr. Abdella you should be ASHAMED of your behavior. What kind of principal goes around and does this kind of nonsense. I am beyond disbelief.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
Whatever happen in the higher level has got nothing to do with the quality of education and teachers. For those whom complain too much, I say, why don't you try and live in a different country; Afghan, Pakistan, Ethiopia etc and see what is their school like and what type of education will your children get! The parents involvement are more into the mess of "What is happening" to the CEO/owner/ whoever rather than what is going on in the classroom and how can we make it better. My 2 children attended that school and they are very happy. Happy with their friends, teachers and environment. I enjoy learning as they bring home their schoolwork. Their teachers are great; Mr Tang, Ms Austin, Mrs Norlander are the best! They make a lot of difference to learning. Diversity in that school is phenomena nothing I 've seen anywhere else. Now, we are living outside of the states and I wish they have a school just like that here!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2012
This school has 13 cited violations from ACOE. It's charter is being threatened to shut down. If your thinking about putting your child here, you should have a back up plan.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2011
I love this school. The teachers and staff are so kind and caring, and it feels like an extended family. The school is very unique and diverse. Children enjoy learning their native language, and seeing people from many cultures. This school really celebrates diversity. It is a very safe environment and a great alternative to have!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
I would highly recommend any prospective parent to google the school name FAME CHARTER SCHOOL and add BLOG. This is how you will really get a clue of what is happening at this school.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 28, 2010
I love this school. It has been a second home to my 3 children. It is safe, carng and feels like a community-a family. I cant even imagine taking my children elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
I transferred out of this school because we thought it would be better. But it turns out that it wasnt. In fame the teachers actually care for you and teach you until you understand it. Rather in public schools they just put the problems up and expect you to do it without even teaching. Which makes the student not care, and it causes the class to get loud. but in fame the teachers MAKE sure the classroom is quiet when its time to do the work. and its has an A+ SAFE ENVIOREMENT im telling you guys!....FAME WAS MY SECOND HOME... There is no drugs, pure pressure, gangs,weapons, back stabers, fights, and dating. Everyone in this school is more than a big family raher than a bunch of student. Everyone looks out and cares for one other. I now go to Kennedy High School and I regret every day.

- submitted by a student
February 21, 2010
I am a proud parent of Fame and feel very happy and safe about sending my child. There are always if's and but's everywhere in the world no one is perfect, but as far as the safety is concern this is the place for kids FAME.

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February 15, 2010
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February 12, 2010
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December 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 13, 2009
It's okay, but some students are in the behavior of pushing, that needs to be improved immediatley.

- submitted by a student
November 13, 2009
I am impressed with the methods of teaching, but disappointed with the behavior of some students.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 04, 2009
I am a proud parent of three children at FAME. I think the best thing about the school is what you do NOT find there, rather than what you do find. You do NOT find violence, drugs, or uncontrollable situations. You do not find mean spirited teachers. You do not find staff blaming children for problems--rather the staff is supportive and really care about how my children are doing overall. And I love the community feel, you really feel like you are part of something and not a number or a name on an attendance sheet. I highly recommend this school and would not send my kids anywhere else.

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October 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2009
I am a proud FAME parent! Although the academic portion of it needs room for improvement! The environment is safe and teachers and pricipals are easily approchable. I hope to see extra ciruclum afterschool activities and improvement in the academic area.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
I have been very happy with the FAME IS program. I really wish I did it sooner instead of a R-4 method due to access to curriculums are better with FAME. The staff is will ing to help us with special education needs better than a traditional school district. Response is a bit delayed and it takes much longer to provide a support than a traditional school but atleast they are willing to do it.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
I'm a former parent, we opted to move to the local public school because FAME was too far, but it is a clean, friendly school. My child's teacher was great, but there were no extra curricular activities, there's no playground, and most of all- I didn't like my young child mixing with middle and high schoolers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
We are enrolled in Fame, and they really provide and excellent environment for the children to learn. I am very happy with the services that I am getting.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
IT is a great school for my kids. It has a positive atmosphere and promotes family values.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
Not a school that I recommend. Nice community, friendly environment, and clean facility, but...........the educational standards, on the other hand, are the TOTAL opposite. The high school is not organized the way it should be. The ninth graders are not introduced into the school, like any average high school( e.g. NO TALK ABOUT VOLUNTEER HOURS, FUTURE PLANS, COLLEGE PREP, NO CHOICE IN CLASSES etc). Your student has to figure this out on their own. The school provides no extra curricular activities. If you are planning to put your high school student in this school...don't. The school is great for the elementary, and pretty good for middle school, we know this because we have siblings in elementary. Last, but not least, the UNIFORMS. Staff seems to think they improve a students education and attitude, when they actually cause the students to rebel even more. Uniforms and high school just don't go together.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 28, 2009
I am happy with this school, yes it needs a little more classes. But no matter what school you go too, if you want to learn you will. My child graduated 4 years ago and is finishing her b.A. & Is continuing on . 3 Other kids of mine are also enrolled ,and they are A grade students!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2009
FAME is a school where parents feel safe to put their kids in . It is a public school, but more like a private school. It has a very active PTO group and teachers are Awsome! It is a very wellcoming environment and both parents and students love this school. It is a school where violence, drugs, and bad attitude doesn't exist. There is a mutual respect between teachers and students. Most parents are very happy to bring their kids here!!!

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March 09, 2009
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March 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2009
It's okay, but there is a LOT of cussing in upper grades and the staff does not handle it well. They need to put arabic as a elective and maybe add some others like music, art and free time to do their homework. Maybe if they had periods they could organize things and keep it outlined. Their afterschool system is not working...I think they should make two lanes and have different grades on different sides of the road on site.(This is just for the 4-6 grade site). They could change a lot and do higher math levels. My daughter is at a higher math level. Maybe an advanced group. I also think since kids can get all scared and do worse on tests thay should make it a test but not tell them, because with a lot of pressure kids can just get worse from the pressure. Thats my review.

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February 27, 2009
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February 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
We are new to FAME and I wished I would have made the switch earlier. I home schooled with an R-4 for years and figured they would reject students with disabilities based off my conversations in the past with these programs (others like this). They accepted all the challenges my children come with and trust me to do what I have been doing except we get the curriculum ext at no cost. WOW

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May 23, 2008
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August 26, 2007
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July 14, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
February 28, 2007
FAME is a warm and inviting school with high academic standards and WONDERFUL teachers! They offer innovative programs and project based learning. The staff is great, FAME is like a family.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2007
This is indeed a unique school in a safe and healthy environment. The children are under close supervision, and the standards are very high. It is a K-12 school which is great because once you put your child in you will not want to take him/her out. It does not have any extracurricular activities besides student council, but since it is a Public Charter School you may do any type of sports programs or clubs you want and get the credit for your child. I would recommend this school to anyone in the area. Defiantly an A+

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August 26, 2006
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December 05, 2005
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Fame Public Charter School
39899 Balentine Drive, Suite 335, Newark, CA  94560
(510) 687-9111
Last modified Fame Public Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fame Public Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top