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Farb Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 728 students

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Posted July 1, 2005

This school has so much potential! However, the parent involvement is low and there is no school spirit. The facilities are too small for middle schoolers, and the athletic equipment is limited. The staff seem tired and unfriendly as a whole with the exception of some really great teachers. With such a wide variety of students, you would think that there would be a variety of things to offer here! The children are not being pushed academically, and sports are not available through the school. The kids just don't seem to take school seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2005

I am very disappointed with this school. There is no teacher/parent communication, even though I've called every 2 weeks as well as sending letters in. Now, with 6 weeks left of school, I finally get an appt. with my child's teachers. They seem to care more about the money they receive for each student there, than the child's education. My child's grades are borderline, but no extra help was offered, even when asked. There is placement testing, but if the student doesn't cut it after the testing, they remain in that class with no help...only to struggle and lose interest throuout the school year. This has happened to my child as well as others. There are daily fist fights amongst the students with little to no supervision from staff. This is blamed on underfunding and understaffing. I will never take my child back to this school...ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2004

My child came to this school as a gifted student and became an under achiever. The school did not follow the guidelines of the gifted program and did not compact my child so that the child could test out. The work was not challenging and so my child became oppositional. This could have been avoided had the school followed the guidelines for GATE. This school is not nuturing and treats children as if they were cattle in an educational herd. In good faith I could not recommend this school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2004

I was certainly willing to give Farb the benefit of the doubt, despite all that I had been told when we moved to Tierrasanta. We too are a military family and have experienced over a dozen schools, including three middle schools, in many states. This by far is the worst school our child has ever been to. Everything looks good on paper, as far as discipline and policy is concerned, but the application and interpretation is disappointing and teaches the trouble-makers that it's ok to fight, bully, and harrass because nothing much will happen! There are a handful of teachers at Farb who seem to genuinely care about the students, but the majority are so overwhelmed and disaffected, that it further fuels the negatively charged atmosphere of this school. And if you think your daughter will be safe there, think again. It's just as bad for the girls as the boys.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2004

While a chaperone on the 8th grade trip to Serra, an 8th grader looked my husband square in the eye and cussed him out. The school never took a stand because the parent questioned the incident. Being military, we've lived in alot of different places and Farb is the worst school we've encountered. I wouldn't recommend this school to my worst enemy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2004

My son is in the 6th grade and he really likes this school. It shows in his grades and he is happy to go to school in the morning. we had heard that there was a problem with bulling, but we have not had any problems this far. My son really likes his teachers they take the time to help when the kids come forward and ask for it. We really like this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2003

We are new to the area and so far my child has come home telling me how much he really likes it. In the previous school year we had concerns about his grades, but thanks to the teachers at Farb and there teaching methods, my child is doing better then he ever has.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2003

I am very concerned about the bullying at Farb my child comes home crying about how she is been hit and picked on. When I go to the school about it the councilor states my child needs therapy. What about the bullies? We are very unhappy with Farb and we pray we get housing soon at my husbands new command to get out of this district.


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This school's
API score

803

Change from
2011 to 2012

+40

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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API score

803

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2011 to 2012

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6 / 10

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The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

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The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

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54%

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The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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37%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

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15%

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

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66%

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55%

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General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

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48%

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43%

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44%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

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61%

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56%

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61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

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The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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About the tests


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The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 50%
White 23%
Black 7%
Two or more races 7%
Asian 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/AN/A
English language learners 13%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Dutch
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • AVID National Demonstration School (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Dutch
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:35 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Courtney Rizzo
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (858) 576-0931

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • AVID
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Dutch
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Parent center
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Club sports in many areas
Girls sports
  • Club sports in many areas

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • Farb Middle School is the first and only schoolwide AVID program in our district. Students prepare for a college education by learning organizational skills, participating in rigorous classes, gaining confidence while collaborating with peers, and learning about the college entrance process. All teachers have been trained in AVID strategies and provide rigorous lessons with support for all students. All students in 6th and 7th grade have access to computer laptops and teachers us
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4880 La Cuenta Drive
San Diego, CA 92124
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Phone: (858) 397-6750

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