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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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