The teachers are at the core of this place. Whether arts or academic, they are all extremely well trained and extremely effective teachers. The dance, music and arts teachers, for example, are extremely accomplished in their areas and provide a level of instruction that is world class. Similalry, the academic teachers provide instruction with a passion and expertise that is very successful at accelerating their students to highly advanced levels.
Much of the curriculum incorporates elements of traditional Chinese as well as non-Chinese cultures that stress these character traits as integral to one's development. The teachers provide honest and fair evaluations of student performance in academics as well as the arts. The extensive performance training, as well as classroom academic instruction, provides countless opportunities for self reflection, constructive criticism as well as support, which imbues the school with a sense of integrity that is hard to find. Everyone is expected to work hard and the students and faculty support each other to achieve this mission.
FeiTian offers an integration of world class arts training with a rigorous academic curriculum that is truly unparalleled in this city. Their Mandarin curriculum is additionally top notch and the combined experience helps develop their students' character, poise and intellect while positioning them to become world citizens and leaders in their chosen professions. The faculty are very involved. Given the small class sizes, each student is provided as much attention as they need. The faculty are also extremely well-trained and accomplished, be they academic or arts. This provides a nurturing yet challenging environment wherein each student is pushed to excel to their utmost, while receiving the necessary support to achieve their goals. The academic curriculum provides the full spectrum of AP and college prep offerings that are complemented with outstanding arts offerings. A great combination and overall vision for a middle/high school.
Kind, nurturing, soulful teachers who nonetheless set high expectations for their students. They are persistently patient and loving, a combination that is hard for students to refuse. Teachers are clearly invested in the development of young people.
Our child has been attending After School and Weekend programs at Fei Tian Academy for 5 years, now. The faculty and staff are amazing, nurturing, and yet demanding instructors. My child actually makes real progress in dance technique and expression and her Mandarin skills. Now our child has achieved her dream to be in the full-time arts+academics program. As parents, we could not be happier to have such a unique program - excellent arts instruction, excellent, high-reaching college prep academics, Mandarin immersion - and all in a brand-new facility that, while still under construction, provides gorgeous, spacious dance studios and bright, airy classrooms. The extras are great, too. We get enrichment clubs, opportunities to perform, play time outside at the luscious green Golden Gate Park, freshly made in-house hot lunch, small class sizes, ACT/SAT prep, college-readiness or school/self-management guidance for both kids and parents, and teachers who really care and are given the resources to care about every single student.
My daughter has been studying at Feitian for two years now. She really loves it.She likes the teachers and friends there. I like the school because teachers there really care about the students.They treat every student with their loves. The students there are all very good and they support each other. The parents can stay relaxed and be sure there is no drug/sex/bully happening in the school. My daughte's short story just won the 1st place of the Young at Art Literary Arts contest for all San Francisco school district. What a pleasure!