Fairview seems pleasant at all of the orientations and events, but I did not experience that on the inside. The administration would lie to me about what they had told my child, and they did not make my child feel welcome. They would bully him and manipulate him into thinking he was a bad student, which he wasn't. Some, not all, but some, of the teachers would choose obvious favorites, and given that the administration didn't like my son, he was never a favorite because of all of the GOSSIP that the staff would be involved in. Two of the administrators, would sit in their office on Pinterest, when there was important business to be taken care of. They just take advantage of the parent volunteers and make them do their work for them. Unless you devote countless hours to the IB Program, your child will get zero favors or likes from the administration. I do not recommend this school unless you are VERY involved in your student's school life. So unless you're a stay at home mom with all the time to spare, I would not personally go to the school. ALSO< Fairview lost their official IB certification, and they still claim to be an IB school. NONE of my son's credits were transferable. . .
My daughter attends the IB-prep program. All the teachers are fair, challenge the students and want to see them succeed except a Math teacher. If your student likes Math and needs a challenge, this is not the school. If your student loves Math and does not need direct, then they will do well in this program.
The pre-IB program was great for me! I learned to organize my time better and to be a much more successful person in life. Thanks much to all of my teachers who inspired me to be the best I can be! -Brie
Both of my children participated in the pre-IB program at Fairview and had wonderful experiences. The teachers are top notch and the administration is genuinely concerned about student success. Since the students travel through as a group they develop strong, lasting friendships. Unfortunately, the school has a reputation for discipline problems but I did not see anything other than what you would normally expect to see in a middle school and the administrators handle problems promptly. I think this program is the best kept secret in Tallahassee and would not have sent my children anywhere else. The level of education they received rivals any private school in the county.
IB program very well organized and challenging. Like a private school with-in the school. Very difficult and should not be forced on an average ability student. However, as a parent, I would never want my kid in the regular classes in the school. The principal and teachers are very caring and motivated to help everyone. Often this school gets stuck with problem students and unless Leon Co Schools can give principals more power to expel repeat offenders, this schools discipline will continue to be unsatisfactory. Bullying a very big problem there and not getting the urgent attention it should. As the area attracts more high priced homes, this school will have to find a solution or lose these upper middle class families to private schools.