I have had my two older children go to Farnell and now my youngest son attends. Farnell was an excellent school and now has become very "lacksadaisy." A lot of new teachers that don't seem to care, don't respond to emails, poor PTA president that doesn't do anything like Michelle Mayfield did, and they lost a great AP Mrs. Shellie Green. My husband and I moved into this community so our children could attend Bryant, Farnell and Sickles. Farnell would NEVER allow any students that did not live in the school zone and would double check to make sure of this and now, they let anyone attend and even check when they are informed of the kids not living in the school zone. They even go as far as posting on the school website for parents to buy laptops, tablets, bikes, game systems, name brand apparel to these students that are not supposed to be even attending Farnell and to other kids that don't even attend the school. Now there is bullying and children cutting themselves at the school that has gotten out of control. Guess it's time to look into private schools.
I was a student and this was one of the worst schools i've ever been to. To start of the list there is a severe bullying problem, so severe that i had to switch schools. The area around Farnell is a very upperclass community and most of the kids are your stereotypical popular kids. I was bullied everyday i went to the 6th grade guidence counsler, Ms. Garcia,assistant principle, and the principle himself, they said that they would talk to me about who was bullying me but they never did. For a lot of the kids I knew if they were struggling in class the teachers would talk to their parents ( did more harm than good if you ask me) but never helped them in class. They also overpopulate the classes for months until they finally switch people around. If you have a child that is LGBT, emo, goth, alternative, scene, depression, anxiety, any mental health problems that could cause suicidal thoughts or actions, do them and yourself a favor and DO NOT SEND THEM TO THIS SCHOOL!!!
Im sorry but my son hoes to Farnell and I have nothing bad to say about the school. My son is a special needs child and before Farnell he never brought me home a straight A's report card and he loves getting up every morning and attend school. I also have no complaints about bullying. Our family went through a time of need and Farnell was there to help us out and I will never forget how compassionate the school has been with us. Most importantly my son bringing me a High Honor roll is priceless.
I'm a parent I have my 18 yr old daughter that attended many moons ago and did great. The leadership and discipline was great. Now I have my 12 yr old that is in her 2nd year there (7th grade) and this year has been challenging to say the least there are kids there that are cutting themselves. Guidance and teachers aware but don't even do a school program to make std aware that they are know and are taking the steps to help . That traumatized my daughter the clicks and verbal bully's are out of control something I wouldn't have ever expected and you call or go to the school and Nothing gets done Zero Discipline.
I am a student at Farnell and I like it very much but some of my teachers give me homework on the computer.What if your computer breaks?But overall my teachers are VERY helpful and there are NO BULLIES at all! I am definetly staying until 8th grade!
This school is outstanding. My son has attended for two years and has done amazing. The teacher's are incredibly helpful and are extremely concerned for each student. Since my son began he has been properly assessed and has made a HUGE turn around in his academics. All I can say is that I am very grateful that my son has had the opportunity to attend Farnell Middle.
After moving here from NY, my daughter was able to adjust quickly. She was welcomed by all teachers and counselors. She also found it to be academically challenging.
I just love this school!! It's right next to a fancy and award winning from the state elementary school that I went to. There aren't that much bullies compared to other schools.
This school is sad. My son was in advanced classes and his homework consisted of word searches and coloring pages. My son also did not enjoy the complete craziness that ensued in the mornings while waiting for class to start. The teachers did not do a good job of monitoring.
i honestly love this school if people say its a bad school its not its the best its just some people who have attitudes but if there attitude gets out of controle it will b handled. the education is great all the teachers i know are nice but if u dont diserve the respect of the teachers they wont give it to you i think farnell is a fair school, bad thing is u have to change out in p.e. but u get used to it i reccomend this school!!!!!1
i was a 7th grader at farnell-it was my year though. betwwen bullies and teachers i had to leave schools again in midyear. the teaachers are terrible. i used to be a great behaving students then i got like a weeks worth off iss.
I am in 6th grade at Farnell and I've got to say I think it is an amazing school I am an A B student and have always been in the advanced classes. While some of my 7 classes are very fun and easy they can also be serious and challenging at other times. The teacchers are very nice and treat the students all equally. Some teachers are definitley more leanient then others in ways like projects and other stuff like due dates and also when you can talk and what not. The only thing that I was worried about in the beggining of the year was that for gym we have to change out and even though there were stalls for girls to change in but, honestky you get used to it and when your with your friends you start to feel more confident with it but overall I lovee this school and recommend it for anyone.
I am in 8th great at Farnell, it's my first year here. I must say, I'm anything but impressed with it. If you call the school with a question, after waiting around two months to get back to you, they won't even know the answer to it. While trying to enroll, it took them such a long time to get back to my mother I wasn't even in until 3 days before school started. Almost all of the faculty and staff have treated me and other students with such disrespect, it's insulting. Teachers and other staff jump on any opportunity to yell at me, I don't even want to know what would happen if I actually did something wrong. The education isn't anything great either. My language arts teacher can hardly tell the difference between a noun and a verb. Over all, I would not recommend this school.
My child just finished three wonderful years at Farnell where she earned a Principal's Honor Roll Trophy - 3yrs(means all A's) for very challenging work. Her 8th grade classes included IPS Science (a high school credited class) whose teacher had tutoring on Tuesday evenings for those needing help, along with honors English and a very advanced History class. Her Chorus group thad Superior Ratings for 2009 & 2010 for which she received Hillsborough County medals both years. She scored a perfect FCAT Reading score in 7th grade not missing one question (FCAT for this year has not been released yet) and a great Math score all thanks to the education received here. The administration (headed by Mr Cobb, the principal) has been outstanding as has been the entire staff and teachers. There is no swimming and golf..this is a PUBLIC SCHOOL try Berkley Prep. Start your own Chess Club.
My daughter loves this school she thinks its probably the nest school she has ever been to!
Farnell is very poorly managed. The staff don't go out of their way to help anyone. The school is very large so not many students get to participate in sports.
This school has a horrible environment. My grandchild went there and it was nothing but trouble from day one. Very poor leadership and poor attitudes from teachers. This school is very negative toward the children.
Everyone really cares about the children from the principle to the cafeteria workers.
Although well-rated by greatschools and in a nice neighborhood, we're frustrated with Farnell MS (perhaps normal for fl schools?): Poor atmosphere - constant cursing + daily bullying + rare and ineffectual discipline = students who don't want to be at Farnell (the offenders or victims). Questionable security/trust- Farnell principal chose not to address parents concerns for what could easilly happen here, regarding the recent tragic bullying case at nearby MS in same district with the same ineffectual anti-bullying processes. Non-challenging academics - 'top' classes boring for 'a' students. Few extracurrculars - (no swimming, golf, chess, clubs...). Summary - we're trying to get our kid into a magnet school where kids want to be, learn and positively interact with one another.
As a parent, I have to say that I agree with the posting by the parent on May 14th. There is definitely no extra help available. As a concerned parent, I also found that the teachers often became angry when you questioned them about your child's grades or school lessons. The principal (Mr. Cobb) and the other administrators are not great because they stand by the teachers no matter what. I believe there is some truth to what some of the students are saying in regards to the teachers and have witnessed it for myself. Some of the teachers are not as computer savvy and often mix up the grades. I had to get my daughter to keep copies of all her papers because the teachers were misplacing grades and not recording them properly. Avoid the chorus all together because IT IS HORRIBLE!
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