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Farnsley Middle School

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Posted September 25, 2013

In this part of the county it's hard to find what you think is a good school. My son came from a catholic school that was ok. 6th and 7th grades went ok at Farnsley. Last year his 8th grade was when I began to have some issues with administration. My son is a smart child so I never questioned any class he had A's and high B's in. I focused on the low B's and below. My biggest problem is how can a child make A's and B's in Algebra then go to high school and is struggling with a D. He said he needed to retake the class because he did not learn anything. My son will learn Algebra but at least has a grade to reflect his understanding of this subject at this point. If I would have known my son was not learning but had an A or B, I would have raised a lot of stink with who ever would listen. As I said this is one of the best middle schools in the southwest part of the county. I do not want to advise any parent to not choose Farnsley but stay connected and don't think an A or B means your child knows what is needed for the next level. I can not rate the teachers below a 4 because they were good teachers just don't understand the math teacher's lack of concern. New principle???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2013

My son gets great education, and I believe this school deserves a 8/10/ I deduct 2 points because this school could fund raise for better lunch at least. And it would be better if students got more freedom to ride other buses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2012

When my son was attending this school the principal was Mr.Stevenson, and the Assistant Principal was Ms.Hudson. They both displayed a poor lack of leadership and authority when it came to my special needs child being bullied. Ms.Hudson actually contributed to my son being bullied with her use of threatening and intimidation. I reported the incidents to the Board of Education and it is on record. I would never send anymore of my children to Farnsley Middle. They do not stand by the "Zero Tolerance" law on bullying, and they do not insure the safety and protection of your children, especially if they happen to be disabled. This is an awful school under very poor leadership. When an Assistant principal bullies your child, it takes away from their self esteem, because educators are who our children look up to for help and support...not to be verbally and mentally abused.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2012

Farnsley is a great school. I am a 7th grader there and i have never had any problems with anyone. The principle is great, he understands you listens to you when you have something to say. We have great athletic programs and other things like music, art, drama and so much more. I love this school and cant wait to be back next year


Posted April 20, 2012

I love this school, the teachers are so nice! The principal is a very good example of leadership,and what a good person should be like when they grow up. Sometimes I don't quite understand but then when I tell the teacher and they talk me through it and then I understand it front through back.


Posted August 4, 2011

I currently attend Farnsley Middle School and I'm going into 8th grade. I absolutely love love love this school! It is amazing! We go on tons of field trips and the teacher's are wonderful! There are a lot of after school activities students can be in that are very fun. I have never had a problem with this school and hope I don't (:


Posted June 25, 2010

Farnsley is a great school. I will have to agree with some of the other reviews about discipline. The 6th grade assistant principal was very difficult to communicate with this year. When there was an issue I had a hard time understanding his method of reason or how he responded. He did not take the time to investigate the problem he automatically punished the children without getting to the root of the issue. I was thoroughly frustrated with him and his actions as a leader of the school.The principal is great. He will listen and he keeps his word. He cares about the students. The sixth grade counselor was wonderful as well. I felt that I could communicate with them both. Teachers are also in constant communication with parents they will write you a note in your child's agenda or email you. My child enjoys this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2009

I went to Farnsley as a 6th grader and had severe problems that i did not have in elementary school. I had problems with my teachers, peers and the rules. All of which i had asked for help and never recieved it. In elementary school i had a 4.0 and then i go to middle school and have a 3.2. But i know go to Barret TMS and love in i have no propblems with peers or schoolwork or teachers. Kelly-
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2009

I attended Farnsley Middle school and I am now in high school. Farnsley does a good job with setting up extra-curricular activities, the teachers are nice, and some of the administrators are very helpful. But one major flaw in Farnsley is how they handle problems. The punishments they offer are confusing and not effective. I wasn't one to ever get in trouble, but when I did, no one, including myself, felt the punishment fit. Also, the way they do things at Farnsley is very disorganized. As an 8th grader, I was not prepared for high school at all, as far as class transitions and responsibility went. We stayed as a class and traveled to different teachers and the teachers walked us to lunch and related arts. We felt like kindergarders. We needed a little more freedom.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2006

I'm a girl in the 8th grade at Farnsley and I have went here at 6 grade, 7th, and now 8th. Farnsley is an OK school. Some of the teachers are very hard on you and some are sweet. They have fun and many extracurricular activities. Our principal can get on you about small thing, but he is nice(if your good). Overall is a very good school. If you having a problem with a student all you do is they the teachers and they will do anything to help. They have fun field trips and some of the work is fun too. The class rooms and hall ways are clean, pluses in the middle of the school year they come around and sell cookies to classrooms.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 18, 2006

My child attended Farnsley in grades 6 & 7 and will not be going in grade 8. I was a very involved parent but found it difficult to get teacher and admin response at the beginning of any issue my child had. I would find out about incidents after they had occurred repeatedly intead of after the first time. I asked for teacher involvement several times but was told they didn't have enough time to devote to keeping me informed. For a Magnet school, I expected alot more from the staff. I was very disappointed in the counselor involvement - I guess that role has changed significantly since I was in middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2005

In Our school we have extra after csholl activites such as cross country and basketball which are are best activites we came thrid in running and are district champions in b ball in girls and boys. We will soon be going to lexington for the b ball tourtament. Students are very invovled in are schools decisions. We are known for are acedemics too. Mrs. schitzer sorry if spelled her name wrong has one the govaners cup for a number of many year she is our computer teacher in room 114. Are parent involvment is about a 3 . And are school is very excellent and you should send your kid there. Thank you.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 44% in 2013.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

2012

 
 
27%
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 48% in 2013.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
24%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
50%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
46%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 59% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 39% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
38%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students46%
Female48%
Male44%
African American27%
Asian69%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities4%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students40%
Female40%
Male40%
African American22%
Asian92%
Hispanic27%
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female53%
Male54%
African American31%
Asian100%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students47%
Female57%
Male40%
African American35%
Asian92%
Hispanic33%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students37%
Female29%
Male42%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female48%
Male56%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students50%
Female45%
Male54%
African American35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students37%
Female41%
Male35%
African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students44%
Female48%
Male40%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students52%
Female47%
Male55%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students29%
Female39%
Male22%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities3%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2011.

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
48%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2011.

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
35%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 36% in 2013.

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n/a

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 36% in 2013.

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n/a

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English II

The state average for English II was 56% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 51% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 82%
Black 37% 11%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
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