My son was at FAIR school in Crystal from 6th to 7th grade this year and last. While the teachers were fantastic, the administration left a ton to be desired, with their lack of dealing with whatever issue that was brought to their attention, whether it was bullying, lack of staff professional development, lack of avenues for teacher and parent input, just a general lack of accountability. It was as if they were providing your student a favor for being there, so you had no right to complain or ask for anything. Two way-communication was nonexistent. Parental involvement was abysmal; PTA members seemed stressed out and disempowered (like the teachers). If you do a tour and leave thinking "this must be too good to be true" then you would be correct. The tours are a show and sell game as is their Facebook page (if you search for the school you may run across another page full of concerns of teachers & parents about the school). I would say do your homework. If you are looking for a school that isn't too academically challenging and focuses the arts AND other options are llimited, and you don't worry about teacher workplace climate, then maybe choose this school. Otherwise I wouldn't.
I had a student at FAIR Crystal. 2 years, and we left running. For my child the academics were a challenge however I think most children would struggle to feel challenged. My child had good teachers most of the time. There were a questionable few. Main complaint is lack of communication unless there is a academic issue, which I had to come forward to address outside of a p/t/c conference. Often I was reminded about the child's negative behavior but not given "this is what your child is doing well in!" As for the administration. I got nothing. No support, no help, no compassion. We had a number of "kids being mean" issues that went unsolved. Finally there was a real case of real bullying. To date nothing has been done or have not been informed of the schools actions. We were never offered the schools bullying policies by either the Principle or the Superintendent. They informed us there was nothing they really could do. The Principle also hung up on us during our phone conversation re bullying. We removed our child because they did not feel safe around some students as child "told" on them. This issue was continued in school and was/would effect child's academic learning.
This school is pretty good, but it provides no schooling for above average learners. Class control and bullying are problems. But it provides art programs and unique curriculums you would not find elsewhere.
FAIR school provides a beautiful and unique environment for students. The teachers are caring and personal, especially the arts teachers. Arts are incorporated into all work, helping all students grow creatively whether or not they are artists, as well as teaching students what their specialty is and helping them grow around that core talent.
My granddaughter has been bullied ever since she started 4th grade in Sept the staff does not deal with it you more or less have to deal with it yourself which is sad because the kids do not want to go to school what are these people paid for
Fair Crystal has a great curriculum, however, the girl on girl bullying is a MAJOR problem. My child has been bullied ever since starting there in 4th grade. The administration does NOT address the problem. Trying to get a hold of the principal has been next to impossible. I'm very satisfied with the teaching, but they are not fostering an environment that makes learning accessible to all by not curtailing the bullying. Personally, I think it's a bad idea to have one principal for both the Crystal and Downtown locations. There needs to be more of a presence there to keep the bullying in check. It's too bad because the classes are perfect for my daughter, but the environment and the poor leadership are ruining it.
This is a wonderful school. The teachers are high quality, caring, respectful, positive and energetic. The students are diverse, respectful, and take pride in their work. The atmosphere is friendly and student-centered. The building is modern, comfortable and inspiring. Students have access to different arts and technology.
FAIR School is a great school for 4th through 8th graders preparing them for what is ahead in high school. FAIR is diverse and strong, and focuses on many of the arts from dance to music to photography. FAIR School has also proven to be very good academically and will remain strong for years to come.
My daughter's attended FAIR for 2 years. We find it a wonderful school experience with more opportunities for meeting individual needs than most schools. There are unique opportunities in arts and academics and cultural diversity. It's important for us that our daughter attend a school that respects and works on diversity and integration issues and FAIR does. There are strong expectations for learning and respectful behavior. The students are involved in programs and performances that have been featured on the Walker stage, with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and other venues including the beautiful facility of FAIR. Still, this isn't a school just for already accomplished artists. All students learn about and through the arts. We're pleased with the high standardized tests scores and are confident our daughter will be well prepared for high school. It is a small school and the staff knows the kids well!
My Granddaughter has went to FAIR for the last 5 years. I think it is a great school. They work the kids very hard academicly and use the ARTS in all the classes. Parents can keep up with all the homework and school information by e-mail and the school web site. I'm very happy that my granddaughter had the opportunely to go to this school. I feel that she has a head start on her high school education. Besides being a wonderful fine arts facility.
This school is perfect for students intrested in the Arts. Extraordinary faculties.
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