Unfortunately in a couple of years time the school has gone from being first-rate to a nightmare. Administration views parents as adversaries rather than partners. Complaints about bullying are ignored. Many of the best and brightest teachers left last year. Staff now has a "time clock" approach that seems to consist of the bare minimum. While there are still good teachers, many of the best are now gone. I would not recommend this school.
My time at FAIR school (2009-2014) has been extraordinary. Its truly a shame that their academic programs and reputation aren't stronger, thats the main reason why I choose not to go to the Downtown campus for high school. The teachers are the best I've ever had, they are a dedicated group of teachers who like what they do. The things I've learned from them, especially my 8th grade year, are things that I will definitely will never forget and will find very useful in the future. I can not say enough good things about the teachers there, I love them! My reasoning for only giving three stars is the fact that there seems to been some issues with administration failing to deal with broken school police/complaints. Bullying has never been a problem, until this past year when the administration has basically ignored all complaints from students. Overall, if your looking for a school where you/your child will be challenged academically compared to other public schools in the area, this isn't the school for you. Although, if you/your child are looking for a nurturing environment to learn and grow from some of the best teachers in the state who love what they do, this is the school for you.
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.