This school has the potential to be great (small class sizes, a diverse student body) but has been terribly disappointing. The academics are subpar and do not challenge certain students and won t prepare them for most area high schools. Having a principal in two separate locations delays the communication and action of the principle when you need his input/guidance on an issue. If your child is getting harassed by another student and teased; apparently it s acceptable. There is a terrible bullying policy that basically does nothing unless the bullying gets physical. Some of the teachers are great and very helpful but this school is poorly run and needs to work on letting their students know that any kind of malicious behavior-physical or not, is completely unacceptable.
FAIR School is a fantastic school for those who prefer small class sizes. My daughter has attended FAIR since 8th grade & she's now a Senior in HS. She's always loved FAIR and so have we. It encourages students to explore their creativity with drawing, dance, theater, writing, you name it!. Above all, the teachers and those involved with this school, who have made this school and the students such a success, are exceptional and great leaders for our children. I guess you could say I highly recommend FAIR for your family.
I remember when the MacPhail Suzuki Department used to practice here, orchestra, group and note reading classes every Saturday. When the School changed from IDDS to Fair, the incoming disallowed a valuable partnership with one the flagstaff music schools in the country. The bureaucratic irony of that for an innovative arts school was not lost on many.
My daughter goes to this school, and it really stresses the needs of being creative while at the same time making sure that the students are gettting the education they deserve and need. A fantastic school!
This is an awesome school! My 8 year old has attended since kindergarten. The curriculum stresses personal responsibility and civic mindedness. The teachers really seem to care for each student and the principal always has her door open even though she currently is the interim principal. I can not say enough about how committed the staff is to the individual development of each student. Unfortunately though there isn't much of an opportunity for extra curricular activities for the students before 5th grade and there are no athletic opportunities as the school is located in downtown Minneapolis and space wouldn't allow it.
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