We look forward to beginning our 6th year with Fayette. At each grade level, we've found the academics appropriately rigorous and the teachers creative and engaged. We are lucky to have found this jewel of a school!
You can see the weird social environment of this school when you watch how the younger children treat the older. They tattle on the older students constantly, delighting in getting them in trouble. This all comes from the teachers, who are extremely authoritarian, have unfair and arbitrary disciplinary procedures, and definitely play favorites and pit students against each other.
As a parent of a former student, I can strongly echo what others have said about the abusive, unfair environment of this school. If your child is independent and questions the school's systems, they will constantly grind the child down until s/he believes s/he is somehow flawed. My child was frequently shamed, sent home without reason (or any communication from staff), blamed when other children misbehaved, and treated like a psychiatric case. When he transferred to a great new place, he was able to blossom and shine and remember the bright competent person he actually is. What a travesty. They just want your money. Don't give it to them. They should pay me for what my child endured there.
As a former student, I have personally experienced the academic and administrative aspects of this school. The curriculum is incomplete and vague and does not prepare you for the real world. I found myself unprepared academically when I transferred to a public middle school. The the teachers and administration favor all who do not question their actions and punish those who do. The administration is biased in their ways of justice turning a blind eye to some student's misconduct and targeting others. The staff creates an unsafe emotional environment for those who follow their own path. I was physically assaulted by a student who was in their inner circle. After the incident the staff consoled the the other student instead of checking on me, the only one to get injured. This is one example of the many injustices that occur regularly. I strongly recommend you to find another option for your child.
This school misrepresents itself. To visitors and readers of its Facebook page, it seems respectful, caring, mindful, fun. The reality is a shaming, inconsistent and emotionally unsafe environment where teachers demean and arbitrarily punish and control children without reference to policy. Parents have no recourse, as the school is not accredited. Communication with parents is inconsistent and defensive. All in all, a terrible experience.
Bottom line, I needed more of a challenge and less hippie handwaving. I did learn to make some really nice beaded earrings that were actually quite fashionable at the time, though. And John took us rock climbing. So there's that?
If you are fortunate enough to have or to have had, your children at this school, you will know that this is the VERY Best! This school is not intended to fit the needs of those who believe "testing" is so beneficial to creating life-long learners that much valueable time is wasted on it. People who appreciate a great deal of testing ought send their future factory worker offspring to a different school so they will be prepared for what life is about to offer them. For the record, Fayette does, in fact, test for understanding. Both of my children learned invaluable skills both academic as well as social. I feel very grateful every day that I was able to have my children educated at Fayette Street Academy.