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Fairfield Area High School

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2 stars

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Posted November 10, 2013

Fairfield school district is a terrible school! The administration is worthless! The high school principal is way out of his league and the superintendent doesn't seem to care. So many children are bullied and nothing is done about it. I pulled my daughter out 1/2 way through her senior year b/c of bullying and the school didn't bother to call and find out why she hadn't been in school for 2 weeks. Finally I called them and told them she was going to homeschool for the remainder of the year. They couldn't have cared less that she left because another student came into her classroom, during class with a teacher present, and was threatened. That was the final straw to the 4 years that my daughter had to deal with being bullied by the same person. Nothing was done to the student for her behavior and the school was made aware several times. If you want a safe environment for your child, DO NOT SEND THEM TO FAIRFIELD PA SCHOOLS!!!!!!!!! My suggested to improve the school is to evaluate the administration and make changes accordingly, we need more qualified, experienced administrators and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

I attended Fairfield K-12. I have nothing negative to say about this school. I had wonderful opportunities, great teachers that were fair across the board. I had homework every night, and kept my grades up to play sports. They have a wonderful tech. prep program that was very educational! I loved the small school atmosphere.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2013

My children have went to this school since kindergarten and if I had it to do over again, would choose somewhere else. The administration does not seem to care about anything but making sure students do well on the assessment tests that determine how much money the school gets from the state. My children have not been very prepared to take SAT/ACT test, even though they are honors students. There are zero AP classes and the grading scale starts at 92 to get an A, while other schools are 90. Being from such a small school the students are already at a disadvantage for college entry/scholarships, so why make the grade scale harder? And if your child wants to be involved in sports and be at all competitive, STAY AWAY! Fairfield has to play many schools that are so much larger they will almost never win at anything. After going here my kids says they want their kids to go to a private school or anywhere but Fairfield!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2012

My daughter has been going to FASD since kindergarden. She will be a junior this year. They have plenty of activities for the kids to become a part of if they want to be involved. She has always been involved in multiple activities, sometimes I think maybe too many. I told her she must keep her grades up or drop an activities. She has maintained honors throughout. I haven't been to any conferences since she has been middle/high school because I didn't feel the need. Had she been having any issues, I would have been there right away. There were 2 issues when she was in elementary school that were addressed as soon as I went to the school. No problems since.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2012

We moved to Fairfield to raise our children in a small town atmosphere. We expected a school full of spirit. We expected teachers/administrators who were involved. We feel like we have failed our children. If we had to do this all over, we would not have chosen Fairfield. We have dealt with the administration over teacher issues, as has many others we have talked too and have gotten nowhere, as have the others. Only a small group of parents are involved trying to make it a better school. School spirit lacks in this school. I agree with the other person who stated hardly anyone goes to the conferences.You hardly ever see teachers at the sporting events. The administrators do not even live in the district! There are handful of great teachers, but unfortunately they cannot teach every subject. The elementary school is great, but I suggest you move before the middle/high school years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2012

I am a former student attending this school district from elementary school up until high school graduation. I felt behind in multiple subjects when I left Fairfield High School and attended college. Some subjects I have never had exposure to in high school, including sociology, psychology, statistics and physics. Some were my choice of course, but I think all students should have some sort of exposure to those courses. The teachers were below average/average, the academic programs were not at all challenging. I barely studied in high school and got by with great grades. The leadership from up top (principals, administrators) was below average. Yes, the school is small in terms of the amount of students, but this was not necessarily a good thing. The overall student body is not at all diverse in terms of social background and ethnicity, while this isn't necessarily a direct cause of the following problem, it certainly aids in the often clique-like and even sometimes racist culture many of the students possess. If you relocate to this district, it is highly recommended that you send your kids to a private school.


Posted March 20, 2011

I am a parent and I would not send a child to this school district. Due to a job relocation we moved here from an excellent school district out of state. My smart and (previously) popular child was not welcomed by the students and sat alone for over 6 months. The amount of bullying and threatening that went on almost drove me to call the police as the administration would do nothing. Most of the teachers that my child had were not quality educators and one, in particular, insisted that a blatantly incorrect use of grammar was correct. We asked why our child received no homework and the superintendent told us that the parents won't make them do it so they don't assign any. Very few parents showed up on the evening of parent teacher conferences. At our old school there were lines down the hall for every teacher. Our child said that the teachers did not seem to like their jobs and spent a large portion of each class period disciplining the students. We took our child out of this school district and sent him/her to private school. I should have listened to the real estate agent when she told us this was an awful school district. STAY AWAY!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2009

Hey I went to FF, coulda did better, but just didn't. The school wasn 't totally bad. Small at the time, which limited activities enjoyed at most schools. However, intimacy found in a small setting allows for a chance to hear and be heard.


Posted September 6, 2005

I am not a parent but I did go to this school. It isnt a very good school. The teachers are horrible and they do not help the students. The students themselves are terrible. I was included. There are so many things going on in Fairfield school that people know about but do not do anything about. If I was a parent, I wouldnt send my child to this school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 25, 2005

ok...truthfully i'm not a parent...but i used to attend FHS. It's a good school, great teachers, wonderful kids, just all around a good way to spend the four years of high school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 29, 2004

I'm not a parent but I went to Fairfield Middle school and to the HS for a year. It is an excellent school with students who are very dedicated and loving. Everyone is accepted for who they are and nobody is forced to be someone they're not. That's all you can ask for.
—Submitted by a former student


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

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

100 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
87%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students68%
Female64%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female78%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students50%
Female48%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female95%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 71%
Black 2% 15%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4840 Fairfield Rd
Fairfield, PA 17320
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Phone: (717) 642-8228

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