My 5 year old started kindergarten here after just moving across the country and I couldn't be MORE grateful for the wonderful teachers and principal at Farmdale. The kindergarten teachers, principal, and staff have proven themselves to be kind, caring, sensitive, involved, and readily available for my son and myself. The previous comments about the principal have me flabbergasted. I have seen her almost every single day without fail since the first day of school and she has been nothing but open, friendly, and interested in what I have to say. I LOVE this school and am so glad it's K through 6th so that my son can attend for an extended period of time.
My daughter has been at Farmdale for 4 years now; 2 excellent teachers, 1 OK, and 1 that everyone agrees is a detriment to the intellectual and emotional development of children. Others have commented on the principal, and all I can say is "I agree". Pretty sad that the one "positive" reviewer felt it necessary to imply that anyone who's unhappy must have children with learning or behavioral "issues". Perhaps you're happy with your childrens' level of learning because you are unaware of how limited it is? Yes, if you aspire to nothing more than "adequate" then Farmdale is the place for you!
I have read the reviews and agree with them. Most of the teachers at Farmdale are wonderful and will go out of their way to help your children. The principal does not. If you have a special needs child or your child is not "typical" she is not helpful. She will dismiss you & your child & will be incredibly rude. It is very difficult to get her on the phone let alone get a meeting with her. She is not an advocate for the "non typical" and does not do her job by them.
I have read the reviews below, and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I see things a bit differently. Farmdale is one of the smaller schools in the district, and to me and my children, it is an extension of our family. I am very involved and volunteer often at the school. However, it is correct that parent participation is not needed IN THE CLASSROOM, as much as in Kindergarten. I love the school. I am proud of the level at which my children are learning, but then again, I have children who do not seem to have learning or behavioral issues. I have not had any of the issues that were mentioned below.
Farmdale has some wonderful and caring teachers, especially in the primary grades. However, the principle can be very moody and rude with both students and parents. It is difficult to volunteer for the school because of the principal's disrespect for parents. The school is finally getting some meeded updates and renovations.
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