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Mountaintop, PA
Students enrolled: 692

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117 Spruce St
Mountaintop, PA 18707

(570) 474-5942
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August 29, 2012
I have to say that this school overall is good.The curriculum is challenging, the teachers are challenging & most of the teachers are on board w/ the no bullying concept with no toleration.I especially like the new principal and her goals. The one complaint that I do have is that there are a few teachers who don't keep their political or personal opinions to themselves and say them to the kids (ex. Bush, Obama, etc.).Also a few seem to be narrow minded & can't accept the little bit of diversity that is in the school.My family is Middle Eastern & my son experienced his teacher singling him out often without any justification.It was the only year that he felt like he was always treated different than the other kids,so hopefully that will not hold true for his last two years here, because discrimination should not be tolerated by any of the teachers. I would still recommend this school over any of the other schools in NEPA, but if you are of another ethnicity, I would definetly sit them down and talk about how some people will not accept them, but they just have to continue to be a good person in order to move forward. Not all of the teachers are like that, but there are just a few.

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August 10, 2011
I attended Fairview in the 90s and now my daughter is entering 4th grade. There has never been anything exceptional about this school. There needs to be more creativity and hands on learning. My daughter is bored and unchallenged. There is way too much movie viewing. This, to me, is laziness. Private school is looking better right now.

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March 16, 2011
My daughter has started kindergarten this year and the school seemed nice and i graduated crestwood but i never liked it. but i heard good things about this school but once my daughter started coming home with broken teeth being bullied at this school and just recently she had an accident in her pants the teacher did not call me so my poor child was sitting in soaked wet pants all day in school without a teacher doing a thing. Thats where i drew a line. I would not recommend this school.

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April 03, 2009
I think this school has been excellent overall compared to the other school districts i have been in.. My children have excelled as the teachers have seen their potential.

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September 21, 2008
I feel that Fairview lives up tothe expectations to do well on te standarized testing. I cannot complain about the teaching because my son has done well and there is a reason for that...teachers that care. My only complaint is with the PTA. I have been a member for the past 4 years. The only times I get invited to help out at parties is when I myself contact the homeroom parent. I myslef have tried to become a homeroom and it is usually people that have been friends of the PTA board that get in. I have also signed up to chaperone each of my son's field trips and have not gotten picked once in 4 years. It is always the same people that attend.

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August 25, 2008
I have been very satisfied with a number of Teachers at Fairview. Though the Teachers Union has a significant influence in protecting those teachers that do just enough to get by, many seem to focus on the children and educate effectively. The community involvement is strong and a positive thing. Two significant drawbacks that I have seen: 1. security seems lacking and 2. On numerous occasions my children have come home stating that they hate President Bush. I was horrified that Teachers would influence children in both Politics and hate based on their own personal political followings. I want the teachers to focus on Reading, Writing, Math. If you are to discuss politics, I would think that you would promote an environment of diverse opinions.

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April 19, 2008
My child just moved from a school in West Virginia, To Fairview and he loves it. He's is in sixth grade and he reccomends the teacher Mrs. Andes.

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March 21, 2008
Fairview Elementary was a good school when I attended in the early 90s; however, now I am not satisfied. Students are not spending enough time on academics, unless watching movies is considered a subject. Also, as an insider many teachers are too busy shopping online instead of teaching. Too bad its who you know and not what you know.

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January 31, 2008
i love this school. it's design is simple and teachers are great. i'm a 7th grader and have attended Fairview.

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July 02, 2007
Our children have attended schools nationwide including highly privileged and rated northeastern and southern schools with standardized test scores in the 80%-90% to some of the most poverty stricken schools in the south. Fairview leaves my kids depressed and hating school. Fairview is awful for students and parents. A total climate of fear. Don't be lured by the test scores.

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May 09, 2007
This school is not adequately controlled by the Principal as he can not really do much to discipline or even criticize teachers. The PSEA and the contract that they have 'negotiated' truly puts all the power in the teachers court. Therefore there is no 'extra' anything done by the teachers, some of whom are wonderful and wish that things could be different. Unfortunately, there a few unprofessional teachers who not only do not know their subject matter, they do not care as nothing can be done due to tenure. This ruins any positive experiences the school offers for my family. Parents try to be involved, but the overall feeling by most parents is that the teachers do not want them there.

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April 11, 2007
Fairview is overrated. The focus of the curriculum appears to be geared entirely toward the success of the school on standardized examination scores. Like all schools there are some teachers that are more dedicated than others-and my son's kindergarten experience was exceptional. Homework is exhausting--I have a son who consistently is assigned > 1 hour of homework a night-and who progresses from topics with ease but the amount of material being brought home restricts him from choosing books he wants to read and makes it difficult to participate in extra activities. Parents are more welcome in the kindergarten class and from then on are mainly restricted to the chosen homeroom parents who selectively choose their friends to participate in class parties.

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September 19, 2006
My son started kindergarten this year and despite some anxiety over the long day my husband and I have been very pleased with Fairview.

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May 09, 2006
Generally a good school, for a public school. After first grade, the feeling of being 'in the system' was unmistakable. Lots of parental involvement... maybe too much? Schools need to be secure and organized. Fairview (Crestwood District as a whole) seems to be disorganized and weak on security. Our son can do the work but it is drudgery... even more so than it should be for a kid in first grade. One particular peeve: he has seen a lot of Disney movies at school, but we have an average of one hour homework each night. More in-school teaching please, I work for a living (and pay taxes). State mandates aren't helping, they're hindering. We're shopping for private school.

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January 11, 2006
Fairview elematary was an excellant school. Teachers have become non-involved with the students and do not relate pertinanent student/classroom information to the parents. We have a 4.0 GPA 6th grader and a kindergardener. We had our first request for a parent teacher conferance this year. Teachers do not comunicate students behavor issues with parents, we heard about our kidnergardners behavior from another student. We were not given the oppurtunity to help our child with any classroom issues he/she may have had. Teachers totally support their union and have removed themselves from 100% of extracuricular activities. This school districts teachers have lost the good relationship they had with the students & parents. Teachers adhear 100% TO THE LATE ASIGNMENT TURN IN POLICY OF ISSUING a 0 grade for all late turn-ins. Teachers have excellant skills and reasourses, but choose to short change the student due to contract negotiations. Parental involvment is high.

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January 28, 2005
My children have been attending Fairview Elementary for several years. The teachers at Fairview have high expectations for my children. Fairview's PSSA scores are the highest in the region. The level of parent involvement is good. We are allowed to help out at parties and there are many activities such as sing a longs and enrichment programs sponsored by the PTA. PTA parents serve as chaperone's on field trips and 6th grade socials. The school's PTA organization offers numerous opportunities for parents to get involved such as the book fair, riff, and parties. The PTA assists with kindergarten registration and the school even allowed the PTA members to assist kindergarten students at lunch and with their buses. Teachers meet frequently with parents when my child had academic difficulty. The school has two scheduled parent teacher conferences and a Meet the Teacher Night. This is an excellent school!

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Fairview El School
117 Spruce St, Mountaintop, PA  18707
(570) 474-5942
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