I currently have 2 children at Barfield. We have been at Barfield for 4 years and I am pleased thus far. I was also a substitute at the school for a period of time. I have often found that the substitute sees things much differently than the average parent because of the 'insider's eye'. I find that all schools have teachers who leave much to be desired. However, Barfield would be hard-pressed to find very many teachers below par to my high standards. As with any organization who performs well, they are growing! As a result, we are feeling some of the pains. Surprisingly, we see very few - as the administration does an excellent job of preplanning and communicating to the parents (i.e traffic patterns, etc). Overall, I am very impressed with Mrs.Goodwin (principal) and Dr. Butrum (asst. principal) in their leadership of many excellent teachers.
Barfield is an extremely large overpopulated school. It shows in the administration. I just had to hand deliver a letter explaining some of my childs absences because the notes I originally sent don't seem to be making it to the attendance department. I have another child who attends there and had to do the same thing earlier this year for the same reason. As with any school it has a mixture of great, mediocre, and bad teachers. The current teacher of one of my children did nothing but bash the school board on orientation night and hasn't impressed me in the least so far this year. My other child got an excellent teacher this year. I am giving them a mediocre safety rating because I have picked up my son from school functions without being challenged by anyone. I noticed today they are requiring everyone to show ID in the office.
I LOVE BARFIELD. My daughter is about to leave to go to middle school and I can't stand the thought of it. Luckily, I have a son that is only in kindergarten so I will be attached to the school for another 5 years. I can not say enough great things about Barfield and the principal, Mrs. Goodwin. She cares so much about the school and every child there.
Its an Excellent school. I have a little girl in Mrs. Pittenger's Kindergarten Class and I wouldn't want her with anyone else. She is great with the kids and keeps parents well informed.
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