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The Fairhill School

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $250,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $940.

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Posted June 17, 2014

In our metroplex, there are plenty of private school options for children who do not fit in the public school box. As parents it is our responsibility to pick the best one for our student which meets their current needs. That said, when we found Fairhill School we were looking for a school that could provide our child with ADHD and social development skills while still challenging them intellectually, as well as offering a full range of athletic team sports and extracurricular programs. In short, we wanted the full school experience in a smaller environment. In our three years at Fairhill, we have found exactly that. As no school is perfect and with all schools, just dropping your student off may not provide the outcome you desire. By staying involved, we have been able to not only experience growth with our child, but also show our interest in their success. We have certainly been pleased with our decision and would encourage you to visit and see if it is the right fit for your child. We are glad we did
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 24, 2014

My son is graduating from the Fairhill School in Dallas this May. He transferred from a large public school in the 6th grade where there was no understanding of dyslexia within the district. Fairhill provided a small classroom environment with teacher's who are supportive, knowledgeable &provide a rigorous curriculum. In public school, the services my son was offered lowered the level of his instruction, at Fairhill he was expected to take responsibility for his learning and rise to his ability level and beyond. By the time he entered the upper school he was in honor's reading , responsible for literary criticism at a college level, honor's physics, Spanish 3, editing & working on the Talon Times Newspaper for the school which got him invited to SMU for lecture series, Fairhill is a school where your child can rise the highest levels imaginable and not get lost in the shuffle, but like any school, it is up to the student to learn to learn. Fairhill provides the tools, the instruction, the supportive atmosphere, but if a student has behavioral issues, this is not the place, there is zero tolerance. My son is off to college this fall thanks in a big part to Fairhill!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2014

Leadership is poor at best. Unfair treatment of students and staff. Chaos, drugs and destructive behaviors are rampant. If you're looking for positive role models and a good education then run the other direction. Public school has more to offer and it's free.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 24, 2014

Fairhill is a horrible school, do not waste your time and money. This school should be shut down. The teachers bully the students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2014

The Fairhill School of Dallas gives the appearance of a nice school beside the road, backed by the woods, and surrounded by the trees, as well as the homeless. However, The Fairhill School is more interested in your money than your child. Their School Handbook is nothing more than words. They don't necessarily follow it, so don't expect them to. Parents are disgusted that Fairhill does not monitor the social media sites their students follow or post on. Inappropriate material is not allowed, according to the handbook. Unfortunately, this school doesn't back up their handbook., The Fairhill staff will even "like" or approve your kid's inappropriate pics or postings as they see fit. Several of their teachers are outstanding. Many are just there to monitor classrooms. If you're looking to drop your kid here for education and morals, you've chosen the wrong location. This school is nothing more than a public school posing as a private one, and charging money to do so.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 16, 2013

Awesome school excellent technology based curriculum that prepares students for a college future! Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 8, 2013

We have had our child at Fairhill 5 years. The teachers we have had have been very helpful, and when our child wasn't performing to expectations, we were notified and were able to arrange after school tutoring to help him get to level or beyond. If you are a parent and care about your child, you must have a working relationship with the teachers and the administration. It takes a lot of work from the student, the teachers, and the parents to get the child to be a success. I can honestly say if we had stuck to public school, I would be writing a failure story and not a success story, because believe me, by the end of 4th grade, we were heading in that direction. I was frustrated as a parent. My son was frustrated as a student. His self esteem was going to trash. He wasn't getting the help he needed and everything he was being taught was teaching to the State mandated TAKS testing, instead of teaching him the reading, writing and arithmetic life skills he needs to get along in life. I can truly say we would not be dreaming about college right now if we had kept our son in public schools. However, by staying at Fairhill my son now has a chance to be a success in life.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 16, 2013

My daughter moved from The Shelton School in Dallas to Fairhill. Shelton is Montessori based which wasn't a good fit for my daughter. My daughter has focus issues and the noise level in the Shelton classroom environment was extremely prohibitive to success. Fairhill, on the other hand, is a much more advanced curriculum than Shelton. They use a teacher guided multi-sensory approach to teach traditional school subjects. So far, it seems to be a perfect fit. The teachers and administration have taken a great interest in my daughter, and her attitude toward school work has already improved tremendously.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 22, 2012

Be wary of this school, parents! Our daughter was struggling in public school, so we searched for private school as an alternative. Fairhill admitted her on a temporary basis, but kicked her out after only being there 2 weeks. They claimed she was disruptive to other students by not doing her own work. A couple of the teachers were very understanding, but most of them had the "sink or swim" attitude (not what a child with low self-esteem needs). They promised that the teachers would sign her agenda every day to help her keep up with her assignments, and only one teacher really did that. We bought books, a uniform and paid $3,000 for tuition and fees so that she could go there 4 weeks! Without discussion, they asked her not to return. How sad, because despite the broken promises, our daughter was actually doing better in this school and her grades showed it. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
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Posted December 5, 2012

My son came to Fairhill in 9th grade after he struggled in a public school to the point that he had no self esteem and hated learning. Fairhill has turned his life and his parents lives around. He now loves school, his self esteem is back and he is learning to cope with his learning differences with the wonderful support he gets from his teachers. He is not afraid to ask for help and is willing to go to tutoring if needed. He gets to do all the extra curricular activities he wants to and has time for. I truly believe had my son stayed in a public school he would have been a high school drop-out, now I see him going to college. My only regret is that I didn't send him to Fairhill earlier.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2012

My daughter has dyslexia. She attended Fairhill School from grade 7 to 9 and is now in the 11th grade at Harmony Science Academy in Dallas which has been a wonderful transition for her. I call her years at Fairhill The Wonder Years! Thank you to Fairhill School, Mrs. Sego, and all the trustees and supporters of this great school. I could not afford tuition but through the school s support and generosity year after year the tuition got paid. At first it felt like a financial sacrifice but it fast became a privilege. I believe that it was divine intervention that led us to Fairhill. My child continues to thrive academically and is a confident leader. She explodes with self confidence and a high self esteem. She is now tackling college classes in 11th grade and was asked to publish one of her class essays by Richland College! The child I delivered at Fairhill in the 7th grade was a miserable shadow of the incredible person Fairhill School brought out of her academically, in self-esteem, and in leadership qualities. Public schools destroyed my child and Fairhill School resurrected her. Special needs kids don't need miracles they just need schools that work hard and care.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 8, 2010

Even with all the reporting about bullying in schools and the "no-tolerance policies" of public schools we found ourself having to disenroll our 9th grade son from McKinney North High School after only 6 weeks due to this issues. Fairhill has been there for not only academic support but also for moral and psychological support for our son. Although I spend 3.5 hours per day in the car taking him to school, then getting to work and going back to school and getting home, I do so with enthusiasm and a feeling of content because I know that this school is a God send. After only 2 days of school he said, "Mom, people actually talk to me and they are nice." What a breath of fresh air.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 23, 2010

Fairhill has been a gift for our dyslexic child. He came to Fairhill midway through 1st grade and we have never looked back! He was reading well below level when he started, yet within 2 years he was two grade levels ahead and now we can't get him to put his book down. The teachers are absolutely the best! They demand that the students work up to their potential but guide them with a loving hand. You will not regret making Fairhill your choice.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 1, 2009

My son will be a senior at Fairhill next year. He has been a Fairhill Falcon since the second grade. While at Fairhill, he has maintained an A average, won the State championships for soccer, entered and won various Science Fairs, studied acting, art, photography and served on student government. He has visited Washington, DC and London, England on school trips. He has attended Homecoming dances and Prom. The main point is that he has had an extremely challenging school career while Fairhill has been preparing him to cope with his dyslexia when he goes to college. A lot of the credit goes to the teaching staff and administration, the program they offer and the attitude that you should never let a little learning difference get in you way.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 16, 2008

Fairhill provides a challenging curricculum, by teacher's who love what they do. Honors courses, athletics, art, science are all very strong. The Alpha Phonics program is used for struggling readers and provides a very comprehensive program. Student's in all academic enviroments are supported and challenged to do their personal best and take responsiblity for their learning.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 11, 2007

I graduated from Fairhill in 2002. I truly believe that Fairhill gave me all the necessary tools I needed to succeed. I am a business graduate student and a successful entrepreneur. This school did a wonderful job of making sure that all students were surrounded by entrepreneurial minds and were exposed to people in all aspects of the business world. I must say that while this school is known for the amazing work they do with A.D.D. and Dyslexic students, this is not a school for a child with more serious learning disabilities. It is an extremely competitive and challenging environment. The Winston School and The Shelton School are better suited for more difficult cases, Fairhill is simply too fast paced for a student with other disabilities which I'm assuming is one reason for the extensive I.Q. and aptitude tests. I recommend Fairhill for gifted students with ADD or Dyslexia.
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Posted March 19, 2006

Fairhill has been great for us. Our son has attended for 4 years. Academically very high standards, opportunity for numerous extracurricular activities and parental involvement is strong.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 19, 2005

My daughter's confidence has greatly improved while attending Fairhill. She has improved in all her classes. The small classes are great for the students to get one on one attention. The teachers are great and truly care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 17, 2005

Wow what a wonderful school esp for kids with dyslexia. My daughter has made tremendous progress this year and is very happy. THe teachers are excellent. Real experts at what they teach.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 12, 2004

Faihill is a great school. My son lvoes going to school their. He is challenged but is also helped so he can acheive. He feels very good about himself. I would recomend Fairhill. The teachers really care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 31%
Hispanic 4% 51%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
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16150 Preston Road
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