In the time my child has been at FSMS I have not seen or heard from the principal once. I emailed her when my child was physicaly assaulted in the classroom and she didn't respond at all. I can see why the STAFF love her. They really aren't required to do much at all. If they do half of what they tell you they're going to do, you're lucky. Kids are free to roam and pretty much do whatever they want, whenever and wherever they want. If you don't have a naturally popular or "alpha" kid, I would be worried. There is NOWHERE to go for help if you need it. The staff is so focused on "letting them figure it out" - you and your kid - you're really on your own.
No. Once when it was of a sexual nature they made a fuss about it. But the name calling, the hitting, the pushing, the locker blocking, the spitting, screaming in your ear, intentionally knocking you over…..no one cares about that.
Not that I have seen. They seem to have an attitude that all kids with disabilities or learning difficulties are actually suffering from over indulgent parenting, and that its time for "tough love" and "letting them figure it out". We haven't had any help at all.
Not at all. The strong get stronger and the weak get weaker. LOTS of running and screaming in the hallways, rampant bullying, we've all learned to stop reporting because no one really cares. Gotta let the kids "figure it out".
There is ALOT of homework and much of it isn't age appropriate AT ALL. ALOT of busy work. Enormous quantities of word study work that requires poems, and drawings - none of which is read. It is all graded on completion. Same with math. It's an "A" whether its right or wrong. After my child spends hours writing the poems for word study, the teacher doesn't even read them. It could be jibberish and she'd never know. There just needs to be writing of some kind in the book.
Farmwell has multiple opportunities for students, both during and after school. The principal, Mrs. Loya, is involved and an excellent role model. In the three years that my son has attended, we've only had one sub-par teacher. The rest have been good to awesome! The programs for advanced students are very strong. The language and music offerings are also good.
Recent reviewers of this school must be crazy. I have two daughters in FSMS and we've had zero problems. Teachers are great and the staff is efficient. The school is clean and organized. My children are very happy with the structure and teachers at their school. The schools policy on bullying are fantastic and my children feel safe. The extra-curricular activities though underfunded in recent years are fantastic. I strongly feel that parents and students get out of their school what they put into it.
This school is terrible. It is poor, and needs many upgrades. The lockers are about 19 years old and sometimes do not open. There is a lot of vulgar language used in this school by the students. They have a decent lunch selection and fair prices but overall not a great school.