I really don't understand the drop in rating this year as the SOL scores across the board have increased substantially. Don't be deterred by the greatschools rating for Falmouth. Go in and meet the administrators and the teachers! We've been at Falmouth for two years and came from a private school. I couldn't be more pleased with my children's experience in the classroom and my experience working with the PTO and volunteering in the school. The teachers are a dedicated lot. They put so much work, love and effort in to each and every day. Every teacher my children have had have taken time to get to know them, talk to my husband and I about their performance and really know their strengths and weaknesses. The art, music, library and PE teachers are phenomenal and we are so lucky to have them. It's a small school with a real family feel. It's also a diverse school with wide ranges in academic level. My children fall on the higher ranges of the academic scale but I've never felt they haven't been challenged.
Great kindergarten experience. my daughter has come a long way this year. By the time her first year was over she was completely reading on her own, doing addition and subtraction and had a strong knowledge of American history and current events.
This school is wonderful! It is very student-centered and the teachers and staff work hard to ensure students are learning to their fullest potential. It has a community feel and the PTO works hard to involve the parents in numerous activities. Our PTO has even helped in purchasing SMART BOARDS for the classrooms. My child has attended for two years and is looking forward to going back in the fall. She loves her peers, teachers and staff. When I told her she may have the opportunity to go to a different school, she cried. We will stay here as long as possible!
This school year my son has not been challenged to his full potential. For a 1st grader, I was expecting more homework and actual correction of his assignments. The teacher sends his homework home on Monday, which normally consist of a one math sheet, spelling word sort, come up with similar words that are within the sort, and a read a book. His class work was not graded until the weekend so I did not see it until the following Monday. The class size is too large for the teacher to handle alone with a 20-25 kid ratio to one teacher. I do agree that the staff is friendly, but good gracious and luck volunteering for anything. They would rather have teacher s spouses (w/o children) come help out vice an actual parent. So I would have to say no, they do not provide reasonable guidelines to volunteering within the school system. Maybe this school for me was a culture shock coming from a private school that had better communication with parents, and wanted more parental environment in school activities. I would have to say that the state score does in fact reflect the schools performance, and I would encourage parents to consider other education solutions for their children.
My son is in Kindergarten at Falmouth. On one hand, the staff is very friendly and the school is welcoming, and though I don't have a child with special needs, I can imagine this would be a great place for addressing those concerns. On the other hand, I feel like children who are academically capable might be missing important components of the education process here. There's so much focus on the test--which of course is geared toward the median--and so little time for creativity and socialization. Teachers seem overwhelmed by requirements and TV is used in the classroom too much, probably to give teachers time for administrative tasks. Since I have a smart kid and know exactly what I want for him, I'm disappointed with a reliance on worksheets and people who, even though they know him by name, treat him like a number.
Please don't be misled by the rating 'great schools' gave Falmouth. This IS a great school with a caring and dedidcated staff. I had a lot of anxiety about the school, as we transfered in from out of state. Not only does the school strive for academics, but they encourage good character as well. Please don't let the test scores discourage you. Take into account the number of disadvantaged and disabled kids that attend the school. The principal remembered my kids names after only meeting them one time, and we've always felt welcomed by all of the staff. My child was not challenged at all at our last school, but we are definitely getting what we need here at Falmouth!
What an awesome school. The administrators are wonderful. The principal knows all the students by name and is very involved. My son transferred from Hartwood due to a district rezoning. Initially I was concerned but that diminished quickly. The environment is much more conducive to learning and the school is organized. The majority of the teachers are very dedicated and work hard to give the kids a well rounded education.