FWPA is a small school compared to most other schools and this aspect allows the students to focus on school, rather than many of the social aspects, clicks, bullying and pier pressures that often occur in larger schools. great staff!
The 6th graders at FWPA are so lucky to have Miss Brianne Harvey as their teacher. Her enthusiasm and devotion to her class's learning is unprecedented and greatly appreciated. She is an amazing teacher and role model for our children. A++
This school can increase persistence in students as long as they have a lot to begin with. Students become tougher and more determined as they go through, although there is an epidemic among top students of procrastination and "just going through the motions because they have to."
Most teachers are very respectful of students, although they are tough on students, and can get a bit harsh if a student isn't being respectful themselves. Teachers do, however, say often disrespectful things about other public schools (i.e. "you guys are acting like you're from Lakota" or "I wouldn't assign you this if you were at Decatur",) and make it sound like other schools always have bad education in order to keep students at the school. There is also a problem with students putting down others in lower math classes, which teachers seem ignorant of, and occasionally even join in. Other than with other schools and classes, students learn well how to respect other's and their differences and personal culture, and not to "act like their better."
Students develop compassion through community service, what they learn in history, english and humanities classes and school activities. There are some kids that don't want to learn and mess it for the rest of the kids because they have to be rough and not care too in order to get by, and one teacher that shows almost violent contempt for students, but FWPA is overall the best place for a smart, hardworking kid to learn compassion any day.
This school does a good job developing honesty, integrity and fairness in students that care at least a little about what they do. There are required community service hours, which really get students involved in the community, along with many at-school community service projects and assemblies. Most teachers exemplify honesty, integrity and fairness and help gifted teens "figure themselves out" and become better people.
Despite many teacher's efforts, the students that do care to learn and grow are constantly irritated and brought down by students that don't care about school or their behaviour and shouldn't be at the school. Teachers end up spending a lot of time chewing out certain classes for bad behaviour and having unfavored classes that they treat all of the students in worse because of the students in there that don't care. All students not in top math classes are looked down upon by other students and some staff because they are seen as 'lazy' and 'dumb.' To make things worse, there are about five students in every lower level math class that don't belong there and are simply locked into a track that they were only put into because classes need to be filled, then have to deal with bullying and goofing off in class from other students, along with disfavorment by teachers, which forces them to act like a disrespectful, non-serious student that they really aren't in order to fit in.