I am not relating to many of the reviews below. I am over the moon with the support I have received as a new mom to elementary. It has a small town feel. They wholeheartedly care for the children! And the teachers...There is not enough comment space to express my gratitude to them!
We have 3 kids at Fairwood Elem and have been there for 5 years. Our kids love school and feel safe and at home there. The teachers care about the kids and work hard to make sure they are continually learning. There are many great school programs, and the PTSA is awesome and provides even more learning and fun opportunities for the students. It is a neighborhood school in the wonderful Fairwood Greens development, and it really has the neighborhood family feeling - just what you want for an elementary school. We always feel welcome and communication with all staff is easy and friendly. Music, PE and drama teachers are excellent too! Couldn't be happier to have our kids at Fairwood Elementary.
Fairwood Elementary cares about the well being of their students. The teachers challenges their students according to their skill level. They care about their safety and makes sure that they are home with their parents when they do not show up for school.
The parent involvement at Fairwood is amazing, and most of the teachers are great. However, the caring attitude toward individual students is just not there. Supervision of children is lacking, especially at the front office. The attitude of the front office staff towards working parents is quite rude. As a working parent, I cannot always be in the "inner loop", so I often have questions or need to call ahead from my workplace to find out more information about school events, etc. I am often meet with a rude attitude when I have questions. Also, the school doesn't always know where my child is, and that is the lack of supervision part. "It's the child's responsibility", um they are children. It is the adult's responsibility to know where the children are. It almost makes me nervous when I cannot locate my child. If you didn't go to this school since kindergarten or are not highly involved in the PTSA, quite frankly you are not a part of the "inner circle" culture of the school and are treated differently. It makes me sad for families who may not speak the language, or for new students, that they treated as lesser people.
The Explorer Program did not work for my family. I regret the time spent in this program. My child was bullied and was not treated fairly by the teacher. There is no "whole child" concept at this program as was stated. We are now at a different school and my child is in a class with a wonderful teacher. My child is very very happy!
The only thing positive about this school is the teachers. They care about the students and do the best they can with the lack of support from the Principal and District. As a parent I expect that our children's safety and education would come first. But this is not the case at Fairwood Elementary. Apparently it is OK for students in a classroom to kick, hit, spit, bite and throw sharp objects on a daily basis. There is not one day that goes by that my daughters classroom is not severely interrupted, and education stops. Students get rewarded for their bad behavior by going to the principals office and "talking" about their actions. Then they are allowed back into class to continue disrupting. This school and district is only concerned about meeting core standards and budget needs. THIS SCHOOL NEEDS HELP FROM THE STATE TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON HOW TO DEAL WITH DIFFICULT CHILDREN.
Parent involvement at Fairwood is amazing! You could not ask for better programs. Bullying though is a big issue at Fairwood. Responses to bullying are weak. At recess if kids are "popular" (yes, this is going on even with kindergarten) kids are excluded, picked on and harrassed. The more Iisten to children from the school and parents I realize how big the problem is. Good neighborhood and PTA, but my child is miserable there, and I will be moving her to a school with teachers more active in creating an antibullying environment.
I am very glad my children do not attend this school. I have found the teachers to be rude and discourteous. I have found the teachers at other Kent Schools to be quite effective. These teachers must have been the lowest on the seniority list.
Fairwood Elementary was one of the best elementary schools my son ever attended. We moved a couple of times in his early years, so we experienced a few different schools. The leadership at Fairwood is helpful and understanding, yet does expect kids to live up to a standard (a realistic one). Both the teachers my son had were absolutely wonderful! I would highly recommend this as an elementary school. THe only drawback to this school is the Junior High that it feeds into - Northwood Middle School has not proved impressive, in fact quite the opposite.