When we first looked at Fayerweather Street School when one of my children was entering Kindergarten, we were impressed with the warm atmosphere, the well-rounded approach to curriculum, the confident children, and the fact that all of the middle school age kids seemed to be very happy (which was very
... Read more different from middle school as I remember it). Since then we have enrolled our second child and both have become one of the happy, confident and successful middle-schoolers I had admired. My kids are driven in their work because the teachers strive to find ways to make the work interesting and ensure that the level of work is just out of the kids' comfort zone so they are engaged and challenged. The only complaint I've had from my kids is that they don't have a Fayerweather high school Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/27/13
We knew almost immediately upon visiting Fayerweather how well my daughter would fit into the school. Everyone was warm and welcoming. They presented many opportunities to meet other families, learn the curriculum and the culture which is truly unique. We began this year and the well rounded focus on
... Read more the whole the student has had the greatest impact on my daughter. Not only is the curriculum broad, but the children are taught how to problem solve and work in group settings. The students have extraordinaire teachers who provide a safe setting to learn, practice, explore and experiment their own individual ideas. Additionally their are many staff and faculty that interact with the children to support their social and emotional growth. The school offers Spanish, a truly creative art and wood shop program in addition to Sport and after school activities. My daughter is thriving in a way I never could have imagined. Communication with staff and faculty is supportive and open. Opportunities for parents to provide input to the development of the school is ongoing. We are grateful to be a part of the Fayerweather community. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/29/12
I currently have two children at Fayerweather, and my eldest is in the process of interviewing and applying to high schools. I cannot say enough how delighted I am with how this process is going, and I feel a large part of my child s success is as a result of the education he has received at FSS. The
... Read more fact that each child (from fifth grade on) is an active participant in the parent/teacher conference process has made my child comfortable and confident in his interviews. We have friends with children in more traditional schools, and they have shared their frustration at getting their children to complete homework on time without parent involvement. This frustration has now carried over into the h.s. application process. Since FSS has taught my children to think and work within a structure and also independently has made this a non-issue for us. The progressive school system has provided my kids with vital skills in detail work and time management. As a result, I have watched my child organize his thoughts for the essays and work on them independently. It's a wonderful affirmation that Fayerweather has been a great academic setting for our children. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/28/12
We were one of several families that left last year. At the time it seemed like a difficult decision but there were too many wrongs at Fayerweather to continue. We didn t expect to find very disruptive students at Fayerweather, so much so that my child s educational and emotional experience would be
... Read more negatively affected on an almost daily basis. Raising more than one concern with the administration makes you appear as a problem parent and you are quickly ignored. A one way mode of communication exists and we expected and wanted a place where conversation was two-way. The quality of the education was so-so. We felt the distribution between play time during the school day was not in alignment was the amount of homework assigned. A large burden of the school work was placed on the student to do at home, not in school, and there was too much play time at school and not enough emphasis on education. Now that we have moved on, we can clearly see even more negatives with Fayerweather and know that the decision to move on should have been done even sooner. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/07/12
My son had a marvelous year at FSS. One year is not an easy time frame for anyone to reside in a country that is half way around the globe from home, especially kids. All sorts of fears, doubts and anxieties quickly dissipated as practically everybody at FSS - from the staff members, teachers, to Head
... Read more of school - gave us a warm welcome. The students (even older ones) and other parents also embraced us with warmth, helping the transition run smoothly. My son's biggest fear: BULLYING, was proven to be UNFOUNDED. On the contrary, the older kids helped out in class and after school activities, which played a major role in his adaptation process. They also actively included him in various activities outside school. The teachers - from home room teachers to music, spanish, after school teachers, as well as the librarian - were all excellent. They gave tremendous personalized supports to make learning enjoyable. They were very approachable, in person or emails, and always got back to us immediately for all sorts of questions and concerns. When it was time to leave my son could not hide his sadness. It was indeed hard to say good bye to a community that had treated us like family. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/15/12
FSS is not all rainbows and unicorns. 1) We were told hitting is not allowed" before we went there; only to find out that there are no consequences for hitting or pushing or spiting etc.. My kid was hit numerous times and I think that once is too much for a place like this. 2) Saying we don't have
... Read more bulling - does not make it true. If you say that your kid is getting bullied then you are an outcast and the issue is not taken seriously. 3) The administration is not kid centric but more dollar centric. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/20/12
Our experience at FSS was not ideal. We never felt supported or welcomed by the school. We got to the point of asking ourselves Why did they even accept our children at this school if they didn t want us there? I remember how friendly the Admin was when we were being courted to attend, but as soon
... Read more as we did start I couldn t get as much as a hello from the Admin. Many teachers seem plain exhausted and it can take weeks to pin them down to ask questions or get simple feedback. Lots of turnover each year also. We felt that true dialogue between teachers and parents was not desired and if you asked too many questions you are bullied into leaving or accepting the status quo. There is a Lord of the Flies mentality during recess. Since there are no toys and just one old climbing structure for the younger crowd, the older kids often play with rocks and sticks. It is very odd in such an expensive school to hear your child tell of having to hide a stick for the following recess or of kids throwing rocks at one another out of boredom. Mean play and crying occurred daily. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/19/12
My daughter was getting an adequate and sometimes even excellent, education at our local public school. However, she experienced teachers and students who just didn't "get" her-- her learning style, her self-expression, her enthusiasm for learning at her own pace. My beautiful, smart, outgoing little
... Read more girl was slowly being crushed by not fitting the mold. Then we found Fayerweather. Not only did they take her IEP and implement it beyond what was required, they accepted my daughter's vision of herself and her learning style wholeheartedly. I had many conversations with the Head and Admissions Director about my concerns before my daughter even saw the school, and they were able to reassure me. Once she got here, my daughter melded into the grade and found her first best friends. Each child here greeted her and showed respect for her ideas and contributions. Before long, it was if she had never had another school experience except Fayerweather. When I see her playing her instrument confidently, or presenting a Prezi online presentation about her science project, or just enjoying the playground with her friends, I know that we have made the right choice. Thank you Fayerweather! Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/11/12
Fayerweather is a terrific school, and more than that, a terrific community. We have two daughters who have been at Fayerweather since Pre-K. They are very different kids with very different learning styles. The school has served both extremely well. Both kids have been challenged and supported in
... Read more equal measure, and both have made treasured lifelong friendships with other students, parents, and teachers. Nobody gets lost in the shuffle at Fayerweather. We feel really fortunate to have found this place. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/30/12
If you are looking for a small school with a big vision, competent staff and a safe space for your child to mature intellectually, emotionally and socially, I heartily recommend Fayerweather. Due to previous educational experiences, my daughter came to FSS with gaps in knowledge and skills and a corresponding
... Read more deficit of self-confidence. She had been shutting down, but the FSS team has worked with competence, insight and care to help her discover herself as a learner and take pride in translating new skills into significant progress. Teachers and admin coordinate and are competent, accessible and communicative. Beyond formal reports and conferences, they welcome additional meetings and correspondence. They've made me a more effective parent by helping me understand my child s learning style. FSS students are encouraged to develop a sense of responsibility to self and to others. Growth ed is a huge hit, where my daughter can engage in discussions about sexuality, bullying, internet, etc. Behavior is grappled with in a non-shaming manner. Diversity, respect, gardening and community service are practiced, and the school is twinned with a community in Haiti. All in all top notch! Read less
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Cambridge schools — Fayerweather Street School is located at 765 Concord Ave, Cambridge MA 02138. 765 Concord Ave is in the 02138 ZIP code in Cambridge, MA Fayerweather Street School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 8.
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