While It is true some things that have changed in this school since we have had children here the school has been good for both my children. Yes music has been less of a focus but it isn't all in the school. Kids are less interested now and more are involved in sports. Fairfax has a great community of coaches parents and volunteers all helping see kids succeed. The school is in a rural area and of course it does not have the same programs as schools do in more populated areas. We have children in both elementary and HS. Satisfied with both.
Bfa Elementary/ Middle School is a public middle school in Fairfax. 587 children attend Bfa Elementary/ Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 20% of the 587 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Bfa Elementary/ Middle School is 13:1. Milton Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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Having had children in this school system for twenty years I would say that the school program has gone downhill over the years. The instruction is mediocre unimaginative and bland. A once impressive music program has been gutted several times and is now virtually nonexistant. Good teachers have left out of frustration or have been forced out by the administration. Definately think twice about sending your children to this school.
Not impressed. Not at all. We wont be allowing our children to attend BFA much longer. Wished we had researched the school more when moving here......test scores are poor resources limited teachers unsupported and classes are overcrowded. Think twice.
5 stars Excellent school and community
my school is cool it is everything you could have ever dreamed of it has great activities and a great gymnasium with a rock climbing wall it is also full of character with some of the origanal walls that belonged to the first building that burned down hundrends of years ogo
There are multiple computer labs and one of the best music programs in the state sending many more students to New England Music Festival than most of the schools in Vermont or even across the Northeast. There are numerous after school programs ranging from gaming clubs and jazz band to competitive sports and World of Difference. This school has a lot to offer including the technical center.
Here's another side of the story. While we do agree with some of the previous negative comments about the elementary school (music computer lab foreign language)there are far more positives than negatives. Did the writer know she was moving to Franklin County in northern Vermont where resources and funds for education can be limited? Despite that BFA has enrichment programs state champs in various varsity sports incredible parent involvement awesome teacher quality school-wide safety program book discussions concerts (community and school) art shows drama sports all school morning meetings family dances story time play groups etc. I could go on and on. My 3 kids are all straight A students (elementary grades are standards based and given letters) and are absolutely instilled with a sense of achievement. There are many programs if you look for them and if something doesn't work try to fix it. Our recommendation send your kids to BFA!
We have moved around quite a bit and BFA is by far the worst place we ever encountered. We took our children out of this school after one year to help restore the positive self-esteem strong desire to learn and positive behavior which our children had always displayed. The school is lacking in resources no computer labs no after school programs no in-school programs no spelling bees embarassing music program no foreign language at the elementary level no positive reinforcement and no desire to achieve instilled in any child. No GIFTED services no letter grades. I found it more to be a daycare center with the focus centered on behavior NOT LEARNING. My recommendation keep your children far from BFA.
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