School Details

Farb Middle School

4880 La Cuenta Drive, San Diego, CA 92124
(858) 397-6750

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 728 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

Farb Middle School is a public middle school in San Diego. The principal of Farb Middle School is Courtney Rizzo, who can be contacted at 728 students attend Farb Middle School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 13% of the Farb Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 72% of the 728 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Farb Middle School is 19:1. De Portola Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 13%
Multiracial 7% %
Asian 6% 9%
Hispanic 50% 44%
Filipino 3% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 23% 25%
Unspecified 2% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 129055%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 63%
Limited English proficiency 13% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    We moved my son from Rio Seco school in Santee to get away from bully issues. My son was severely depressed and his academics suffered. The students and staff welcomed us in an my son became an honor student he has a tight group of a dozen friends and his outlook is promising. This is an Avid demonstration school and I feel these students are better prepared for the future.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are moving and I want to take this school with us. Too many parents choice their kids out instead of having them go to neighborhood schools right around where we live. I chose to have them go to their neighborhood school - Farb Middle School. I have two boys with totally different needs. I have a son with disabilities and needs extra help and to be in classes that fit him. Then I have a son who needs to be challenged. He is in 6 grade and is in pre-algebra and has a 97% in class and is challenged. I love all the teachers my children have had. I love the staff here at Farb. Mrs. Anita in the front is amazing. She has a warm smile and loves the students that walk in to see her. But all the office staff care about the students and their needs. The key is opening your mouth no one can read minds. Be active. Principal Mrs. Rizzo cares so much about each of the children at school. When she says her door is always open she means it. This school has many clubs - Club Hero Bully Buster Chess Homework Club Science Club Robotics Support Group Book Club and an Art Club and an after school program called Primetime. Mr. Ivan is great. Farb Middle school is WONDERFUL.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a small school so the ratio of student teacher is great. The teachers are all friendly and easy to contact in case I need to speak with them. I like that they are an AVID school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Farb has been an eye opener for me. We are a military family and I thought this would be a plus as the school is located near military housing and it's close enough for my daughter to walk every day. The school definitely needs updating and from the outside looks like a prison. I will say the teachers have been communicative and let me know that my daughter's grades slipped but I really have to take time and stay on things myself. As a parent of a child who has struggled academically I take my share of the blame and am willing to do whatever it takes to help my child succeed and it really helps when a teacher is also committed to helping your child succeed. Most of the teachers there are pretty decent people who are just overworked and over run with way too many kids. And the kids goodness I don't know how they are able to come to school with dirty clothing looking so very unkempt obviously in need of attention so they do whatever it takes to get that attention in school. I'm probably going to enroll my daughter in a charter or private school but I really can't say anything terrible about the teachers. Just the environment itself is "hood".

  • (2 years ago)

    In reviewing Farb Middle School for an option for a middle school had to give it a pass. Although it has nice athletic fields we were not impressed with the student body that attend there. They were obnoxious slovenly dressed mostly minorities bused in from other areas.The school had an overall prison feel about it. Very dated with old stucco stencil signage and concrete as far as the eye can see. Public school at it's worst! I was also not impressed with the teachers who appear to be doing just enough to get their chin over the bar and collect their pensions. We have many options for schooling in 92124 if you want a safe inspiring place for your kids to learn and grow - scratch this concrete jungle off your list.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son excelled because of the awesome teachers at Farb! This school is nothing like the other BUT this school is fantastic in its own right. Don't hesitate to enroll your children at this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a student at farb middle school and im in 7th grade there is some inapropriate language but were middle schoolers what do you except. But i've moved here from the south coast. and i know alot more than this school and i never get H.w from any of my classes except for reading. This you should concider

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter who transfered mid-year 7th grade was recognized by her teacher to need a better math class! She is now a 3.8 GPA student in honors classes. I can not say enough positive things about her teachers and Mrs. Levy the principal and Mr Neil the VP. They are amazing and like family! And in only a year and a half.

  • (4 years ago)

    Horrible.. horrible.. horrible!! The bullying at Farb is out of control. There is not enough staff to keep an eye on the kids and when a child who is bullied happens to stand up for themselves they are the ones who are disciplined. They are more worried about public displays of affection and who is wearing drooping pants then actually taking the time to suspend the bullies. I wish we would have CHOICED our child to DePortola when we had the chance. Oh and the offenders are the kids that get bussed in from the low income areas who are rude and their language is disgusting. Welcome to San Diego people and good luck if your child happens to attend Farb. You will need it!

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter has attended Farb middle for the past 3 years.Farb middle has definately made an impact on my daughters performance and development . The farb staff and teachers have been instrumental in my daughters outlook on education! I am thankful that the teachers care about education and do not give up while undergoing district changes. If i had to change anything about the schoold would be the time school starts but other than it is a great school and you should definately consider it.

  • (4 years ago)

    At the beginning of the school year I was quite impressed with the staff and their ability to do a good job of not only teaching the kids but also keeping them safe. Since coming back from winter break my views have definitely changed. The bullying is at an all time high and the staff is unable to stop it. They turn a blind eye and allow pushing hitting and name calling t occur. The staff is more concerned with boys and girls hugging and holding hands than preventing kids getting beat up. Then if you want a meeting with the principal or vice principal GOOD LUCK. My advice to any parent who is moving to the area try and CHOICE your child to a different school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son went to school at Farb he was an average student until he was introduced to AVID(Advancement Via Individual Determination). My son's grades improves instantly the teachers at this school are concerned with the achievement of each student and are caring.The principal Mrs. L. was more than just a principal to my son she was a person that he admired she helped me with my parenting skills as she gave me tools to be a better parent. Any child that wants to learn at this school will. Farb is a great place to cultivate young minds...this school was/is a blessing for my son. Without Farb instructions my son would not have won the $5000.00 Padre Scholarship that he has. FARB is a great school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Farb Middle has a big problem with bullying and needs so much more improvement when it comes to faculty involvement. The faculty at Farb blame the parents and students for all the bullying and problems they face everyday. But the problem is with the staff. I have seen as a parent better qualified faculty/staff in other schools systems that do so much better a job of handling any kind of problems that comes up. And these schools have a much better ratio of all around better grades and achievement. And this is due to an awesome faculty support system.

  • (6 years ago)

    Poor leadership Poor communication skills The teachers don't care enough to even have sports. This school is overall terrible.

  • (6 years ago)

    Lack of communication between staff and teachers staff and parents and teachers and parents. I've tried to move my child but the waiting list is too long for the other school. This is the worst school that I have ever had to put up with.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a student in Farb I am in only 6h grade in my 8th week I think and I am already being challenged beyond anything I will ever do in middle school. I am in all advanced classes band and the Principal Leadership council and am a slightly popular student Farb helps me to balance everything without me having to miss important information or tests. The safety of the school is at an all time low I confess but the PLC and I are aware of this and are fixing it. The school is a completely fine school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Matters at this school are not addressed!!!! This school does not cooperate with parents. Teachers substitutes and even the principal do not properly and effectively address my concerns about my child's well being grades and mistakes are constant!

  • (8 years ago)

    The staff at Farb are very motivated about the 'AVID' program which is a good thing. Even if the kids aren't the type to jump on board with the program they'll benefit simply from the added energy from the teachers. Unfortunately Farb seems to have followed the role of Serra High by joining some program that brings in troubled kids from other school districts. The result ... they're drowning in troublemakers. Even if it's only a few kids the few that cause problems soak up too much of the attention and time from the staff.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has a lack of parent involvement and limited extra-curricular activities.

  • (9 years ago)

    My 7th grade son started in the fall of 2005 and at first had some trouble with most all of his classes. As the year has progressed he has gotten much better and the teachers seem to have more concern with his learning. I have been kind of disappointed with the fact that classes run almost 2 hours long and yet some of my sons teachers seem to fly through their material with little regard to if the child is fully understanding the material completely. Also the band program does not seem to judge each child on his/her ability but on the entire instrument section. Parent involvement seems to be high.

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