Principal's Welcome Message

Welcome to Farb Middle School, where we are very proud to be the first school-wide AVID National Demonstration School in the San Diego Unified School District. We serve as a model school for educators from across the world. Our teachers are highly trained in using research-based teaching strategies that engage all students, provide for meaningful collaboration between peers and use higher level questioning in order to challenge student thinking.

As an AVID National Demonstration School, students are provided with the 21st century skills that will be needed for high school, college, the military and the world of work: WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organizational Skills, and Reading). In addition, the seemless integration of technology in every classroom encourages students to question and explore the world around them using the most advanced techniques. All classrooms are outfitted with Promethean Boards and either net-books or iPads.

As principal, I believe that students make their best progress in an atmosphere where academic achievement is a priority, and where students are safe and supported by caring teachers and staff. Most importantly, the staff and I believe that our students should be able to come to school every day and receive a first class education that meets high academic standards and provides learning opportunities which foster success for all students.

Farb's program offers a unique experience for students in each grade level.

  • Sixth graders will experience block scheduling and a modified self-contained schedule. Students will have one teacher for English/History and one for Math/Science. Each sixth grade student will also have grade level PE classes and a lunch period as well as an elective class and morning Advisory period. .
  • Seventh and eighth graders will take on more responsibility as they prepare for high school. All students will have 6 separate classes including Advisory, PE and an elective. This gradual release of responsibility will provide students with a top-quality middle-school education.
  • All students have an opportunity for daily tutoring before and after school.
  • Clubs, ASB, and sports (through our Prime Time program) are also available.

We hope your child will take advantage of our after school programs, Homework Club and school wide activities, which you can see on our website.

We look forward to working with you and your family and meeting the needs of your student. Feel free to contact me at any time.

I would be happy to meet with you, answer any questions you might have, take you on a tour of the campus, and listen to your concerns. My door is always open!

Courtney Rizzo

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