Backed by the advantages of small classes and individualized support.
With a 1:3 classroom staff-to-student ratio, Farr Academy provides the opportunity to develop exceptional individualized instruction — including specific approaches for learning disabled students as well as academically advanced students with social-emotional barriers to learning — and to modify the curriculum to address those needs.
While developing trusting alliances with students, our Teacher/Counselors help them move past emotional obstacles to learning — such as anger, indifference, and painful memories of past experiences. Small classes enable attentional, distractibility and impulsivity problems to be addressed more easily. Structured group activity and learning is also emphasized in order to encourage pro-social interpersonal skills.
A solid core curriculum, plus opportunities to explore.
Aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, the Farr Academy curriculum includes an achievement-focused array of middle, high school, remedial and college prep courses for subjects such as English, math, science, social studies, Spanish, studio art and woodworking. Coursework, although typically rigorous, includes opportunities for individual instruction, remediation, modification and accommodation.
In addition to our foundational courses, each student can select two electives each quarter. Some of the possibilities include:
- Creative Writing
- Freedom Trail
- Nutrition & Fitness
- Statistical Applications
- SAT/MCAS Preparation
- Animal Science
- Anatomy & Dissection
- Music: Voice & Instrumental
- Computer Training
- Instructional Weight Training
A strong selection of enrichment classes.
At Farr Academy, we are proud to offer a well-rounded education. Our Studio Art and Woodshop classes, which also provide venues for students participating in the Farr Works internship program, offer hands-on outlets for creativity and self-expression from planning to project completion.
Spanish classes are also available to all students, from those just beginning to learn a second language to those for whom it is their native tongue, where the emphasis may focus on the history and culture of Spanish-speaking communities.
Remedial and tutorial support.
Working with students to remediate areas of academic struggle and specific learning disabilities is a reflexive part of the Farr classroom experience. This includes one-on-one tutorials when needed — whether a student has a specific learning disability (i.e. dyslexia), needs help in a particular subject, wants to pursue an area of strength/interest, or would simply benefit from a one-to-one relationship.
Keeping students on PACE:
A student’s roadmap for overall and class-by-class performance, our PACE system is used in conjunction with discussions to acknowledge successes, problem-solve concerns, and create plans for positive changes. Students are encouraged to review PACE scores with their Homeroom Teacher/Counselor to evaluate progress, strengths and areas needing improvement.
Students who are in school and performing well in classes and during free time have the opportunity to participate in PACE Related Activities (PRA) each month. Day-long trips include skiing, snowboarding or Six Flags. Partial-day trips include activities like horseback riding, indoor rock climbing, movies and mini-golf. All PRA activities are provided by Farr at no cost, including an eat-out or box lunch.