Welcome to O'Farrell Community School!
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The Mission and Philosophy
O'Farrell serves about 1400 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Our mission statement came from a planning retreat of teachers, administrators, parents and community groups that met in August 1989:
O'Farrell Community School: Center for Advanced Academic Studies will promote excellence by providing all middle level students a single, academically enriched curriculum within a multiethnic, student-centered environment. The mission of the school is to attend to the social, intellectual, psychological and physical needs of middle level youth so they will become responsible, literate, thinking and contributing citizens.
The school is structured into teaching teams known as Educational Families. Teachers are empowered to provide leadership in school operations, curriculum development and long range planning. There is no tracking. The school practices full inclusion of students identified with Special Education (LH) or English as Second Language (ESL) needs. Our goal is to prepare all students for high school college prep classes. O'Farrell became California's forty-eighth charter school in February, 1994.
The structure of the school has been modified to support its mission. Students are assigned to Educational Families. An Educational Family is composed of 150 students and six teachers. In the school, three families serves sixth grade students and six families serve seventh and eighth grade students. Each Educational Family has a teacher designated as a Family Leader, who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the family. Students attend class with teachers in their Educational Family all day except for a 50-minute Discovery class.
Last Updated 3/26/95
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