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  • Barfield Elementary School9

    Murfreesboro, TN | Rutherford County


    May 9, 2014

    We are finishing out our third year at Barfield and I have zero complaints. Our teachers and faculty are absolutely the best in Murfreesboro. I am lucky enough to be able to volunteer in my children's classrooms and see first hand the respect, genuine love and attention each child receives. Not only by the teachers, but the EA's, and each adult who works at BES. Mrs. Goodwin is amazing at what she does and she runs a tight ship - she backs up her teachers and supports them, but also holds them to incredibly high standards and holds them accountable if needed. I am thrilled with Barfield, and my two daughters also love their school!

    Submitted by a parent

    February 25, 2014

    i am a student that went to this school and i am now a freshman in high school. honestly, there is no other school better than this one! this school is the most amazing school you can go to! the teachers will guide you and help you through anything and everything, that you need assistance with! the principal is excellent, in every way!

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    January 30, 2014

    This school has been a major disappointment! My children transferred from an excellent Murfreesboro school where they both excelled with very competent, engaging, and caring teachers year after year. This year we have Barfield teachers who show no concern for the children, don't acknowledge "above grade" work, and generally fail to offer any meaningful encouragement. However, they are very quick to discourage by distributing "marks" for even the slightest infraction. In fact, the whole school culture is oppressive in that absolutely anyone who has ANY interaction with a child, no matter how brief, also distributes "marks". Efforts to communicate with these teachers and the principal have been fruitless. My daughter, who came to this school reading 3 levels above her grade and attending every "good behavior" party at her previous school, is now begging to return to her previous school. I've spoken to a number of dissatisfied Barfield parents - I wish more of them would post so others would have a more balanced view. I'm sure this school has a number of caring, competent teachers, and I hope we are fortunate enough to get them next year, but school shouldn't be a carp shoot.

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    July 30, 2013

    Me and my wife love this school. The staff is top notch and the communication is above and beyond. I only wish I had this when I was a kid.

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    April 29, 2013

    This school is awesome! My daughter is in the kindergarten readiness program and I can't say enough about how great this school is. There is daily communication from the teacher and the school, Mrs. Goodwin helped my daughter through a difficult time with her behavior and now she is doing great! I can't recommend it enough!

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    March 13, 2013

    Barfield, in my opinion, is not the school for your child if he/she faces special challenges outside of the plain and obvious. Their challenges may render this response: "these concerns are dealt within the classroom by the general education teacher"...the one who didn't study speech/ language disorders and pragmatics, the one who didn't study attention problems, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, how to help a kid that can't button their pants, hold a pencil correctly, etc. (SPED folks who did study are lacking in providing the right help). A teacher who isn't knowledgeable to accommodate your child's specific needs is the one left to address such concerns, without much guidance. Not teaching children how to apply what is learned isn't true teaching. Helping a kid make a good grade or score isn't teaching. Helping a kid learn something that they can apply in everyday life, and teaching to their specific learning style and needs is true teaching. I'm very disappointed in this school because I don't feel that the administration and the majority of it's teachers have come close to meeting my child's needs. Good luck if your child is being bullied.

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    November 14, 2012

    My child is enrolled in this school. I am told there are 500 out of 1100 students in the Tier II program (K-5). How can this be a competent school of teachers and leadership? Basically, what children were taught last year (and so far this year) was not taught properly if almost half of the school is in Tier II in my opinion.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 23, 2012

    This is a wonderful school full of people who genuinely care about each student. Ms. Goodwin should get principal of the year...every year.

    Submitted by a parent

    November 11, 2011

    Great school with great teachers who truly care about your child. Love this school. Ms. Goodwin, the principle, is wonderful. A+

    Submitted by a parent

    May 29, 2011

    BARFIELD is an excellent school. I have 2 boys that have been in this school, one for 5 years and one for 2 years. My oldest son is a straight A student that was part of the Spectrum program. My youngest son has food allergies and ADHD. The principal, asst. principal and all the teachers we dealt with were wonderful. They challenged my oldest son and kept him interested, and made sure my youngest had a safe environment for his food allergies. Also, if it wasn't for the help of the principal/asst. principal/teacher, we would not have been able to diagnosis, his ADHD and have a clear plan on how to provide him with the best education possible. I can't say enough about how wonderful Barfield is. We had to move to North Carolina are saddened to have to leave Barfield.

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    October 11, 2009

    My child has Asperegers syndrome and the staff at Barfield Elemetery couldn't be better! They have my childs best in their hearts! They have done everything they can to help my child! I had my child in a city school for kindergarden and was very unhappy! I rate Barfield 5 stars!

    Submitted by a parent

    May 11, 2009

    Principal Goodwin and her dedicated staff promote learning in a fun and interactive way. I have a child who competed Barfield Elemenatry last year and one who began Kindgergarten Readiness this year. We will have been at Barfield Elementary for 13 years straight when the youngest one completes 5th grade. I am thrilled with the quality of teachers and their inspiring methods of teaching as well as the administration's expection of personal responsibility and respect for all. I am proud that my children are reiceving an excellent education in a creative and safe environment.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 12, 2008

    Awesome! The children are actually loved and the staff are held accountable. I believe it all starts at the top with Mrs Goodwin and her genuine love for the children and the teaching enviroment. Our daughter is/was held accountable to the curriculum and to her behavioral skills. Just when I thought that I was done with 'school', I was informed that it was noticed that I hadnt participated in a teachers conferance and a school activity! I love that the leadership believes in and is committed that the teaching process also extends into the home and that both parents should be involved. Keep up the great work!! MAKE IT a great day, Jeff and Kim Jenkins

    Submitted by a parent

    March 8, 2008

    My granddaughter has been a student at Barfield for three years and we could not be more pleased. Daily communication, webpages, and newsletters (both classroom and total school) keep parents in the loop and give them many opportunities to be involved. Barfield is the model for collaboration and creating a nurturing environment with high academic standards. Any parent who wants to know more can volunteer in the school and you'll get a whole new appreciation for what goes on there!

    Submitted by a parent

    September 8, 2007

    We moved to the Barfield community right before our son started Kindergarten. I was a little intimidated by the size of the student body, but quickly realized that the administration does a great job of making it feel more like a close-knit community than a large school. On top of that, we had a teacher who very much cared about all of her 'kids' and paid close attention to their development (thank you, Mrs. Pittenger!) We ended up putting our son in kindergarten for a second year because he needed more time to mature. Without our teacher's insight, we would not have thought to consider an extra year. It has been the best decision we have made for out son! He is in first grade and doing fantastic, and we can't thank the people at Barfield enough.

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