About Our School

Farb Middle School is located in a tree-filled suburban community of Tierrasanta, northeast of downtown San Diego. It is a beautiful neighborhood that calls itself the "Island in the Hills". The community retains much of its native vegetation canyons and features mature neighborhoods as well as the largest military housing development in San Diego, home to the Pacific Fleet.

More than half of our students hail from military families and since we are a few blocks away from Murphy Canyon Military Housing, it is a natural fit that military families send their students to Farb. Other students, from a variety of neighborhoods, choose Farb as their middle school and travel by bus or by car to school each day.

Our school opened in 1979. We are proud to be the District's only AVID National Demonstration School, which means that our school develops a college-bound curriculum that aims to guide all students to better study habits and scholastic achievement through a nationally recognized program called AVID. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.

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Our school, above, and our most famous graduate, Tony Hawk, below
Tony Hawk

Students accept responsibility for their learning through development of organizational skills, collaboration with peers, and participation in strategies to acquire deeper knowledge and understanding. The focus of learning is our AVID program and the college-going culture at our school. Trained teachers incorporate specific AVID strategies into their curriculum to support all students with exemplary standards-based instruction.

Families support the school and participate in numerous activities. Partnerships include Naval Medical Center Balboa, other military supports and organizations such as Fleet and Family Services, Healthy Start, and Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) as well as AXA Financial Advisors.

We're not just about work at Farb. We also have wonderful activities and an excellent free after-hours childcare program called PrimeTime. And we have some famous graduates, including world-renowned skateboarding champion and businessman Tony Hawk. In addition to his many accomplishments and awards, he was the star of an ESPN sports cable network special program entitled, "Homecoming," which was filmed at Farb!

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