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Buckeye, AZ
Students enrolled: 179

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26252 W. Desert Vista Blvd.
Buckeye, AZ 85396

(928) 668-5350
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December 05, 2014
I find it odd that the last review gave no specific details to what his/her problem was. My kids have been going to the school for the last 5 years. I have had nothing but positive things to say about the dedicated teachers on staff and the Principal. I have seen the school grow in what they offer in curriculum and activities and how they handle different situations as the area continues to grow. Sadly, I have seen some horrific parents and students come through the school as well and that makes the school's job even more difficult. I have nothing but good things to say about Festival Foothills and I think some of the negative comments come from personal agendas or experiences that does not reflect the school as a whole. I stood behind the school and staff 5 years ago and I continue to do so today. Any concerns that I have ever had was immediatley addressed by a teacher or the Prinicipal and I am always encouraged to come in at anytime to talk. This is a fantastic school with a fantastic staff. Those with the negative comments and experiences should, if they have not already, remove the student/s and place them in another school. Then let's see how schools compare.

- submitted by a parent

December 04, 2014
If I could give this school a zero star rating I would. Don't be fooled as I did. Someone warned me about it but I wanted to see for myself and they were right. My kids had to pay for my mistake. All I will say is that it didn't have anything to do with church and school.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2014
I have to disagree 100% with the comments from the July 27th post. There are parents in this community who wind up with a bee in their bonnet and trash EVERYTHING because they did not get their way. If Festival is not working for you....then exercise your option to remove your child. As for me and my family.....we love, love, love Festival Foothills!!! My family stands behind the school, the teachers and the Principal. The comments from the July post screams of a personal attack instead of constructive criticism. No one cares that the church is renting space or who the Principal is married to. You act like this is a conspiracy to take over Buckeye. Those line have never crossed the entire time we have lived here. This is a small community and we are fortunate to reap the benefit of having the church here. I would bet my life that this same parent has attended most of the events put on by the church too. So, I do not place much value on the comments made in the July 27th post or even the October 8th post.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2014
I would disagree.I am only assuming that they are made out of jealousy or nastiness because they don't happen to feel as if "they" fit in. I've had my kids at other schools & all schools have a church rent space,whats the problem? They don't preach in the classroom. So you condemn a school because the community has a church there for them?Good for that church for activities to a very small area. Would you rather the kids be bored & have no youth activities,get off your high horse, leave people alone, stick your nose back where it belongs. For the school, it does a great job with the kids, my kids past schools have been the teachers don't stay after to tutor ,make sure the kids are succeeding or don't stay after school to play with kids,or the staff point fingers at the kids and don't openly talk to kids. My experience with THIS school has been great,always a couple rotten apples(parents that point fingers)in the bunch that try to ruin a good thing. Maybe those parents should be letting their kids grow,see diversity. There the ones who don't want it any other way but theirs. Festival Foothills is still # 1 in my book & from what I hear in the neighborhood most everyone else's too.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2014
When this school first opened it was a fantastic small school. When the new Principle took over a few years ago the school went down hill fast! Most of the incredible teaching staff is gone and the school is very unorganized. The best thing I have ever done is remove my children along with a lot of other parents . I agree with almost everything that was written from the July post. I do not recommend sending your children to this school.

- submitted by a parent

July 27, 2014
This school is no longer the best school in the northwest valley. Their is no separation of church and PUBLIC school here! The principal is the pastors wife. The church rents the back half of the school and has Sunday service in the cafeteria. The pastor is also a member of the Buckeye City Counsel. The assistant pastor sits on the school board. The superintendent of Wickenburg lives in the neighborhood and attends the church. His wife also happens to be the art/music teacher. The list goes on and on. The "church children" get preferential treatment, no outsiders welcome! If you have a child that is struggling do not bring them here! They don't offer any specialized learning. The school nurse and librarian are helping the slower learners, unbelievable! The principal states that she has other priorities and concerns. What is more important than educating the students? The principal has forgotten her mission and that of the schools. The faculty and church rallied for the teachers who were accused of misconduct with a student. One of those teachers happens to be a church member as well. Their is zero communication and transparency with this principal and this district! Beware!

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2014
One of the better schools available in the far NW Valley. Small size of the school is very beneficial to the students. We've had the opportunity to have each teacher except KG and 1st. Happy with the curriculum, rigor, 1:1 attention, etc. Provides opportunity to get to know the students and families of what feels like an extremely small town. Coming from a larger district, school, class size, I can tell you this school is extraordinary. Complaints about Festival may have some weight, but are not entirely the whole picture. Sweeping things under the rug could be ones perception of a bullying issue or even the way the FALSE allegation of a teacher was handled, but perhaps they were being handled appropriately while honoring the rights of those involved. I have stepped into the office and asked questions, responses have always been honest and as transparent as they can be without violating the rights of those involved. As for the church - not really an issue, provides something for the neighborhood kids and families to do out there in the middle of nowhere. Thankful to have people, regardless of their affiliation of the church or not, with such great values working with the kids.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2014
This school is okay. Not much diversity though. Being that it is in a small community my child has been in with the same class of kids since the 3rd grade. Also don't have a great feeling about the schools anti bullying policy. My son had some issues with another child and it was eventually played off as not a big deal by the principal. When I withdrew him no one even asked why.

- submitted by a community member

August 09, 2013
I have never liked the public school system, but gave this school a chance based on what our neighbors have said. This school is outstanding! They are up to date with technology, and communicate electronically with parents. They are safety conscious and ensure each child gets into the correct vehicle. I love the small town feel. The principal even takes the time to remember every student, and their parents. My only critique is the special needs area. They need more training, and equipment.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2013
My school is awesome and the people that work there care about their students. Everyone is sweet and the whole Festival Foothills Team is a great way for our daughter to grow and become a smart and dynamic student. Thank you to all of you!! Mike & Reyna Mason

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2012
I enrolled my daughter in the Preschool program and to my surprise the teacher was very Rude on her first day. No compassion and enthusiasm regarding her starting the program. I had a discussion regarding this matter with the teacher and of course she stated it was "a misunderstanding". Well after feeling uneasy , I pulled her from the program and on the day I went to inform the Director of my decision, she stated to me that she was aware of the "misunderstanding" and was sorry that my experience was "horrible". Well, if you knew of my situation then why wouldn't I or my husband be contacted. (The situation occurred a week before the decision was made to leave the program). What adds to my frustration is this is a program that parents have to pay for their children to attend so common courtesy would've been expected and appreciated. I'm so appalled that no one ever contacted my husband or I that even though we live 2 blocks away, I will not be sending my daughter to school there ever. On another note, the (front desk administration) was very nice and helpful during enrollment.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2012
We are so grateful for the positive changes we have seen in our kids this year. We have just completed our first school year in the Wickenburg District and we are proud of Festival Foothills. We are embracing the positive outcome of our decision to open enroll at Festival Foothills, which is just 10 minutes from Surprise.. There are so many wonderful things about this school and I am thankful that they not only provide an appropriate curriculum and a safe, respectful, & FUN environment for our kids... It's the icing on the cake that the kids are getting an EXCELLING education. Thank you SO much!!!

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2010
I transferred both my girls here from Tartesso elementary and it was the best choice I ever made. The staff is outstanding, the teachers are amazing, the school is small and everyone knows everyone. Both my girls are absolutely thriving. We even cancelled the possibility of moving to another house just so my kids could stay at this school. I am a public school teacher myself so I know a great quality school when I see one and trust me, this school is the best of the best. The only negative I can think of is that the PTA is monopolized by a few helicopter moms who do not allow for anyone else's input, it's very cliqueish. But I will happily put up with that for the quality education my children are getting.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2010
Festival is a fantastic school! I would recommend it to anyone who wanted their child to have a great education. With all the cut backs this state is having on education, Festival is only expanding each year. We have been here since the beginning and its excitng to see the school grow as well as gain more activities.

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no rating
April 14, 2010
Our family loves this school, and my children are very happy here. We have been a part of the school since the beginning and it has been neat to watch it grow. Every year they expand their programs and activities for the students. The school allows the parents to be involved and parents truly have a voice. The school grows every year but they maintain the small school feel and strong sense of community. We left our previous school where my students were just another face in the crowd. Here they get individualized attention and instruction. There is a strong focus on education but they make it fun. They even still have field trips. We love this school and recommend it to anyone whose students are not currently receiving the best education available.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 21, 2010
This is a great school with caring teachers who go above and beyond. The teachers are constantly working extra hours and are often at school late working on lesson plans, grading, and assisting students after school hours. This year they have added a 6th grade class and a 7th/8th grade class. While the students should probably be switching classes and have more special areas opportunities such as Band, Art, PE, Drama, National Junior Honor Society, and Sports programs, we are pleased with the new after school basketball & games club, as well as the student peer-tutoring program and 6th grade after-school tutor support for extra help in math for our students.

- submitted by a community member

November 03, 2009
I love..love...love Festival Foothills!! It is a fabulous school with great teachers and a wonderful principal. My kids have never been happier and thier grades are good and their AIMS scores have improved dramatically. I recommend Festival to everyone I can.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2009
One of the best schools my children have gone too! They went here for about 2 months at the end of the 2008 school year when we first moved to Buckeye. Then in August, Tartesso Elementary opened and we moved our kids there. Big mistake! We have now just re-enrolled them for the new school year back at Festival Foothills. A wonderful teacher, great staff and fantastic education!!

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Festival Foothills Elementary School
26252 W. Desert Vista Blvd., Buckeye, AZ  85396
(928) 668-5350
Last modified Festival Foothills Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Festival Foothills Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top