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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!!
We are coming up on the end of my daughter's second year at Festival and she is very happy going to this school. We are well past the learning curve and have a wonderful 3rd grade teacher who truly is dedicated to her students and their education. I do like the fact that it is small and mention any student name, everyone on staff knows who they are. Which could be good or bad, depending! Being part of a small school community has its draw back as well when dealing with problems with other students and parents. However, I must say that the Assistant Principle, Christina Strauss, has done a wonderful job in maintaining the dignity and respect of all the kids who have had peer issues. I have the utmost respect for Christina Strauss and see her as a HUGE asset to Festival Foothills. She works with the students and the parents with a genuine compassion and understanding for each situation and shows respect for parent and child with no judgement. With the end of the second year at Festival fast approaching, my daughter enjoys attending and wishes to remain there. She loves ALL of her teachers and she feels apart of something great!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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