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K-8
Public charter
Chandler, AZ
Students enrolled: 250
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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5835 W. Ray Road
Chandler, AZ 85226

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(480) 763-5101
(480) 763-5107
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June 11, 2014
Small class sizes allows my children's teachers to truly get to know them. No one can fall into the "cracks". The small group work done by the reading specialist further solidifies my kids education. This is my family's school of CHOICE... we are Roadrunners!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
As with any school, there are some truly fabulous educators at MPAC. Paragon curriculum is also a very unique and special aspect of the school's culture. The old "AFP" days were truly fantastic under the prior administration team. Sadly, after an extremely disappointing year, we can no longer sing MPAC's praises. To watch a school decline so drastically in a years time is disheartening. The new administration is unqualified, unprofessional, and lacks a true understanding of education and what is best for kids. It is very clear during interactions with administration that they are business people. This company, as a whole, seems to be more concerned with making money than about the education they provide to children. The abnormally high teacher turnover rate also speaks volumes. Very few teachers returned this school year. This does not seem like a coincidence to me, considering the complete change in administrative and office staffing. We were very saddened to see the school's beautiful, warm, and inspiring educational culture disintegrate completely this year. Please, I urge you to do your research before enrolling your children at MPAC.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
MPAC's middle school has had many transitions this school year. Two of the teachers have had maternity leaves, however the quality of learning has not skipped a beat. the middle school teachers are dedicated and make certain that my child has mastered a subject before moving on to anothr. This is the principal's first year and he is doing a fine job of creating a community of learning.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2014
I love this school!! My kids first attended MPAC when it was AFP but we had to change schools because we moved to Maricopa. I missed this school so much that I couldn't wait to move back to the city. I love the fact that it's a small school setting and the teachers and staff care about the well being of your children. This school really cares about your child's education. I highly recommend this school!!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2013
The faculty and staff are amazing and hard working as this school. They really have the students best interest in mind and provide constant feedback on my child's performance. The Paragon performances are wonderful and my child now has a better understanding of past and present cultures with the schools hands on learning approach. Music is a regular class and I love the way the music teacher gets these kids to perform. I will continue sending my kids to this school. There is a strong sense of community at the school as there is also a lot of parent involvement at the school. I look forward to another great school year in 2013-2014!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
This is the worst school ever! The curriculum is great and some of the teachers are wonderful, but the administration ruins it. My daughter was bullied to the point of not wanting to go to school. She eventually had to repeat a grade because she got so behind in her work due to not being able to pay attention because she was worried about what the bullies were going to do. There is little to no disciplinary action taken against bullies. The principal is not sympathetic at all. Public schools are way better than this sorry excuse for a school. Don't waste your time.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
MPAC has been and is a wonderful school! We love the teachers, administration, curriculum, and events. It has served the needs of my three children and given them the best foundation of education I only wished I had in my expierenced. We love the sense of community it sets. WE LOVE IT!!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
This is the best school I could have chosen to send my kids to. The teachers are the best in the valley and I am so impressed on how much my daughter has grown in the last 2 years. I thank the whole staff on their hard work. And may I add that I've never known a school that involves the parents in every way they can.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2012
It makes me sad that Mosaica Prepatory Academy of Chandler declined my child due to a disability. I read the negative reviews about the school, but I was open minded. I wanted to give them a chance. I can tell you that this school is very unorganized which lines up with a lot of other reviews I read. I hope this helps other parents. Especially ones with children that have challenges or special needs (even a very simple need) be aware that the school refused my child of getting an education with them.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2012
I will agree that this school challenged my daughter intellectually. I LOVED the curriculum. However, they do lack organization and cleanliness. That includes pickup time. There were times when the children were allowed to go traipsing around the school to sales or other classrooms without my notice or adult supervision (during and after school). The bathrooms were always horrific. There were a couple incidents of bullying, which I know is eminent anywhere (but that lacked control and interjection by staff). This to me became serious enough to pull her from the school. The staff is friendly for the most part.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2011
My son, Caleb, loves this school and so do I. I have to admit I was hesitant when I was checking it out last year after a move, but was quickly reassured by my two sisters who are teachers that the curriculum was excellent and they would both send their children to this school, and would love to teach here. Need a better rating? My son went from being "bored" at school and getting in trouble for talking or goofing off, to "I love my school, Mom!" Good enough for me! DeLana Brown

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2011
AFP is a wonderful school and is significantly better than a few years ago. As a teacher at AFP, I was disappointed to read the recent negative reviews. They are unfair & inaccurate. I can't speak for every teacher, but I can say that my classroom & most others are well-managed & provide a nurturing learning environment, without needing to yell and scream . For a review to state that the "teachers are horrible" is inaccurate & uninformed to say the least. We can't make every family happy all of the time, but we work hard every day to try and do so. We are excellent teachers & an excellent school, with talented students. It s unfortunate that some families had negative experiences with one or two teachers. This can happen at any school, anywhere. However, it s unfair to criticize an entire faculty of teachers based on a poor experience with one teacher. AFP may not be for everyone, and it s up to you to decide if it will be a good fit. I encourage you to put in your due diligence when researching schools. I am sure you will be pleased with what you see & hear at AFP. I am proud to be a teacher at AFP!

- submitted by a teacher
June 22, 2011
I learn a lot at AFP and I love the middle school teachers.I hope they all come back. I even moved up a grade because the principal and my teachers listened to me and helped me so much and I learned all sorts of things in science and math. Also the books I've read I ve done in literacy have been amazing. We also did a lot of stuff in Paragon. I am really glad to be going to this school and I can't wait to go back next year!

- submitted by a community member
June 17, 2011
I don't usually "rate" things - schools, stores, etc., - but after another parent showed me the below review, I feel the need to at least give another side of things & it's the side that I think the majority of us parents feel. My children have been at AFP for almost 4 years & while of course there have been hiccups and teacher turnovers (The U.S. actually has one of the highest teacher turnover rates in the world & it has less to do with CAO/admin than it does educational budget cuts), I could not be more pleased with the education & care my children have received here. While I can understand a parent being frustrated with a lack of communication, I have a hard time believing it to be true &I don't say this to make someone else look badly, but because of my &my friends &their experiences here. Maybe it's because I volunteer so much at the school that I see how much they do for every child every day that I understand how thin they stretch themselves, our CAO especially, but I know know I've received phone calls after hours from him, something I consider above and beyond. But then, I've always been an active parent, and I think communication is a 2 way street.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2011
This school is lucky to get 1 star! Unfortunately, the reality is quite different. Lack of leadership by the CAO and school policies not being enforced in the five years my child attended. Additionally, with the school staff, I have seem a high turnover each year. Unfortunately, since the principal resigned two years ago, this school has went down hill with their new principal . Several times, when my child has had problems with another student(s), the school never brought it to my attention.. Not acceptable! NOT recommended. I am sooooo glad school year is OVER! Submitted by a parent

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
As a grandparent, I have watched my grandchildren blossom due to the education they are receiving. Ahwatukee offers programs that enrich a child's learning. They involve the family, faculty, and staff in providing a true learning environment. This school teaches them not how to take a test but how to learn and apply what they have learned to have a better understanding of life. I have watched their patience with my grandson as he has matured. Their structure and method of teaching has allowed both of my grandchild to exceed beyond belief. If I had but one wish, it would be that Governor Perdue of North Carolina could convince this organization to open a school here so our students could receive the wonderful opportunities that my grandchildren have been bless with.

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2011
Mr. Brown, Ms. Wachtel & the rest of the staff at Ahwatukee Foothills Prep made my son's transition to kindergarten & our family's journey into the school easy, smooth & amazing. My son is excelling, thriving & popular among his class. He was very emotional & shy at the beginning of the year. I look forward to sending my son to kinder at afp in 2012, & our youngest daughter to kinder in 2013. Ahwatukee Foothills Prep is an amazing & life changing school.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2011
My son began his Kindergarten year as an extremely shy child who I was afraid would not be able to thrive in the Kindergarten environment. His teacher Ms. Wachtel, worked with him and all the members of his class to promote the highest level of development, learning and creativity. I am so grateful we are a part of this wonderful school and am excited to be sending my other son to AFP as a Kindergartner, next year. With Mr. Brown at the helm, this school is going places and my family is so happy to be a part of it!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
I think Mrs. Schubert is a fantastic teacher. Our daughter is excelling in her class. We are especially pleased with the level of expectation she sets for her class. What you are doing is working..Thank you!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
The great thing about this school is the paragon program. The kids learn about cultures public schools don't even mention. My son has been teaching me new facts since 1st grade!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
The teachers and administration are nore than outstanding . I am so glad that now the school is offering High School as well I want my child to be with AFP until College. Hats off to Mr. Brown as he has turned around the school in the few years as being principal .

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2011
Excellent elementary program- all my kids go here and teachers are very involved. Very diverse child population- Middle and high school program still in early stages; still needs work- But I would still recommend any new family to give this great school a try!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2011
Just returned from a PTO meeting tonight & was truly happy to see a lot of parents in attendance. Healthy discussions and new ideas amongst the parents left me feeling happy to be apart of AFP.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2011
AFP is a great school where we found the best education for our children. The school has the nicest environment for learning, from the teaching system to the professionalism of the teachers. They promote excellence at any level and we have seen the results!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2011
The attention given to each student by teachers and staff is amazing and it translates in great learning. Not measured by internal test but by the success of both of my kids in the State tests. The other advantage is that the school is small enough where you get to know other families and share experiences. I'd recommend AFP to any family wishing to expose their kids to great education.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2011
I am excited about the changes AFP has made in the last year and hope the opportunities continue to improve.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
My kids transferred to AFP this school year and I am very pleased with their level of education and teachers. I feel I have made the right decision in transferring from public school.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2010
My daughter is has been at this school for over 5 years now. I have seen how this school has evolved over the years. The last three years have been great. I love the way the school is focused on providing the best education and making sure we have great teachers. I would recommend anyone looking for a school for their children to talk to the administration and teachers at AFP.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2010
AFP is better than it has ever been. I love being a teacher at this school! The administration is supportive and the students are eager to learn. I can't imagine teaching anywhere else.

- submitted by a teacher
May 06, 2010
I am extremely pleased with AFP...especially this school year. My child has attended this school since Kindergarten and there has been such a HUGE turn around in the quality of the teaching staff and administration. The principal is involved and there is more sense of community than ever before. I appreciate that the school has high expectations for my child and that it also offers a variety of after school clubs. We love attending Paragon Nights! I would recommend AFP to any parent without hesitation.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
AFP has been a wonderful school for my son in K. I feel comfortable sending my little one there everday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
My daughter has enjoyed the Paragon Curriculum she is learning. She comes home so excited to tell me what she learns each day. One of the units was on Japan and she was so involved with everything. She said she knew all the answers and was a spokes person for her classroom. She has Japanese in her lineage so she was super excited to share her culture. The administration staff has also been extremely helpful and approachable as well. If there was a concern it was addressed in a very professional manner and taken care of in ample time. The school environment is very condusive for learning and I love to attend the Paragon Nights where my daughter looks out in the audience and smiles because she is proud. Thanks AFP

- submitted by a student
May 04, 2010
My son has attended AFP for three years, each year I am more impressed then the year before. There is hands on and one on one teacher instruction. For the children that need a little extra help it is offered and the children that excel are not left to be bored they are challenged each step of the way. There are working computers in the school and there are after school activities offered. The staff and parents are what make this school unique, they offer their personal time to the school and the children. If you are looking for a quality education that far exceeds the public schools, smaller setting and hands on this is the school for you. I have no plans to move my child to a public setting after experiencing AFP.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
My niece and nephew both go to this school, and I have visited their classes before. Both are bright, smart children and have seemed to thrive in this environment. The teachers and administration took the time to address issues as they came and were willing to take that extra step to ensure that the kids were where they needed to be, socially and acedemically. Both my niece and nephew love the school and their teachers, and I'm glad their mother chose this school for them.

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2010
The concept of this school is ideal, unfortunately, the reality is quite different. Lack of leadership by the CAO and school policies not being enforced have overshadowed education in the two years my child attended. Additionally, approximately six teachers out of a staff of nineteen resigned. The Paragon program, which is the basis of the curriculum, has declined to toilet paper roll and paste projects with little meaning. A quote from the school's website says, Our content-rich Paragon Curriculum converges high tech with the humanities however, there are no working computers in the classrooms. Poor planning? Several times, when my child's teacher was out, no substitute was used. The kids were moved to one of the other classrooms in that grade and left to sit on the floor all day observing the other classroom. My child came home bored and filthy. Not acceptable! NOT recommended.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2010
My children are finishing their 2nd year, and I have been very impressed with the new things they keep learning and introducing to my children. Best part, is the class sizes are still reasonable and the teachers & staff are very responsive when you need to discuss something with them. The Paragon series is a wonderful approach for them to learn! I would highly recommend AFP!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
Both my children and myself love this school. The teachers are amazing, and really care about the kids, and go that extra mile to make sure that ALL of their students are learning, understanding, and doing well. The administration, although mostly new (2 years), has completely turned this school around and they too clearly care about their students. My children aren't required to conform; instead they are allowed to learn in innovated, fresh ways that really push them past those students at the other local schools. I cannot recommend this school enough, we love everything (teachers, staff, longer school year and day, the unique curriculum) about it!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2010
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- submitted by a student
July 22, 2009
Well, I'd like to start on a positive note, this school offers a good curriculum, but the philosophy of extended day and extended year is not delivering the end results it should be. I found that my children were exhausted and burnt out by the time breaks came and were not really any further along academically than their peers in public schools. The school has some good teachers, but also is staffed with inexperienced teachers lacking classroom management skills and good communication skills when it comes to working with parents. The biggest problem I witnessed is the lack of leadership shown by the CAO. Discipline is a major problem! No consistency throughout the school as a whole. Overall, a very disappointing reality after the fairytale presentation. Unsatisfied Parent

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June 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 04, 2008
This school is great! If you are looking for a school that will hold your child accountable for everything from homework, in-class assignments and behavior, this is the place. My son was totally overlooked, bored and always in trouble in a public school, now he comes home telling me all about everything. He loves school and has learned me this year than any other year. Another awesome perk is that they have busses. We live almost 20 miles away in a town that does not offer a quality education. We are so happy that we did not have to move somewhere else in order to get a quality education for our son.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
In the local public school in the area that our children attended before, their time was wasted. At Ahwatukee they are taught to think, and how to learn, not just rote learning. There might be gaps compared to regular public schiools because they are taught content areas on a different schedule than the regular public schools. How many regular public school 1st graders can tell you about the Phoenicians? Core subjects I find to be very advanced. My kids had to work to catch up, esp. in Math.

- submitted by a teacher
September 30, 2008
I chose this school over the Kyrene schools because of the uniforms. My older daughter went to a school with uniforms in another area, and we just found it to produce a FAR better results when compared to schools without uniforms. There is less social strata, less competition for monetary things like clothes, jewelry, and shoes, etc. That frees the kids up to focus on their education, and they learn to accept everyone as an equal peer. We also found there to be less bullying, less talking down to/making fun of other students, and more of a spirit of cooperation than you would find in a non-uniform public school. ** It's also cheaper! My kids don't feel pressured to dress a certain way, and that means a lot less stress for me, both in the mornings and at the mall. Why the public schools don't use uniforms, I will never know!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2008
I had both of my kids at AFP although they really teach the childern about respect and how to treat each other. They lacked in teaching them real school. My kids are in a public school and have huge gaps in their learning. I also found that certain people in the school don't do thier jobs in a timely manner. And as a parent you teach by example, they expected so much from the parents but I didn't feel eveyone on staff was working up to their own expectations. The teachers my kids had were amazing and treated them and taught them very well. I just think the Curriculum isn't teacking the kids what they NEED to know to be up to par with other kids in public schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 04, 2008
My children have attended AFP for 1 year and I am very pleased with what my children have learned. They previously attended a private school and it seems as if they learned more at AFP in 1 year than they did in 3 at a private school. There were a few bumps in the road this year but I am sure that every school experiences those occasional bumps. I am very pleased with the curriculm and have recommended the school to friends and family.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
My son has attended AFP since kindergarten and he is now in 2nd grade. We absolutely love his teacher and the curriculm as well. Although there have been some bumpy times, any issue I've had was resolved in an acceptable manner. I like the feeling of the small school environment as well. Your child isn't just lost in the crowd and the teachers/administrators know who you are. I would definitely recommend this school to parents that are looking for a school with a great curriculm that allows students to think outside of the box and learn about many concepts/subjects that are not explored very much in a traditional public school! Great job AF Prep!!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
March 06, 2008 I would like to commend Ms. Debra Sidman for her excellence in educating young children at Ahwatukee Foothills Prep. Our family has personally benefited from her established principles and values concerning the way students should be treated and the way goals are pursued in education. When you enter Ms. Sidman s classroom, you pause to look around, filling your sight with the posters, books and children s work displayed throughout the classroom. The room is a buzz of energy and students. The room is a creation of Ms. Sidman s vision. Ms. Sidman is the heart of the classroom demonstrating love, caring and respect. I witnessed the compassion Ms. Sidman embodies more than once.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2008
I love this school! There is such a close knit feel to it, and everyone is so involved. I am so thankful to have found it. Thanks AFP!!! :)

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2008
I am very pleased with the school and the programs offered by the school. I really like the way the teachers communicate the both the students and the parents. I feel this is the best possible educational opportunity my children could ever get at this point in their development .

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2008
I am very pleased with the school's teachers, programs, and services. The education that the students receive is outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2008
We love this school. My children have been there for 3 1/2 years. The staff is professional, nurturing, friendly, and responsible. They really care about the students' academic development. I take my kid's education very seriously. From the very first day they exceeded my expectations. I have recommended this school to many of my neighbors.

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January 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 12, 2007
When my son started kindergarten here, I thought it would forever be a disaster. However, they rectified the situation well and he is now in an excellent class. He is learning so much more than the average kindergartner. As well, he is learning to make 'good choices' and 'bad choices'. They have great opportunity for parents although may don't take advantage; but, I would suggest this school to all wanting a quality education and teachers that care.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 11, 2007
Awesome school. I enrolled one of my kids in Kindergarden when we relocated to AZ & now have 2 attending. We were so excited to have a school that offered an all day tuition free kindergarden curriculum. I love how they welcome parental involvement . The uniforms makes life so much easier & my kids love the activies they have to bring our family into their world @ school. I would recommend this school to parents that come from out of state & parents seeking a better alternative to traditional public schools. Oh did I mention they have a before and after school program to make todays busy life a litte easier.

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October 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
After working here and seeing the ins and outs of this place....I would NEVER enroll my child or refer this place.

- submitted by a community member
August 30, 2007
My chilren have attended for the past 2 years. This is a school for you if you would like to be part of your child's education. The staff is responsive to your concerns and your child as an important individual. The new administration has provided an atmosphere for real learning to occur with discipline.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 24, 2007
I used to be a teacher at AFP. I think the curriculum is terrific, but it is difficult for one teacher to implement all the disciplines sucessfully.

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May 03, 2007
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May 03, 2007
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April 06, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 01, 2007
My child adores her teacher is really looking forward to another year at AFP. I appreciate the non-traditional curriculum that encourages learning through hands-on activities, art, and the study of other cultures even at the youngest grades. The emphasis on phonics is great also. School uniforms make my mornings less stressful too. AFP is a great alternative to the public school system. The only negative is that as with most charter schools there is nothing available for sports or extracurricular clubs.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2006
Great school! Principal and Teachers care about the kids and thier success. Would recommend AFP to anybody! My child loves iot! He is very excited to go to school everyday! The staff is professional,courteous and wanting to educate thier children! Parental Involvement is great! We don't mind helping when asked! This school 'rocks' for the kids!

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April 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
AFP is a great school for any child to attend. The classes are a lot smaller, which means one on one with each indiviual student. The quality of the academic programs is wonderful. With the smaller clasrooms the students academic scores are higher. Students get to explore in music and art, as far as sports my son would love to play baseball but nto enough information is given on the sports and other activities. I beleive parents should get invovled with the student more often that helps with thier learning process. AFP is the best school my son has attended since he started school. I love it!

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Mosaica Preparatory Academy of Chandler
5835 W. Ray Road, Chandler, AZ  85226
(480) 763-5101
Last modified Mosaica Preparatory Academy of Chandler is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mosaica Preparatory Academy of Chandler Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 71 reviews. Top