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Fountain Hills Charter School

Charter | PK-8 | 145 students

 

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Posted May 12, 2014

This school is lacking in leadership, consistency, and in academics. The school is also lacking in staff. There is no nurse, librarian, or administrator at the split campus. When there is a field trip, other parents drive the children to the destination. I am not quite sure what the school is trying to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

This school lacks consistency, professionalism, and integrity. The building is moldy and falling apart. There are not enough textbooks if any at all. There is no nurse, and the classes are taught by aides when the teachers are out. The principal is only concerned about her summer camp business and how the school can supply kids for her. The children are not well behaved and are lacking in instruction. One teacher is more concerned about her extra-curricular club than actually teaching. If you want your child to excel academically, than do not send your child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2013

This will definitely be the last year my child attends this school. There are many reasons for this, but I will only mention a few. The one that sealed the deal was when the administrator became headline news because he bought himself fake diplomas instead of earning them the old fashioned way. Just google Fountain Hills Charter school's fake diplomas, and you will get the information you need. The school claims they knew nothing about it, but If this guy can slip under the radar, then no telling what kind of individuals are working at this school. The teacher my child had was inexperienced and rarely gave my child homework. In fact, my child was very bored with the curriculum, if that's what you want to call it. The online math homework was a joke and it felt like the teacher would rather a computer teach the kids than her. As another reviewer stated, this school lacks transportation to and from field trips, and relies on the parents to volunteer as drivers. Either the principal is clueless regarding the liability issues this raises, or she just doesn't care. This school seriously needs new management and a principal who knows how to run a school professionally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2013

Fountain Hills Charter School is a small school. In comparison to the big schools in the area, It does not have all the bells and whistles. It does have, an administration that knows each kid by name. It has teachers that go above and beyond the success of the students. As a parent, this is what I looked for in a school. In addition, with recent events, security is also a factor. I am now concerned about the safety of my kid more than ever. This establishment lets me know that I can drop off my kid without being worried. Every morning and every pickup, there is a law enforcement present. The school is focused on the safety of each student as well as the staff. FHCS is a community that our family is happy to be part of. And that, makes me sleep well at night.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2013

Do your research indeed. I whole heartedly agree. Apparently the reviewer who was misled that the middle school consisted of only a handful of 7th and 8th graders had not done their own research. Take a tour before sending your child to a new school. FHCS has a small middle school. You can't miss that. That atmosphere is not for everyone. It's up to a parent to determine what is best for their child. My two daughters went to this school for five plus years. Not only did they receive an elementary Montessori education that more than adequately prepared them for middle school, they became a part of a family. The principal and staff at FHCS offer a unique and caring environment not matched at larger public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2013

We moved to Fountain Hills from the midwest when our two daughters were four and six years old. We chose FHCS initially because of the Montessori-based education. As our girls got older, we experienced first-hand all of the other wonderful benefits the charter school offered. Studies have proven that the more support kids get from home, the better the kid does in school. However, if the administration and staff at the school do not allow you as a parent to ask questions, or to see and hear what is happening in your child's classroom, the point is moot. My kid's teachers always welcomed my questions and always returned phone calls and emails. The staff, all of the way up to the Principal, encouraged my involvement. The Principal leads by example and is available day or night. We loved the small class size and that every teacher had an aid. Because of its charter school status, the school has a broader range of what programs and curriculum it can offer - unlike a traditional public school that has mandated programs. My daughters thrived at the FHCS academically and made lasting friendships. I,too, made lasting friendships with both the staff as well as other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2013

This school suffers a lack of strong principal leadership, an incompetent PTO, and an environment that lacks integrity and professionalism. My child went here a year ago and it was the worst mistake we ever made. We were misled by the principal and the administrator that this school had a fabulous middle school program. This so called middle school only had one 8th grader and a few 7th graders. My daughter was never given homework and the teacher was more into herself than teaching the kids. It took my daughter awhile to finally catch up to the curriculum at her new school (which is a public school). Because this school lacks the funds, the property is deteriorating. My daughter came home a few times very ill because of the stench in the gymnasium/lunchroom/P.E. room. They have no maintenance staff, no buses, no lunch program, no onsite nurse, no counselor, and apparently no funds to use for such important things. Please do your research before considering this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2012

We are so happy to have found FHCS! At our son s previous school he would always fight because he did not want to go to school. Since he has started at FHCS he loves school! He gets ready for school without a fight. When we ask him how his day is, his response is always, Awesome! and then he goes into all of the things he learned during the day. He starts his Tuesday and Wednesday mornings learning how to play electric guitar in the before-school band program that is available for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. He comes home singing the songs he learned in music class. He loves learning sign language and his class did a special presentation where they said the Pledge of Allegiance in sign language. He comes home teaching us how to do the various signs. His teachers hold high expectations of him, and he is given the extra support where he needs it. He is really motivated to do his best and has made tremendous growth. When asked about his teachers he beams and says, I love my awesome teachers! We are so thankful for the change this school has made in our lives. Our son comes home with a smile on his face and a positive attitude towards school and learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2010

I am a parent of 2 in the Fountain Hills Charter School and I love it almost as well as my children do. It is an incredible school. My husband and I s first introduction to this school was a personal tour by the school s founder. His commitment and dedication to the programs he created many years ago was overwhelming and very refreshing. He new every student by their name and as we toured each classroom it was obvious the students cared as much for him as he cared for them. And the teachers, they are the best! They welcome parents and students with open arms. They are caring and they know their student well. The students in the whole school get to know each other, too. If you like to be challenged and have high goals and expectations; as well as an interest on being involved with their education, you'll love this school. The staff and students are like a great big family. They have a great spirit and they care for the community. This school offers enrichment everywhere and your kids will love! Parent of two
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2010

FHCS is an outstanding place for students to learn and grow. The focus is on the whole child, not just on the information contained in AIMS. The teachers are truly dedicated professionals. My son, who previously cried before going to school each morning, cried instead on the last day of school last year. He did not want it to end and to have to take a summer off. The music program is amazing! Both of my kids are learning and growing with respect for others and their community. My son's AIMS scores were amazing this year and finally, we have found a professional staff that is willing to work with his unique learning style and abilities. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2010

This school does have good teachers, as all schools do. Unfortunately, the leadership, meaning above and beyond the principal, is severely lacking. With poorly guided leadership even the most wonderful teachers are not able to perform at the top of their game. There seems to be more focus on socializing than on academics. Many children who attend this school leave without their basic skills; reading, writing and arithmetic. If you don't find these skills important in daily life, then I encourage you to send your children to this school. If you would like your child to learn and develop on these skills I suggest you try the public school system or a private school instead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2010

My children have been enrolled at this school for the past 5 years. The teachers go above and beyond to ensure the children are learning up to their fullest potential. Communication between teachers, administration and the parents is outstanding. They take time to maek each child feel welcome and special. Each classroom has an assistant for most of the day. The class sizes are smaller and the children definitely benefit from this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Our children attended the preschool at the FHCS this year and had previously never been exposed to the Montessori style of learning - our children have learned much more than we ever expected and have taken to this learning style wonderfully. I think the school staff is very supportive and I love the principal, Ms. Karyn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

This school has been blessed with good and loyal teachers who consider their jobs to be a public service rather than a step on the ladder of their career. The school campus is beautiful and the vision of the administration was once inspirational. Once an excelling school, FHCS has recently dropped to Highly Performing category. Now, under a new administrator, I once again have hope of bringing this school back up to its original standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

My husband and I chose this community to relocate after touring Fountain Hills Charter School. Our children do not have a history of doing well on standardized test. Prior to moving them to this school they were beginning to not like school at all. That has changed and we are very pleased with our decision to move to this community and be part of this wonderful school. Our children look forward to going to school and they have improved greatly on their standardizing testing. I give a great deal of credit to the teachers and also the administrator for encouraging us and giving positive direction in being a partner in our children's education. This schools PTO is the greatest!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

My 3 children have been going to the Charter school since they were 3 years old. Always in the top 3% of the country in their testing, they have excelled in all areas of their life including superior abilities in premier sports teams. I attribute much of their performance and excellence to their second home...The Charter School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2006

Great academic program, but very poor when it comes to emotional growth. The mentoring program is wonderful! If you are not an upper class family or stay at home parent you are almost always left 'out of the loop' when it comes to updates with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2005

My daughter attended FH Charter School from age 2 through 5th grade. She then moved to a North Chicago School (high performing) and just graduated from eighth grade with highest honors and will be in a full honors curriculum for HS. It is also important to note that through FHCS excellent teaching, my daughter is two years younger than her peers. Michael has an amazing program and ensures not only an education but a love for learning that endures. The Montessori backbone of the programs are essential for what eventually leads to a broad and deep understanding of not only the world but how each child can have an impact. If you are considering this program, do not hesitate - you will see the results for years to come.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 17, 2004

It's wonderful to have the option of sending my child to a small community oriented school, with strong family participation and caring intelligent teachers and staff, without having to pay for private education. I have been regularly impressed with the caliber of education that my first grader is receiving, as well as with the caliber of students my son goes to school with. The kids are well behaved, considerate and bright. The teachers and administration are dedicated and caring. My son is learning not only foundational academic skills, but he is learning how to learn, how to enjoy learning, and he is also learning about how to be a considerate participant in a community of others. I would highly recommend Fountain Hills Charter School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2004

Great learning environment! Teachers are kind and caring. Hands on learning through Montessori foundations. Love the mixed grade setting that allows each child to develop at their own pace. Administration and faculty are family oriented and encourage parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 42%
Hispanic 6% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 56%N/A49%
Male 44%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Fax number
  • (480) 837-0024

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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15055 N. Fountain Hills Boulev
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
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Phone: (480) 837-0046

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