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9-12
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Fountain Hills, AZ
Students enrolled: 716

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16100 E. Palisades Blvd.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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(480) 664-5000
(480) 664-5599
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December 15, 2014
This school is bad. I am in my second year here and nothing is getting better. Some of the teachers are alright, great even. But the students... Are immature and more focused on being popular, most are ignorant and out of control, but not all of them, just the majority. The school is practically focused on how it appears on the outside and doesn't care how deteriorated it is on the inside. They can't afford new and better things because all the money is being put into pointless things that don't contribute to anything in any way. There is little to no positive vibe here, except for pep rallies (in which we are practically forced to believe we attend an amazing school). Don't be blinded by how it appears on the outside, take it from someone who has been below the surface of all the fake enthusiastic nonsense and has seen what the place really is. Also the whole drug and sex thing here is bad. These kids who are barely 16 can't go a few weeks of dating without the whole "Yeah we had sex" or "I heard they did it in the locker room". This is seriously sad.

- submitted by a community member
November 09, 2014
The kids have had 8 algebra teachers since the beginning of the year. 2 actual teachers and the rest were subs. The same thing happened in physics with 3 different teachers. There are some very unstable kids here with self esteem issues, and they tend to thrive off of one another and try to drag others down with them, but then there are a lot of good kids too. The athletic program and band program are wonderful and those kids are really happy. Most parents work full time here and kids are often meandering around the town getting in trouble because there is nothing to do here. Research the town's problems in the FH Times and some community Facebook pages to inform yourself before you find yourself in a terrible situation.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2014
Fountain Hills HS is a unique school in a unique community. We have a daughter who has been attending for two years and loves it. She is in AP and Honors classes, multiple clubs and a sport. The school offers three diploma levels. She is working on graduating with the Highest Distinction diploma and has already earned college credit from a couple of her courses. We have a son who will be starting his Freshman year there and can't wait! Like any school parents need to be involved and FHHS is no different. Get involved, put your student on a diploma path that will challenge him/her and encourage them to participate in extracurricular activities. They will love this small school experience.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2014
Pulled my kids...enough said without getting vulgar! Problems....problems....problems, drugs, sex and an embarrassing special needs program.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
This school has a huge drug problem and the teacher's ignore it. The teacher's are there to collect a paycheck. The student's do not get any help, even when they ask to stay after class. They are ignored. This school is at the bottom of the barrel academically.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
As a former student, I really appreciated Fountain Hills High School. I went there for all four years, and had an amazing experience with sports, teachers, and activities in the town. For the parents who are saying how bad of a school this is for their child I would say it is not the school's fault, but the child's. Students will get much out of Fountain Hills High School if they apply themselves. I felt very prepared to go to college and am doing very well having a 3.7 GPA and can accredit it to my time in High School. So parents, please look at your child and assess whether they truly are applying themselves instead of blaming everything on the school administration. Is your child actually studying or doing their homework? Are they involved in anything at the school or in the community? If not, encourage them to do so. Be parents, school is not there to parent your child, you are.

- submitted by a community member
August 01, 2013
Great small school with a fabulous music/band instructor who motivates students and generates excitement in the music programs.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
We moved to AZ from the midwest two years ago. We have three sons in FHHS. We were looking for a smaller school and a community that was just that...a community, not a part of suburban sprawl. Our sons were welcomed at this school as part of the band and are enrolled in AP classes. Public education is substandard no matter where you live. However, we have supplemented our kids' education since they have gone to school with experiences and online learning. The size of the other schools in the greater Phx area enables them to have more classes, however, we have found the ability to get to know the staff, students quickly has enabled our kids to be successful and be assured they are making good decisions inside and outside of school. Fountain Hills is the only 'town' left in Phoenix and we love it. A PhD leads the science department and stretches the kids through the #1 robotics program in AZ and regionally. Like every school, there are outstanding teachers and others you learn to avoid. The new principal is focused on bringing the rating back to an "A". At the high school level, success of failure depends on the parenting of the prior 14 years, not the school they attend.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2012
This school is awful. Do not come here. As a junior here, i regret wasting 2 years of my high school career at this school. The teachers are bias and unwilling to help a lot of students. The faculty here does a terrible job. This school is just plain boring if you are a student looking to have a memorable high school experience. Save yourselves and your money, go to a scottsdale school, or Payson.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2012
I have a junior at FHHS and he is very successful here. He takes the AP and honors classes (many are offered) and is involved in sports and clubs. We have had a good overall experience with this school. The false rumor mill is very damaging. I sense many parents in the community find it some sort of a status raising thing to send their kids "over the mountain" to Scottsdale. Not true--let's band together and support our schools here in the great community of Fountain Hills.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2012
Many people complain about how easy this school is and how they need to move their kids to a better school such as Desert Mountain. To be quite honest, I think this school is amazing if you are smart. I am currently on a plan to graduate with 56 credits. Most of the teachers are exceptional, with a few bad ones here and there. So if you are sitting here complaining about what an awful school this is, obviously you are not smart enough to realize the potential the school has for your child.

- submitted by a student
April 29, 2012
I totally disagree with the last two posts. I think Fountain Hills High School has very competent teachers with high expectations. My son graduated with honors last year from this high school and is attending a state university on scholarship. He is making high grades and credits his success to his many teachers at Fountain Hills High School who prepared him well. Parents need to remember that it is the student's responsibility to study, complete assignments, follow directions, and work hard in order to do well. Students who don't generally won't do well no matter where they go to school. Every school has its faults, so it is up to the student to make the school experience a good one. Thank you to the staff at Fountain Hills High School for all you do for your students!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
Before anything else, I would like to state that we love living in Fountain Hills and really tried to like the school system here...but we just can't. My oldest son graduated from this school in 2010 and my other son is currently a Sophomore. There are a few good teachers here but a large majority of them are incompetent. We had to move my son to a different Engligh teacher after the first semester because the teacher was just deplorable and showed bias towards certain individuals. I actually brought it up to the counselor, the Principal, and even the Superintendent via email..never even got a response back. We will be moving our son to Desert Mountain next year in the hopes that this is a better school since it's in Scottsdale. The reviews aren't too bad either. Please do yourself and your kids a favor by not having them attend this school. I've never been as disappointed in a school and its staff as I have with Fountain Hills High School.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
The special education department is deplorable. The students do not get the right services because the money goes to administration. The director of special education for the district is just as bad. He will tell you want you want to hear, but little or no action. They need to clean house. This district needs to stop wasting money by paying for such things as vice superintendant within a district that only has 4 campuses and is shrinking! That money could go to better use.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating March 01, 2009
It's an okay school. If you have the right teacher it could be great. But, the teachers cannot control the kids. They give up teaching the students very easily. Because of fewer students coming in next year they have to let off teachers. I just hope they let off the bad teachers and keep the exceptionally good ones.

- submitted by a student
June 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 01, 2007
it is a great high school

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
Considering that this is an affluent school district, I do not see the necessary funding for such things as band, basketball, soccor. However, baseball and football are well funded. Sweeney will be a very tough act to follow. I do hope Ms. King picks right up where Sweeney left off!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 27, 2007
The teachers push very hard for the kids as well as most parents I talk to. The administration is very proactive to get the best teachers and supporting them. being a smaller system it is insulated from most of the gang and general violence of Phoenix and other districts. My student is a current Junior and I could not think of a better school for him.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2007
Its an ok school I guess.... Its not that all great...The teachers are pretty burned out... They have a problem controllying the kids....

- submitted by a student
November 14, 2006
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- submitted by a student
August 16, 2006
My student returns to FHHS as a Sophmore this year. Over the past year I've had the opportunity to observe both the students and the staff as I've volunteered my time. I've found that we have a great group of young adults here, many active in various extra-curricular activities. I've been impressed with Mr. Sweeny, our principal, and his ability to keep his finger on the pulse of all that is going on. I do find it disturbing that the entire music program (which supports multiple band classes, chorus, & guitar) receives a whopping $800 per year for it's budget. Despite that fact, our music program, directed by Lynn Truby and supported by an active Band Boosters organization, continues to grow and improve every year. Awards won include a 'Superior' ranking at NAU Band Day 2005 and 'Best Marching Band' at the 2005 Veterans Day Parade. Go Falcons!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2006
Have low teaching standards. Don't push kids enough. Poor administration. To involved in sports. Don't suport the music program what so ever. Care more about football team then they do the band. Sports have more funding.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
An alright school. Not the best academic standards or student motivation.

- submitted by a former student
February 20, 2006
The popularity contest seems much more important than anything else at this school. I feel that it is not a place for my child to feel secure and grow as a person.

- submitted by a teacher
February 09, 2006
A freshman parent's view: So far a good experience. The school seems to be state champs in most sports and there is a higher level of parental involvement in this aspect. Academically, class work seems too easy and will move my child into all honors program next year. Teachers seem capable and interested. The school environment is safe. I don't hear much about drug or violence issues. The school is neat and clean. Overall, I believe the smaller student population, new principal and teachers make this a very nice school for your child to attend.

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December 01, 2005
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- submitted by a student
November 06, 2005
Overall this school is good - it has strong arts, music, and dance programs, however, the science curriculum is sorely lacking and the Math department is short teachers which affects the quality of the mathematics curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2005
The academic programs at FHHS are adequate; however, I feel that the students are given too many second chances to earn that A. I believe this is a result of the school's determination to meet and exceed state and federal standards. Because this is a small school in a small district, there are fewer checks and balances within the system than at larger schools. This makes it difficult for mediating problems between the schools, students and their families. Because of the size of the school, many administrators carry more than one title and responsibility, creating conflicts of interest and other issues. The arts and music programs have become more popular and better funded in recent years. This a fairly affluent community with moderate parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2004
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January 17, 2004
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Fountain Hills High School
16100 E. Palisades Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ  85268
(480) 664-5000
Last modified Fountain Hills High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fountain Hills High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top