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Fountain Hills Middle School

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Posted May 12, 2014

I am a student at FHMS and I have to say this school is pretty nice when you get used to it. When I first moved here last school year (about four years ago) I had come from a small charter school with a homelike feel to it, where everyone knew each other and treated each other like family. Moving was like jumping into the deep end of a cold pool; I was entirely unprepared. The kids here are friendly, but are slightly more rowdy than the place I moved from, and holy cow it is BIG. The entire of my old school could fit into one grade here. The teachers are nice, all of them are, and they still focus on life tips and character growth, but they aren't quite as close as where I came from. Speaking generally, most parents would want to send their kids here, but there are always people like me who find it just a little bit scary.


Posted March 23, 2014

My school is Fountain Hills Middle School and I find that this school out performs Anasazi. My kids were in Anasazi from K-5 and while it has many positives I found that F.H.M.S.'s personal responsibility policies outperformed Anasazi.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

The 7th grade teachers are inspiring and great. I am relieved, because math was REALLY bad in 6th grade! The teacher is still there as we learned. ( English was great in 6th grade, to be fair) . For math we have Mrs. Baca this year and she is good and can actually teach. Unfortunately the principal and assistant principal are awful. The young assistant guy is real tough while flicking his hair (can we trust this?) while the principal seems to have no straightforward way about him at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2011

Worst school ever, my child is being "bullied" by the so called popular kids in the school, the principal doesn't take role on anything, the school staff is out of order. This school is a big disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

The seventh grade team is totally top notch! Instruction is compelling and insightful and keeps a mind's eye on thinking outside the box.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2011

Don't judge a book by it's cover. Being that Fountain Hills is a fairly new city in Arizona, I am VERY disapointed by the education and habbits of the students here. The grade level of the kids here is TERRIBLE. Your child will also pick up bad habbits such as cursing. The kids have been repeatedly caught saying the N word which I found very disturbing. The kids bad habbits has also caused the teachers to give up on trying to correct them. All they do now is give them a 30min detention slip that doesn't even stay on record. I do NOT recomend this school to a parent who finds there childs education important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

I am a parent, and, I am impressed with the administration, teachers, and staff of this school. They have high expectations of students both academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2009

The school is okay. The teachers are great. they make learnig fun. i loveee my teachers their helpful and if u dont understand they break it down easier for you and they help you before and after class.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2008

I am a seventh grade student at this school, overall I would recommend it. It definently isn't where you would go if you want to get into Harvard or Standford, but expectations are high. They have different levels to fit everybody, they have traditional classes and honors classes, and even only two categories, it fits a large range of students. Mrs. Dunlevy is the most amazing teacher ever, and a lot of teacher have good teaching techniques to emphasize excelling grades. The principal and vice principal are also really fun and connect to the students, Don't get me wrong, it isn't perfect. The cafeteria food is terrible! And there are some teachers that don't try very hard, just hand out homework and let the kid do it. But overall, I like it. :) :) :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 30, 2008

This school is wonderful place for kids to go. They have excellent teachers and staff. My kid switched to this school and her grades went skyrocketing upward!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2008

fun, but that doesn't mean we don't learn! In fact, we learn a lot
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 27, 2008

As a parent of a 7th grader, I think this school does a great job. My daughter is learning math and science that I didn't learn until I was in high school. She also very much enjoys and is benefiting from programs such as band. Keep up the good work and thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

'This school has been a big disappointment. The only saving grace is that the administration has changed and the new guys seem to be working to correct it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2007

The spirit of the school is welcoming, the teachers made everything clear, and they never tried to escape a mistake they made! I loved going to school (which is unusual for me) because it was so different from other ones where I would often not understand the concept the 'teacher' was telling us. At this school, I actually call them teachers. At all the other schools I have been to, all I saw were people working a job to get paid.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 11, 2007

Good school, not enough music arts and related activities.....act like they are constrained on the budget....teachers are somewhat apathetic..maybe payscale is low? For such an'upscale ' town it could be better......they voted down the bond issue for teacher raises and equipment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

We were new to the district this school year. I am impressed with the eighth grade teachers. My son fit in well and I truly think most of his teachers are wonderful. They seem to really care. The elementary school is another story. My fifth grader was in challenge math at her previous school. Four Peaks wouldn't test her even though she's a straight A student. I've emailed her teacher with questions, and I've never gotten a reply. I realize teachers are very busy, but the last time I emailed her was in January, and I still haven't heard from her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2007

I have just found this website and I think it is great. I am very happy with the school and the education that my children are receiving. I am, however concerned about the way some of the teachers talk in front of the students. Otherwise I am very pleased with this school and feel the teachers are high quality, strict, but fair, and my children are high achievers because of their caring efforts. Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

All of these parents sound very whiny. I can't imagine that their kids are high achievers. I am an educator who chooses to send my kids to Fountain Hills schools. My children receive a quality education with smaller class sizes and more personal attention than they would get at any other valley school district. I know a lot of people who feel the same way, but satisfied people rarely write to these sites. The majority of the complainers on this site would probably have complaints about every other school. Too strict? Visit a few schools nowadays and then complain! By the way my son attends Fountain Hills Middle School and he gets to use the bathroom between every class. He has six classes, so if he goes before and after school and lunch, and between every class that's about 10 bathroom breaks if he chooses to use them. Not enough?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2007

The Fountain Hills Middle School has disappointed me greatly. The teachers are mediocre and the food is worse! My children come home every day complaining of overly strict teachers who don't give them a chance to explain themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2006

I am a very involved parent of 1 child. I would rate myself a 4 on a 1-5 scale. I wasn't pleased with the teachers. They didn't seem like they really took any interest in my child asking for help because she wasn't understanding the way they were teaching. I was pleased with the art progams, but not the music. There weren't any good after school sports for my child. I was definately displeased with that. None of the teachers were frendly at all. They were dry as toast, very strict and mean.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 63% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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 58% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

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 "Performing Plus".
  • 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

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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 79% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 11% 5%
Hispanic 5% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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15414 N. McDowell Mountain Roa
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
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