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6-8
Public district
Fountain Hills, AZ
Students enrolled: 470
 

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15414 N. McDowell Mountain Roa
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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(480) 664-5000
(480) 664-5499
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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
May 21, 2015
These questions are subjective and do not warrant a minimum fifteen word response. This system had to be designed by a man. It makes no sense. Happy?? I've exceeded 15 words!!!

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
May 21, 2015
These questions are subjective and do not warrant a minimum fifteen word response. This system had to be designed by a man. It makes no sense. Happy?? I've exceeded 15 words!!!

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
May 21, 2015
These questions are subjective and do not warrant a minimum fifteen word response. This system had to be designed by a man. It makes no sense. Happy?? I've exceeded 15 words!!!

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Neutral
May 21, 2015
Depends on the teacher, plain and simple. Lead by example. This school lacks leadership, starting at the top.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
May 21, 2015
Seems to be based more on popularity and personality than scholastic achievements. Not the message I want to give to my child. Poor leadership, mixed messages, no follow through. I've seen much better examples.

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2015
I want to like the school, I just can't. I agree with other reviews that there is little leadership. Sixth grade ended this year with no recognition for honor roll, millionaire reader, or principal's list. These kids work hard all year to earn good grades and exceed goals, but the leaders failed to reward those accomplishments, citing they didn't have time to fit it in to the schedule. You had an entire school year to plan! Same as every other year. Excuses. Instead, in individual classes, some teachers gave awards for "most humorous, spirited, etc." Horrid leadership when subjective traits are rewarded instead of earned goals. Epic fail. On so many levels. The principals aren't worth their salt. I like many of the teachers, some shine brighter than others. If you're considering moving to Fountain Hills, don't base it on anything to do with education. It isn't valued here.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2015
Coming from a bigger district, this school is a breath of fresh air. As an employee, I feel incredibly supported by my administration. Be it the principal, vice principal, counselor, or technology and maintenance, someone is always able to help. Everyone that works at this school, works so hard to make it the safest environment possible. The ample options of extracurricular activities allows students to find an outlet that best fits them. Each grade offers honors classes that foster student learning and pushes them to their fullest potential. It is unfortunate that people have had unfavorable experiences in this district, but many people have had great experiences as well. I am very thankful that I am able to spend part of my career in such a great school. I am so proud to say that I am a Fountain Hill Falcon.

- submitted by a teacher

March 28, 2015
Co-principals Gomez and Galietti have zero leadership skills. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Nothing. BUPKISS. It's no wonder the school rating is dropping and the good teachers are leaving. I'm doubtful that either principal truly has the best interest of my child, or any child, at heart. They don't seem to effectively handle normal minor occurrences, I fear what would happen in the event of something more serious, or, goodness forbid, an actual emergency. For those who wonder why so many parents go "over the hill," you don't have to look further than those who are leading this school. And the district. Being a part of this district is very much like growing up in a house full of abusive secrets, while June and Ward paint the perfect facade to the neighbors and community. Saying anything bad about the district and leaders is most often met with "you don't want to turn off people who may want to move to the area, you should be positive." I'll take blunt honesty any day. Utter disappointment to pay an inflated price for the area only to have the schools fall up short. The mass exodus over the hill will continue...

- submitted by a parent

January 23, 2015
This school was a total disappointment. The principal is low class and is not a good role model. There are nearly no windows in this school and it does feel like an institution/ prison for that reason. My son was a good student but the teachers have been either odd, treating kids unfairly by picking favorites (my son was a favorite but some of his friends were not so lucky!). The cancerous bullying comes from the teachers in that aspect. Some of the good teachers are just plain discouraged by low pay and bad morale. It is a community that does not value education (They like to pay for even more police but not for teachers- A lunacy!!! ), and it's important to make your decisions knowing this before you move here. We have moved our kids away from this district because the trend is only downhill in a climate that denies man made global warming and is otherwise anti science. Our kids deserve the truth and a better education!

- submitted by a parent

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.

- submitted by a community member

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

August 09, 2012
Well they finally got a new principal how ever they kept the same useless assistant dean of students, its been a total of 4 days of school in session and i have emailed back and fourth about schedule changes everyday only to be given the brush off about the section of the email this pathetic man actually read. He is completely incompetent as he has proven in years past any given 4 year old could do the job far better than this man and due to this i m now looking into moving my child next week unless the principal fixes this, don't waste your time here.

- submitted by a parent

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 03, 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

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

March 30, 2008
fun, but that doesn't mean we don't learn! In fact, we learn a lot

- submitted by a student

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

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

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
no rating
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

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

May 08, 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

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

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

June 04, 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

September 11, 2005
I was not very happy with the majority of FHMS's teachers that my son had. Now the ladies in the office are another story - they are fantastic and couldn't be more friendly and helpful. The ladies in the office are actually the best part of FHMS. The Principal needs to wake up and make some changes around there.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2005
The kids' have too much time off first of all and that may be throughout the state, I've only been here a year. Secondly only one teacher bothered to reach out to me in a timely manner when they felt that my child was at risk of failing a class. Also, she provided emails as to what was going on in the class and to inform of any special projects. Finally, another teacher was too busy w/the girls' basketball team to give provide any extra help!

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2005
The quality of academic programs is mixed as there is too much emphasis on doing well in AIMS plus class sizes are too large. There should be more field trips and hands on activities rather than going by the textbook. There is alot of bullying and cliques in this school and administrators and teachers look the other way. Teachers routinely tell their students that they don't want to hear about about cases of harrassment or bullying. The Honors English program does not allow parental involvement and students are forced to follow it or else fail. It needs to address a wider variety of interests rather than in how well students read. The availability of music and sports is very good but art should be offered for the entire year and it is not. Their is also no foreign language program unless you want to pay a fee to learn Spanish after.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2004
The Fountain Hills Middle school is run like a tight ship, but I'm not complaining. Compared to the Fountain Hills High school where there is vanalizing, locker break-ins, on a regular basis, class break-ins, etc, the Fountain Hills Middle School is paradise! Most of the teachers at the middle school are top rate and assignments given to students is void of 'busy work'. Middle school students need to have a clear set of rules to guide them, and this school has those rules. Mind you, the principle could be a bit more approachable, but personal skills are not everyone's gift.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2004
I agree with the other parent's comment about the bathroom ordeal. The kids get only 3 bathroom passes to use for each Quarter, which is ridiculous. I guess some schools like to mop more than others...

- submitted by a parent

October 15, 2002
The school is too politically run! They also have ridiculous rules (Example) can't go to the bathroom during class! What is a child to do if they really have to go?! Also, they really don't care about the students who are not over acheivers. They act as if they are not even there, and then pass it off on the parents that we are not doing enough! If I wasn't stuck where I am, my children would not attend these schools!

- submitted by a community member

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Fountain Hills Middle School
15414 N. McDowell Mountain Roa, Fountain Hills, AZ  85268
(480) 664-5000
Last modified Fountain Hills Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fountain Hills Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top