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Learning Foundation - Arts Gilbert

Charter | K-12 | 310 students

 

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted March 4, 2014

As parents, we are so impressed with the principal's leadership and the teacher involvement with the students at LFAPA. The new math teacher even stays after school 4 days each week to tutor and help the students who need extra help - at no additional cost to the parents. Our daughter is part of the choir and musical theater departments, and we just LOVE the spirit of excellence and commitment they teach our students to have towards each other. There is a real spirit of unity at LFAPA and it is school wide, from the admin staff, to the teachers and to the electives teachers. We love this school, but more importantly, our daughter LOVES this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

This is the first year my children have attended one of the Learning foundation schools. I was a little disappointed in that they split the school at the beginning of the year and created a K-6 and 7-12th, but it has worked out pretty good. The teachers are caring and the Principle is a great leader. I have seen my child's grades come up from her last school she attended and I see that she is once again interested in doing things so kudos to the staff for giving her an environment that not only fun but educational. (I looked at about 10 different school when I found this one, and I am glad that I took the chance and picked it)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2014

MY CHILDREN HAVE BEEN WITH THIS SCHOOL FOR 11 YEARS. I have seen this school grow and change, even with their most recent changes I feel that the school has the best interest of the students at heart. Building a new school from the ground up is difficult and they have done a great job of keeping the school mmission at the foremost of importance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

My children have been with this school for a few years now. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the teacher and administrative staff. They have a wonderful open door policy for parent and student concerns. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking to have their children in a safe, friendly and happy environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2014

My child attends this school. I was extremely impressed with them at first. But the further we get into the school year it has become apparent that the school staff favors certain students based on their parents involvement with the school. The school has a policy in place for discipline and behavior problems. However, they do not follow their own written policy. It appears as though they aren't as organized as I had originally thought. I get the distinct impression that the principal does not have well established leadership skills, and therefore I question her ability to lead by example. I also have had a couple (not to be minimized) age appropriate behavioral issues with my child where the school contacted me, and it was a bit alarming how ill prepared the staff were about handling "common childhood behavior problems". It really made me lose confidence in their professionalism. I will be seeking a better school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

My children have attended LFPA for 3 years now. They are all High School students there. They love the blend of academics and the arts. My son participates in the arts, but he is more excited about after school clubs; like the gamers (yu gi oh/magic) club. My daughters love the arts (musical theater/drama/choir/dance), but they also love participating in sports. Luckily, even though this is a smaller charter school, they find a way to offer the best of all worlds to the children. There is great parent involvement and a sense of community between the staff, administration, parents and the students. The principal is phenomenal and really cares about the students and their success! As a parent who cares about safety, acceptance, challenging academics, and a blend of physical fitness and extracurricular activities, LFPA is the right choice. They even participate in academic clubs such as the National Honor Society and they involve the students in Student Government and more. My only concern is the school lunch program. I understand the challenges with following the guidelines set by the Government for school lunches, but the lunches could be tastier and could include more options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

I was a student here for 3years and I and am very pleased with the teachers but the kids here are terrible and only come back cause they get kicked out of normal schools a lot of bullying


Posted July 31, 2013

This school is awesome. They have done a great job with helping my kids excel in every subject. They have strict behavioral standards and stop bullying attempts right away. The teachers are very understanding and they are open to meeting with you and talking about your student progress. The principal and office staff are friendly and caring and are always willing to help. They keep you informed of everything that is going on and do Random backpack checks to make sure the students have a safe place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

We are absolutely in love with this school. They have gone above and beyond to help our son excel. We personally had a bullying situation remedied in less than one day and were very happy with the outcome. We can personally attest to the kinder and 1st grade teachers being great but from what we've seen all of the teachers are wonderful and the principal is very involved and supportive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2013

School is good for the most part. They have a strict program for behavior. I dont mind the weekly packet of homework they get on monday and return it on the following monday. I dont mind the m-th book they need to read nightly with one page of homework. I DO MIND the 3 different websites that they make a K student do homework on weekly. Its absolutly TOOOOOOO much for a 5 year old. Besides the work on the internet is confusing and if you dont finish it all at once it makes you start all over again. It takes my 5 yr old a very long time to do this program. They dont realize that some of us are single parents who work full time jobs and do not have the time to get all this work done with thier child(ren). The school/state does NOT undertand this. Teacher told me its the state that makes the requirements. Ive spoken to other parents who have their children at other schools. They have not heard of such crazy and hard homwork especially for the K class. I will not be letting my child return next year. I cannot wait till the school year is OVER.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2013

My kids love this school. They have been coming for 3 year now and between Junior high and High School my boys have excelled. My daughter is in the 5th grade and has had some great teachers over the last couple of years. The performing Arts and the Karate are amazing. Will keep my kids in there until my daughter graduates High school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2013

I cannot say enough great things about this school. My child has just blossomed here! I have never seen a principal like this one, he is accessable, caring and engaged...just as the rest of the staff and teachers are. If you have an opportunity for your child to participate in the after school dance/theater/singing groups, DO IT. The teachers who run these are amazing and the activities they can participate in are endless. Its a very family oriented, welcoming environment that encourages parent interaction. When I call the office, they know just who I am and who my child is. My only regret is not finding this place sooner!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2012

I love the school and staff. My child has come a long way and I owe it to this school. I'm glad to know that Ms. Michelle, Ms Ramos are there and always willing to go the extra mile in and out of the classroom. Go check out the school and enjoy knowing that the teachers are what you want to have for your child. Thank you Ms. Michelle and Ms. Ramos for always doing your best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2012

My son will be attending his 5th year at LFPA and will be entering the 11th grade in the fall. We have been very happy with the close family environment and willingness of the teachers to work with the parents as a team. My son has excelled personally and academically at LFPA and has gained confidence in himself during the teenage years when it is often very difficult to do. Larger school environments don"t give the average kids opportunities to shine where the smaller charter school does. The principal is very willing to work with the parents and the kids love and respect him. The highschool teachers are all top notch and have developed special mentoring bonds with each student which is so important as they go through their high school years. We feel very fortunate to have found LFPA and thank the LFPA team for making our school a great learning experience for our students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2012

My 1st experiences with Charter Schools had left much to be desired. I am very greatful to have found this school. My children have been at LFPA for the last 4 years. Each year they get better. They have always been proactive and helpful. The principal is always willing to meet with you and address any concerns you might have. If your student starts having any struggles, either academically or socially, they are quick to contact you and and work with you as a team. I appreciate the family atmosphere and the education provided. My childrens AIMS scores have improved each year. They don't put up with continued disruptive behavior.....this is a learning environment and they take that seriously. They do, however, do their best to work with students and parents to resolve any issues and not only get the best from your student, but to provide the best for your student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

My son was not happy in a traditional school setting, so I transferred him after Christmas to LFPA-Gilbert. So far we are both very happy with the change. His 4th grade teacher is one of the best he's ever had!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2012

My Kids Love this school. They have attended here since it opened about 6 years ago.The teachers and Principal are very dedicated and caring. I love the small safe environment and enjoying watching my kids in the school performances. My kids love the great choices of electives to choose from. We highly recommend this school to everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2012

My daughter has always struggled with school and her place there. For two years she has been able to get the best of both worlds, singing/dancing/acting/music and academics. Here they provided additional tutoring in order to help her gain skills in math. I have seen a timid, talented young lady emerge from her shell and take her spotlight both academically and artistically. I am very impressed with the teacher who get to know these kids, the small classrooms, and the great parental involvement. I have found her home for the next many years until she graduates. Thank you LFPA!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2012

I have three children at LFPA and I am so thrilled that we found a school that meets all of their needs! This is our third year attending this school and we could not imagine having our children anywhere else. My oldest is an 8th grader. He has some ADHD issues and was falling through the cracks at his other school. His grades were all D's and F's at his previous school, but because he wasn't a problem behaviorally, nobody seemed to care. Since moving him to LFPA he has blossomed academically and emotionally. His teachers have taken a sincere interest in him and have helped him to develop strategies to help his attention problems. The school has helped all three of my children to develop their love for the arts, which in turn has helped them develop academically as well. All of my children have received a lot of personal time and attention due to the small class sizes. They have also had the opportunity to get any extra tutoring in areas that they are struggling in. I look forward to many more years at LFPA and love the fact that they can remain at this great school until they graduate high school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2011

The academics are a joke. My child came to the school as a Kindergartener doing first grade work. The teacher did not care that all the work she did was review. The teacher does not look at each child and their performance. I am a teacher, at the public school system, and I look at each child's work and help them advance to get the most out of the educational system. Also my child came home with a red mark on her eye. She said that another child hit her in the face. I took a picture of the make sand sent it to the principal, I left VM with the principal and he does not respond. My child routinely gets picked on with this child and the principal does not care to respond. This school is lacking academics and encourages bullying and the teachers turn the other check and walk away. Please do not send your child to this school. I plan on pulling my child and putting my child in a public school.
—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.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
95%

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90%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
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 63% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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33%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
60%

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 63% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
48%

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 58% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
93%
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 62% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
83%
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 "Performing Plus".

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 42%
Hispanic 17% 42%
Black 12% 5%
Asian 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1120 S. Gilbert Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Phone: (480) 635-1900

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