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Learning Foundation And Performing Arts Gilbert

Charter | 7-12 | 310 students

Our school is best known for embracing the performing arts & academics.

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $159,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,230.

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2014:
Based on 16 ratings
2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted October 3, 2014

The one thing about LFPA that makes it a negative experience are the parents. These kids worked so hard to prepare for the outdoor show, it rained and flooded the field where the show was originally scheduled SO instead of canceling and devastating the kids, the venue had to be changed. Due to those circumstances the parents should chill out and THANK the school for not canceling the show. My son has attending LFPA for 3 years and as of this year I pulled my daughters out of there old school (which I was an employee of) to attend LFPA. This schools offers amazing programs and specials for these kids. The teachers work hard and all pull together when push comes to shove! My son was one of the students in the dark singing last night when they lost power and guess what... I didn't act like I was in high school and throw a temper tantrum. I have seen tremendous growth with my son in his academics and his performing skills. I am very lucky to have found a a place where my children are encouraged to be themselves and allow active time out of the class room. For the parents that are preaching "favoritism" all kids had a chance to audition... Maybe this just isn't your child's thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2014

We have had our children enrolled at LFPA for over 4 years. Of course, there are challenges at any school, but as a parent who is highly involved at the school I would say the most challenging are the negative and complaining parents. This is a school that has a focus on the performing arts and one thing I have noticed are the parents who are trying to relive their so-called "glory days" through their children and that is nothing short of pathetic. They seem to be the ones complaining the loudest. The outdoor performance last night was not perfect, but neither were the circumstances surrounding the change in venue. The staff worked INCREDIBLY hard to make sure the children would be safe and still be able to perform since they all worked so hard. I do agree that parent involvement is lacking, but it has gotten better every year that I have been there. And it is only lacking because the negative parents don't offer to help they just want to complain. LFPA may not be a good fit for everyone, but if your child likes to sing and dance than you should definitely give it a try. When we are involved in our children's school in a positive way that is when our children will soar!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2014

As a parent, i was excited about having my child attend this school. First performance tonight...first and foremost, the music teacher needs to be fired, nothing says poor vocal instruction like kids screaming in the microphones...ouch! Second...out on the high school basketball courts is where they decided to have the performance...not a gymnasium or auditorium where families can sit and enjoy watching their kids comfortably and actually visible. My kid was in the back...so i was off to the side, with my camera in hand...people decided to sit right behind me after i got positioned and i was asked to move...really? Im pretty sure proper organization and planning would have helped, but thats just me...ive only done real acting, music, and dance...so who am i to judge? :) BTW...my child is among the many that were not given an opportunity to have a solo due to favoritism...good job, not!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2014

You know, I have to honestly say that the only thing I can't stand about this school is some of the parents. Our kids pulled together a last minute change to everything they were doing for the LFPA tradition of having an outside performance. I watched as the poor staff did their best to accommodate all of us parents in an area they weren't planning on using in an attempt to say "Let the show go on!" It's not the school's fault it rained so much that the field was flooded. I for one am just grateful I didn't have to sit in soggy grass! These parents that complain when all their kids don't get the solo parts like they're so entitled to everything! My kids didn't get a solo part. My kids NEVER get a solo part, and I for one have NEVER accused the teachers of favoritism. For those complaining that this wasn't held in the gymnasium. Did you ever consider the fact that we wouldn't all fit in the gym?! Why do you think they split the winter and spring shows by class and grade? Because the school has WAY more students his year. This show is an LFPA Tradition! Quit acting like spoiled brats and congratulate those amazing music and dance teachers for an amazing job well done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

Things got so bad at this school that I withdrew my child close to the end of the school year. Best decision I made. The staff and principal openly discussed a confidential and sensitive outside family members medical concern among each other, and in front of students. This fueled a wildfire of rumors and bullying not only among the student body, but staff as well. In my entire life, I have never seen, nor heard of such behavior on the part of an education system. The principal is unable to maintain order or control among employees or students. Staff are not consistent with the curriculum from one class to another. It's a complete mess! Never send your child! The negative reviews coincide with what I've seen there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

I do not recommend this school at all! My daughter really enjoys the performing arts which is why we chose this school, however, it seems to be the same kids over and over that get all of the solos and major roles in the performances. The teachers definitely play favorites!! The principal of the elementary school is very unapproachable!! Lastly...and this is a huge problem...There is absolutely no parent involvement whatsoever!! I attended a couple of the family lunch times on Fridays, and there were only maybe 4 or 5 parents in attendance! ! Same goes for the parties and field trips.....no parents!!! This school seemed more like a daycare center for parents that work!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2014

My children have been attending LFPA for 5 years. They love going to LFPA and I enjoy going to all their performances as well. Every school year LFPA is improving and it amazes me what they are capable of accomplishing. I am exceptionally impressed with the musical theater department and how well they can put together big-name broad way performances and have our students do they so professionally. This is a great place for a student to receive a good quality educational experience and a safe environment. My family is looking forward to the new state of the arts campus they are building next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

LFPA is a fantastic place for children to get their education. My daughter graduated in 2012 and my son is finishing his fourth year of attendance. The teachers at this school go the extra mile to give individual attention to their students. The math teachers at this school are the BEST! LFPA made a huge difference in my children's education. If you want a school that cares about your children, this is the one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

Our son is finishing his fourth year at LFAPA. We all love the smaller class size and that there is a dress code that requires uniforms. The school celebrates everyone's differences and encourages the students to be their best. We have seen no disciplinary problems or bullying. The teachers are caring and wonderful and the staff is attentive and always helpful. The principal is excellent. He cares about the students and their families and helps them to achieve success. He also encourages the students to look beyond high school and to set educational and career goals. At LFAPA, there are many opportunities for students to learn the various aspects of performing arts, whether musical performance, dance, theater, or stagecraft. For athletics, there are numerous PE options as well as after school sports teams. Overall we think the school has been a fabulous choice - one that offers a well-rounded academic program along with music, arts, and physical education. We wouldn't go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2014

We've had the pleasure of having both of our sons at LFPA - Warner since it was combined with the Gilbert campus. We love the new campus with all of its impressive amenities as well as the new additions to their staff. The front office staff is so nurturing to our kids and polite and supportive to us. This is such a blessing because nothing is worse than a front office staff that's rude or apathetic. We have been so impressed with LFPA's newest principal! We absolutely loved the Gilbert campus principal so it was such a relief to find that she was just as amazing! There was an incident with our brand new kindergartner that she took the time to personally help our family through helping him to succeed. We've never encountered a more approachable hands on principal. The teaching staff at this campus goes above the rest. We didn't feel like our kids were being streamlined to learn how to take tests but rather that they were being guided along a new learning adventure. Both of our kids love to learn! Additionally, they love this school. If my kids are happy, WE'RE happy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2014

I don't have a review of this school but rather a question for parents and teachers. I have noticed that the AIMS scores are not very good. Is this school academically challenging? Do any parents or teachers have experience with their children attending an honors course here or a duel community college class? My daughter really loves the arts and wants to experience their musical theater and performance choir classes but she does not want to major in music or art in college, she wants to be an engineer. She will require higher level math classes to achieve her goal but I also want her to enjoy the arts. She will be in 9th grade.


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 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 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


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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 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 60% 42%
Hispanic 17% 43%
Black 11% 5%
Two or more races 6% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/A47%
Female 51%N/A49%
Male 49%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Learning Foundation & Performing Arts - Warner Campus
Gilbert High School
Campo Verde High School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 45% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 30% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 15% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 10% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Grand Canyon University
Chandler Gilbert University
Arizona State University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Italian
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
  • TBD
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School Leader's name
  • Robert Villa
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (480) 635-1907

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Hybrid
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
  • TBD
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • EVIT courses

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Grand Canyon University
Chandler Gilbert University
Arizona State University
College preparation / awareness offered
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Community college courses
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 45%
4 year college - 30%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 15%
Workforce - 10%
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1120 S. Gilbert Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85296
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Phone: (480) 635-9400

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