"We pay for qualified students college courses at Mesa Community College."
Students enrolled 218
Hours no info
School leader Brian Snoddy
Transportation options Yes
District Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center Inc.

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2165 N. Power Road
Mesa, AZ 85215

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(480) 854-1504
(480) 854-3564
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4 stars
Based on 53 ratings

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June 22, 2014
I could have never have picked a better school to go to. I never feel out of place. The students are great! The teachers really care about you, and your grades. They will help you whenever you need. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a student
May 17, 2014
Arizona Agribusiness is an amazing school with amazing students and staff. The teachers will go out of their way to help students and truly care. The principal is fair, honest and makes time for his staff and students. Many opportunities for students willing to work and are serious about college. AAEC is definitely not a school for the lazy, students lacking self-discipline or those that lack motivation. This school provides great opportunities for students wishing to get move ahead with education. I love the fact that my child is surrounded by others that have the same goals of achieving an excellent education. It has been a wonderful first year and we look forward to the next 3 years.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
A laughing joke in the pure basic concept of Education, policy and procedures and implementation.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
This is a great fit for high performing students who walk to their own drum. The curriculum is demanding and requires students to be diligent. Small setting offers a personable atmosphere. This school is a wonderful model for innovative education. Students take classes both at the high school and adjacent community college. They can receive credit on their college transcript and apply the credit to their high school transcript. The teachers are dedicated and all are strong academic mentors. Teachers offer individual support after school daily. Student leaders are strong mentors and are open, accepting, and bright. The Veterinary Science program is a wonderful background for any medical or science career interest. Couple this with the advanced English, Social Studies, Science, Agriculture, and Math classes and you get a well educated student.

- submitted by a teacher
April 10, 2014
The school bends backward to make sure each student is successful in high school classes and college classes. I came from a advanced school and AAEC immediately made sure each class challenged me to my potential. The teachers are extremely caring and supportive. This school definitely helps every student that comes in to the school.

- submitted by a student
April 10, 2014
My school is a great place to learn. Their are many interesting classes in the high school alone. AAEC offers free college classes from Mesa Community College and many students graduate with an associates degree.

- submitted by a student
April 10, 2014
My school has offered me the chance to earn an Associates degree, and it allows us to be interactive with other students and join groups/clubs that make students feel welcome. We do a lot of activities and the teachers and students work together and communicate openly. Sometimes problems come up but the staff and students help to fix the problem and good relationships are created between the students and teachers.

- submitted by a student
January 23, 2014
I love being able to be a part of small school where the classes are small and the teachers know you by your name and not by a number. I can attend college classes while in school and it is paid for as long as I have a good GPA. I am only a Junior but plan on returning next year and be able to graduate from high school and also graduate from college at the same time, that is so awesome to do at my age.

- submitted by a student
December 17, 2013
I am a senior and will graduate in 2014 and will need 6 credits to be able to graduate from Mesa Community College this summer. I have already been accepted to ASU and UofA. Coming here from a very large high school to a small one have made all the difference in the world for me. Knowing the teachers and the people in my classes was a plus. With AAEC paying for my college credits I will have paid less than 1000 for my degree from MCC.

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2013
I have been with AAEC for many years now and all I can say is that AAEC - Red Mountain has amazing parents who work with teachers to help all students succeed. AAEC also has amazing teachers who volunteer to sponsor so many amazing clubs and activities and tutor students so they can succeed in all they do. It's a great school that not only prepares students for college but pays college tuition and puts students in college while they are still high school students!

- submitted by a teacher
September 23, 2013
The entire AAEC operation, including Red Mountain, is a bogus operation. First, teachers come and go because they are not valued. There is little administrative support for good teachers. All it is about is the AIMS scores. Second, the whole operation is run by a maniac--a self-centered, rude, unappreciative superintendent who will eliminate you in a moment. Third, the whole place is infected with helicopter parents, esp. Red Mountain, who can't let their children fail and are adept at blaming the teachers. Do not ever work in such an environment and for God's sake don't send your children there, to any of there schools.

- submitted by a teacher
July 16, 2013
I love this school! Each student is treated as an individual and their academic plan is developed to meet their skills and goals.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2013
I enjoyed my freshman year here, the teachers are amazing though one of them transferred to another campus. These teachers don't just throw a text book at you and say here read this and then expect you to understand the concept. They actually interact with you. The campus is also really small so you pretty much know everyone by the end of the year. Even though it is a equine school, it's still great for those who want a head start in college. I however, were not to fond of the poor service of the lunch truck.

- submitted by a student
June 13, 2012
I love this school for my kids, what a great opportunity for them to get an Associates Degree. I find the teachers very helpful and willing to do whatever they can to help the kids achieve. I agree that they are "Top Notch", qualified and dedicated in what they do. I would suggest this school, and do, to anyone with high school age kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
This school is great! The administration has been great to me and my family! Also, the teachers have been incredibly supportive and helpful. They work after school and evenings and are very responsive. Just the staff alone would make this a great place and then you throw in free college, why would you go elsewhere?

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
This is a GREAT school! Not only does my daughter have the opportunity to take free college classes, the teachers at the high school are fantastic. They go above and beyond to help each student succeed. Because the school is small, there is a real sense of community which is we have not been able to find at other schools. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
AAEC is a wonderful school. I'm so lucky that I found it. In May, I will be graduating with both my high school diploma and my Associate's in Arts. I love that AAEC is small and the teachers care about the students. I've also had the chance to take some really cool classes at the community college.

- submitted by a student
June 13, 2012
I have never been to a school were the teachers truely take the time and effort to help me succeed and achieve my goals. I also love being able to go to high school and college and only having to pay for my college books. I f I could recomend going to any school, I would highly recomend AAEC as the best choice!

- submitted by a student
June 06, 2012
The school's administration is NOT concerned with the students. Their attitude reeks of it. They are rude and often unavailable.The woman who works front office is helpful and friendly though. The teachers DO care very much. They are very helpful, hardworking, personable, and dedicated. They all have different approaches and personalities, which helps prepare our kids for the workplace and college. The concept of the school is great and my family appreciates the help with college.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2012
This school administration is more concerned with themselves than students education. The school adminstrators will stand you up for meetings. The math teacher belittles the students in class. An english teacher texts during class and tells student about her life story. The history teachr thinks... showing movies is teaching. The schools idea of community service is to have the students clean up the school grounds.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2012
This school is has been the worst decision we have ever made. The new principal and vice principal are the reason why this school is so bad. The principal refuses to do her job. The principal refuses to help students achieve their goals. She refuses to speak with parents. She throws temper tantrums and is very rude to students and parents. This school is a great idea it just needs to get rid of the principal and the vice principal. I am contacting the school board about the principal. I am highly disappointed with our experience at this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2012
I believe the staff and teachers at this school are top notch in that they are highly qualified, competent, dedicated and REALLY care about providing a quality education to my child. They are always available to listen and talk about any concerns I have as a parent and that communication is very important to me. However, one huge concern I have with this school is the amount of teacher turnover within the campus. I was shocked to find out how many teachers have come and gone since the campus opened a few years ago. I'm not sure if it is as significant at any of the other AAEC campuses but from what I have experienced a new teacher will be hired who, in my opinion, does a wonderful job and the kids really like but they rarely stay more than a year? Why is this?? This leads me to believe that there may be some underlying internal issues with the way the schools are managed and that the teachers are not happy with working for the company, but that is just my opinion. Either way, I feel it's detrimental to the students to have teachers come and go on a regular basis. That would be my only major dislike about the campus.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
I have 2 kids that attend this school they both love the school. The teachers as well as the students. the class sizes are small they get more one on one. The teachers care about the students. My son was having a hard time in a few of his classes and every one of his teachers helped him through it We love this school

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
LOVE IT! My daughter is finishing her first semester of her second year, at AAEC. She is doing so well. I can't believe any child could fail at this school. The teachers are so helpful, offer tutoring, and full support to the students. And what could be better than earning free college credits in this economy?!!! I also love the fact that she never comes home with stories of bullying, like you hear in the news, at other schools. She's thriving and developing into a smart and confident young lady.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
This school is amazing. If it were not for the dedication and support of the teachers at AAEC Red Mountain, my son would have dropped out two years ago. They invested in my son, and as a result he will graduate on May 10!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2011
After finishing my fourth year here, I can only say how grateful I am to the teachers and principal for the opportunity they gave me at AAEC. I struggled at times, but they never gave up, always giving me the benefit of their time and experience. allowing me the opportunity to work hard and move on. I finally realized what I had and made the most of it after a year and a half, and was able to almost earn an associates degree, and will move on to the university next year confident that I will be successful. If you are looking for a place that will challenge your student, but also help them be successful, this is the place. It is not perfect, but what high school is? Definitely not a 3000 student traditional high school.

- submitted by a student
June 07, 2011
As a parent of a freshman I was excited to have school that challenged my child, but did not overwhelm them in their freshman year. I am looking forward to what next year will bring, with them being able to take two college classes next year and getting stronger math teachers, the only area that I thought was lacking this year. My daughter loved every moment of this, and is looking forward to being part of NHS and FFA next year, and being able to take more classes each year through the college. I believe so much in this school that I am bringing my son here next year, and have also brought other friends here from other schools. The principal is an amazing person who gets to know each student, and goes out of his way to see what they need and make sure the students are successful, as do the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2011
An AAEC student absolutely must be prepared for a non-traditional high school experience. A student who is an equestrian or one who is determined to earn 2 years of college credit while still in high school can be very successful. The student who wants Friday night football games, pep rallies, & drama club will be disappointed. One who needs a lot of hand holding generally will not find it. One who is not self-motivated & driven will be frustrated. Yet a high percentage of students who really don't want anything AAEC uniquely offers seem to gravitate toward it. It seems as though most kids who think it s a short cut to an AA are not only sorely disappointed, but create a negative on-campus culture. The school gets 4 stars because of the opportunities it offers. But it should actively market itself more toward students who truly want to take advantage of those unique opportunities. It also needs to implement much more stringent enforceable guidelines to create a more positive proactive culture so those students are supported rather than frustrated. And the students who really aren't interested in being there should be encouraged to make other choices that suit them better.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2010
The principal refuses to do anything about teachers that aren't teaching correctly. One of the teachers isn't actually a teacher anyways and is currently going to school to become a teacher. He refuses to work with the children and doesn't answer any questions. Multiple people have complained to the principal who says he will do something but nothing ever happens.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2010
It is wonderful in that the kids can take classes at both high school and college. However, I have to question the District Office and Principal on their approach to the teachers here. It seems whenever we get a really good teacher, they end up at the main campus. My child had three teachers that were really enjoyed and all three of them have been moved to another campus. I have to wonder if the district is setting this campus up for failure. Now I understand they are going to be opening another campus and cutting the budgets again on the existing ones. My other concern is the discipline. It is inconsistent either nonexistent or extreme. The Leadership does not follow through. Now no credited Horsemanship instructor. this school is an Equine center. With the right leadership and more parent involvement, this could be an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
I read the last review about the Awards ceremony and I actually very much enjoyed Mr. Littlefield's story. The point was to share with the students the importance of making good choices, and that every thing we do matters. He never said they were killed, or shred gory details, it was short part of a soliloquy he gave at the end of a send off. I am not sure of the details of the previous parents students grades, but I am sure all the other students worked very hard. I enjoyed the awards ceremony and hope to be a part of it next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
I had the opportunity to attend AAEC Red Mountain's award ceremony yesterday and I was very concerned with what occurred there. The principal seemed extremely disorganized and often rambled on many tangents. He also appears to have given out GPA awards to undeserving students. My child was given the Honor award for a 3.5 GPA and is failing a class this semester. The ceremony also unfortunately ended on a sour and somewhat innapropriate note. The principal ended the ceremony with a speech about a high school friend who graduated when he was 20, became a gambler who was indebted to some "bad" people who ended up killing him and his family. I thought this was not suitable for an award ceremony which was supposed to be honoring the students. This is just one of many incidences lately in which I have been displeased with the school. I am seriously considering moving.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
I feel this school is awesome for students, they have small classes and even know all the kids by name! I love the fact that there's tutoring if students should need the help. The teachers are very helpful and understanding of the kids needs. The administration actually talks to you and listens if you have questions or worries.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2010
My children love this school. The staff and teachers really care how kids are doing and progressing in class. Extra help is available to students who need it. Each teacher goes above and beyond for the students. They are innovative and constantly strive to make AAEC the best! Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
I read the last review and I have to disagree. As a parent who has been here for four years, I have been pleased to see the implementation of the rules and follow through on policies. He is always available to talk to when concerns come up, even if he disagrees with me. I have also been happy at the amount of time he has spent with the students planning their college classes and getting them ready for next year. As with any school there is room for improvement, but they truly care about the students.

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April 27, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
This is a great school! I am currently a senior at this school. I feel that the principal and staff really care about what is best for me as i move on with my forward in my education. The duel enrollment credit is a fantastic opportunity. They have helped me apply to colleges of my choice. I have been accepted to ASU's W. P. Carey Business school, I am better prepared to take on the challenge of further education because of this school.

- submitted by a student
April 27, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Overall, this school has been a wonderful experience for my students. They have enjoyed the independence and challenge of taking college courses. Yet, they have the support of the high school framework. The principal has always listened to our concerns and made choices that were in the best interest of the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
I have concerns about the lack of follow through as far as the principal is concerned when it comes to discipline. There seems to be a double standard and not all students are treated fairly. I gave it two stars because I am concerned about the leadership.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2009
I did not like this school. I went there for one semester and found myself leaving. They have no sports or many extracurricular activities! The teachers do not care how the students do and never try to help them. I like teachers who become more of a friend and mom than someone you can't trust. I like a high school that treats u like adults and not misbehaving 6th graders. The only reason I gave it a two star was because I love the fact u can take college classes. They were fun and challenging. I would only tell u to send your child there if it was their last year of high school so they can take all college classes and stay away from the teachers there!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating April 28, 2009
As a parent it is nice to have a school that allows for students to be challenged educationally, without pushing them over the edge. This school has allowed for my daughter to choose a unique path to her, while still making sure she will graduate on time. She has also earned 45 college credits, which is going to save me tens of thousands of dollars next year at ASU. If you are looking for a small college prep school, then this may be the place. However, this is not an alternative school and they are very strict on attendance and student behavior (why my child was there).

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
AAEC Red Mountain is an amazing school. I am attending my second year at the school, and I love it. The courses are very challenging for the most part, but if students put effort into their work, it should be no problem. The teachers are very helpful and friendly, and they have become like family to me. They work hard to make their students feel confident. The student community is very small and close. At the beginning of last year I was unsure about how I would fit in, but by the end of the year my many new friends had helped me feel comfortable. Now, I am a part of the Student Ambassadors club at AAEC and love to help new students feel welcome. I believe anyone could feel welcome here in our community, and I would recommend this wonderful school to any dedicated student. -Anna H. (Sophomore)

- submitted by a student
August 30, 2008
AAEC Red Mountain is a wonderful, small high school experience. The curriculum is adequately challenging and the teachers are all wonderful. Also, don't let the name fool you - students don't need to be into horses to enjoy this school. The program is fundamentally college prep and horses are an optional program. Check it out for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2008
I would rank AAEC Red Mountain as my favorite school out of the five I have attended. After only one year there I find myself loving the school. The classes are pretty easy, as long as you pay attention and don t procrastinate on doing your work. The small class sizes make it a comfortable environment. The small student population means that everyone knows each other. We all help and befriend one another. The college classes are challenging but as a new student you start with just a few classes and that number gradually increases, this makes the adjustment a smooth one. They have a wonderful horse program for people with anywhere from no experience to years of experience. Overall I m glad I have had the chance to attend this school and look forward to another great year.

- submitted by a student
June 15, 2008
AAEC is a great school. The teachers are all friendly, and the school is like one big family. After going to AAEC for just one year, I would never choose another high school. The school has a great horse program and offers free college classes. I love AAEC.

- submitted by a student
August 06, 2007
This school has been great for my daughter. We finally have a place that will challenge her. She does come home with a lot of homework, but I know she'll be ready for whatever college she wants to go to. Parents should really look into this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 02, 2007
My son has been attending this school for two years now. I find it to be an excellent school. Before coming here he was unable to comprehend what was being taught on a large campus. With the specialized treatment that he receives he is able to perform at his grade level. Three cheers to AAEC!

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
Great school. I'm impressed with how friendly and helpful everyone there is. It can be challenging for a lot of students, but it works for students who are dedicated. Plus it saved me a ton in college tuition.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
I am so excited that my husband found this school. Our son has always excelled academically and we were looking for a challenging place to put him. From the start the principal, Ms. LaFontain, took the time to work with him one-on-one to make sure he was in classes that challenged him. He also took two college classes this past year that AAEC paid for. This has been a wonderful opportunity for him because he will enter the university with 60 college credit hours all paid for by AAEC.

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August 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
My son is entering his sophomore year at AAEC, and he is doing great. At first he was struggling a little with the amount of work the teachers were asking of him, but I he has adjusted. I am really glad that I found a school that is dedicated to pushing students to succeed instead of just passing them along. I feel very confident that when he does go to a university he will be prepared. And thank goodness they pay for his community college classes!

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August 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
* Poor admnistration * Too few adults, too liberal of a campus * Small student to teacher ratio wasn't the case * The extraciricular horse activities are geared for the girls. * It is supposed to be a college prep atmosphere but the are left to sink or swim in their college classes-great lack of support. * Lack of communication between teachers and admin and parents - no united front.

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Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center - Red Mountain
2165 N. Power Road, Mesa, AZ  85215
(480) 854-1504
Last modified Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center - Red Mountain is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center - Red Mountain Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 55 reviews.