My high-school son loves this school! The school belongs to an Ultimate Charter League, and Alta-Mesa won Conference Champs. It's nice to see a small charter school still be involved in sports.
I wanted to love this school, I really did. I adore the principal, I adored the after school instructor, and I loved my daughter's teacher VERY much. However, my daughter had been struggling at her other school, due to it's accelerated learning program. When she got Straight A's, I realized it wasn't remotely challenging for her. I brought her in assured it was the same type of a school as the school she was leaving, and for the arts program. Neither promise panned out quite as I hoped. Also, she was bullied in an appalling manner. Her life was threatened- TWICE. The after school teacher was quite concerned, but, the principal, wasn't very forthcoming with any answers regarding what happened. Because of these things, we had no choice but to pull her out. I hesitate in writing anything, as I really love the staff. I understand this comes from the home, not the school, but, the bullying was appallingly horrific.
I went to this school for 2 years and I have had my problems but its still a descent school. I had a lot of fun with all of the electives and performances that most schools dont but so much effort into. On the other hand I have noticed the teachers pick favorites and because its a k-12 school, the older kids have to do a lot of kiddish things. Plus we had some problems this last year (2012-2013) with the bathrooms. A lot of the kids at this school dont have respect for them I have walked in the bathrooms to see feminine products on the floor all over the bathroom and have had to sit threw several talkes from the teachers and principal because it wouldn't stop. I am now leaving schools to find a new experience.
I honestly love LFPA. I just recently graduated from here and I can say that senior year was the best year for me because of the teachers and all the other students being so friendly and always willing to help me. I will miss coming to school here but I will be back to visit all the teachers and staff. I got to learn and have fun at the same time.
I am not sure who writes the reviews on these sometimes. It's disappointing to see that it is always a personal attack, rather than a helpful review. Ms. Triggs has been such a kind and wonderful principal. My child has had some discipline issues but any time he was sent to the office, he was treated fairly and offered multiple resolutions to any issues he had. Any time I walk through the doors, I always see the principal's door open. That never happens these days!! I never even knew my principal in school for anything other than discipline! Ms. Triggs is always out and about and the kids love her. The school is a direct reflection of its leadership and if the school was voted as "runner-up" for the best charter school in the east valley (East Valley Tribune), then that has to say something about the quality of teachers and leaders they have here. I couldn't be more proud to send my child there. He gets help when he needs it and the extra care we were looking for in a charter school. I wouldn't send my child anywhere else.
I love that great schools notifies me when new reviews come in because I am such an involved parent I like staying updated with everything about school, but it stinks when the occasional unhappy person has something nasty to say about such a good place. My kids have been going here for 3 years and they couldn't be happier. They love the teachers, the other kids and the principal. It is like a home away from home and even days I volunteer and spend lots of hours there they never get sick of me and always make me feel welcome.
I love the alta mesa campus. My child has nothing but great things to say about his teachers and the principal. They are always willing to gothe extra mile to help my son when he is struggling. Ive had the pleasure of meeting the principal and she truly cares for her students as if they were her own! I love the family oriented campus and wouldnt think of putting my son in another school.
I love the school. I have an 8th grader and the class was too large so the principal divided the class and my daughter got the best teacher we have ever had. She loves her teacher and says he is so much fun, and her grades have improved so much. I am really involved and at the school so much and everyone is so nice.
Nikki Triggs is a dear friend of mine today. I had the pleasure of meeting her 12 years ago. Both my boys have been taught by her and her staff. We now live too far to attend, but my heart was touched and we were lucky to have had the opportunity to work with her & to gain a new family friend!
I think we as parents want things a certain way and forget that what we want isn't always conducive to a learning environment. I think we also forget that the kids we have at home aren't always the kids they get at school. I try to be objective when my child chooses poorly and gets in trouble at school. Have I butt heads with the principal? Sure. But when she offers a face-to-face conference it is clear to me that she is fair and looking for resolutions that suit all parties. I couldn't imagine doing what she does. I think it's one thing to be unhappy with the school, but it's quite another to personally attack someone. The great thing about education is that we have choices. We aren't always going to love everything and we don't have to. There are plenty of schools. My advice to those who hate it so much? Make an adult decision and move on. It is disappointing to know that my child attends school with children who have such unhappiness in their lives. I appreciate all the extra hours and care my child's teacher puts in for her and her classmates.No school is perfect and to expect that, is ridiculous.Education really is a thankless job and I hope they know some us appreciate them!
It surprises me to read the comments first off about the Principle. If it wasn't for Triggs and all the help her and the teachers had given me I wouldn't of Graduated on time and I can admit I wasn't a easy teenager to handle sometimes and they still treated me EQUAL along with everyone else who are students at LFPA. This school cares about the kids and everyone's education non like the other schools I went to like Red Mountain where you can say they DO have their FAVORITES. I wanted to give a HUGE shout out for this school helping me before, during, and after school to get my High School Diploma on time and allowing me the summer before I graduated to come in and study for hours at a time to pass my aims and to get further in my education.. Thank you guys so much!
I am truly surprised about the negative comments about the teachers and the principal. My daughter has been a student here for 3 years and is excited about the future of the school. She loves the dance, music, theatre and all the other options available. As a parent I love the fact that the classrooms are smaller than the public sector and they offer movement based classes on a daily basis. I have had nothing but positive interactions with the administration and teachers. Yes, they have to get creative with performances but these are VERY expensive to put on. No school has unlimited funds to rent out performance locations, upgrade buildings at every whim or cater to every parent Want I am excited about the future as my daughter plans on staying here for another 6 years (all the way through graduation)
This is the first year my daughter has gone here and she loves it. She gets to dance in school and we had so much fun at the last performance. It was outside and we had a BBQ and Santa came to take pictures with all the kids. I have met so many other families and our kids play together on weekends. It's so different from the big school we used to and love the "family" feel of it.
One of the worst schools ever and I mean it. They barley got a playground if you can even call it that they dippers the side walk a nd put fence and wood chips with a barely usable play area. Teachers seem to not enjoy there job. The principal is just a whole different comment on her and needs a major adjustment and it's in the mite of a strip mall everything is breaking down and the school barley has enough money to do anything and everything is out dated and the performances are horrible they need a knew director and try not to cram so many people on the stage and work on neatness over is a horrible school. If could I would have gave it 0 stars
I was fortunate to be involved in the Learning Foundation Alta Mesa Accreditation by Advanced and North Central Association. The caring teachers and principal give 150% to this wonderful school. One of the NCA team members said it is the best he has seen. The entire staff and the principal have a cohesiveness and work ethic that is hard found in the schools I have known. All the parents and students that were involved in the meetings I attended are very pleased that they and their children are a part of this school. Thank you principal and staff.
Worst school ever. It would not be that bad if it weren't for the shrewdness and ignorance of the principal. The owners of the school obiously have their favorites and allow this woman to get away with anything. The best teachers have left due to the principal and the only reason why this school is still standing is because of the new people that sign up that have no idea what they are getting into. PLEASE refrain from signing up for this school!
My niece and nephew LOVE THIS SCHOOL. They have attended there since it opened about 6 years ago.The teachers and Principal are very dedicated and caring. Their mom loves the small safe environment and we enjoying watching the kids in the school performances. The kids love the great choices of electives to choose from, especially ceramics. We have so many beautiful pieces of art they have created. We highly recommend this school to everyone!
I love this school! I've gone here for many many years since I was in grade school. Everyone is so friendly here! I just love this school not only did we learn but we also had fun and great times! Even the school in the woods trip was such a great time the principal even came and we all had a great time! I just love it here!
LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!! We relocated to Mesa last summer and I researched private school in-depth. My son was enrolled in the Public School system and was lost in the crowd. This school has not only been the best place for my son academically but also socially. He now has the self esteem and confidence to hold his head high!!! The staff is very professional and friendly, they have the ability to teach, mentor and guide the students to succeed. I highly recommend this school.
I love this school!!!! My childrens teachers are awesome. They go way and above what a public teacher would do. They stay after school and before school has long has it takes. They are always there. They give up what they are doing to teach these kids. The staff there is very helpful also. They are always nice and polite ever time I walk through the door!!!! The prinicpal is always willing to help and is very on top of issue also!!! I would recomend this school to anyone!!!!!!
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