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K-12
Public charter
Mesa, AZ
Students enrolled: 192

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5761 E. Brown Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85205

(480) 635-1900
(480) 834-6210
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November 09, 2014
My children have been going to LFPA Alta Mesa for the past three years. They absolutely love it. All of the extra carricular classes they offer are wonderful. I was so pleased to see all the updates made over the summer, from the new classrooms to the new stage for performances! I love the small family atmosphere this school brings and the individualized manner in which myself and children are treated. The only "complaint" I have are seeing the parents on here who leave negative ratings and comments, when they have little to no involvement with the school itself. I have seen first hand all the hard work and dedication the teachers and staff put in for their and everyone's children. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2014
Second year that my child is at this school and although he likes it. We think it is horrible. Poor supervision, poor choices ( showed a rated R movie o 7th graders filled with drugs, nudity and profanity), had lice issue and barely monitored if it was gone. They rarely answer our email and the grading does seem to show favoritism. The standardized test show the true level of teahing .

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2014
This is our first year at LFPA Alta Mesa. I have a kindergartener that is an only child with separation issues, but she loves school so much I can't get her to want to leave. When I pick her up from aftercare she cries and gets mad because she wants to stay longer. I have never seen her like this and the teachers and principal are always so friendly and kind to us. We love it here and are glad this is the choice we made for her school.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2014
I have a second grader that had Ms. Murphy this year and she loved being in her class. She is really excited about going to third grade too. All of the teachers are always friendly in the afternoons when I pick her up and she is always excited to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
We love this school! I had considered putting my kids in a district school because of the easier transportation but when I mentioned it to them, my kids had a fit and said they don't ever want to go to any other school.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2014
I am a student at this school and it is absolutely horrible and unacceptable. I wanted to go to a good performing arts school to have fun and be able to do the things I enjoy doing and get the grades I try so hard for but, here it's anything but fun. First the teachers are very unprofessional and rude, they don't even care about the students unless you are on the basketball team or top dancer in cheer. They have huge amounts of favoritism, if they don't like you, you're going to find out. I know this to be true. And the principle she is one of the worst, she is completely different when there aren't any parents around and the things she says and does and how the teachers treat the students here totally ruined my want to even come to school I used to love school until coming here. Also there are huge amounts of bullying and nothing is done about it, the teacher will see and hear it going on and they do absolutely nothing at all! In fact the teachers here even bully, spreading rumors and gossip about students they don't like, it's disgusting I plan to leave when the school year is over, and hopefully something is done about these horrific events that go on here. It's wrong.

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2014
As a parent coming from another state I am very cautious about who my children are around for most of the day. That is why I chose a charter school. This school has allowed me access to the campus and I am able to be involved with my children's learning. They are warm and inviting. I have had the opportunity to meet several elementary teacher because of I have multiple children. I have yet to have any concerns.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
This is our first year at LFPA and we love it. My daughter is in 7th grade and had never played the piano in her life. I was so proud to watch her at the last performance. I like to volunteer a lot at the school and the school did make me obtain a Fingerprint clearance card in order to do so, but I was ok with that. My daughter loves Mrs. Linder and is always bragging about all the fun things she does with the kids and how she always dresses up and makes the dances and stuff fun. Whenever I sign in and out to volunteer the gal at the front is always friendly and when Ms. Triggs and Ms. Rutledge aren't tied up they always say hi and thank me for everything I do. We love it here and hope they invite us back next year and continue to let me help.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
I like the school. We may not have things that other schools have, but we make up for it with other things like our performing arts and trips like School In the Woods. We even won Division Champions for Ultimate Frisbee this year. I have been attending LFPA Alta Mesa for 8 years and I am about to graduate next month. The school has done a lot for me. I probably would not be graduating if not for the school and their resource department. I wouldn't change anything other than maybe the use of cell phones, but I understand why it is a school policy.

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2014
I think that the people raving about the school must be personal friends of the principal and teachers. Unless you come from a dreadful school you will not be pleased. Substandard all the way around. They do about 3 talent shows per year. Nothing that different from a conventional school. There is NO real emphasis on the arts. It is run like a reform school or alternative school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
Learning Foundation and Performing Arts school Alta Mesa Campus is not a very good school. You get students who bully others and they get away with it. 2 out of the 4 high school teachers are the only good thing about this school. The rest including the principle, and secretary at the front desk and other staff members are very unprofessional. The teachers are lazy, judgmental, and have huge favoritism. Including the principle. So if your student is having bully issues or needs help or for any reason needs to deal with the principle if they are not liked or in the favorites of staff nothing will be done except your student getting a write up for some made up story. Also, they discriminate about sexual orientation, and they get away with it since the learning foundation district office doesn't care either. So if your child is serious about learning DO NOT send them to this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2013
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!

- submitted by a community member
March 20, 2013
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)

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2012
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

- submitted by a community member
May 26, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
May 25, 2012
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!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
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!

- submitted by a community member
April 10, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2012
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!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
We love this school. We switched from a public school 2 years ago, and chose to go the charter school route and we couldn't have picked a better place for our kids. They love their teachers, and classmates. Our kids seem to be doing much better now that they are happy. There AIMS scores have improved significantly and they just seem to be thriving on the whole environment. Thank you Alta Mesa!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2012
I thought this schol would offer small classes, close community atmosphere, and a great place for my kids to excel. It doesnt. The teachers are lazy. Lessons plans and papers from the internet are being sused. The kids raise their hands to go to the bathroom. No more lining up and going as a class. I bet a lot of kids hold off potting. The kids are in and out of the doors unattended or escorted. Its a strip mall! The lunches are over priced, but who cares. No one makes sure they eat anyway. They have "Reading program" i painted on the doors.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2012
Wow, I'm really surprised by some of the reviews. I brought my children here from a top rated school district. I wanted smaller class sizes, where they could get more one on one attention. I love the "family" feel, that nearly everyone knows my children by name, and will take a moment to check in and let me know where they're succeeding, or where they may be struggling. The staff couldn't be more helpful if they tried. The teachers are top notch. Oh and guess what? My children absolutely thrive in the smaller environment, where they're more than just another body filling a chair - they're actual people.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2011
I am a new teacher at LFPA Alta Mesa. There is very strong leadership and teacher collaboration. The teachers are very committed to their students, and it shows through not only in the classrooms, but also in the staff meetings. The teachers discuss better ways to help struggling students and have even spent their own time creating a "student lounge" for the older students to have a more welcoming atmosphere. I am very pleased to join the LFPA Alta Mesa teaching staff!

- submitted by a teacher
August 20, 2011
My kids have gone to this school for three years and love the teachers and the principal. I was shocked to read a couple of the ratings, but I guess you can't please everyone. My oldest even left and went tried public school at the start of ninth grade and didn't like it as much so he ended up going back. So seeing both sides my kids get much more attention and one on one help. The teachers always e-mail me right away to keep me informed and although my kids have never been in trouble and I don't know the principal on a personal level she is always very nice and I always see the kids running up to her and excited to see her at the end of the day when I pick up my kids. I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2011
I was told my children could take the bus no matter where we lived, but when it came to school time; "ohh we are full, sorry about that". 8:10 rolls around and there are 2 vans sitting out front of the school. Maybe my kids could ride in those vans? Very misleading, will look for a new school next year

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2011
There is a very bad learning environment at this school. The teachers are great, but are not allowed to teach to their best abilities. Students are not all treated the same, and there is a very bad spirit amont the teachers due to an over bearing principal. I would not recommend any one send their children there. They will not get a good education.

- submitted by a community member
November 12, 2010
I am very impressed with this school, I have seen them take my barley passing child and turn them around in just a few short months, where a 10 school had not.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2010
I LOVE this school! Ratings aren't everything because I transferred my son here from a school rated 10/10. This school is small enough that they really get to know the students and parents. The students' best interest and education are the priorities at Learning foundation. My son went from hating school to excited to learn. I am so appreciative for this school and their staff!!!! Thank you for doing such a great job!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 28, 2009
I love this school. My oldest started last year when we lived just down the street-but now we moved further away, but the school is amazing that we are keeping the kids enrolled!

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November 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2008
My child had been in a public school for 1st & 2nd grade, he was unable to comprehend basic literature. ! year at LFPA & his Aims tests were remarkable! He is going to stay as long as we live in the area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 04, 2008
I have two children attending LFPA. I have never seen them so excited and motivated about school. Many kids in this school have had a hard time with public school and come to LFPA and really shine.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
I have two kid's that have attended this school since they opened. I am very impressed! Both of my children have grown and learned so much, their grades have gone way up and the staff are awesome! They have performances quite often, and we haven't missed a single one. I am so proud of my children, and this school! Way to go Alta Mesa!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2008
I have been working at LFPA for the past two years. I love working there. It is the first school I have worked for that really cares about their students best interest. Education is very important to them. They are always willing to provide me with the necessary tools to educate my students to the best of my abilities. I am also impressed in how much I have seen students improve and become successful since coming to our school. It gets an A+ rating from me!!!

- submitted by a teacher
April 25, 2008
My two children attend this school and love going to school. My Kindergarten student is reading and math at first grade level. My third grader is reading at 4th grade level. The teachers are great. The principal is fantastic. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2008
This has been an amazing school year for the son in the 5 grade at LFAPA. The teacher has excelled at his job. My son has improved his reading level by 2 grade because of his teacher and this school. The staff makes us feel at home and welcome anytime. The Principal is amazing and care deeply about every student. Great Place to be

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
My child has gone to this school since it first opened last year. I was amazed to see the transformations this year. Everyday she is so excited to go to school. It is such a warm caring environment. You can feel it in the atmosphere. The teachers really give her the one on one support that she needs. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
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Learning Foundation And Performing Arts Alta Mesa
5761 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, AZ  85205
(480) 635-1900
Last modified Learning Foundation And Performing Arts Alta Mesa is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Learning Foundation And Performing Arts Alta Mesa Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top