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Bella Vista College Preparatory

Private | K-12 | 55 students

 

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Posted July 22, 2014

My child is so excited for school to begin! He loves the classes and teachers and the field trips add so much to his learning experience. I feel so fortunate to have my child at BV. He loves it and so do I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2014

A truly wonderful school! The teaching staff cares about each student. Because of the small size, no student is forgotten or left behind. Students are placed based upon academic performance and academic needs. Our kids have blossomed and become motivated and enthusiastic learners and leaders-something which would not have been possible in the public schools. I recently had an opportunity to talk to a friend's daughter who was in an honors English class in public school & discovered they took 1 year to learn how to do a research paper-with the final paper being their final grade. A whole year?! My kids learned the basics in 5th/6th grade and have been continuously polishing this skill throughout high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2014

Bella Vista is a school where the staff truly cares for the academic and personal success of each and every student in their charge. The small class sizes combined with the wide variety of courses offered provide students with an unparalleled opportunity in preparation for college and life. The classes are largely project based, enabling students to grasp concepts using real- world applications. I have personally seen how the staff strives to help each student achieve their personal best by recognizing and addressing the needs of the individual. Caring and striving for excellence is what make this school stand above the other learning institution choices.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 2, 2014

Terrible school. The teachers who work there are some of the worst people I've ever met. Hipocrites beyond measure. The amazing reviews below are written by the staff, It's pretty pathetic when you read it through. The school is depressing, and most of the kids can't wait to get out of there. The list of what's bad goes on and on. No one should have to go to a place like Bella Vista.


Posted February 25, 2014

Students enrolled in Bella Vista must demonstrate good behavior and be motivated to accomplish their goals. Bella Vista has a diverse population of foreign students that add their wonderful culture to the school. Bella Vista celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Its students are happy and motivated participating in programs that are not offered in other schools. The BV graduates have been accepted in some of the top universities. It is beyond a great school.


Posted July 22, 2013

Bella Vista students have served in the Cave Creek and surrounding communities for many years. As a community member, I have found myself working along side a student from Bella Vista on many occasions, whether it was serving at the shelter or picking up trash along the road, the BV students were always ready to help. Very impressive.


Posted July 22, 2013

I love this school! My child attended BV when it was only a middle school and he thrived! So happy to see BV now goes through high school. A fellow parent once described it as "Manna from heaven".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2013

Bella Vista Private School has been nothing less than a blessing to me. I began attending Bella Vista in the 5th grade and recently graduated. Bella Vista was truly an amazing experience, with an environment that was always pushing me to succeed and reach my full potential. Although it is a small private school, I couldn't have been more happy with the friends I met and my social life. I met people who I know I will be friends with for years to come. Unlike most private schools and public schools, the environment that you walk into everyday at Bella Vista makes you feel like you are actually part of something and not just another number in the student body. Bella Vista provided me with the opportunity to gain college credit while attending high school at the same time, allowing me to achieve 35 hours of college credit by the time I graduated. Bella Vista also takes several field trips a year, including going abroad to places such as Costa Rica. I couldn't imagine all of the opportunities I would've missed if I never chose to attend this elite private school. When I think about Bella Vista Private School, only one word comes to mind....Unforgettable.


Posted March 8, 2013

If you notice below, these reviews were written on the same day. I am familiar with Bella Vista and I can honestly say this was the worst school I have ever gone too, if there was an option for a negate numbered rating I would click on it. This school doesn't deserve even one star. As a former student of Bella Vista I can say that Bella Vista has made almost every single one of the kids want to leave or(if they are lucky enough) have already made plans to leave. The education taught in each class is dull and like the earlier post mentioned, I can say for a fact that almost half of the teachers at this school do not have degree's in the subjects they are teaching. The biggest point I have is that I may only be a former student, but I know that for a kid, this school is depressing, unwelcoming, and overall an unorganized school. If you are a parent or a kid looking for a private school, I urge you too look elsewhere because I promise you, you won't learn anything new past 6th grade, and you will regret ever joining this school.


Posted February 25, 2013

As a former student at Bella Vista I can honestly say I loved that school. The small class sizes allowed me to interact with the teachers personally to ensure maximum satisfaction; something you will definitely not get at a public school. Yes the new math teacher is the principals son, but because he is young, funny, and had extensive years of math credits at ASU while graduating in one of the top business schools in the world, the students love him. He is also in the process of obtaining his masters at GCU for education! The staff at Bella Vista is so friendly and supportive I don't know how anyone could dislike them. Overall, this school is the place to be and looking back at my past, I can honestly say these were the best years of my life!!!


Posted February 25, 2013

This school is great! My son says he loves the teachers and the education he is getting. The many clubs lets him get involved and interact socially. We love this school and the staff!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2012

As soon as you walk through the door to bella vista, you get a label put on you. All the teachers are either parent volunteers or the principal or vice. As one of the earlier reviews stated, they were too many hats. They are the janitorial staff, principals, teachers, bus drivers, and coaches. I can almost guarantee that all the good earlier reviews are from staff or the vice principal's kids. The math teacher doesnt even have a degree in mathematics, or teaching! And he is the principals son! The school is so small, its like 40 kids. Barely any of the kids enjoy going there, and they cannot accomidate kids with learning disabilities very well. They also force you to do clubs and other stuff that you dont want to do. Most of the kids have left, or want to leave. Most of the curriculum is found online for the students. Bottom line, Bella Vista is not the school for you, or anyone.


Posted December 21, 2011

BV is for those who appreciate small class sizes, high expectations (both academics and behavior), well rounded education, welcoming environment, variety of sports, and graduating with up to 35 college credits. Yes, the staff is small, but that helps keep the costs down and helps the staff and students understand each other better. As a parent, I appreciate that! The school is owned and operated by LOCAL educators who obviously enjoy kids, not a large corporation looking to make a profit. They are constantly looking for new and exciting programs to offer the students. Just this year they added a robotics competition, partnership with ASU to study Mars, and a very professional, full color, glossy magazine class. They have an amazing technology program which integrates with business. The magazine class shows all aspects of layout, publishing, sales, writing, graphics, etc.. The 8th grade students produce and present a full blown business plan for a new business of their choice. I could go on and on. Bottom line the students do very well academically and socially and they have a wide variety of choices. I can't imagine sending my two kids anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2011

As a devoted student at Bella Vista, I am deeply upset by the blatantly false accusations and comments against Bella Vista in previous posts. To say anything negative about this school is simply ridiculous.


Posted August 2, 2011

PARENTS BEWARE! This school is more hype than anything else. They claim so many great and wonderful things but their educational product is very lacking. They are terribly disorganized. They spend too much time promoting themselves instead of providing the exceptional education I was expecting. Other private schools have flourished through the poor economy. Not so for BVPS. Also, ask them about their refund or withdrawl policy - they don't believe in one; if they say otherwise, get it in writing. Ask them why their enrollment has shrunk and don't take the economy as the canned excuse. Bottom line, parents are yanking their kids out of this school because there are far better choices out there. I seriously doubt this school will be around in a couple of years. For the sake of those parents and the 3 decent teachers who drank the cool-aid, I hope that is not the case.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2011

Bella Vista is a gem of a school! My 12 year-old daughter is getting an excellent education. Having a teaching degree myself, I can honestly say the academic expectations at this school are high and appropriate. The scope of offerings is unlike what I found at any other area schools. In addition to the core subjects, they also offer art, drama, music and a phenomenal technology and business program. Because all the class sizes are small, advanced and struggling students alike get the attention they deserve in every subject. The students are able to participate in several sports, competing against other local schools ....and they have a great record in most sports! One of the best things about Bella Vista is the respect and kindness shown from the both the staff and the students. We moved here from out of state last year. My daughter felt welcomed from the very beginning. I would whole heartedly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2010

The teachers and staff at Bella Vista are very professional with a high degree of education. They are very friendly and have a well bond with the students that makes everyone feel welcome. They take pride in everything that they have worked for always ensuring the students the best possible outcome. I love the fact that the students get to be involved in learning outside the classroom due to the multiple field trips that are taken throughout the year. They have just recently added the early-college program which gives certain students the opportunity to get a jump start on obtaining credits for college. It is a superb, well rounded school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2010

I was a former student at Bella Vista and the opportunities that it gave me helped me achieve my dreams. Their high academic standards guided me to be way above my peers as I graduated and went onto a new school. A main impact that made me so successful was their small student to teacher ratio. Being in a smaller environment gave me the opportunity and knowledge I needed at a quicker pace with excess information. I am very grateful of Bella Vista Private School and I will always cherish the numerous things it has done for me.


Posted December 20, 2010

At Bella Vista there is too much of a laxed attitiude for education. They give the students too many breaks with a very long lunch. The students stroll into class in the morning at whatever time they want to arrive. Most students arent going to rush to school If they know Its fine to be late without consequences. The teachers are not Interesting enough to keep the students focused. I think the school has taken advantage of the parents and students by not giving the education promised. Its everything but a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2010

This private school has much room for Improvement . The teachers are too set in their ways, not seeing what is best to make the school a better environment for students The school has only a handful of teachers, and three that teach class after class. I dont think It helps having the same teachers, which also act as principle, vice principle and bus driver. coach...too many hats. It makes for a very dull learning experience. variety and having teachers that specialize in certain subjects would be essential for this school. too bad for Bella Vista.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Hispanic 6% 43%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Arizona Student Film Festival-8th Grade Public Service Announcement category (2008)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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  • Mathematics
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

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  • Spanish
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  • French
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
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School Leader's name
  • Lisa Artenian
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • MSA
  • NCA
  • NIPSA
Fax number
  • (480) 575-7932

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  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Soccer
  • Softball

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Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
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  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Dance
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  • Parents are actively involved in the school as is the community. bella vista hosted the cave creek candidates forum in 2004 in our theater arts room and will be organizinf teh sonoran arts league hidden in the hills youth art for the festival in 2008. local businesses participated and mentored the students in their open for business project and the students and parents raised money for the local food bank and animal shelter. the kiwanis sponsor a local builders club for the school.
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  • Bella Vista Private School is committed to providing the finest in education for your child in a challenging and caring environment. Your children will be exposed to a 21st century learning environment. Bella Vista is proud to be an innovator in education. Seventy Percent (70%) of our faculty has a Masters Degree or above, one of the highest ratios among private or public schools in the area. Our students love learning and love coming to school. that is why we say Bella Vista is "What A School Should Be!".
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33401 N. 56th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85331
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