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7-12
Public charter
Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 250
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After care: No

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7191 East Ashler Hills Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85266

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(480) 488-5583
(480) 488-6902
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September 29, 2014
Here is a great review because we are so against government run schools that we have home-schooled our children. We decided this year to give FACP a try and are so very happy we did! What a great bunch of people. You would never know this was a public school as the teachers and staff treat it like a private. So very happy with Foothills Academy College Prep. I wish more public schools would take note of how this school runs!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2014
Foothills Academy has lost its way. Budget cuts or apathy?.... who knows. It is unfortunate. Though there are a few excellent and dedicated teachers in the mix but just as many bad. Administration seems never to listen or support students or parents. I never thought I would never say this, but I am glad my children are back in public schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2014
This school by no terms should have even an eight rating. It is a lie to call this school college prep. It is more like a school fit for those who have no drive or willpower. I recently left the school because it was not challenging, when I asked my friend why he did not leave he replied that it was an easy ticket to a good college. It is a real shame that this school would be named so highly with such a truly terrible education program, when I attended I knew that it was not preparing me for college in the slightest. In a sentence I would describe it as an unstructured, free ride to college, for rich kids.

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2014
This school truly is terrible i think i can say this as i used to be a student, all they are worried about is uniforms and funding, which they can't even spend right.

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2014
I was extremely disappointed at the athletic programs. They are stupid. The soccer team wins nearly no games due to lack of coaching, the basketball game can barely make playoffs and i have heard that the varsity baseball coach has left because he is upset with the school. keep in mind this school is also at the lowest sports division possible. If you are looking for a decent athletic program do not come here.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
As a student attending this school I must say that it is terrible. On this website it gives principal leadership 3 stars, that is utter blasphemy! The principal at this school shows us how a school shouldn't be run. Along with a teacher rating of 4, my question is how? Very few of the teachers can teach effectively or even keep the class under control. I would not recommend this school to anyone as it provides no real education and is simply a joke.

- submitted by a community member
September 04, 2014
The principal is completely incompetent, the director doesn't know what's going on, the math teacher doesn't know how to teach, the Spanish teacher can't convey a lesson and is extremely unprofessional and the biology teacher only shows Youtube videos. This is really not much of a school, this is coming from a student. Wouldn't recommend coming here.

- submitted by a community member
September 02, 2014
My daughter is new to this school this year, but I am already happy that I made the change. My daughter just entered 7th grade and was nervous about starting a new school where she did not know anyone. After a couple of days I could see she was excited to get up and go to school because the students and her teachers were so welcoming. She loves all of her teachers and said she been learning a lot, especially about technology. I think the smaller classroom setting has really helped her adjust and feel like she fits in. I am so pleased with this school and look forward to what my daughter can achieve in the future.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2014
Foothills Academy should have a 10 rating, not an 8, since it is A-rated by the AZ Department of Education. Also, people should know that FA ranks 8th in the state for number of students who actually go on to graduate from college, according to a study by the AZ Board of Regents. Negative reviews I've seen appear to be made by people who didn't fit the college prep program, which fosters self-direction and student-centered education. It's not for everyone. There are small classes, and a safe, healthy school environment is maintained. I highly recommend this school (and I hope Great Schools will correct its rating -- FA deserves it!).

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2014
As a former student of the school, I can honestly say attending Foothills was one of the worst decisions I ever made. If you're new to the school or are considering enrolling here, do yourself a favor and stop! The administration has single-handedly run the school into the ground. There is no sense of pride among the students, the sports programs are a complete joke, and to top it all off the academics are nowhere near as challenging or impressive as they are made out to be. Still not convinced? The administration enforces bizarre events upon the entire student body. Would any high school student out their like to participate in a school wide drum circle? Then this is the place for you! This school is swarming with problems. So many that I don't have enough space to list them all. Don't be fooled by the image this school projects. Foothills Academy is truly awful.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2014
We have two children attending Foothills Academy. Our oldest daughter started at the inception of the Elementary Prep school which opened its doors in 2009, and is now moving on to the College Prep. campus. We are more than thrilled with the achievements, maturity, and advances our children have attained from attending the school. Foothills Academy focuses on each individual's academic ability, and challenges them to achieve their full potential. The staff, and teachers assist each student to become independent thinkers, as well as, nurture their personal development. They encourage students to think and act as leaders. The small class size creates the perfect environment for individual attention, and an atmosphere for exceptional peer alliance. Of all the educational options that exist in the North Valley, we know without a doubt that Foothills Academy was by far the best choice for our children.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2014
This school started out to be such a great opportunity of higher learning but over the course of the last 2 years, it has went from penthouse to odd house. The administration leadership has driven this school into the depths of mediocrity. I have withdrawn both of my children this year and they could not be more pleased. The sports program is very good considering the talent that they have to work with. Some of the coaches have been there many years and have driven the program as best they could with the limited resources. They give their all and are not appreciated!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
Contrary to the last few reviews, I would like to express my dissatisfaction with Foothills Academy. After spending three years at the school, I have withdrawn my son. I'm withdrawing him for many reasons, too many to list in this review. I completely disagree with the Administrations' philosophies, and it's known that academically the school has been deteriorating. Just look at the rankings here-what was once a 10 is now an 8....there will be a substantial exit of upperclassmen next year, and for very good reasons. Foothills is losing some of their best. High school should not only be rewarding and challenging academically, but also socially. There is no school spirit or "fun" events ie. dances etc that these kids should be able to enjoy. There is no student involvement or attendance at sports events, no cheerleaders, or spirit clubs. The school held a "drum circle" at the end of the school year. Sorry, but I don't think that is any high school student's idea of fun. I'm looking forward to my son attending a high school that offers a more traditional education(weighted Honors, AP & IB), and a more fun and rewarding experience.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
My daughter has attended Foothills Academy College Prep since 6th grade. She has had nothing but positive experiences...educationally, socially and with extra curricular activities. She is continually challenged in the classroom. Beginning in with 6th grade Science where she was propelled to a new level of performance we had not seen previously in public school. She was instructed in English during her 7th and 8th grade years by one of the best teacher she has ever had. Last year, in 10th grade, her writing developed on a whole new level. As a result of the advanced math curriculum she experienced over the past 5 years, my daughter performed exceptionally on the 10th grade AIMS math assessment. The small classroom size and extraordinarily caring teachers and staff have been a real benefit to my daughter. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking for an academically challenging curriculum in a small family-like environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
We currently have four children attending Foothills and have been there for almost five years. My background is in private education and have found my children's education to be equivalent to the private education that I received. We are grateful to be a part of Foothills and look forward to all four of our children graduating from there.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
My daughter was struggling at the local public high school and came to this school and flourished with a caring staff, and small classes. She still struggles in math but the program is advanced; the principal met with us and outlined a good academic plan to help our daughter succeed. My son is thinking about joining his sister there for high school, but doesn't like the uniform strictness.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
Facp is not what I expected. I started attending the school in 4th grade and loved it until the end of 6th grade. I came to facp with great hopes and expectations that it would be the place that I graduate from. this was not the case. Most of my teacher are great but some don't even teach and just give us "Free Time". I moved schools in fourth grade for a challenging education, which I got up until the college prep. before coming to the college prep I was a straight A student. now, because of the lack of motivation and method, I am a straight C student. I will not be attending for highschool. The school cares more about their ego and appearance than the education that they give. props to the teachers who actually stand up for themselves against our principal.

- submitted by a community member
May 13, 2014
This school has taught me the corruption of society. Not only being far below average in teacher's abilities it also has a dysfunctional faculty. The teachers do not motivate the students, the athletic programs are below average, and the lack of social activities is appalling. DO NOT COME TO THIS SCHOOL!!!

- submitted by a community member
April 27, 2014
This is by far the worst school I have ever been to. (I have been to 6 other high schools and this is definitely the worst and most unorganized) The teachers let all the students do whatever they want. I have seen sooo many students on their phones the whole class and I am constantly seeing kids just run around the campus during class. The teachers don't care about any of the students or their grades. Everyone in my math class gets the homework answers online for every assignment handed out and our teachers gives us the exact test the day before. I also know of many students who sit in the office where the online students are when they decide not to take a test. I will definitely 100% will not be coming back next year.

- submitted by a community member
April 15, 2014
My student was struggling at the larger, public school in the area and I am so glad what we found Foothills Academy. Ever since she started school here her grades have improved and she has been becoming more social. She was overwhelmed with the larger class sizes at her former public school and now she is more comfortable with the 18 students that are in her class. I am thankful that there is a school like this in our area because it really helped make my daughter become a better and more organized student and it has helped her socially

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
I have been very happy with the teachers, staff, and the principal at this school. Everyone was very welcoming when my son started here and he loves his current teacher. He seems to be learning a lot more and understanding the materials much better since he is in a smaller classroom environment. Overall Foothills Academy has been a great transition for our family I look forward to how my son s education improves over the years at this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
Foothills Academy College Preparatory is the the best thing I have done for my education. I am currently a senior here and like many students, I choose to be here. I have been at Foothills since I was a sixth grader, briefly leaving to try a public high school and quickly coming back. The class sizes are small, and I couldn't imagine Foothills any other way. The teachers want all of their students to succeed, and consistently do their very best in order to make that possible. The classes are challenging, yet manageable. The administration could not be more helpful. The women at the front desk are two of the nicest people I have ever met, and are there for whatever you could possibly need. The teachers I have had have shaped me in ways I can not begin to describe. Senior Project, a hands on internship or volunteer project, is one of the most rewarding opportunities the school presents. Foothills is a family, and I have grown here. Not only with the students, but the faculty as well. This fall my classmates and I will attend awesome schools across the country with great career paths in mind. Overall, I would not change the time I spent at Foothills Academy in the slightest.

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2014
Foothills Academy is a great school because it provides students with wonderful teachers in a small and family-like school setting. The small class sizes allow the students to get a more one-on-one teaching experience, which helps them understand and grasp the concepts faster and longer. It is wonderful to watch the students grow from K-12th grade as a family unit and leave with a respect for their teachers and their school because they have grown up and matured at their second home, Foothills Academy. If you are interested in having your child get an advanced eduction in an intimate and friendly setting, the Foothills Academy is the right school for you.

- submitted by a teacher
April 08, 2014
It is wonderful that Foothills Academy offers college prep curriculum. A friend of my family s daughter attends school here and she loves it. Her daughter says she is challenged by her teachers and is always learning something new and interesting in her classes. She also loves that she can be involved in the volleyball program there and is always excited to invite me to watch her compete in her games. I wish I had a college prep school for my kids when they were growing up, but I am glad that my friend s daughter gets to receive her education from this school.

- submitted by a community member
January 06, 2014
I'm a student attending this school and I am very disappointed in this school. Last year, it was great. The teachers were fantastic and the students were actually nice. Cases of bullying were rare. Now, this year, the teachers are unmotivated. First off, the math department is completely messed up. Last year, one of the only good math teachers left. Another thing wrong is the school cares more about the dress code than what you learn. You can't even wear all black shoes with bits of white lining or else they'll make you put black duct tape on your shoes. Now, there are some pros to the school. It is small and the classes are nice since you don't have so many students. The campus is very easy to walk around and it's almost impossible to get lost. But, sadly, bullying is increasing this year and it seems as if no one is doing anything about it. If you are coming to this school or plan on it; be prepared to deal with a administration that doesn't listen half the time and also, you might need to get a tutor soon. I really hope Foothills will shape it up next year, or else, I will definitely not be returning.

- submitted by a community member
November 20, 2013
I'm currently a sophomore attending Foothills and don't not plan on returning after this year. What used to be a decent school is now nothing more than a daycare center. The students are unmotivated, the sports programs are pitiful, and many of the teachers could care less about engaging their students and providing a quality education for them. College Prep? Yeah right.

- submitted by a community member
May 19, 2013
My son has had a great year 7th grade year at FACP. We came from a public school down the street where he had 36 kids in class, and it was awful. Here he has 17 kids, and is participating much more and has learned a ton this year. ( Many of the low reviews sound like sour grapes from students who couldn't cut it there.) Fine by me. Keep the classes small and the academics challenging.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2013
I attended foothills as a freshman and left. The student body as a whole is very stuck up. Many kids manage too show off their money even though they are required to wear uniforms. There is little extra curriculur activities and if you are interested in participating in sports I would not recommend attending this school. The education you receive is good though but despite the small size of the school the teachers generally do not care about the students which i find very odd. The best decision I have made so far is leaving foothills. There are a few good people which I still keep in contact with but the majority of the student body are spoiled and have stuck up and negative attitudes. I may seem negative right now but I'm just saying the truth about my experience at foothills.

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2012
Foothills Academy has been a good school for both my children. I have a child at each of the schools. My children have done well stepping up to the acadademic challenge. The teachers are vested in the children and their success. The principles at both schools offer solutions to challenges and are willing work with the families to promote a safe learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
I'm a current student at Foothills, and I don't plan on returning next year. I just moved to Arizona at the beginning of the school year, and my parents enrolled my brother and me in Foothills because they'd seen the reviews on this site and believed it would be a great school. Most of the teachers are fine, but the administration really needs a lot of help. The principal is more concerned with the dress code then the curriculum, which I think is ridiculous, and the teachers really can't stand up to her. As I said, most of the teachers are fine, but there are two or three who I'd like to see replaced, but they will undoubtedly return next year because the administration doesn't pay close enough attention to the classes at the school. Overall, I would not recommend this school even thought the other reviews make it seem great. I can assure you, from a student perspective, that it is not what it appears.

- submitted by a community member
May 14, 2012
Foothills Middle School offers a solid education. The majority of the teachers have 10+ years in the classroom and it shows. Students have to work. There are some behavioral problems, but I think most schools have "some kids" that are disruptive. The school administration does deal with those students. Parents aren't that involved with the school, however, I think this is common during the middle school years and the school does not lack because of a smallish parent organization.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2012
I currently have two teens at Foothillsl Academy. We're so looking forward to switching schools next year. We simply could not be more disappointed. While there are a handful of good teachers, there are too many who should not be in any classroom anywhere. The principal is more concerned with dress code than with education. Standards for academics and behavior are very low..

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
Great motivated and well trained Teachers and small class size. our children love going here. Awesome team sports!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
My children attended Foothills Academy Elementary Prep for two years. They both have 504's. They are well behaved, intelligent and respectful children.This school was in constant violation of the civil rights law that was created to help level the playing field for children with learning disorders/disabilities. When they left, both were far behind academically to the point where I thought I would have to hold them back a year. Teachers do not partner with parents, they pay little to no regard to the 504's, principle does not follow up, or through. They are a public charter school and are to abid by the law. So please spare me the "they do not belong there." They are now attending another charter school and are both working independently and becoming strong students, and doing the same work as all the students in their grade. They have caught up academically in two months. Their new school believes in the value of making every child successful, by honoring the 504's and teachers partnering parents. It takes a village.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2011
Originally attending public school with great grades I dreamed of attending some 'utopia of education' but I was so disappointed. Most kids leave before their senior year to attend public school. Behavioral issues are rampant and the admin. is too tired to deal with bratty kids who threaten to sue each other. Cheating was common, I agree, and some students have such a lax relationship with their teachers that it just ends up doing them a disservice. WAKE UP FOOTHILLS! You're not doing your students any favors by pushing ill prepared students into higher classes for YOUR sake. I'm sorry that the brightest most mature minds don't live close enough to populate your school OR the most experienced teachers (so they're willing to take anyone with a degree in the field even if they aren't actually good at being an ACTUAL teacher). I am one of the very few students in my senior class still attending college even though at graduation they act like everyone is going to a university on scholarship. It was embarrassing for them that I was a high scoring student and planning on attending a community college. In actuality they should have been embarrassed with the institution they were running.

- submitted by a community member
August 21, 2011
What an incredible school. Hard to adjust to curriculum first year, but with the support from a great teaching staff my kids are both honor students at this all honor class school. They were and are taught great leadership skills, not to mention the incredible acedemic instruction.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2011
GREAT small school environment focused on the success of each child. Fewer kids in each class means more time for individual help. The kids know each other and take pride in their school.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2011
I have kids in both Foothills Academy Elementary Prep and College Prep. A friend recommended the schools and I was not disappointed. My kids are good students who are rarely a discipline problem. The school is perfect for families who are supportive and who truly care about their children's education. I sense that those who complain the most are the ones who don't really belong there. The admininstration is very alert to behavior issues, meanness, and disruptive behaviors. They are not tolerated. The faculty are all highly qualified (check the website). I couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2011
I am a student at Foothills Academy High School. I have had a miserable year. There have been many problems with the lack of discipline some of the teachers seem to have. My parents emailed the principal of the school, but the only thing said was "We don't pay the teachers enough to tell them how to run their classroom." The biology teacher is an extremist who throws his bias into everything. The Algebra teacher can't teach. I have tutored the majority of my class thanks to her unwillingness to help us out. The administration is unorganized and is incapable of being professional. The Spanish teachers can't teach- I have had 3 years of Spanish and I can barely get past "Hola, como estas?" They also are unwillingly/cannot discipline the students. The school is poor, there is a huge lack of activities, and the sports lack any excitement. I deserve better, and so do all of you. This school has not prepared me for college. There has been a huge cheating problem this year, and most teachers were either unaware or care enough to stop it. I would say to stay away from this school. The teachers are terrible, the administration is unprofessional, and the school is limited.

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2011
I am the parent of three students at FAEP. I must say that my children are extremely happy and love this school community. I believe the principal does an extraordinary job of leading the school and he truly cares about each student. The teachers are very accomplished and do an excellent job. Bad behavior is not tolerated or overlooked. If you have high expectations for your kid's future...this might be the perfect fit for your family. My ten year old daughter often tells me... " at FAEP you are being prepared for Harvard!!!"

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2011
If you are looking for a recommendation to the elementary school please do your homework and understand the dynamics of how the school is run. I personally have witnessed and been attacked verbally by the principal, he has hung up on me after bringing to his attention my child's 3rd grade teacher made a very inappropriate comment in front of the entire class regarding a very confidential medical issue. The director who is also the principal at the high school claimed to have gotten involved and gave very specific examples of a class observation however my son stated the principal observed his class and told me of the exact examples given by the director. My child is gifted FAEP tested him and nothing was done to challenge or see him reach his potential. Things are taken very personal if any action by the school is questioned. I was directly told by my child's teacher that my assistance was no longer needed in the classroom but received several request from the room parent stating a need for volunteers. We will complete this academic year however will not return. This school will not prep your child for what is expected of them at the college preparatory campus. -3rd grade parent

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2011
Something to understand about FA - it does not cater to regular students. This is a college prep school, and teachers will not spoon information into students' minds like in a regular high school. Students must be willing to work hard and be willing to learn at this school and if they are, it's a perfect match. I'm a 2010 graduate and I loved Foothills. I felt appreciated and accepted by the faculty and my teachers were absolutely amazing. As a current college student, I am glad that I had the experiences I had at FA I learned that in the real world professors do not often teach lessons and that if I don t teach myself, I ll fail. The only difference between college and FA is that I could always go to the teachers for help after class. If students are complaining about this school it is probably because they are being disciplined when they thought they could get away with their poor behavior. There is nothing wrong with FA - in fact, it was probably my greatest decision to go there. I'm proud to be an alumnus and I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to walk through those gates. that I did. I miss it often - it's not every day you find a school that is such a loving family.

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2011
I am currently in my last of seven years at Foothills. Do not believe the other reviews, the majority of the senior class has been here for years and is a warm and welcoming group. I remember my middle school years here being somewhat difficult; however, I believe that middle school will be difficult no matter where you go. It is a time of transition and great personal growth. Meanwhile, my high school experience has been nothing short of amazing, especially in the math and science departments. The students in my class are planning a variety of careers, from engineering to English teaching; their futures were not chosen for them, and in fact I think Foothills has broadened their horizons by exposing them to different, challenging subjects and by allowing them to choose their electives during high school. I myself entered sixth grade terrified of math and science and am now planning to attend a Southern Ivy next year with a double major in engineering and premedicine. Great school, for those who are willing to take advantage of the opportunities offered. You will find a great deal of loyalty among the upperclassmen.

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2011
This is my last year at Foothills Academy. I have attended this school since 6th grade and there has never been a dull moment. From field days to awesome field trips, science labs to talent shows, this school always has something fun to offer. I can honestly say I'm glad I grew up here. I have made so many amazing memories with friends that will last a lifetime. It will be sad to leave Foothills Academy after so many years but I know that I am well prepared. Not only do the teachers expertly teach their subjects, but I have noticed they really do care. Most of the teachers offer their free time to tutor and many students consider teachers friends. Foothills has wacky but halarious science teachers, big hearted math teachers and the sweetest english teachers I have ever met. I will miss my friends, teachers, and even the administration. They have given me so much love over the years and do the same for all Foothills Academy students. Thank you Foothills for making my experience in Middle School and High School the best it could possible be. Next year I am attending the Air Force Academy, fully confident in the way Foothills has prepared me. Thank you and I'll miss you!

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2011
Our daughter has been a student at Foothills Academy for 4 years. She is now a sophomore in high school. We have been very happy with the quality of the education she has received. We chose FA for several reasons but especially because of the smaller class sizes and strong academic focus. We are confident that we made the right decision in sending our daughter to FA. She is enjoying school and achieving excellent grades. We know she will be ready for college in a couple of years and will be successful and productive in whatever career she follows. Thank you, Foothills Academy, for providing our daughter with a wonderful education!

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2010
Teachers are too comfortable in their yrs of teaching at this school, most no longer care about the student muchless the subjects to be taught or maybe visa versa. Someone needs to shake things up over there. The high school students are being dropped by the wayside while the new elementary school is their main focus. This WAS a great school, not any longer unless things change with the Admin. and some teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 19, 2010
My son has been at Foothills Academy for 6th, 7th and 8th grade. He is staying for Highschool. I think this school has been great for him. Small class sizes, lovely campus and the work has challenged him! Thank you Foothills! My youngest Son is going to Foothills Elementary in the Fall.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Foothills was a HUGE mistake. For I miss took the institution as a serious academic environment. All promises, no action. Beware of an unorganized math department. There aren't any extra curricular activities. Even the school recommended tutor suggested that the local public school was a better choice. Foothills is just an easy way for the rich families to separate their children from the middle class. I am so very disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
My child will be easily ready for High School and confident for College.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Foothills Academy in Scottsdale, AZ has a small class size, great staff, and academically oriented students. There are less than 250 students in the entire school, but the school is able to offer a variety of after-school activities.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2010
Im a Freshman at Foothills Academy and i am defianetly not going to this school next year. Many people i know at this school are either forced here by their parents or are only staying at Foothills because of their friends. Many of the teachers either don't have any idea what they are doing or they don't care about their students. The 6th and 7th graders here are way to grown up for their age due to high school exposure. The kids are out of control and the teachers let their students run wild. In fact, i was able to go on top of the school roof and not one teacher noticed

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 24, 2010
i think that the shool is awesome. i disagree with the people that say it is horrible

- submitted by a student
no rating February 23, 2010
the students futures are chosen for them. they're classes are chosen for them. it is a sheltered enviorment not allowing students to grow. i would not suggest this horrible awful school to anyone. this is my personal opinion. many students do not end up staying through the full 4 years of the high school. not a good school, personaly.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 05, 2009
I attended FA in 6th grade. It was horrible. I didn't even get past the first semester. I was always excelling in school so I went here for a challenge, horrible descion. The classes were so easy and absolutely no work was done. The students were all out of control and I witnessed smoking going on in the bathroom. Now being in 10th grade at a public school I couldn't be happier that we left. I would not recommend this school to anyone. Horrible staff that doesn't care about the students or parents at all

- submitted by a student
no rating September 17, 2009
My son thrives at Foothills Academy. He is accepted, challenged and respected here. We love this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2009
I like this school it is way better than my other one, discipline could be a little better though

- submitted by a student
August 11, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
May 10, 2009
Our experience at Foothills Academy was extremely poor. After repeatedly addressing numerous bullying issues with FH with no success, We finally removed our student from FH after our doctor recommended this for our students safety. We would not recommend this school to anyone nor do we have anything positive to say about our experience at FH. Our student is now enrolled in another school and is safe, happy, and enjoying school and kind friends again.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 23, 2009
Do your homework before enrolling your your student in foothills. This school is not for everyone. Some good teachers but mostly not good. School is NOT welcoming and warm by any means. Seems like they just want MONEY. Beware of the hundred emails asking for money. Teacher's just don't care and they don't give you one on one help when you need it. This was a comment from my child. For a small school I expected so much more. This was so disappointing for us. I had to pull my child out in the middle of the year, I am so happy we did. Finally comes home happy from school.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2009
As an alumni student of Foothills Academy , I can say that this school was and will always be the best school for me. I have read the negative comments about this school and those people do not know what they are talking about. Some claim that Foothills Academy has behavioral issues. It seems that these reviewers have not even stepped into a public school because at a public school, the administration will take mininmal action to those kinds of behavior. I know this for a fact because I left public school for that reason. My first day of school at Foothills I was welcomed with open arms to all of the staff and students. The academic level was not too hard and not too easy and all of the teachers were caring for every student The teachers never gave up on any of the students and neither will the administration.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 03, 2008
If you are looking for an alternative to public schools in our immediate area as we were, we think you will find Foothills Academy will more than fit your expectations. We were unhappy with over crowded classrooms, curriculum not being met or exceeded, unacceptable behavioral problems not being dealt with, and inexperienced teachers who did not care about the advancement of their students. Since attending Foothills Academy, we feel our child is growing into her potential and is exceeding well beyond where her last school even attempted to bring her. Her national test scores have increased substantially. Most importantly, our daughter stated, 'I feel like I am now actually learning something.' We could not be happier with our daughter's success at Foothills. The staff is very helpful and willing to work with students to meet and exceed their needs. We are confident that our daughter will be well prepared for high school next year.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
As a retired attorney currently working part-time as a substitute teacher in both elementary and secondary education, I have had ample opportunity to experience and participate in the public-school education process. In my opinion, one cannot do better than Foothills Academy: The dedicated faculty members are excellent, the classes intimate (small), the students motivated. Moreover, the standardized testing results are outstanding. My wife and I enrolled our own thirteen-year-old son in this fine didactic institution, despite the daily commute from Anthem. If you seek to prepare your child for the scholastic rigors of university and possibly post-graduate studies, consider Foothills Academy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 03, 2008
I have five children that have gone to Foothills Academy from a small private school in New York. Foothills Academy has provided my children with a sense of academic direction, perseverance, and the comradery of their peers that they will remember for the rest of their lives. In addition, upon graduating from Foothills, my children have been accepted to colleges based on the high school preparatory curriculum that Foothills offers. You are not just 'another student' in a large school of many; you are an individual with thoughts, views and expressions of your own.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 03, 2008
To all the wonderful teachers at Foothills Academy, We still talk about the first time we stopped by Foothills Academy to determine if 'this was the place we would send our daughter. We were smug in our expectations as to what to expect. What did Foothills Academy have to offer our bright, resourceful, gifted daughter? Could Foothills possibly match our expectations? Then we received a call from Ms. Crawford. She stated our daughter might have trouble academically. We were told there might be an adjustment period and to seriously consider whether we should send her there. We were suddenly made aware of what was to be expected of our daughter, and could she do it? The answer is yes, she did just fine thanks to all of you and her hard work. Your expectations for our daughter far exceeded our expectations of you, and we thank you from the bottom of our heart for all you have done. Sarah's Mom and Dad

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
Foothills has been the best decision ever for our daughter. She has excelled and looks forward to attending school every day! The teachers are all her favorites and the curriculum challenges her to be the best student possible! We will never leave Foothills until she graduates!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2008
I am currently going to F.A. and I am a freshman. I personally, don't like this school at all. I went from going to a school that had 250 kids in the entire grade to where there is only 24 students in the whole grade. It is really hard to make friends here since everybody is seperated in their own cliques since most have known each other since 6th and 7th grade. The teachers are horrible, at least most are. There are only two or three teachers in the whole grade that are okay. There are hardly any sports activites to choose from. They have make you pay an 'opitional' support fee. The office never really cares about any disciple, dress code. The teachers don't teach. They just sit down and tell you to read out of the book. I went from being an 'a' to a 'c' student! Beware!

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2008
Foothills administration needs to understand that they have to change how they deal with parents and students. The school has had high turn over this year with many students in the upper grades leaving for public schools. When students and parents feel that a better alternative is public school and are pulliing their kids out of the Foothills in their Junior and Senior year, someone must sit back and take a hard look at what is going on at this school and try to make some positive changes. Leadership is poor and inconsistent. The teachers are unprofessional and do not challenge the students. -From a former parent

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2008
As a former student, I can tell you that kids like this school, because classes were easy and the teachers didn't have any control over the kids. The administration had a negative attitude and seemed to be looking for problems. I am so glad that I no longer go to the school and attend a school where the teachers are serious about teaching. Also, there are no real extra-curricular activities and the sports program is very unorganized. BTW- there are drugs and drinking there just like any other school.

- submitted by a student
May 31, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2008
Foothills Academy does not hold the students responsible for attendance and the school's very own code of conduct. As a parent, I am disappointed with the teachers and admin. Class sizes are small but this is clearly not a 'college prep' school.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2008
My daughter started Foothills this year and we have been so happy we switched! The small classrooms, teachers who really care and highlight on student academic achievement has been so wonderful! It took us awhile to get used to the idea that our daughter needed to get organized and work for herself, but I am so pleased she has learned these important skills of self motivation and organization. We love Foothills!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2007
A major them of the school is student self-reliance. They expect students to be able to think and act responsibly on their own. Encouraging self-reliance is nearly absent in the public school agenda. An overwhelming majority of the teachers have extensive, successful private sector experience. I'll take real world experience over a career educator anyday. Their is zero political correctness requirements at this school. I absolutely love this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
We left the school after 3 years. Now that my children are in public school, I can more clearly give the good, the bad and the ugly. We attended this school because it was 'college Prep', however, we now realize that our children are getting a much better education at the public schools. Classes are supposed to be 'honors classes', but compared to the public schools, they weren't very challenging. The leadership is poor. The rules are not for everyone, only those the adminstration choose-some kids get preferential treatment, which was very disappointing. The administration is very unapproachable and not easy to have a discussion with. Small class size is a plus, but limited choices of friends. Some parents are just too involved-need to leave the decision making to the administration. A few of the teachers were great, but most were average.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2007
Mixed feelings about school. Some great teachers, but the bad ones are really bad, and are not held accountable for their actions. Seems like administration is more concerned with 'uniform code' than more important issues. If your children enjoy reading from a book and answering questions, this is the school for them, however, if your child likes more involved learning and critical thinking, you might want to look into another school.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2007
As a current student of Foothills Academy, I am ready to defend the reputation of this school; being that it is a wonderful place to be educated. The teachers are involved with the students, which make it a very comfortable learning environment and experience. This school has taught me valuable life lessons that I will continue to use for the rest of my life. The high academic standards may be seen as an issue for some, but it is easy to adapt. They also give students an upper hand while applying for college, as well as being involved in the community. The rare academic opportunities that are offered make for well rounded students that will be more prepared for college than if they were to attend a public school.

- submitted by a student
May 31, 2007
Weak administration. Inconsistent discipline of kids. Some minor infractions are given harsh punishments while major infractions are overlooked. A few good teachers, but quite a few bad ones. Nice kids-my child did make some good friends. Great environment for 6th grade, but felt the need to leave after 7th.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2007
I'm currently going to FACP, and thinking about going for high school. I switched from STMS and loved it. Although sometimes we all get on each others nerves the amount of trust I've found in my friends is beyond comparable. I also was in alg. which is a year ahead but I quickly caught on and currently have an A in math. I have the best science teacher that is retiring this year but has winded my view on the world, everyday he talks about global warming and the news. The school trips are amazing and all the people that visit our school are awesome. The only reason I'm thinking of switching for high school is because they don't have as many clubs or sports to do. But for middle school I deff. encourage people to come, I have made amazing friendships and memories to last forever.

- submitted by a student
March 09, 2007
As a current student at F.A I feel the need to give the readers the inside view. The high school teachers are exceptionally well. Upon my arrival I was anxious to make new friends, unlike public schools I had many friends within my first week. Academically this school is challenging yet, as I have found that when expectations were raised I adapted to them. I came from a public high school with D's and F's I currently have A's B's and C's. I am sick of hearing parents talking badly of F.A, they don't know what goes on here.

- submitted by a student
June 30, 2006
Our son came to Foothills as a 'C' student from Desert Arroyo. After one year at Foothills - he made the honor roll for the first time in his life. Today he take a great deal of pride in his grades! We're all very proud. Thank you Foothills staff for taking the time to grow his self esteem and also showing him that learning can be 'cool'!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2006
The Quality of academics at Foothills are excellent, a huge leep beyond a typical public schools offering and just trailing behind what would be offered at a private school. If you wish you could send your child to a private school but could not afford it, this the school for you. I was exteremely pleased that Foothills has PE everyday of the week. Since Foothills is such a small campus, you will whitness greater parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
Small School where children get personalized attention. Like most schools, some teachers are great, others, ok. Strict disipline, however, administrative staff could make parents feel a little more welcome. My child loves to go to school, has nice friends, and is getting a great education. Great cultural program where field trips are brought to the school so that everyone can benefit from them.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2006
I pulled my son out of FA after one year, sadly. Several reasons. Although a few of the teachers were quite good, others were frankly terrible and there was no way to avoid them. In a small school, students have to take the same teacher many times. OF course, this is great if the student loves the teacher -- but what about the student who doesn't mesh well with that particular teacher? The curriculum, or the idea behind the curriculum, is excellent. Students concentrate on a handful of important classes, leaving the arts and sports for the afternoons. It establishes a priority -- book learning first. Nice.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2006
The school is good for people who want a more personalized education. High school teachers are better than middle school. Clean campus no drugs at all and no danger.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
The small class sizes make a well tuned learning enviroment for my child he went from having C's and D's in the large public school to have A's and B's.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
Very pleased with our 7th grader's progress this year. He is engaged and improving his study skills.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2005
My child is getting a great education where he enjoys learning.

- submitted by a teacher
July 18, 2005
Our daughter attended foothills for 1.25 years and we pulled her from the school. It was a terrible experience for her. The academics were not good. The information the school gave us differed greatly from what the school provided to our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2005
foothills academy is a great small school enviorment which I highly reccomend.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2005
This is a quality school that allows a student to achieve academic success, while being an integral part of the school community

- submitted by a teacher
April 09, 2005
my daughter is very happy to attend foothills after attending catholic parochial school years 1-7. since then she's never looked back! she is enjoying her freshman highschool year more than she did during her wonderful 8th-grade year. she is a gifted student and enjoys the rigor of each semester. I have great regard for the headmaster, the administration, and teaching staff. I can't imagine that there is a 'perfect' school without some concerns or problems, but the staff has promptly and directly addressed the few I've expressed. bottomline: foothills is a great school environment for motivated students and dedicated families.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2005
We have two children that attend. It has been very good for both of our boys. The small class size as well as it's small 'family' community feeling has proven to be just the right setting for them. They have both attended since middle school and now well adjusted high school students. Although the sports program is small they have enjoyed being involved. Extra club activities are available and that program has grown over the last year. It has been a good fit for our family and we would reccomend it to any one looking for a small school with a tight knit teaching staff that is very caring.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2005
I felt the need to write after reading many negitive comments. Foothills has been very good for both of our boys. They have done well in school and enjoyed the small class size. Both are very athletic and play on the school teams. It is by no means as competitive as a larger public school, but they do a good job with what they have available. We find the teachers by and large to be good. They do try hard to get to know every child and seem very supportive of all school activities, sometimes attending dances and games. The parent involvment is strong which is important for our family. I would not consider it run at all by the PTO. I enjoying helping when time permits and I have had no bad experiences at all with any parents, infact I find it refreshing to see all the wonderful support.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I have a son who attends Foothills Academy. The academics are challenging and the teachers are approachable. The school could use more extracurricular activities, but this seems to be improving. Very involved PTO. It's nice to hear my son say that he loves to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
Our son went to F.A. for 2 years. We didn't want our son to go to the grossly overcrowed district H.S. There are tradeoffs/compromises in selecting a charter school vs. public school, we assessed those trade offs before we made the decision to send our son to F.A. Everything written below is true, the good, bad and the ugly, really none of this should be a surprise to any parent who chose F.A. over C.S.H.S. or N.D. Sports are more club oriented than competitive. This was explained to us two years ago. The PTO runs the school, this is the unfortunate byproduct of having a couple of parents with lots of money who needed a hobby (this is a bad thing) particularly when that money influenced the school to look the other way when the kids don't follow the rules.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2005
Parents beware. It is a PTO run school. Administration does very little if anything to address direct concerns from parents. They don't want to cause ruffles. Children are not fully protected or safe. Academics are same as any public high school. Questionable teachers are allowed to stay even when a majority of parents complain. They take students off campus for Starbucks/Cold Stone, etc. without parents permission. It is a socially/financially divided school. Sports are at an extremely poor level. You get harassed to pay a non-mandatory participation fee. We pulled our child from Foothils out of concern for his chances for college entrance and being socially prepared for the future. Rules are for all but a certain few kids whose parents do everything. All kids are not treated equally. Use caution.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2005
I have two children who have attended for 2 years. Middle School teachers are good. High School teachers need to be better. Your child must be able to learn independently without much teacher variety, creativity or positive feedback. Would not recommend this school to friends or peers.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2004
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- submitted by a student
September 03, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2004
My daughter currently attends Foothills Academy and upon reading the review of the parent who was so obviously dissatisfied, I felt I must write. My daughter has done exceptionally well at the school, both socially and academically. The teachers are very approachable, and all knew her name before the end of the first week. They are always present at extracurriculars and I feel they truly care about the well-being of the student. The class sizes are small her class consists of 16 students),and I believe she is truly accountable for her own success.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2003
My child attended Foothills for a short time in 2002. We were all very excited for her to be able to attend and were looking forward to a great learning experience. Unfortunatly it was not a very good experience period. As a parent i was unhappy about communication, availability of the administration and the distinct feeling that they were rather unapproachable. My child who has always had excellent grades and a wonderful attitude toward school felt totally unsupported by teachers and staff. NEedless to say we changed shools. We were very disappointed and it took a few months to get over a bad experience and get back on track at a new school.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
I went to Foothills - I personally found it awful. There was one fabulous teacher there, a few decent teachers and a couple that really shouldn't be teaching. I also found that rules were bent and there was preferential treatment for some students. There was a constant battle between parents and students with the administration to get a third year of a language offered (a key factor of admission in many competitive colleges). Also, there is only one language choice: Spanish. There was little college guidance. Conflicts arose quickly between parents and administrators, due in large part to the conflict of interest within the school (i.e. administrators were teachers, etc.)If your student is in high school I would suggest enrolling at Foothills for their math program, which was described by one student as 'highly accelerated and Socratic in nature.' If a student is up to the challenge I would not doubt that this math program is one of the best in the state, however, I would suggest taking most other courses at Scottsdale Communiy College. I sincerely felt that the problems with Foothills greatly outweigh its benefits.

- submitted by a former student
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Foothills Academy College Preparatory
7191 East Ashler Hills Drive, Scottsdale, AZ  85266
(480) 488-5583
Last modified Foothills Academy College Preparatory is a Charter school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Foothills Academy College Preparatory Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 109 reviews. Top