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Foothills Academy College Preparatory

Charter | 7-12 | 250 students

Our school is best known for our academically advanced students.
 
 

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 24 ratings
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 13 ratings

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Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted September 4, 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.


Posted September 4, 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.


Posted September 2, 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


Posted September 2, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 19, 2014

Foothills has real problems on almost every level.. Do not enroll your children in this school, avoid at all costs, this is not a good school!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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!!!


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

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n/a

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97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 42%
Hispanic 4% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 53%N/A49%
Male 47%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 20% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 80% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Top High Schools in the U.S. (2012)
  • 2014 Best of Scottsdale Award K-12 School (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Donald Senneville
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 488-6902

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Virtual school
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • PTO Carpool
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Internet access
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Debate
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 20%
4 year college - 80%
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7191 East Ashler Hills Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
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Phone: (480) 488-5583

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