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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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
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