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6-8
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Tempe, AZ
Students enrolled: 958
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1600 E Watson Dr
Tempe, AZ 85283

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(480) 897-6063
(480) 838-0853
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April 17, 2015
If you have a bright child that needs more than just a standard education, Fees College Prep is the school for you. My son is in the Honors program, the performing arts program and has played on a couple of the sports teams! I feel that he is adequately challenged academically without an overload of homework which allows him personal time to be a well rounded kid. I can't say enough about the caliber of the performing arts programs (band, orchestra, choir, guitar - drama & dance next school year). The teachers are top notch and the annual musical is at the level of many high schools. I also hear great things about the STEM program but he is not personally involved in that. I love the very structured, disciplined environment. I think firm boundaries and consistency are exactly what every kid needs to successfully navigate through the messy middle school years. My son probably wouldn't fit in to a "popular" group of kids but has had no problem finding a great group of friends at Fees.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2015
Bullies. Teachers leave every year. Moved my child to another school in Tempe. The focus is not education but beating other school with test scores. So sad.

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2014
Not satisified, My 6th Grade Year, I was bullied all year long, Saw kids with Weed every day, All my friends, turned into Druggies, All the good people gone, All my friends, gone. The principal called me a Baby for speaking up for being bullied. It's a bad school to me, But to others, I'm glad your son or daughter is having fun, just don't let them get involved with the wrong people.

- submitted by a community member

September 23, 2013
My son is in 6th grade and new to Fees this year. I can't say enough about how impressed I am with the Principal and teachers as well as the PTSA. The expectations are clearly communicated to the parents. I love that I know what is happening and be able to plan accordingly. I like that they use ParentVue so I can see my sons grades every day as well as a calendar of assignments. Teachers answer emails in a timely manner and communicate well. The PTSA is really open to new parents. They are professional and keep meetings on time and useful. I am blown away about how much I really like it. I guess there might have been some past problems with this school from the low rating on Great Schools, but I can tell you this is no longer the case.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2013
my son was receiving straight F's at the San tan school, prior to moving to Tempe. Ever since he started attending this school he is now back on track with straight A's. nothing else to say. the proof is in the pudding. thank you.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2013
I am very satisfied with the curriculum and the staff at Fees. Excellents teachers and nice administration team. They work hard for our kids, to prepare them for a better academic and personal future. I love the orchestra program Mrs. Smith is a wonderful teacher.

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2012
Fees is a GREAT middle school . Every teacher is very challenging when they notice how wel a student is doing . Fees is also a school that recognizes every students talent . This school is very proud of their programs escpecially their music program and sports . Overall, Fees will help lead your child to a better future and is a great school . Now that there is scholars on fire and still there is saturday school, i know my daughter is getting her work done. All honors classes are also very challening . Every night there is homework and every day there is a check up .

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2012
I like Fees! I have had 3 children attend this school and they have felt safe and comfortable in this structured learning environment. I have found the faculty to be open to my communication and responsive. I appreciate their dedication to my children's education and their big hearts as they often go beyond the call of duty to provide the best opportunities for their students.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2012
In my opinion FEES is the worst possible school a child could attend. My daughter is in 7th grade, and her year has been full of nothing but bulling and degrading by other students. On one occassion, my daughter was assulted in the bathroom by another student and it was videotaped. When it was reported to administration, nothing really was done about it, and it was treated as if I was over reacting and the kids were just being kids. I wonder when enough will be enough, maybe when a child dies or commits harm to themselves because their crys for help have gone left unheard or answered. My daughter will be attending a different school next year, where I will be required to provide transportaion, but thats ok, because at least her life and self esteem will not be in jepordy.

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2012
I am so disappointed in this school. My daughter is a 6th grader and is harassed and berrated on a daily basis because she is not hoodlum like many of the other kids that attend. The school does not do these kids any favors by giving them 2nd and 3rd chances to make up work or retest to bring up their grades. I mean this isn't preparing our kids for the real world. I know my boss doesn't give me multiple chances to do my work correctly so.... The teachers and staff seem to flash a blind eye at the cursing, fighting, threatening and drug exchanges going on and when I expressed concern I was treated as though I was overreacting and it's not just this school it's everywhere. THIS IS THE WORST SCHOOL IN THE TEMPE DISTRICT! My child will not be attending next year and it's really a shame because I went to this school 20 years ago and it was great. How times have changed. I will now have to transport her out of the district everyday just so she can get a quality education and not be fearful of being jumped everyday.

- submitted by a parent

January 06, 2012
There was a time when failing children "failed". Now my child gets a chance (more than one ) to bring his grade to passing. I wonder if this is for the school rating, or my childs. There is NO online accountability for my childs progress. This schools name has been recently renamed, Fees College Prep.? I HAVE gone to board meetings just to be appeased, that the electronic monitoring will be available soon! ( Two years ago) Time to get serious. I have another child entering the middle school system next spring (2012) and I am cautious.

- submitted by a parent

December 11, 2011
I was a student at this school for all three years. I am now a sophomore and so happy I don't have to attend that lousy school! I was an honors student. The teachers, I can say, are the best part of that school. On the other hand, the principal is not. He's terrible. None of my classmates, including myself, liked him. We considered him to be a bit discriminating against some races..

- submitted by a community member

August 03, 2011
Lousy school....this is well known as the worst school in the Tempe District. You know it's bad when teachers who work there come on this site and give it 5 stars in a rebuttal. Little conflict of interest there?

- submitted by a parent

August 01, 2011
My oldest son went here and I can say this is a horrible school. What he learned was foul language, and how to work the system. It did nothing to prepare him for high school, and now he struggles. Teachers are good for the most part, but the administration makes it impossible for them to do a good job. If your child has a goal of being a landscaper or dishwasher, This is the school for you. This is the worst performing middle school in the Tempe district. Tempe had to close one school for budget constraints, so what did they do? They kept this school open and closed the highest performing one. And these people want to educate you child? My youngest is now entering middle school, and there is no way he will be going here.

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2011
I think they are a little harder on my son then they needed to be but I think it was the overall culture of the school. Not a bad school just not an excelling one either.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2011
Children are not paraded around school for not doing work- they go to a room for a working lunch to complete homework which should have been done at home. All of the teachers care deeply about the success of each, individual student, going so far as to check individual progress and let each student know what needs to be done. Teachers work hard to ensure that instruction is understood. Many opportunities exist for both help and enrichment. The school mind set is, "ALL STUDENTS WILL SUCCEED." Parents can help by checking binders, checking to see what assignments are due that homework is completed on time. Excelling students have opportunities to participate in enrichment classes, extra activities and honors classes. Students with challenges are not dismissed. Classes may be tougher for some, but the philosophy that all students will succeed applies to the challenged as well. Teachers don't give up, but provide multiple opportunities for success.

- submitted by a teacher

May 30, 2011
This school is terrible. My son has a touch of ADHD and sometimes has challenges in class. Instead of talking to him or making him sit outside the classroom for a few minutes his Language Arts teacher (Lopez) sends him to In School Intervention. He has spent a lot of time there and missed classes because of this teacher overreacting. No other teacher has ever sent him. The principal also does not help, punishing him for things he did after school off of school campus. They do not try to help children that need it, but simply lock them away in a room so they don't have to deal with them. They do not help you at all when there is an issue and it is very difficult to get them to call you back to speak about an issue our son had. They refuse to call us back and call his other parent instead, who they have been told not to call and who has asked them herself not to call her because she does not deal with his issues. They also give him good grades for poor work so he thinks he is doing better than he actually is and his standards for his work are very low. Poor teachers, horrible principal, and incorrect discipline system. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO FEES!!!!

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2011
i am very disappointed in this school. I just found out that they (principal) parade children around the school if they don't do their homework. That's really building character...not. What kind of people run that school that they would do that to their students? Have they or have they not ever had any training in building leaders and self-esteem, to bring out the greatness in children? I was astounded to hear this. It's not a school that I would want my child to attend.

- submitted by a community member

March 21, 2011
My child has been a Fees for almost two years and he is thriving. The honors classes are challenging without drowning him in homework. The music program, specifically strings, is excellent. My son loves the PE coach. My wife and I were apprehensive about our son starting middle school, but the experience has been great so for (knock on wood!).

- submitted by a parent

July 07, 2010
This principal is terrible. He does not like teachers who have been here for a long time and bullies them until they leave the school. Even when they are good teachers. He wants them all to teach the exact same way, no matter what. Most teachers from before he came aren't here anymore. Don't send your kids here. It is awful. Kids cant talk even at lunch. Test scores went up but what kids learn went way down so that all kids can pass the tests. I don't know why they don't get rid of this guy. Don't send your kids here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 09, 2010
This is thee worst school my daughter has ever attended. is the most unsafe place your child can be at, bullying, harassment, attacks, teachers see it happening and fail to inform the principal or assistant principal. front desk help are rude, careless and ignorant. The worst! The principal is the worst ever!

- submitted by a parent

December 31, 2009
Great teachers but poor programs. This year they introduced the 'I' policy where they allow students to slack off, and get their work in way overdue. This is unfair for the hardworking students who do get their work on time, and is not preparing us for high school or the future.

- submitted by a student

November 05, 2009
this is the best school ever my child is doing so much better and the teacers are great

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2009
i love this school the teachers really caree!!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 19, 2009
I think that the principal is going an excellent job and highering are education for life.

- submitted by a student

March 10, 2009
This school has very poor learning techniques. I would not suggest anybody putting their child in this school, it will not prepare them for a good future.

- submitted by a parent

December 04, 2008
I am a fairly new student at Fees Middle School. This school lacks the discipline and education that a middle school should have. The education is not what I had planned. Most of the infomation that I am getting from teachers are either misleading to me because teachers aren't giving enough time for students to understand or are information that I have learned since the 5th grade. And the discipline. Teachers are not giving the students at this school enough discipline. Students cannot learn if they are out of control in the classroom. Teachers have to take action, not just keep teaching.

- submitted by a student

June 25, 2008
I was disappointed with the school's overall performance.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2008
Sam Fees middle school is a pretty good school. Im in 8th grade and happen to be in all honors classes. The teachers are very good(at least the honors teachers) we also happen to have the best of the best in orchestra, the best in the state. Our conductor, Mrs. Janice Williams is amazing. We are going to California and Disney Land in 2 weeks. I cant wait! Overall the music program (Chamber Orchestra) is the best!

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 27, 2007
Fees is a great school! I am an 8th grade student and this school is very diverse and I love the teachers! The music and sport programs are awesome my choir teacher Mrs. Arredondo is an excellent teacher! The coaches for the sports teams are phenominal the school really supports their athletes!

- submitted by a student

September 05, 2006
It takes a village to raise a child, as parents it's our responsibility to help our children learn at home. I'm very pleased with the teachers and staff. Fees is at the top of the line compared to my son's old school district.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2006
This school is poorly managed, lacks the leadership and professionalism to make it an adequate place of learning. Parental involvement is discouraged by school staff. The staff itself is not ethnically representative of the children it serves which adds to the negative environment.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2006
Although Fees seems to be a safe and enjoyable environment for my 6th grader, his classes lack creativity and energy. When I visit the campus, I see students just going through the motions. Middle school should be more.

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2006
Administrators don't accept responsibility and have difficulty following directions (even when in writing). Not a safe place. Underperforming.

- submitted by a parent

December 24, 2005
Fees teachers work hard for your students! This is a diverse community of learners, and the new school dress code has helped the students pay attention to their academics.

- submitted by a parent

October 22, 2005
School in state of flux. High teacher turnover, some hold admin. positions while also being teacher. High student crime (theft, bullying, assault). Administrators not very accountable - good at appeasing parents. No real PACE program. Discipline in classrooms poorly enforced.

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2005
It's shining star is the music program. They have the best middle school orchestra in the state. They also have Fee's Fiddlers. They strugle with class size and there are many non english speaking students so that brings the test scores down.

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2005
Fees School has very good teachers and that are caring and supportive. The system is in transition this year and I would like to see more support for 7th and 8th graders in the future.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2005
I am a parent of a 8th grader and I strong stand for the music program. The Fiddlers hope to go on their annually trip to Prescott. Chamber orchestra wishes to attend the orchestra festival at flagstaff. my child id very disappointed that their quartets aren't going to perform in a concert and that they may not do any of the thing the wanted for the end of the year although they have worked very hard. they want someone who can help them rehearse. the academic is very good. At least the honors classes are. My child is in Geometry and their teacher assighed a big project during AIMS week.

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2005
Fees has an exceptional orchestra program. Mr. Cruz, the principal is dynamic, encourages parental input, and is very approachable. Everyone of my daughter's 6th grade teachers have been exceptional. I feel that the 'air' about Fees is one of progress and sincerity.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2005
Fees has an excellent music program and many great teachers. My daughter's 6th grade math teacher was fabulous with skilled teaching and consistant reasonable homework. She turned my child's math attitude completely around! The orchestra program is probably the best in the state with an outstanding director and four levels of orchestra (and band too) for students of each grade level. The incredible Fees Fiddlers consist of about 50 students in the beginning and advanced levels. They meet after school and are invited to perform throughout the Valley, including last month for the Governor. The new principal is approachable and respected by teachers and parents. Parent involvement continues to increase. School moral is great with parents and the community excited about the increased emphasis on academics and classroom discipline with the new dress code. The Tempe school board has shown its commitment to parent concerns and the arts.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2005
I am a stundent at Fees Midds School. On an overall I would say I disliike this school strongly. Alot of people refer to each other by color of their skin. Tests are easy if the teachers auctually tested us on what they taught. There is no leadership at this school waht so ever.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 16, 2003
My student is having a very positive experience at Fees and is excelling academically. There are several wonderful and exceptional teachers in many subjects. The school has a very strong music program of band, choir, and orchestra. Also, there are many great electives for students to choose from. My student thinks the industrial tech and wood shop electives are great.

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2003
My child is currently in eighth grade and has had a very positive experience while at Fees. The school has continued to try and make changes that support more parent involvement and allow for the students needs to be met. The many after school programs support a variety of students needs.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2003
The environment at this school appears to be them vs us. Many of the teachers that I dealt with do not seem the least bit interested in the children or their parents. Instead of motivating students, they are more apt to look for any opportunity to discredit the child. The PTA is held during the day which stops any parent involvement. The school should be renamed Fees Ego School because it really is not about teaching children.

- submitted by a parent

June 29, 2003
Some of the teachers at Fees are great, and unfortunately, others need to move on. We do not have the option of requesting our child's teachers due to the team concept. The music programs are the best, which is the main reason I have kept my kids at Fees.

- submitted by a community member

April 08, 2003
Some of the best teachers that care about my child and her future. Great Job Staff, Keep up the Great Job..... Thank You

- submitted by a community member

March 28, 2003
I work for this district, and have many opinions from several different co-workers and parents. Many of my co-workers travel to 2 or 3 schools like I do. All though Fees received an underperforming score from the state, my children's teacher's at Fees, are extremely involved and attentive to their learning. I have one in 6th and one in 8th. One is an honor student, and the other is As and Bs. This population of students will continue to thrive and do well during the challenging time ahead of Fees to bring the rest of the population up to higher scores. Parent participation is split down the middle, and the result of that I believe is that students do much better when you are involved and aware of whats going on, and our students do suffer with parents that are not involved, resulting in lower scores, lower confidence, drastically lower attendance, and a pattern that is very hard to overcome.

- submitted by a community member

October 15, 2002
We moved to AZ from PA almost 2 years ago. I was very concerned about my son changing schools and starting middle school at the same time. Fees has proved to go beyond my expectations in every regard. I take my son's education very seriously and feel that we were so lucky to be continuing his education at Fees.

- submitted by a community member

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Fees College Preparatory Middle School
1600 E Watson Dr, Tempe, AZ  85283
(480) 897-6063
Last modified Fees College Preparatory Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fees College Preparatory Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 71 reviews. Top