Foothills Academy was founded to serve academically advanced students who are college-bound and who flourish in a highly personalized learning environment. Our task is to balance student-centered, personalized teaching approaches with the curriculum-centered emphasis of college preparation. To maintain our productive academic environment we have kept our classes informal, allowing each student to grow and develop to maximum potential. Our teachers are qualified to teach their subject areas at advanced levels. At the same time they are sensitive to students’ personal needs.
About Foothills Academy
Dr. Donald Senneville
NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Foothills Academy was established in 1993 as a coeducational college preparatory school. It became a “first wave” charter school following charter legislation in 1995. It remains one of the very few free-standing charter schools in the state and has maintained its college preparatory mission and its reputation to this day. FA now serves grades K-12 with a K-6 campus and a 7-12 campus. There is an online school (Foothills Academy Connected) serving grades 7-12. Involvement is part of the learning process for Foothills Academy students. This process includes strong advisement and individualized attention to student’s college and career goals.
At a time when charter school operators are forming charter chains, Foothills Academy continues to provide a family run, locally focused, stand-alone college preparatory experience, serving students in N. Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, N. Phoenix, and Anthem.
TODAY'S FOOTHILLS ACADEMY
“Today’s Foothills Academy provides an expanding array of opportunities for students to practice and begin to excel in using skills in thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration. Through class activities, online study, membership in school organizations, volunteering and internships in the local and global community, students begin to develop the skills necessary to lead. A key part of the job of the Foothills Academy teacher is to help our students find the best path to success as they grow, according to their interests and learning styles. The Foothills Academy graduate is not just qualified to get into the college or university chosen. The Foothills Academy graduate has the skills to succeed there and go on to bigger things, perhaps to take the lead in helping to solve the problems of the local community, the state and the world.”
Six shared values of the Foothills Academy community are stressed:
Foothills Academy College Prep faculty and staff are dedicated to the success of our students. Our highly qualified teachers are eager to assist, guiding our students, encouraging them to set goals, and motivating them to reach their full potential. Our shared goal for every Foothills Academy graduate is to be admitted to the college or university of the student’s choice. While high teacher turnover is not uncommon in some schools, we are proud that several of our faculty members have been with us for ten or fifteen years. Such commitment to students and school alike is a testament to our professional and credentialed faculty. We are fortunate to have a dedicated and happy team of teachers who genuinely enjoy teaching FA students. Retaining quality faculty brings continuity to Foothills Academy and fosters smooth grade transition for our students.
What is a charter school?
Charter schools are public, state-funded schools, made possible in Arizona through legislation in 1995. They provide an educational alternative to traditional public schools, and while each has its own unique mission and vision, charter schools must meet Arizona State Standards. Charter schools are held accountable by the state and federal governments academically and operationally in similar ways as other public schools.
The resources below offer a helpful starting place to learn more:
Foothills Academy is dedicated to utilizing the newest technologies to support our students with a rigorous individualized learning environment. Our investment in technology integration shifts the learning environment towards a student-centered model, enabling more dynamic academics, and better preparation for future learning, resilience, and self-direction.
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.
Sarah’s Mom & Dad
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 expectation of you, and we thank you from the bottom of our heart for all you have done.
Jim & Debbie
If you are looking for an alternative to public schools in our immediate area like we were, we think you will find Foothills Academy will more than fit your expectations. We were unhappy with overcrowded 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 testing 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 she will be well prepared for high school next year.
I want to commend the staff and faculty at Foothills Academy. My son has had a great experience, and is looking forward to starting a new school year next week! The small environment and personal attention suit him very well, and I couldn’t be happier. Great school all around!
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.
I just wanted you to know, that I have never seen Lailie so excited about school! So far, the choice to move her to Foothills Academy has been a fantastic decision! She loves your classroom and your pigtails! Seeing her so energized by school is such a refreshing change from how she was with her previous school. She has never expressed interest in Student Council before, and for her to be so excited about it, well, again, it just makes me so happy! Regardless if she is chosen to represent her peers or not, it speaks miles that she completed the form and expressed her desire to be part of it! Thank you for providing the positive experience in the classroom! Keep up the great work!!!
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.
At a large high school you are just a number and not a name, this is not the case at Foothills Academy. Foothills Academy offers advanced learning programs in a small environment that helps students be the best they can be. Teachers not only know your name but they also take the time to learn your story and your interests. I attended Foothills for all four years of high school and loved every moment of it. Although the material is difficult, our teachers find a way to make the information more interesting and fun. Foothills Academy is a second home to me, where I made life-long friends not only with my peers but also with the amazing faculty. The learning environment and homey feel has prepared me for the challenges I will face in the future.