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 Kindergarten-8th grade. 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 continues and builds on our long history of rigorous education. Our students are challenged academically, intellectually, and personally to meet high expectations. Our teachers teach to those expectations, and endeavor to bring all students as closely as possible to the highest level. What that means in part is that as students progress upward through school they engage in learning activities designed to prepare them (in the not-so-distant future) to achieve high scores on tests such as AzMerit, and later, PSAT, SAT — the scores from which are predictors of success in college and university and provide a mindset for academic and personal success. It also means that our students work hard, practice diligently, and produce their finest work. They learn to think, perform, and grow toward meeting the highest expectations for exemplary performance in each of their subjects. They are extremely well prepared to succeed in high school. This is the definition of rigor at Foothills Academy, from Kindergarten through 8th grade.”
Six shared values of the Foothills Academy community are stressed:
Foothills Academy 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. We are proud that several of our staff and 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.
I believe I am starting my fifth season with Foothills Academy. I believe this because Courtney sent me an email last term and said: “Four years, Mr. Kolb, four years.”
I remember sitting in your office discussing why, when, and how I might be given time to read to the kiddos. They were in lower grades and not that much more intelligent than I was!
Four years later, I still believe I talked you into the best thing that has happened to me since I discovered Santa Claus, and I want to express my thanks for opening the door.
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.