College Readiness

Preparing Students for College is What We Do

We start working with students to think beyond high school in ninth grade, by helping them craft exciting aspirations and connect their interests with their academic program. Students work with their Academic Advisor to match their academic program with their college and career aspirations.

FA100: Foothills Academy’s foundational course (FA100) was developed to support students’ success in high school and to enhance college and career readiness. All instructors are engaged in developing and delivering daily in seminar-style, project-based units based both on helping students develop an important skill and instructor interest. Individual student advisory meetings are a critical part of this time, which are held weekly to connect one-on-one with students about their academic status and other needs. Topics include Career Exploration, College Entrance and Scholarship Access, High-stakes Test Preparation, Community Engagement, Digital Citizenship and Self-Presentation, Debate, and Finance, Academic Success Skills/Practice.

College Readiness Nights: The school hosts two annual College Readiness Night events, the first for parents grades 8-11, and the second focused particularly on finances parents and students in grades 10-12. Representatives from local institutions attend, to provide detailed information on the admissions and funding processes, how to choose the right school, and answer questions.

Students are visited by and visit colleges, and students become quickly well-versed in navigating high school and college systems as agents of educational futures.

How else do we work with your student to ensure college readiness?

Partnership with Paradise Valley Community College

Through our partnership with Paradise Valley Community College, we offer a variety of courses for college credit (dual enrollment) and arrange for courses to be offered at the college when our students can attend (concurrent coursework). Advanced Placement courses are also an option, provided in a web-based format and facilitated by one of our highly qualified instructors. Students may satisfy the core requirements of Arizona’s General Education Curriculum before leaving high school!

FA uses the Google Suite, which provides students extensive practice in the same or similar technologies they will be expected to use beyond high school.

Read more here about how FA uses technology to support students’ college and career readiness and overall schooling experience

Lots to brag about

  • Our graduation rate is consistently 100%. Generally 90-100% of our graduates go on to four year colleges and universities.
  • By way of example, our graduating class of 26 students was awarded a whopping 1.5 million dollars in scholarship funding, in 2014. That’s over $57,000, on average, per graduate.
  • We ranked eighth in the state among all Arizona high schools whose graduates go on to graduate from college.
  • Check out some of the institutions FACP students have been admitted.
  • Our students chart their own routes. FA honors the uniqueness of all students, and supports them in whatever they choose to explore when they leave us. We are proud of all of our alumni, some of whom have pursued theatre, software, education, started their own businesses, are active in their communities, and are positive, engaged citizens.