Middle School Academics

Small Class Size

On average, classes are capped at 20 students, which provides a setting for building student-teacher relationships from which student engagement ensues in a safe environment.


In implementing our mission, the words we used to describe the qualities of our ideal students – self direction, competence, excellence, leadership – have taken on new meaning as we’ve grown and as the skills needed for success have become more complex and arguably more critical.  When we talk about teaching for self-direction, we are talking about the development of learning skills, students taking hold of their own education, solving problems and finding the best path to success – on a scale that is broader daily.

Balanced Curriculum

Middle School students enjoy physical education every day of the week, have instruction in art, technology, southwest cultures, and nutrition. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) is taught in a state of the art lab in both 7th and 8th grades. Read more about the STEAM Program in our Special Edition magazine!

"The mission of Foothills Academy College Preparatory is to provide an educational setting for academically advanced students who are self-directed, competent learners who will excel in college and exercise leadership in a changing world." - FOOTHILLS ACADEMY MISSION

Dr. Jane White, NBCT
Foothills Academy Elementary
and Middle School Principal

Competence in the 21st century involves facility with core subject knowledge combined into interdisciplinary themes.  It is gained through  engagement in a wide range of global issues, personal and public health, economics, civics, environmental sensitivity, sustainability, aesthetics – and the development of the ability to see and understand  through lenses of technology, media, and a massive store of information.   The focus is on skills.  Skills in thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration.

Today’s Foothills Academy provides an expanding array of opportunities for students to practice and begin to excel in using these skills.  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.



Foothills Academy was established in 1993 as a co-educational college preparatory school serving grades 7-12, and now proudly includes grades K-6. The Academy achieves four major program objectives:
  • Academic excellence
  • Personal and social development
  • Leadership
  • Sense of community on and off campus

Foothills Academy College Prep’s award winning (Valley Forward’s Crescordia Award) campus is located in North Scottsdale on the southwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Ashler Hills Drive. Constructed of straw bales, Foothills Academy enjoys a campus that celebrates the desert environment in which we live through energy efficiency, xeriscaping, and architectural integration. One might say that going to school at Foothills Academy is going to school “in” a science experiment!


  • Nine years on the Department of Education’s “Excelling” label and “A” school list
  • College Board scores consistently above the national average
  • Finalists for a Flinn Scholarship, a Baird Scholarship, and a National Merit Scholarship
  • Arizona Regents Scholarships
  • AdvancED accreditation (formerly NCA)
  • Established NHS (National Honor Society) Charter in 1999
  • Established NJHS (National Junior Honor Society) in 2002
  • High School Division Champion Arizona Science and Engineering Fair 2007
  • Top Awarded School in Kiwanis Science Fair  2010 and  2011
  • National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award 2012


Foothills Academy College Prep
7191 E. Ashler Hills Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
Phone: 480-488-5583
Fax: 480-488-6902