This school was a total disappointment. The principal is low class and is not a good role model. There are nearly no windows in this school and it does feel like an institution/ prison for that reason. My son was a good student but the teachers have been either odd treating kids unfairly by picking favorites (my son was a favorite but some of his friends were not so lucky!). The cancerous bullying comes from the teachers in that aspect. Some of the good teachers are just plain discouraged by low pay and bad morale. It is a community that does not value education (They like to pay for even more police but not for teachers- A lunacy!!! ) and it's important to make your decisions knowing this before you move here. We have moved our kids away from this district because the trend is only downhill in a climate that denies man made global warming and is otherwise anti science. Our kids deserve the truth and a better education!
Fountain Hills Middle School is a public middle school in Fort McDowell. The principal of Fountain Hills Middle School is Thomas Brennan. 470 students attend Fountain Hills Middle School and identify mostly as American Indian/Alaskan Native; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 0.4% of the Fountain Hills Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 22% of the 470 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Fountain Hills Middle School is 16:1. Fountain Hills Charter School is one of the nearest middle schools.
- Ceramics sculpture
- Computer arts
- Drawing painting
- Theater drama
- Video film production
- Cross country
- Field hockey
- Martial arts self defense
- P.E. classes
- Rock climbing
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Water polo
|American Indian/Alaskan Native||9%||6%|
|Native American or Native Alaskan||11%||10%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0.4%||0%|
|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||22%||17%|
|Limited English proficiency||0.4%||1%|
I am a student at FHMS and I have to say this school is pretty nice when you get used to it. When I first moved here last school year (about four years ago) I had come from a small charter school with a homelike feel to it where everyone knew each other and treated each other like family. Moving was like jumping into the deep end of a cold pool; I was entirely unprepared. The kids here are friendly but are slightly more rowdy than the place I moved from and holy cow it is BIG. The entire of my old school could fit into one grade here. The teachers are nice all of them are and they still focus on life tips and character growth but they aren't quite as close as where I came from. Speaking generally most parents would want to send their kids here but there are always people like me who find it just a little bit scary.
My school is Fountain Hills Middle School and I find that this school out performs Anasazi. My kids were in Anasazi from K-5 and while it has many positives I found that F.H.M.S.'s personal responsibility policies outperformed Anasazi.
The 7th grade teachers are inspiring and great. I am relieved because math was REALLY bad in 6th grade! The teacher is still there as we learned. ( English was great in 6th grade to be fair) . For math we have Mrs. Baca this year and she is good and can actually teach. Unfortunately the principal and assistant principal are awful. The young assistant guy is real tough while flicking his hair (can we trust this?) while the principal seems to have no straightforward way about him at all.
Worst school ever my child is being "bullied" by the so called popular kids in the school the principal doesn't take role on anything the school staff is out of order. This school is a big disappointment.
The seventh grade team is totally top notch! Instruction is compelling and insightful and keeps a mind's eye on thinking outside the box.
Don't judge a book by it's cover. Being that Fountain Hills is a fairly new city in Arizona I am VERY disapointed by the education and habbits of the students here. The grade level of the kids here is TERRIBLE. Your child will also pick up bad habbits such as cursing. The kids have been repeatedly caught saying the N word which I found very disturbing. The kids bad habbits has also caused the teachers to give up on trying to correct them. All they do now is give them a 30min detention slip that doesn't even stay on record. I do NOT recomend this school to a parent who finds there childs education important.
I am a parent and I am impressed with the administration teachers and staff of this school. They have high expectations of students both academically.
The school is okay. The teachers are great. they make learnig fun. i loveee my teachers their helpful and if u dont understand they break it down easier for you and they help you before and after class.
I am a seventh grade student at this school overall I would recommend it. It definently isn't where you would go if you want to get into Harvard or Standford but expectations are high. They have different levels to fit everybody they have traditional classes and honors classes and even only two categories it fits a large range of students. Mrs. Dunlevy is the most amazing teacher ever and a lot of teacher have good teaching techniques to emphasize excelling grades. The principal and vice principal are also really fun and connect to the students Don't get me wrong it isn't perfect. The cafeteria food is terrible! And there are some teachers that don't try very hard just hand out homework and let the kid do it. But overall I like it. ) ) )
fun but that doesn't mean we don't learn! In fact we learn a lot
This school is wonderful place for kids to go. They have excellent teachers and staff. My kid switched to this school and her grades went skyrocketing upward!
As a parent of a 7th grader I think this school does a great job. My daughter is learning math and science that I didn't learn until I was in high school. She also very much enjoys and is benefiting from programs such as band. Keep up the good work and thanks!
'This school has been a big disappointment. The only saving grace is that the administration has changed and the new guys seem to be working to correct it.
The spirit of the school is welcoming the teachers made everything clear and they never tried to escape a mistake they made! I loved going to school (which is unusual for me) because it was so different from other ones where I would often not understand the concept the 'teacher' was telling us. At this school I actually call them teachers. At all the other schools I have been to all I saw were people working a job to get paid.
Good school not enough music arts and related activities.....act like they are constrained on the budget....teachers are somewhat apathetic..maybe payscale is low? For such an'upscale ' town it could be better......they voted down the bond issue for teacher raises and equipment.
We were new to the district this school year. I am impressed with the eighth grade teachers. My son fit in well and I truly think most of his teachers are wonderful. They seem to really care. The elementary school is another story. My fifth grader was in challenge math at her previous school. Four Peaks wouldn't test her even though she's a straight A student. I've emailed her teacher with questions and I've never gotten a reply. I realize teachers are very busy but the last time I emailed her was in January and I still haven't heard from her.
I have just found this website and I think it is great. I am very happy with the school and the education that my children are receiving. I am however concerned about the way some of the teachers talk in front of the students. Otherwise I am very pleased with this school and feel the teachers are high quality strict but fair and my children are high achievers because of their caring efforts. Thank you!
All of these parents sound very whiny. I can't imagine that their kids are high achievers. I am an educator who chooses to send my kids to Fountain Hills schools. My children receive a quality education with smaller class sizes and more personal attention than they would get at any other valley school district. I know a lot of people who feel the same way but satisfied people rarely write to these sites. The majority of the complainers on this site would probably have complaints about every other school. Too strict? Visit a few schools nowadays and then complain! By the way my son attends Fountain Hills Middle School and he gets to use the bathroom between every class. He has six classes so if he goes before and after school and lunch and between every class that's about 10 bathroom breaks if he chooses to use them. Not enough?
The Fountain Hills Middle School has disappointed me greatly. The teachers are mediocre and the food is worse! My children come home every day complaining of overly strict teachers who don't give them a chance to explain themselves.