Education Choices for Fountain Hills

Dori Wittrig July 16, 2021

Thanks to increasing numbers of people getting vaccinated and the pandemic hopefully moving toward our rearview mirror, schools across Maricopa County are gearing up for resuming school as usual this Fall. No matter your age or educational needs, Fountain Hills residents have many options.

Mcdowell Mountain Elementary

Our elementary school serves students in grades Pre-K through Third. Small class sizes allow teachers to give personalized attention. The art-infused curriculum encourages the joy of discovery while gaining academic mastery without fear of failure.

Fountain Hills Middle School

Students in grades 4-8 are offered a challenging academic environment along with well-rounded opportunities like clubs and team-building activities for developing leadership skills.

Fountain Hills High School

FHHS was awarded “Best High School” by U.S. News & World Report for three years. It is also an A+ School of Excellence. Academic opportunities include STEM programs, an AP Capstone program, 25 extracurricular clubs, Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, and the option to attend EVIT.

Basis Scottsdale Charter School

One of the top charter schools in the United States is just a mile west of Fountain Hills. Students in grades 4-12 receive a rigorous academic education. BASIS Scottsdale boasts a 100% participation rate in Advanced Placement courses.

East Valley Institute of Technology

EVIT provides job-ready training for high school students. Their hands-on learning environment can lead to dual enrollment credits through Mesa Community College, industry certifications, and internships to make them competitive in the global workforce. These programs are tuition-free.

Maricopa Community Colleges

One of the largest in the U.S., the Maricopa Community College System has transfer agreements with public and private colleges and universities for a seamless transition to four-year institutions. Some four-year degrees are now offered entirely at the Community Colleges.

Arizona State University

Rated #1 in the U.S. for Innovation and Top 10 in the U.S. for First-Year Experience by U.S. News & World Report. Students have access to nationally and internationally ranked programs that prepare next-generation innovators to thrive while advancing pioneering research, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

Grand Canyon University

GCU is a private, faith-based university. In addition to full-time campus life, they also offer a substantial online curriculum for part-time and graduate students. There are options for four-credit courses and fast-track programs to help you graduate faster and enter the workforce sooner with less debt.

Special Needs Schools

If you have a student with special educational needs, there are numerous options. Arizona requires every public school to provide for the educational requirements of special needs students. Some public schools use the expertise and resources of nearby private schools and cover the tuition. Or parents can make their own choice. Our online Education Guide gives a list of options for various needs.

Visit our online guide at Schools Report.

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