Gilbert Campus


IT’S SO EASY! Just download the tax credit form below to donate to your child’s school and receive your money back in the form of a tax credit. You can receive a credit of up to a maximum of $200 (if single) or $400 (if married and filing jointly). We will gladly accept any amount. If $20 is what you can afford to give you can still receive the credit.

Arizona law allows us to use your donation for Extracurricular activities that are school sponsored optional activities and require enrolled students to pay a fee in order to participate. The activities must supplement the school’s education program. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, use of equipment or uniforms for athletics, use of scientific laboratory equipment or materials, or in-state or out-of-state trips that are solely for competitive events. Extracurricular activities do not include any senior trips or events that are recreational, amusement or tourist activities.

An education is a valuable commodity and we appreciate your donation in any amount as we strive to continually improve our programs and offer the best education possible to each child attending Learning Foundation schools.

TAX CREDIT FORM 2017 (182)

We value our parents and community and appreciate your continued support.


Learning Foundation and Performing Arts-Gilbert school lettering and doors
A junior and senior high school dedicated to supporting each student in the attainment of his or her highest academic and creative potential. The educational focus is designed to foster each individual’s capacity for self-development and personal responsibility that will prepare students for success in college, career, and adult life. LFPA recognizes that a student’s education is a responsibility shared by school and family during the entire period the student spends in school.

LFPA faculty and staff pledge to:
• Provide a safe campus and a classroom climate of mutual respect.
• Communicate with students and parents in a regular and timely manner through telephone, email, conferences, and the Jupiter Grades online grading program.
• Provide motivating and interesting learning experiences using a variety of teaching methods in the classroom which support the rigor required by the Arizona College & Career Readiness Standards.
• Address the individual needs of each student, effectively facilitate student learning, and provide ample student academic support services.P1000025

Student Pledge and commitment to the Four Pillars of Excellence:
• Participate in all efforts put forth by my teachers and LFPA staff to educate me, which may include attending tutoring, doing homework, turning in assignments, completing projects, studying and being prepared for test.
• Complete all class work and homework to the best of my ability on a daily basis.
• Be proactive in school, community and family.
• Behave in a manner that is conducive to learning and does not distract other students.
• Set a positive example for other students and contribute to the growth of others.
• Exhibit and be accountable for the character traits of responsibility, respect, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
• Abide by the rules and policies of LFPA including wearing the required uniform every day.
• Conduct myself with dignity and respect during school hours and activities on campus as well as before and after school.Three teens
• Treat other students and teachers with respect and refrain from any bullying behaviors including physical harm, teasing, exclusion, and intimidation.
• Arrive on time for school and classes on a daily basis.
• Help others without consideration of repayment.
• Seek opportunities to better our campus.
• Participate in service opportunities in our school and community when possible.

These pledges are essential to the mission of our school. Students and staff must uphold these pledges or jeopardize their opportunity to attend Learning Foundation & Performing Arts.


The 7th-12th grade school is located in a newly constructed building on the SE corner of Recker and Warner Roads across from the LFPA K-6th grade school.

Fully NCA Accredited and Tuition Free

State of the Art Performance Auditorium

Balance of Academics and the Arts

Academics Aligned to AZ State Standards

Dance, Musical Theatre, Drama

Orchestra, Guitar, Musical Keyboards

Art and Ceramics

P.E., Competitive Sports, Martial Arts

Highly Qualified Certified Teachers
Free Tutoring Program
Limited Affordable Busing Available
Free & Reduced Breakfast/Lunch Program

7th-12th GRADE

480- 635-9400



High School Students are Excited About Science at LFPA Gilbert.

Students in Mrs. Shaffer’ s freshman and sophomore Science classes are excited to  learn Crime Scene Investigation and different aspects of Forensic Science. The students learn how to solve crimes and how the different types of evidence found at a crime scene are processed. They looked into the different blood types and conduct a blood typing experiment.

Although Forensic science is intriguing and has all the students excited to learn, in the second quarter the class segues into Human Biology. They learn about all the bones that make up the human body and how they work together to make the body function properly. Photo lab

As for 11th grade Chemistry, it is an exciting and upbeat class. The students learn about the atomic theory, atoms, and the different elements that make up the periodic table. Students in this class worked on a huge periodic table made and designed completely by the students that graces the wall in the Science lab.

school lettering and doorsView essay as written with photos by Rebekah Douglas, LFPA Paraprofessional:  Public Charter Schools Facilitate Cultural Work (441)

Public charter schools are major cultural workers in Arizona. These schools are a hot and controversial topic throughout the United States and Arizona has developed a reputation for being included in this conversation. Being such a broad and multi-faceted subject, I would like to focus on one school in particular. This school, although small, exemplifies how charter schools have the potential to move away from the one-size-fits-all educational approach and toward a more individualized education. Through this approach, a culture is created that strengthens the student in their personal journey of self-discovery, encouraging creativity and a personal identity, and producing strong individuals ready to face life’s challenges.boys in hall with guitars

Learning Foundation and Performing Arts (LFPA) was founded with the vision to create a school that would provide and balance strong academics and fine arts programs, providing an education that would meet and embrace the whole student.

“In a public school, classes are a lot bigger so you either get the material and pass or you don’t and you fail. I feel like, here, there’s a lot more opportunity to work one-on-one with the teacher and really understand what’s going on in class,” explains a senior student at LFPA.  LFPA nurtures a culture that is focused on the individual student. The school is comparatively small and the faculty and staff really work hard to form meaningful relationships with each student. They work together to make sure each student feels they have an adult they can go to for help and support.

students at desks“This school is really non-judgmental. I think that in public schools there is bullying if you’re different or don’t fit the mold. You don’t see that here. Everyone is just themselves and it’s really cool,” another student confides. There is an all-over atmosphere of acceptance and unity at LFPA. Students are prepared to enter the world after graduation with a unique confidence and sense of self.

students on stageLearning Foundations and Performing Arts, a public charter school, is indeed a great cultural worker here in Arizona. LFPA provides a choice to students in their educational journey. Students are able to cater their education to their interests and desires; to explore different avenues of creativity at a school where a variety of academic and artistic courses are available; and, are immersed in a specific school culture that encourages individuality, learning, growth, unity, and communication. LFPA promotes an individualized approach to education and illustrates the potential for public charter schools to facilitate this kind of cultural work.

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Dear LFPA Students and Parents:

Even after so many years as a principal I never cease to be amazed at how much happens in a single school year. We are looking forward to this year being no exception. It is already an incredible year as we look forward to student accomplishments and expanding our horizons.

LFPA meets the high standards set forth by the Arizona Department of Education; The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools; and AdvancEd/NCA, the organization that also accredits all district schools, community colleges and public universities.

It is my honor to be part of the LFPA family where we pride ourselves on a strong culture of caring, learning, and high expectations. We believe in a balance between the performing arts and rigorous academics while nurturing the needs of the whole student. We understand that all students are individuals with their own unique learning styles, belief systems, perspectives, and goals. We not only accept these differences, but consider it our utmost responsibility to embrace them, and to celebrate and learn from each and every student.

The uniform policy will be strictly enforced this year and we appreciate everyone’s support. LFPA will continue with our school-wide anti-bullying program and students/parents will be asked to sign a student compact regarding behavior and academic expectations. We believe that these requirements assist in further improving our successful program and create an even better school environment.

Our student-centered faculty and staff are a committed group of caring educators. We encourage all students to work towards mastery through assignments, tasks, and concepts, rather than be content with proficiency. We strive to instill in each student the willingness and ability to persevere, to try, struggle, fail, learn, and grow, as this will define them and their successes in the future.

Within this framework we strive to provide our students with a variety of opportunities. Students at LFPA will participate in multiple performances throughout the school year including theatre and musical productions, choral concerts, talent shows as well as performances put on by our drama, dance, guitar, and keyboard classes. LFPA students also participate in our National Honor Society chapter, ACE program partnered with Chandler Gilbert Community College, martial arts classes as well as compete on our competitive sports teams.

We find “family” as a small school in so many ways. Our parents, staff and teachers, homerooms, teammates, and fellow actors and dancers are all a source of support for each and every student. I thank you for entrusting LFPA with the education of your child and for the continued support of our school. If you have any needs, comments, or compliments, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Robert Villa, Principal

The LFPA varsity boys basketball team ended the regular season with an 11-3 record.  The team won four straight post-season games to walk away with the CAA Division I state championship.  Also, the MVP trophy was awarded to the LFPA team’s top scoring player. The team hopes to continue this success next year with all current players returning to LFPA to play for at least one more year.

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The Soundsations recently performed in an outdoor competition at California Adventure and placed second runner up as well as winning best character award at the FAME show choir national championships in Hollywood California

Visit the performing arts department web site at

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At LFPA schools we value our parents as working partners. In order to have successful school/home partnerships we feel it is important for parents to be knowledgeable about the many components that are involved in the education of our students. We ask that you take a moment to read over the following important points and contact your school or the district if there are any topics you would like more information on.

1. Are you aware of your schools mission and vision? If you are unsure of the school’s purpose we encourage you to read the mission and vision statements posted at the school, on the website and in the student handbook. We are proud of being devoted to what we do, and hope that you share in our pride by helping your student(s) to be aware of and understand the goals of their school. We hope that you will talk to your children regularly about our mission and vision.

2. Are you aware of our School Improvement Plan and ongoing efforts to improve the quality of education your child receives? The School Improvement Plan is an on going process. We hold quarterly School Improvement meetings to address and revisit school goals. The schools continually review and revise strategies and improvement actions as part of our school improvement process. We encourage you to join us at School Improvement meetings and we value your input as stakeholders.

3. Are you aware of support services offered at your school? We are proud to offer multiple support services at our schools. We have an excellent special education team to address the needs of students with disabilities. We also offer Title One support services and tutoring to academically at-risk students. We also offer Acuity At Home to all students. This online student portal allows students to focus on specific educational needs. Acuity tailors the individual needs of all students by identifying strengths and weaknesses. This allows students to focus on academic gaps, as well as, be challenged with academic strengths.

4. Are you aware of our school’s governing board? At LFPA we have a governing board that helps with all important school decisions. The governing board oversees all operations. This includes school policy, school budgets, curriculum, etc. Governing board meeting notices are always posted on our front door at least 48 hours before meetings and on our website.

5. Are you aware of what goes on in your child’s classroom and how to communicate regularly with teachers? Our teachers are required to post class objectives in visible areas of the classroom. You are welcome to visit your child’s class and view the objective board any time. Feel free to ask teachers questions about your child’s specific learning needs, curriculum, etc. Parents may always reach teachers by direct phone calls or email. Responses to questions, comments, or concerns will always be addressed within 24 business hours.

6. Are you aware you should be talking with your student regularly about what he or she is learning at school? We implore you to communicate regularly with your child about what is going on in the classroom. Here are some ideas to help engage your child in school discussions.

    • Ask your child if he/she understands the learning expectations in school.
    • Ask your child to explain lessons they have learned and to provide you examples on how those lessons relate to every day life.
    • Ask your child what type of assessments they are taking in school.
    • Ask your child what adult advocate they have at school who they could depend on and trust. Who is that adult? How do they help your child? What does he/she do to help your child feel safe and encouraged?

We hope this message is informative for our families. We encourage feedback from our families should you ever have questions, comments, or suggestions. Thank you for trusting LFPA to meet the academic needs of your children.

Kind Regards,

LFPA Administration

Learning Foundation and Performing Arts and Learning Foundation Policy:

Cell Phones, Voice Recorders and Electronic Devices:
Students are encouraged to leave all electronic devices of any type at home.
Students are not allowed to have cell phones, pagers, laser pointers or any type of electronic device or sound reproducing equipment, including voice recorder watches or wristbands, on any Learning Foundation school grounds or transportation vehicles. (Recording conversations without consent is a violation of Arizona wiretapping law A.R.S. 13-3005)
Students are strongly encouraged to leave phones and devices at home. When entering the school students may check (leave) any phones or devices they bring at the front office before school and check them out at the end of the school day.
Cell phones or any other devices that are visible or can be heard making noise within campus boundaries or in school vehicles will be confiscated by LFPA staff and a disciplinary referral form will be completed and sent to the principal/site director. Violations will be subject to the following consequences:
• First offense: Phone or device will be confiscated and released to the student at the end of the school day.
• Second offense: Phone or device will be confiscated and released to the parent at the end of the school day.
• Third offense: Phone or device will be confiscated and sent to the district office. The parent or legal guardian must pick up the phone or device at the district office location in Gilbert.
• Fourth offense: Students who continue to violate this policy face further consequences including phone or device held until the end of the school year and possible suspension.

The District, Schools, and Employees are not responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices.

7-12 Learning Foundation

Performing Arts Gilbert

4055 E. Warner Rd., Gilbert AZ 85296
(480) 635-9400

K-8 Learning Foundation

Performing Arts Alta Mesa

5761 E Brown Rd., Mesa AZ 85205
(480) 807-1100

"K-6 Learning Foundation"

851 N. Stapley, Mesa 480-834-6202

"K-6 LFPA Warner"

3939 E. Warner, Gilbert 480-248-8025