Adequate education. Math Dept. clearly needs improvement--many kids failing Math. This high school is clean and safe. There is a good selection of extra-curricular activities. This school is similar to many others in Tucson and provides a satisfactory education.
The "Preview" Method of teaching math is absolutely the worst method I have ever encountered in education. Basically, the student is supposed to teach themselves. There is no teaching. And the "teaching" that is going on is far from exemplary. The math teacher doesn't even know how to solve some of the problems…and my child is expected to learn how to do the problem when the teacher cannot do it??
Asking kids to do the math home work before the subject is covered in class is unrealistic. These are called "previews". They swear up and down they are not using a "self-taught" methodology but I don't know what else to call this!
A school with poor leadership can not excel. More concerned with appearances than substance. Girls are given the burden of adhering a strict dress code while boys are given the power to harass. The education is just ok. They only teach one way so if that does not work for you do not expect anyone to think creatively. Just because you put "creative thinkers" on your digital street side leader board does not make it so. The staff I have worked with have lacked this very skill. We moved from out of state and have discovered Excellent school really means excellent for Arizona. I removed my child from this school.
Im a freshman at this school. It has been really fun and really hard. I have a learning disability and ADD... My math teacher has been really helpful and fair to me and she is the best teacher I have ever had because she doesn't just lecture you the whole entire hour. I feel as though the whole math department is similar. Im in band and the band program is impeccable, We got a superior with distinction at UofA Band day (marching band competitions) and a superior at NAU band day. We also march in the Rodeo parade on 4th Ave down town and we have won the highest music award over 20 years in a row. We also get to travel around a lot. Last year we went to China for a parade. We've gone to Russia, Hawaii, and London, and many more. Band is a major part of my life, and the pure love of music is spread all around the band and all of the kids are extremely dedicated. Band is my family really, we all are so close. Ive heard similar things about the theater program and the choir program and also student council as well. It feels awesome to be with people who are passionate about the same thing you are. Overall I really enjoy Cat Foot! Unfortunately I might have to move to San Antonio Texas
All things considered, Catalina Foothills is a pretty good school. Sports/extracurriculars are pretty good such as the Speech and Debate team, Science Olympiad, etc. Academics are average, however. Some departments are better than others and of course, quality of teachers vary. The math department is ok, with the Calculus BC teacher being outstanding (99.9999% of students that took the AP test have scored a 4 or higher, only one student has ever gotten a 3). Although the administration isn't the best, overall, CFHS is a pretty good school considering it is public and has no entrance requirements.
This school has gotten progressively worse since my freshman year. The security has increased by tenfold this year even though it's completely unnecessary. A fence now surrounds the school. Former students and parents are no longer allowed to visit teachers. It is a completely closed off campus. Security is constantly patrolling and monitoring students. Everyone must have their ID with them at all times in order to enter campus. If you forget it, you have to pay $5 to get a new one for the day (no exceptions). The school uses an absurd rubric to grade homework that is complicated and confusing (4.0-A+, 3.0-B, 2.5-C etc) instead of the standard, straightforward letter grades. Most people go to an in-state school (a number of them get scholarships). Only a handful go to private colleges (a few even go to top-tier schools). The only reason that more students from this school go onto prestigious schools is because the people who live in this district are wealthy. The teachers are okay and the academics are not especially exemplary. The administration is power-hungry and it's gotten so strict under the current principal. Thankfully, I'm a senior and will be graduating this year.
Catalina Foothills High is more concerned about "security" and "dresscode" than they are about actually educating students. Most of the faculty and administrators are horrible and discriminate against girls, and let male students do and wear whatever they want. I wouldn't recommend sending any female, or male students, for that matter, to this school. On a side note, the principal repeatedly does not reply to parents when called, or if someone asks to scedule a meeting, she will not comply.
This latest poster is so uninformed. Most of the students from CFHS do not go to in state schools. There is a high % of the class of 2014 going out of state to some of the most outstanding universities in the country including ivy leagues.