Foothills middle school, MAGNIFICANATA school. So many young thoughtful minds. If you live near Arcadia, send your kids to this school!
FMS is a good school. Academically, my children have done very well. Socially, it has been a little difficult at times, as they have experienced varying degrees of racism from some of the Chinese students. We have used it in an advantageous way, however. It has given the family an opportunity to discuss ways to confront it in a non-aggressive manner. In each situation my children faced, I will say, that the remarks made were not necessarily malicious or mean spirited but rather ignorant. The school could really benefit from quarterly seminars on racial tolerance.
FMS is an excellent middle school. All 3 of my daughters have or will have attended Foothills. You will be pushed to perform academically. This will only continue more at Arcadia HIgh. These are very competitive schools. Teachers are very good and work load appears to be manageable. There are many opportunities to participate in extra curricular activites. Many opportunities to make friends as well. The construction is a pain right now. I feel bad that my 8th grader will be in portables this year and will not be able to enjoy the new facility. My youngest, however, will be able to enjoy it!
Foothills is great, my best tennage years EVER!!!!!!!! GO TO IT I AM NOT LYING!!!! MAKE GOOD FRIENDS, ENJOY THE LEARNING, IT WILL HELP YOU THROUGHOUT LIFE, I GOT INTO ALGEBRA HONORS IN 7TH GRADE AND THAT HELPED ME GET INTO STANFORD, AFTER THAT I BECAME AN INVENTOR AND INVENTED MANY THINGS THAT THIS SCHOOL USES, I STARTED INVENTING WHEN ONE OF THE TEACHERS ENCOURAGED ME!!!
Looking forward to all the forthcoming cosmetic improvements,besides that the school is fantastic.Better than local private schools
Great experience at FMS. Almost all the teachers were caring, involved, and responsive to parents & kids. My student had great support -- but he sought it out., as did we. In other words, when he had difficulties, or when I thought he might be having difficulties, we spoke up and were well received. FMS is great for music, academics, and sports. To another reviewer's point, about 60+% of the students are Chinese, and non-Chinese kids may feel Odd man out. Great opportunities for parent volunteerism & involvement.
As a curren attendet at Fms I Love Foothills. I like the sports and activities they provide, but I love the acedmic part aswell. Every single year at the end u take a cst, which is out of a 1000 total, and everyones points are average. Out of a 1000 the kids got 917 ranking top 10 on californias list for best schools and top 50 for United States. So 100% you should have your child fgo here.
Great leadership skills in all grades in the middle school. My son a graduating senior decided to write a thesis about how he became a successful student and accredited FMS ans particularly one math teacher for his 'career' as a student. He is a straight A student and is going to USC with an accademic scholarship. Great music program, does need more leadership in the band though.. my freshman son is elated with the AHS marching band... but the school did keep him interested long enough to be in THE best high school marching band probably on the West coast. :)
Teachers focused on school and not kids. Music program has suffered greatly since Mrs. Ragusa left. New teachers are inexperienced and have an advesarial relationship with students. Would not recommend the school.
My son attended FMS seven years ago. Since the former principal retired, the school is not the same. They had a great music program, but without the support of the principal, it is not the high quality program it was. I also do not feel she supports parents or students.
The school's curriculum has changed from an excellent school to a soso school.
This school is the best school I have ever been to. Telling this from a kid's point of view, I would like to say that there are many great extra curricular activities, and all of the teachers are extremely helpful. I was a new kid, and by the end of the school-year, I was part of the ASB, which gives you an idea of how open the society is.Overall, this is a great school, and you would definitely want to consider sending your child here. -Former Student, Lina V
Foothils is an outstanding middle school. I have no major complaints, although, as with any school, one can alwys nit-pick about a particular teacher or class content. The majority population is Chinese, and most of the kids are highly motivated to achieve great grades. Many are in advanced classes. Our son was in honors geometry in the 8th grade and that's about the 'norm' for this school (I didn't take geometry until 10th grade FYI). The potential downside is that if your child is not Asian, they may feel a little left out of the 'clan,' but if they are good students, they will fit in. The potential upside is that when surronded by high acheivers, one tends to emulate their peers.
Both my daughters attended FMS. It's a great school, well run, staffed by competent experienced teachers and supported by a loyal core of parent volunteers. My girls were well prepared for high school. Further, FMS has a great array of extracurriculars including drill team, band, intra mural sports etc. that add to the positive environment.
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