One teacher at the school attempted to help our child but failed. They stated how horribly things are handled at the school. They also stated that parents are kept away from information about their child to protect the image of the school.
Poor and boring lessons are administered. There is no excitement in the classroom. Communication and collaboration in assignments do not exist. There are a lot of worksheets. Notes and home asked projects assigned. The teachers think they know it all and do not want to hear any other constructive advise. When approached try seem to be argumentative and can only place fault in the child.
Most of the teaching at school consists of long homework assignments if your child is not good at self teaching then this school is the wrong choice. Tutors are expected for every child because all material has to be retaught or memorized. The teachers do not teach they merely assign loads of homework and give tests.
We thought Foothill would provide a great education academically and build a strong character in our child. We were very wrong academically the children learn to memorize a lot of information without any application. The schools use of technology consists of playing games and typing. As far as building character, our child's experiences included their personal property being stolen, being told their class was the worst class on campus, and being bullied to the point where they no longer wanted to go to school. The head master and dean of students were fully aware of what was going on and ignored the dituation. In fact the headmaster did not even return our phone calls. When we went to discuss the matter with the dean we were told that there were other schools and different options for our child. We invested a lot of money and time into a school that turned their back on our child when they needed help. We ended up pulling our child out of the school with a couple months of the school year left. It is unfortunate to have people who don't care about the wellfair of the whole child in education. Our experience with Foothill has been terrible! We would not recommend this school to anyone.
Our child is kind, responsible, successful, intelligent and hard working. This is due to the joint effort of the teachers and parents.
The school has gone through many necessary changes ...the results of which will only be seen in years to come. No review should be written based on short term observations...children are at Foothill for 9 years...some longer, if they attended Seedling. If a student makes the most of what is on offer at Foothill , they will grow from a fledgling to a falcon and become a model citizen of the world, able to not just to help themselves but others too.
My son applied for admission to Foothill’s kindergarten this spring, but he will not be attending in August. As a longtime Claremont resident with a physician spouse, I long assumed that attending Foothill would be the best choice for my child. After all, Foothill is expensive, and higher prices always imply better quality, right? Wrong. During my wife’s and my tour of Foothill with a very friendly current parent, we noticed that a child in the kindergarten classroom was sitting in the corner while the teacher taught the rest of class! When I asked the father giving us the tour what was going on, he just rolled his eyes, as if to say, “You weren’t supposed to see that on this tour.” But later in the spring, when I had a chance to ask the teacher herself what had been going on, she explained that the child was being made to miss that day’s language arts lesson as punishment for answering a question without raising his hand. I’m a firm believer in teaching children respect and manners, but, I’m sorry, but that Kind of draconian response to a five year-old just trying to participate in class is excessive and wrong-headed. In my opinion, humiliating a first-time student just for trying to participate in class seems like a perfect recipe for producing quiet but unenthusiastic students – not confident lifelong learners. Unfortunately, the principal permits such punishments to continue, so I guess that’s precisely what he wants to do.