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Foresthill High School5
Posted March 03, 2013
- a parent
I think this is an excellent school. If you look at their old SARC https://docs.google.com/a/puhsd.k12.ca.us/file/d/0B01MCvrWARHrODMzYjhhYTItODVkMC00MDJlLWJlZGUtYTA4MGY0ZWIyMWZm/edit?hl=en&authkey=CIH909AM U can see their scores where going up each year since it opened & were higher than the State Average and in Science higher than the district average. On the new SARC https://docs.google.com/a/puhsd.k12.ca.us/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=cHVoc2QuazEyLmNhLnVzfGZvcmVzdGhpbGx8Z3g6MmI2OGJhOGQwZGVkZjQ1OQ Yes, they have gone down a bit in 2011-12 year. I know the school works very hard to raise their scores. They do everything they can. One problem is that many of the higher achieving students tend to go down to Placer High for a larger selection or AP classes. Foresthill tends to get stuck with a large number of Title 1 and at risk students. At Foresthill though, if you want to have a smart kid with high grades, all you have to do is support your kid. The average scores go down because of parent who complain about the school asking too much of their student.. Get involved and join the site council if you want to see that the school does do great. You just can't always go by scores.
This is a great school. They have wonderful caring teachers and I know they do everything they can to raise their scores. The problem is that many of the higher achieving kids go down to Placer High where there are more AP classes. Forersthill has about 6 AP classes. Not bad for a school with 230 kids. If you have a smart kids, they can take the AP classes along with online classes and even college classes if they want. You can be as smart as you want. The test scores get thrown off by the larger % of Title 1 and at risk gets the school ends up with. They help these kids as well and even changed the bell schedule so that they have a PLUS period.. this is extra time where just the kids who need help stay in class for more one on one help. They also have free tutoring. So if a kids cannot do well, they are not trying. The school does a lot to help both smart kids and kids who struggle. Bigger schools don't care as much. Here the teachers know every kid and they don't get over looked if they are having trouble.
Parents on this site gave positive comments. How? Go to the California Dept. of Ed web site and compare CST scores. In general over 40%+ of our students test BELOW state proficiency levels. Great teachers in the worst economic areas of LA, D.C., Houston, etc. produce students with 80%+ Proficient or above test scores. Do we really believe that our children are twice as unable to learn? The scores for our elementary and middle school are not much better. What do we need to do as a community to stop failing our children?