In this small school setting every player is a part of the 'school family'. Wendy Hernandez in the cafeteria is beloved of many, many students, including mine. I think it's indicative of the overall caring culture at FHS to see the concern she gives in her role to each student and the reciprocity of positive feelings from students to her. Thank you for giving love and bringing joy in the hectic life of teens each day Wendy!
As with any school, there are teachers who are still getting it together and then there are some top-notch incredible teachers who daily use their time to its fullest, connect with students in a powerful way and due to their passion and experience, make their chosen subject a joy to learn about. Some of these top-notch FHS teachers our students have been fortunate to be affected by include Señor Belles, Mr. Mills, Mr. Isbel, Mr. Herlehy, Mrs. Cottingham and Mrs. Cantrell.
I monitored this small town high school closely a year prior to my child entering high school and while any school has its strengths and weaknesses, I saw a continual trend of something good getting even better and have now entrusted two children to FHS and am not at all disappointed.
In just his 2nd year as principal, Randy Ittner has worked hard to create a positive environment on campus, raise the bar on academics, provide more opportunity to help those who struggle (and simultaneously reward those who are on their game) through the PLUS period program, orchestrated distance learning for AP classes and other electives so FHS students have access to a much broader range of classes without having to travel off site.
The small school size allows for a strong sense of community between students and faculty and opportunities for participation in sports and other extracurriculars that simply wouldn't be available to 'average' student athletes at larger schools. The Leadership class is a fantastic way for any student who wishes to make a difference to really have a venue to facilitate change. The teachers and administration truly know my children, they care, they act when approached with a serious concern (which we have had personal experience with).
If you want a small town school that reaches out with support for the underdog, provides opportunities to participate in any interest while also offering challenging academic courses for AP and preparation for college in a place where 'everybody knows your name', FHS is a great place to be.
In all fairness, are there weaknesses at FHS, absolutely. But none have been game-changers for us. And as referenced, the new administration is constantly evaluating and responding how to improve and affect students for the better. As with any group you are a part of, get involved and you as a parent or student or community member can make this great school even better.
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?