The API is only 871? Amador's API is 897! Why?! I remember their API are almost the same.
The new Principal (Krolikowski) has high integrity and does a better job than most administrators of holding both students and staff accountable, because he really seems to care about the school as a whole. He is in touch with the students and already knows many by their first name. He holds monthly Friday Forums for parents, and values collaboration and addresses problems fairly. His vision is one that will benefit students, "good" staff, and the community for many years to come. As with most Pleasanton schools, I would like to see a teacher workforce and "leadership" that better represents the diversity of the students/community. PTO is very inclusive and trustworthy - not sure if I can say that about the Athletic Boosters as they are not as transparent financially and should probably be audited once in a while. Almost too many AP classes - e.g. there should be a "general" Psychology class, not just an AP Psychology class. Don't just cater to the high achievers - that defeats the whole purpose of public education which is a right of ALL students.
I graduated from Foothill but still live in the community and have family friends and neighbors who attend the school. As with any school, you have well educated, informative teachers who care about their students and you have teachers who are only there for the paycheck. Overall, the academics greatly prepared me for college and the real world. I omitted one star based on the attitudes of the kids and how they affect the quality of teachers at the school. Two former Foothill teachers are friends and both had the same experience in recent years, causing early retirement. The kids were disrespectful and malicious. Not all students are this way, but it is not a coincidence that two high-quality teachers had the same experience. Even in my time at the school, the kids were incredibly under-disciplined; they would get away with everything. The school itself has little impact on this (although disciplinary measures could be stricter); it is more a reflection of the community. I agree 100% with the description of the cliquish nature of this school. If you're not "keeping up with the Joneses," you tend to be outcast from those "popular groups" of kids in the school.
Great school, teachers are fantastic, students are nice and friendly, A+
As a current student at FHS, I can say that the academics are good, the teachers are good, the range of classes are good, but the atmosphere is just like a classic teen movie. There are clicks and the people tend to be very unfriendly. It is not a school that is welcoming to new students. If I could choose what high school in Pleasanton I wanted to go to all over again, I would have chosen Amador Valley. At least they have character.
My daughter is a Junior at Foothill High School and will graduate next year, 2010. I wanted to add comment about Mr. Lipman who teaches AP History to Juniors and he is an awesome teacher who has taken his personal time to help the kids prepare with their AP exam. He has review sessions before School on Wednesdays and some days after School. We are happy with the education at this school, my son will go to this School when he starts High school.
foothill is a very very clicky school, it is not a school you can just move into, it is the kind of school where you have to go to the middle school with the kids attending, also it took almost 4 weeks to get registered, education is good in some aspects but still not the finest school there is
Foothill occupies two extremes on a student spectrum. At this school, you have kids just about to drop out and are taking opportunity classes, and completely opposite to that, you have kids taking International Baccularate. Because of the mass amount of children who are in these opportunity classes, people often don't see the brighter side, therefore, Foothill gets a bad wrap when it shouldn't. The G.A.T.E. and I.B. teachers are the best. They really connect with the kids and parents. The school also works with kids and their families if they are going through a rough time. =D
Great school. Responsive teachers. High standards and good students.
I am agree that Foothill High is run on politics. It is still the same now. I got involved in helping school so I know it. Some parents also agree with me. Some teachers don't know how to teach but some are outstanding and caring. Don't forget couselors working over there. They are outstanding,smart, helpful. Forget about politics and some bad teachers, it is a good school.
Foothill is a wonderful school.Foothill has high academic standards and the atmosphere on campus encourages the students to be successful. They are given the knowledge and the tools to help them go above and beyond in their academics and life. As far as sports are concerned, you will find that Foothill is highly competitive in all sports. Not to mention that Foothill's band has won more awards then any in the area. The principles, teachers and coaches are what makes this school so special. They are hands on. The parent involvement is also a vital part as well.All of this adds up to a well rounded child. If you send your child here you are quaranteed that they are going to receive the best education Pleasanton has to offer.
Overall a very good school. Parents are involved with their kids' education, and the academic standards are high. Lots of well-supported after-school activities as well.
Foothill High is a very good school. My daughter has just gradutated this year. Not only are the teachers great, but the location is wonderful. I would encourage parents to enroll their children in this school. It is in a very safe area.
My daughter is a senior in Foothil and have attended FH for all her high school. We have been very happy with the quality of education she was provided at the school. I also found the school very well organized, and a wonderful environment for my daughter to grow up in. Staff are very helpful and friendly, and our children are their priority.
Great school spirit. Mostly children of well-to-do parents, which has its pluses and minuses. Safe environment. Academics pretty strong; sports encouraged also. Has some good teachers.
Teachers seem to care. Safe and clean environment. Students come mostly from well-off families. Nice setting up against the hills on the edge of Pleasanton. Balance between academics and social activities with friends. Overall positive experience.
Foothill HS in Pleasanton, CA is one of the best high schools in the nation! Unlike the previous comment, I don't believe the school is run on politics at all. The opportunities and curriculum are outstanding. One course that stands out is the AP Civics course - 'We The People' - Foothill has traditionally placed at the State Competition. It has great facilities, committed teachers and is responsive to the community. It has high standards - no trouble is allowed. We couldn't have asked for anything better for our two children. It sends great students to great schools and also provides a great environment for kids not so gifted to grow and flower.
Foothill stands for politics, sports, academics, it is all included here. Foothill High is run on politics. It takes a while to notice then wham, what is this for? The parents or children, you decide. By the way, the kids do get a good education spite the politics.
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