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Vista, CA
Students enrolled: 660
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1370 Oak Drive
Vista, CA 92084

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(760) 631-3458
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December 18, 2012
Foothill Oak has changed dramatically in the last year. The new leadership is wonderful and has worked very hard transforming our school into a welcoming, wonderful place for children and their families. The office staff is now friendly and helpful. The teachers feel respected and apreciated and the students are getting to enjoy more subjects than just English Language Arts and Math. The community is welcome and many activities and events have been planned throughout the school year to get parents involved. Foothill Oak is really turning around and becoming a place every student and family would want to be!

- submitted by a teacher
December 17, 2012
I am so proud of what our school has become this year. Under the fantastic leadership of our new principal, the culture and overall atmosphere of the school has dramatically improved! Parents are once again welcomed and encouraged to be involved with their child's education. The focus is back on the child. The individual needs of children are being met by recognizing their different learning styles. Many of Foothill Oak s teachers work very late hours developing plans for the students. The hard work of the staff is acknowledged.

- submitted by a teacher
December 10, 2012
School climate is family friendly at Footill! The new school leadership brings a sense of unity- everyone working together with compassion toward goals of excellence for all. I rove from school to school in my job and have seen the staff in the office become more respectful helpful, and caring to students and parents. Excellent teachers share their love of learning.

- submitted by a community member
December 02, 2012
I am the proud literacy coach at Foothill Oak. This is my 2nd year at this site, and I have to say I have never before seen such a positive staff and such hard working teachers! Everyone goes way above and beyond the call of duty to make sure all families are welcome and feel safe and cared for. We have some great programs for families, after school tutoring for students that need extra help, and an awesome afterschool program with the Boys and Girls Club. Our new principal is working hard every day to involve the whole community in making Foothill an exxceptional and beautiful learning environment. Our focus this year is on assuring all students are literate and productive members of our community and are ready for the challenges of college and career readiness! We are moving forward to be on the edge of innovation as we progress toward implementing a 21st century learning environment for all our students. Our staff has high expectations for all and are willing to do what is needed for our students and families. Come check us out!

- submitted by a teacher
November 14, 2012
Foothill oak is turning around, This year with new leadership the school is more positive and upbeat. the staff goes above and beyond to help every student. with new programs and extra curricular activities foothill oak is on its way to become a california distingushed school.

- submitted by a teacher
November 13, 2012
I am a founding staff member of Foothill Oak Elementary and have taught in Vista Unified School District since 1995, 10 years of that time at Lake Elementary. I am so excited this year to see our wonderful school revitalized with dynamic, child and family focused leadership and a terrific teaching staff. The welcoming environment to the community helps foster involvement of our families in their children's education and the positive support of our teachers encourages new ideas, new programs and hard work. A few of our new programs include Saturday tutoring, art and homework tutoring through the Boys and Girl's Club, Love on a Leash reading to dogs, state pre-school, transition kindergarten class, school beautification Saturdays, running club before school, a student reading lounge for before and after school, and a school-wide pen-pal and science program with scientists in the Amazon rain forest, just to name a few.

- submitted by a teacher
April 19, 2012
I would like to say... that this school has some great teachers! But, the staff in the from office are really, really, RUDE! They need to hire different secretaries. They treat the kids with no respect. They also chose NOT to help us the parents when we have questions. I've had a hard time with them. The school also put my son in ELD classes (my son speaks NO SPANISH!!!) just because of his last name. I heard they do this on purpose to get better testing scores!!! Either way this school is by far the worse schools in Vista Unified District! I give it a -0 out of 10!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2012
What is happening at this school? Long time teachers are leaving mid-year to go to other schools in the district. The principal seems to replace them with brand new inexperienced teachers- which is not what this school needs. Our students deserve the best, most skilled teachers who have proven themselves. The principal seems to have driven away the strongest and best teachers over the last several years. Could this be the reason the test scores are dropping?

- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2011
The teachers that I have dealt with have been wonderful over the years at Foothill. But almost all of the other staff at Foothill is extremely rude and definitely not trained to interact with adults or kids. They would be better off herding cattle. It seems to me that the budget cuts are hurting the staff and teachers so much that it affects how they feel and act. The over all vibe at the school is depressing and frustrating. The kids feel it and respond to it. I thought school was suppose to be fun and for the kids. A lot of the kids just seem sad and going threw the motions there is no excitement in their eyes. This school is about test scores, politics, drama, and being prejudice if you re not Hispanic. Then the kids might fit into the program. Thank god there are some teachers that still have the heart to make a difference in a child.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
This school is HORRIBLE! The staff is really rude to the parents and Ive witness they are very mean and rude the the kids that attend this school!!! The principal has tried to kick my son out twice! I have no choice but to keep my son in this school because his daycare is right around the corner. The test scores are low. Parents... if you are considering this school, please choose something else! I would not recomend this school!!! You would not believe what goes on! Its too much to type. But the things I see and what my son tells me. I just wish I would quit my job just so I can take my son to a different school. By the way, the staff in the office are really, really, rude too.

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2011
Foothill Oak is a great school! The school has improved steadily over the last two years my son has been going there. The new principal has really focused on academics, student responsibility, and getting more parents involved. My son's teacher is wonderful and I have noticed his improved wits and manners at home. There are a lot of native Spanish speaking kids at this school, but I think my son has benefited from it. I think the people who are complaining about any assistance for kids learning English are just ignorant that instruction in California is done in English.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
Foothill Oak consists of many wonderful teachers, however, dealing with the staff in the office is very frustrating. I feel that one secretary has ebarrassed my son, and that they are far too "busy" to answer parent questions.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2010
Foothill Oak is an excellent school with many qualified and caring teachers. State data shows that Foothill Oak has made steady progress each year and although it has not met its most recent goal, staff are working diligently with all students to reach proficiency. Character education, free preschool, before and after school tutorials, Kids College classes, the Boys and Girls Club, music programs, and many more opportunities exist at this school contrary to what other reviews have stated. Teachers are highly skilled in engaging students in learning through the use of interactive strategies to motivate students to use higher order thinking skills. The principal wants nothing but the best for the students and staff. Students are recognized for their accomplishments and teachers take pride in all students.

- submitted by a teacher
October 26, 2010
This is school spends too much time with 2nd language students. I get a letter every year on how poorly the school is doing. My kids constantly get bullied and the staff does not care. My sister was rudely treated by the staff for mentioning her kids were being bullied. Some of the teachers are good just as in every school. There are no after school programs or advance placement programs available for children. I would not recommend this school for your kids, it should be shut down, honestly.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2010
My child was bullied at this school and i had to go through multiple measures to have something done. the staff is very rude. this school should be investigated.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2010
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- submitted by a student
December 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 17, 2009
All I have to say is that the staff in the front office is very unprofessional!!! Very rude!!!!! I do not like the way they treat the parents. They talk to us like if we were 3yr olds! I will place my son in a different school next year for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 11, 2009
this is the worst school my son has ever gone too!!!! I will never recomend this school. Very unprofessional staff members. My son now goes to empressa

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
This school offers no education for the 'English' speaking children. If Spanish is your primary language than this school is great for you. It really upsets me that as an 'English' speaking parent, my taxes are being spent to teach the non-english speaking children in a forgein language. The needs of the children who speak english are completely over looked at this school. They are not challenged in anyway. Just look at the schools test scores the the ethnic ratio chart you can see how terrible of a school it is.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2009
I have had children at Foothill Oak since the first year it opened. My children have been very happy here and so have I. It is a friendly atmosphere and teachers care very much about their students. This school has high expectations and there are many ways for me to be involved. This year there is a new principal and everything is running smoothly. Some parents had a hard time adjusting to the change but are now happy with the changes the new principal has brought. We get many phone messages from the school letting us know about school activities and the new principal's focus on safety and strong academics is refreshing.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2009
Foothill Oak has had a complete turn around. In the past year this school has gone from not meeting state standards to moving its kids forward by leaps and bounds. The majority of the school is English language students and that is reflective of the local area in Vista. New programs to connect to parents by the school's new principal began rough but have turned positive as people can see the principals vision and desire for student success. The teachers are wonderful and supportive of kids and this school has a bright future. I am glad I have my 2 daughters enrolled here.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2009
This school offers a remedial education for english language students. The principle is unapproachable. The teachers are wonderful but limited because of the constrants placed on them by the district as far as curriculum. If your family is spanish speaking, then this may work for you, as 80% of the population at this school is made up of students with english as their second language. So funds are mostly spent on this fundamental area of education. If your child already speaks english, then they'll learn the basics, but little else. They won't be challenged.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 05, 2009
I think a few of the teachers do a poor job,I talk to paretns that have kids in the same grade as my child and there kids seem to be doing bigger and better things.(they also are in a better school district)My son has struggled so much this year and seems to get no help until he gets home.H egoes to school for 6 hours and comes home and does 4 more hours of homework because the teacher isnt taking the the time to explain. Shame oN Vista!!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2008
My daughter has ben in this school for a year. I am very dissapoitment with the education. No extracurricular activities and education is to poor. I will move my daughter to another school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 17, 2008
my daughter just graduated fifth grade there and she loved all her teachers and the teachers worked very hard for their kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
I am a very disappointed parent,I feel the teachers and principal could do a much better job. My kids have have always been eager to learn, until now.This is there 2nd year at Foothill and will be there last.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2007
I have 3 students newly enrolled this year at Foothill, and I think the teachers and principal are doing a wonderful job. They are all very involved with me. We communicate all of the time. I know the whole staff is very attentive. You just need to talk with them, and they will help you however they can with your children.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2007
I had my two daughters attend this school for two years, each. The principal is very involved, but that doesn't equal a good education. The school's focus seems to be getting students to attend each day so they can get their federal funding and just pushing kids through day-to-day. A great deal of instruction is given in Spanish first, then English.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
My child has been attending this school since it opened three years ago. It has consistently failed State requirements academically each year. There is very little parent involvement and there are no extracurricular activities. There are a few very gifted teachers that inspire their students but for the most part this school is 'just getting by'. I was impressed by the principal who is very visible and interacts with the students on a daily basis. Overall though, this school is struggling and I think it will continue to struggle.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2006
The principal shows he cares a lot for his students and staff. However due to budget constraints there is no music or art program.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2005
The level of Education was poor. Children are taught the bare minimum to pass state testing. This school should be shut down.

- submitted by a parent
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Foothill Oak Elementary School
1370 Oak Drive, Vista, CA  92084
(760) 631-3458
Last modified Foothill Oak Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Foothill Oak Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top