On balance, it's a very good school. Teachers & parents are involved. It's a distinguished school for a reason. I agree that teachers have off days like anyone and or may not be as consistent as you would like. Some issues that can happen anywhere: disciplining a whole class for inappropriate behavior of one or two is a bit myopic, sends the wrong message, and deprives the majority of the class of valued subject matter - better off sending the perpetrators to the office or into a corner; teacher speaking too fast, especially in math, and assuming the kids understand, and blowing off questions asking for clarification, doesn't leave a good impression in a child's eyes (bad day or not. BJ & Mr. Dial & office support provides stability, security & guidance needed for the youngsters. I'm glad my girls attend Foothill. As parents, you need to participate and be active as feasible.
Teachers know their students well. Many great 6th and 7th grade teachers with good parent teacher communication--while some teachers maybe not as good. Most teachers are very accessible to parents and students. Students success still depends on parents, teachers and students working together.
We had two children go through this school. The curriculum is poor and the teachers are unwilling to adjust. Lots of complaints from math/english teachers about the students not being prepared by grammar schools, but no additional work to fix things up. Lots of useless homework - cut & paste, without enough basics. Parents have to work hard to pick up the slack.
My son went to Foothill and he would compliments about it everyday when I went to pick him up. Even I know that it is a good school because the teachers are good, the school is good and the most important thing is the school is very safe. And the best... Mr. Johnson ( the principal) and Mr. Dial ( vice principal ) are both very firendly and understandable. If I would have to rate this school out of 10, I would give it a 9.5.
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