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Foote School

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Posted June 27, 2014

The school has really changed over the years when my older child (freshman in college) ..Foote was a creative supporting community. However, I have noticed with my daughter ( rising 4th grader) the community is entitled and disconnected from one another. They pack too many events during the school year and for working families it is a challenge to get to all the "special events" and volunteer in the classroom. Even my daughter noticed that the same parents get to go on the field trips, come to the classroom or bring in special treats. There does not seem to be a strong support for working families. Foote does not really understand how to support their working parent community...and there is a strong divide among the parent body; which was not so much my son was at this school \
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2014

There is a need for differentiation, even with school with a well known name like Foote. Unfortunately, parental suggestions are not taken very seriously and the result is a more shallow institution. It's a shame as there are so many strengths at Foote. The arts are amazing. We should have attended St. Thomas's, small, episcopal, close by, but we are nearly done with Foote and it is too late. If you are looking for depth, shop around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2014

The teachers here are so unhappy. There is a disconnect between the faculty and the administration that is unfortunately resulting in the loss of some really great, creative, whole-child thinkers. An unapproachable administration that doesn't value the essence of what used to make this school amazing-- has resulted in the start of an exodus of really talented teachers. How sad this little school seems now that the teachers are so stressed and their passion is no longer recognized. I'm not sure I will be able to tolerate it here much longer. Love the parents and students and my colleagues, but the administration is clueless and downright damaging to the tradition of progressive and creative education that Foote used to embrace.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 22, 2014

I think Foote has an excellent lower school curriculum and has great teachers, but this starts to take a turn down hill in sixth grade. Although most of the teachers are informative and do a very good job, the curriculum is weak, and the school becomes much easier. And even ninth grade lacks acedemic attention. The year is mostly focused on the China trip, and that's all that is ever mentioned throughout the whole year.


Posted November 11, 2013

Foote School may be a better school than the public schools in New Haven, but this school basically suffers from entitlement issues. If you point out the deficiencies with their enforcement of FALSO's pride- the administration will point it out as things beyond their control - some parents are more entitled than others- and Foote School administration and staff make decisions based on appeasing these elite parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2013

Foote is definitely better than public schools in New Haven. Parents and teachers tend to be condescending, but adults are in the real world too, so it's good training for that. There is very little ethnic diversity with blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. This is probably not intentional, only that those demographics do not tend to attend private elementary/middle school. There is a confusing double standard for kids: they are encouraged to be creative, independent, spontaneous, and have lots of personality, but on the other hand they have to be completely obedient and "cooperative" and say all the right things to adults or else they will be called rude. Many smart kids are labelled as slow or needing extra help too quickly. Some teachers are great with kids and affable while others only impress parents and are disliked by students. In summary, Foote is better than public schools, but you must dish out the cash. Do not equate selective with excellent or prestigious. Do not trust teachers more than kids. Do not trust administration more than teachers. Do not expect kids to come out with a love of learning, only with a sense or entitlement or resentment.


Posted May 3, 2013

Foote is a wonderful school if your child is focused and self motivated, not so much if your child has any kind of learning difference. Don't expect any support from faculty or administration if this is the case. There is no testing or intervention available through the school. You are on your own. They will make accommodations for testing but not much else. There is also no support if your child is "gifted" which is unusual for an independent school. Teacher strength varies from grade to grade and heaven help you if your child gets a stinker. Administration and faculty don't work well together and there is a lack of community within the school. It was a good experience for my oldest child but not so much for my daughters who outgrew the environment quickly. Having said that, the parents are wonderful and involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2013

I would agree with other reviews that though Foote has all the makings of a great school, they have not capitalized on it. There is particularly an inability or lack of interest in helping gifted children reach their potential. The curriculum is very traditional, with little interest among teachers or administrators to be innovative. Despite small class sizes, there is no differentiated learning, thus leaving those able to do more, unable to challenge themselves in the way they should be. We are parents there so it is difficult to leave a bad review, but Foote needs to embrace their student body, open their eyes to the changing nature of progressive education, and allow themselves to take advantage of the parents that so want to help take this school to the next level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

Foote produces great results, but it's hard to say for sure how much of it is actually due to what happens in school there. They get a lot of things right: small class size, supportive classroom environment, lots of art/music/library/drama/play time, which is absolutely non-existent other places. The project-based, thematic curriculum in the lower school is wonderful, in theory. It is implemented with varying degrees of fidelity by different teachers, however, and it often feels like many opportunities to make it so much richer go unnoticed or missed. Plenty of support exists for students who are "behind", but VERY few supports or avenues for further development of the gifted (or even the simply advanced), which is a huge surprise for a place whose kids come from (on average) such supremely advantaged families. MAG does not deliver on its potential. Bottom line: best school by far in the 50-mile radius, BUT....could be far better than it is. It's hard to compel people to feel any urgency when all measures show that results are "good", and the kids are happy. Hard to argue against the claim that things are going well, but looking more deeply brings a slightly different conclusion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2011

As an alum and a parent, I can truly attest to the amazing strengths of the teachers, community and overall education that my children are receiving at Foote, just as I did over 25 years ago. The teachers really get to know the students and there is ample opportunity for conversations throughout the year both with teachers and with head of school, Carol Maoz. Carol has brought a greater sense of community and inclusiveness to Foote, which has quite a diverse population, racially, ethnically, socioeconomically. It's worth coming for a visit and seeing the campus for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2011

Foote is a wonderful, positive, creative and academically engaging place for a child. The teaching and learning of critical thinking skills is clearly a priority, and with the leadership of Carol Maoz, who has just begun her third year as head of school, Foote's future as an intellectually challenging institution nurturing leaders in the sciences, math, the arts, literature, languages, history and geography will continue to flourish. One must read these Internet websites with care; word of mouth remains the best endorsement. If you are thinking about Foote, talk to other Foote parents, talk to alumni, talk to all those successful students attending Choate, Hopkins, Loomis etc. And talk to the successful public school students attending high schools throughout the Greater New Haven area and the Connecticut shoreline. A strong educational foundation is key to academic - and intellectual - success; Foote provides that and more.


Posted October 16, 2011

Ive been here for 3 years and I love it. Here the teachers are great and I really enjoy the different ways they teach to accomidate your different type of learning abilities.This school taught me how to have courage and to not be afraid to learn.


Posted September 24, 2011

Overall the school fosters a very loving, and secure atmosphere for children to flourish. Music, art and the library are fantastic! Challenges are two fold, 12:30 dismissal on Fridays, and a program called MAG. The school lumps all first, and second graders together. It works well for first graders, however second grade is truly a disaster. Most private and public schools have moved away from this model, research has proven it s challenges. The teachers in MAG are stretched too thin, they can t possibly cover the age/grade appropriate material, thus the eight and nine year olds grow very cranky dealing with kids that are one to two years developmentally and academically behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2009

Teacher quality varies within and across grade levels. Still better than public schools in new haven, albeit an expensive option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

Foote School is an ideal place for quality learning as well as life learning. The faculty is comprised of excellent teachers - many of whom I would call, with no exaggerration, absolutely brillant. It is a magical place and my 3 children have been so happy there. The school fosters a type of education that goes way beyond just solid academics, it encourages kindness amongst the students and teachers, brings out self-motivational learning and exploration and provides a well-rounded curriculum in sports, drama, music and art. I love that they get to learn a 2nd language beginning in 3rd grade, and Latin later on. My kids really have thrived there and we know we are doing the best for them each day they are there. From the administrative staff, to the afterschool program to the head of school, there is nothing but a sense of competence, fairness and creativity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2008

This is my favorite place to be. This school has helped me learn independecey. I have Dislexia and i fell like i am really smart. I am a 3rd grader here at Foote school and i love it. This is my first year getting homework but i think it is fun. The discaplin is excellent. Cheating at our school is a definet no because we are cheating ourselfs. I take french and chinese at foote. Our school moto is written in latin and it is gladly will i learn and gladly will i teach. My teacher is mrs. Totman.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 13, 2007

Discipline problems, discipline problems, discipline problems.... Lack of direction and policy regarding disruptive students impacts the educational experience of dedicated students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

This is a good school if your child is self motivated and you have the time to be very involved. The school prides itself on being child-oriented. That is realized in the academic teaching, but not emotional side of children. Most teachers are great but the administration has been weak to respond to discipline issues and this is conveyed to the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

Great School. Wonderful arts program and the library is outstanding. The music program leaves something to be desired. Lower school is well balanced and developmentally oriented. Parent involvement is very high.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 61%
Two or more races 16% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 4%
Black 6% 13%
Hispanic 3% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Computer lab
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Arts & music

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  • French
  • Spanish

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Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
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  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

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  • Orchestra
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