There are some great teachers at the school. However, having been at the school for so long. I have noticed that many teachers are struggling to teach, and are unhappy; and this really has effected kids experience at the school. I am shocked by some of the sarcastic/rude comments that teachers have made toward my children and in the classroom.
Teachers have told they feel trapped and un happy. The middle school teachers seem to have no support on how to manage behavioral problems OR they just ignore them. It seems in the middle school teachers are all on their own plan and there is not enough consistency and communication.
The advisor system is a joke. My son is afraid of his 6th grade advisor, and has connected with another teacher to help him navigate his day.
In 6th grade they really pile it on and then during the years it decreases. A lot of the hw is mindless, busy work. Teachers are suppose to use a test calendar to make sure kids are not overloaded. However, this is not used and teachers do what they want.
Footes' curriculum has not really changed in the past 6 years. My youngest child is doing the same thing his older brother did in 6th grade 5 years ago; same with the other ms grades. How do you teach/instill these values without updating what is being taught to the students? there is little to no discussion on current events, recent literature and topics of diversity.
If the teachers are not changing and evolving how can you teach students to do that? Many teachers seem to be uncomfortable to change and update the topics they are teaching.
Again, I think that Foote teachers and students present well when their is an assembly, visitors or special event. However, on a daily basis there is a lack of respect among the community.
Teachers ( especially in the middle school) are very unhappy and I am disturbed by the comments my kids have overheard. Teachers seem to be bothered by students questions, confusion or needing support.
I think Foote does an incredible job developing a sense of compassion in their students for other people outside of the Foote community. However, when I am at the school students do not seem to have empathy toward their peers, teachers, or school environment. Majority of students at Foote have an entitled attitude, and can be rude toward their teachers, peers and ignore the shabbiness of the school environment. Students freely throw food, snack on the ground expecting other people to pick up after them.
Character development is huge in the lower school, and the students know what the boundaries are. As kids enter middles school there is not much emphasis or boundaries placed on the students. It is during this time that students need a lot more consistency and support, but does not happen. In the middle school kids are sneaky, unkind and there are many incidents of bullying happening. Many students struggle as to why it is allowed and not stopped by teachers and administrators.
Also, many teachers seem unhappy at the school and that really has an effect on the environment. My own children were afraid of their music teacher from 4-6th grade; and in middle school their math teacher. It seems many parents, teachers and administrators know that there are certain teachers that are unkind, but the behavior ( like that of students) is tolerated.
As a parent of 4 children ( all at Foote), it seems the school has lost its charm and uniqueness. The curriculum has not evolved through the years. Foote is stuck at holding on to all traditions, and it has gotten old and not appealing. Therefore, my children grew tired of the school.