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Foothill High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2639 students

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Posted April 4, 2013

Foothill is probably the very best school in the Clark County School District for minority and special needs kids. Teaching quality and experience is better than most and my experience has put me on the path to college. They have a bunch of programs that give you both high school AND college credit!!! (Mr. V is the BEST@!)
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2011

I have two daughters going to foothill hs. One has done very well 3.5 GPA. My other daughter has issues and can't stay on task and tends to get into trouble. After getting into trouble they don't give her the benefit of the doubt, one teacher everytime my daughter went to class she made her go to the office and wouldn't even let her attend class. Now with the cuts she has to take classes she has already taken and passed because they say they have no other classes for her to take. My son will be coming up soon into High School and as of right now he won't be going to Foothill because at least 3 of the teachers are rude and just don't care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2011

The Band program IS the reputation of Foothill High school. It is amazing, I have learned so much through Mr. Pardee and Mr. Waters
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 9, 2011

The sports prgrams at Foothill are consistently good to great. The coaching staff is very experienced from what I can tell and they always produce winning seasons. My daughter was on the volleyball team and learned great teamwork there. The football games are a great way to spend a Friday night with halftime entertainment. I am just really impressed with them all for taking their time to spend with our children when they could probably be wroking somewhere else for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2010

I have a response to the person that wrote their remarks on 11/10/07. I feel bad for that family. My four kids all graduated from Foothill & they always received the help we ask for. Most of the teachers are great there & all of the teachers we dealt with really cared about our kids. I totally disagree about the band director having an ego problem. PROUD NOT EGO! Our son was in the Marching Band & Indoor Drumline for 4 years since 2006. Mr. Pardee & Mr. Waters are the most caring Director we have ever met. They care more about our kids than themselves. FHS band under the direction of Pardee & Waters have grown to 200 band kids this years! Last year we had around 35 Pit Crew & Family Volunteers! We had a BLAST! and trust me they are all very well educated! BEST BAND PROGRAM AROUND!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2010

this school is a great school to want your kids to go to the teachers care about your grades other teachers at other schools wouldn't give you the time of the day about your grades because they feel like you should stay on top which is true but your kids would need someone that is going to give them that push and show them that they do have someone that wants them to be successful and thats what this school does
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2010

The school as a whole is really good and safe, however, you need to stay on top of your child's records because they tend to make mistakes and the mistakes are very difficult if not impossible to fix (unexcused absences as an example that are actually excused).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2009

Best school ever!!! I am in the band and love the band, the band director, and all the administrators. I would never want to go to any other school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 10, 2009

This school is the worst that my child had attended because they judge people by there color. My kid is a great student but the teachers don't treat other people the same. So I had to change my kid to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2008

It's awesome. Nice people, nice staff, fantastic music department.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2007

I have a daughter in her senior year at Foothill. For a school that has over 2200 students I have never felt that she is 'lost in the system'. I have found all the teachers and counselors take a very active interest regarding her education and getting her prepared for college. I feel she has been well prepared for her next academic step.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2007

This school leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Son went all 4 years and graduated without help from staff or teachers. Band director is ego driven and more worried about his awards than helping kids grow. Teachers don't care, don't answer emails from parents!Parents in volunteer positions are closed minded and uneducated (band parents esp)if we had it to do over, I would have taken my son out! Beautiful campus...what a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2007

I have a child at Foothill I think that its a good school, he has done better here than any other school he has attended in clark county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2007

Foothill has a great staff and the counselors are very receptive to input from parents. The student population is more diverse which leads to a more rounded student body. My son attends and is really enjoying it. We moved from a more affluent area of town to here and he is hanging around a much better crowd of kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

I graduated from foothill H.S., the school is great. The teachers there really care and the extracurricular are great. The classes are not that big and its in a good area. You have all the options open to you at foothill.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 13, 2006

We moved from a rural community back east to LV, and the schools choice was important. Foothill became the choice because it is smaller (2000 students versus 4000 students at rival schools), it is in a decent established community, and test scores were good. They also had a great selection of electives. We also have a special needs student and once we got past the first few weeks, all has seem to fallen into place. The teachers do care and are easy to communicate with via email or phone. Our special needs teacher couldn't be any better and has helped our child tremendously with the adjustment to the new school. Foothill students has been very accepting of our son too which is rare for a student with a disability at other schools he attended. This is a great place if you want your kids in a good high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2006

I'm not a parent, but I do attend Foothill, and I think it's good school. I don't think the classes are too big and compared to the other schools in our area, Foothill is relatively small. I'm an honor student and I've never been mocked or made fun of. There are plenty of clubs and activities to get involved with , but the school focuses more on sports when it comes to extracurriculars. I don't notice a problem with security (if there is one)when I'm there. I don't feel like I'm in danger or anything, and the teachers make themselves very avalible, so you can almost always talk to them if there's ever a problem. Overall, Foothill is a realy good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2006

Foothill is over-crowded and some of the students get lost in the shuffle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

The school is too big and the class sizes are way too big even in honors classes. Academically inclined students are mocked. Considering that the economy of this entire area is based on gambling and 'entertainment' this school is not bad for the area. Las Vegas area is really not a good place to raise kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2004

Foothill is the best school ever. The security is getting tightier the teachers are nice and you really learn a lot. I love foothill and its a great school.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

583 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

586 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

587 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

582 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE) to assess high school students in reading, writing, math and science. The HSPE is a high school graduation requirement. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female78%
Male86%
Black/African American82%
Asian96%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian84%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch73%
Full price84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities84%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant82%

Reading

All Students86%
Female88%
Male84%
Black/African American72%
Asian83%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial93%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian88%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch81%
Full price88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities90%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant86%

Science

All Students85%
Female82%
Male89%
Black/African American75%
Asian87%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial95%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian89%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch76%
Full price88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
Students without disabilities87%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%

Writing

All Students88%
Female92%
Male83%
Black/African American78%
Asian91%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial93%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian88%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch84%
Full price88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities91%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE) to assess high school students in reading, writing, math and science. The HSPE is a high school graduation requirement. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 37%
Hispanic 21% 40%
Two or more races 7% 5%
Black 5% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation UNLV
BYU
CSN
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Platinum Award for Inclusive Practices (2010)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Jeanne Donadio
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (702) 855-3336

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Virtual school
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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