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Foothills Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 523 students

 

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Posted August 7, 2012

Not very happy with the school at all. They started a new program this year for pre-k which I think is great, my daughter went to head start last year, then during the summer was in a daycare that had a certified teacher making sure they were ready for kindergarden, when my child went 2 days they told me she was not ready and when I asked why the only thing they could say was that she is 4. She will be 5 in 2 weeks, and speaks better than half the people in her class and can do many things beyond the screening test. Very disappointed. Since when do they look at you and say your child can not start school. I understand that you have state funding for the new program and you are looking to fill up the classes, but just because she is 4 does not mean that she is not ready.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

This school is only good for students who fit the exact model of a typical left-brained system. I agree with the post on Aug 7 2010 - it was terrible for my child who is well above average IQ - closer toward gifted and one teacher labelled him LD and it stuck - no matter what we did, the administration and subsequent staff treated him terribly. They were not willing to listen nor to work with us. He began to believe them and thought he was stupid. He was tested - independently- and we proved that he is indeed closer to gifted and just needed different instruction to succeed. I do know that after we withdrew him from that school - he is really thriving with new and different methods of instruction. If possible chose another school in Maryville City, this is the only one with these recurring problems that I am aware of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2010

This is not a great school. It is a good school and thinks that it is a great school. This is not a welcoming school to new families from outside the area. My child attended this school 3 years. I was very disappointed with the principal and staff. The parent group (FTO) is not welcoming to new comers. They do not want your ideas or questions. If you will do what they ask and bring food for teacher events when needed, that is all they want. Classwork is average, not overly challenging. The Maryville school system does not recognize gifted students and single them out for classes designed to meet their needs. Think twice before choosing this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

We moved into the area when my Son was in 4th grade and he went from barely making his grades to an A-B student! My daughter just finished Kindergarten and did very well. She never attenden a PK program and that reallly had me worried but Foothills offered a free tutoring program each week and my daughter reads all the time! Great school, great teachers, wonderful Principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

I think Foothils Elementary school has excellent teachers and outstanding core- but I wonder if it provides special help for students in need of such.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

My daughter had a wonderful year! The environment is very warm, and the staff seems to have a positive relationship with their families. The two administrators are friendly and interact well with the students. I am very happy we moved to Maryville, so my children can attend Foothills Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2009

Great school! Great school system! Great teachers! Great students! Great parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2007

Excellent school! My son is getting a quality education and is enjoying going to school. The principal and vice principal are both friendly to parents, but more importantly they seem to be caring and love their job. My son told me, 'They smile a lot!'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

What a wonderful school! My daughter is a first grader at Foothills and is learning by leaps and bounds she loves everything about her school and so do her parents. The staff at Foothills I can not say enough about, they are all wonderful. Mrs. Vagnier is the most outstanding principal we have ever met and her love for the children at Foothills shows everytime you see her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2006

Two of my children attend here, one in second grade and one repeating Kindergarten. I cannot say enough about how wonderful this school is. The teachers are great, the staff is wonderful and my girls are thriving. My eldest was discovered to have a phonetic disability in 1st grade and was placed in Learning Lab and has taken off! She has received nothing but 100's on her spelling tests all year! The school rallied behind us last year when one of our daughters died from cancer and has helped us as much as possible this year as well by providing counseling and emotional support to the surviving twin repeating due to stress. Your children will be loved, valued and receive a great education at this school. Truly the most private public school I have ever experienced!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 49% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 84% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

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Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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English language learnersn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
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Asiann/a
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Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
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Asiann/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
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English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 67%
Black 5% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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520 Sandy Springs Rd
Maryville, TN 37803
Phone: (865) 681-0364

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