About This School
A school's Academic Performance Index (API) is a scale that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the school's performance in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet.
Foothill High School had an API growth score of 710 in 2008. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Foothill High School's 2008 base score was 711 and the school did not meet its 2008 school-wide growth target.
In 2008, Foothill High School had 22 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Foothill High School Reviews
The teachers and staff at this school are worn out and exhausted!! They are unable to teach hardly any curriculum because all they have time for is to try to manage the wild, loud and disruptive behavior of the students. Alot of the parents have serious problems themselves ie, poverty, dependency issues ect. They are not exactly working with the school trying to support thier children's education. These kids don't stand a chance in the real world. Guess it doesn't matter a whole lot, most will be incarcerated anyway. Just saying.
Foothill doesn't have poor academics. The AYP isn't properly discussed here. There are a lot of non-english speaking immigrants in the Foothill/North Highlands area, mostly Russian/Ukranian/Vietnamese. Once you factor in that half of the students who don't pass are ESL..they ratings are quite high.
The State average of teacher to students is 1:23.5, now what was listed here. foothill beats that average.
You can't expect the high school to correct everything the first year these kids hit the high school. They aren't equipped properly from Jr. High, so it takes time.
As far as the stadium is concerned, that was a work in progress for 40 years and is finally completed.
This school is definitely going downhill. Regardless of what or who the general populous in the school want to blame the problems on, they aren't going to solve anything by merely complaining.
While parents and students may try to place the blame for the problems on others, it is mostly the students' fault. Whether or not they complete the work needed to receive a passing grade is up to the students, not the teachers. The teachers do not ask for an unreasonable amount of effort or work. Also, with the changing of the district and the near childish and unreasonable restrictions and new policies Twin Rivers seems to be coming up with on the spot, the 2008-2009 school year isn't going to be the smoothest of them all.
The previous review seems to only express concern regarding the sports program, yet neglected to address the overall problems of the school. It's easy to take one aspect of something and relentlessly attack it; however, in order to provide an accurate and well-rounded review, one must consider all aspects, not just the one they favor.
The truth is, most of the problems parents are trying to blame on the school are rooted from their own "perfect child's" behavior. Parents are unable to address their own child's faults due to the simple fact that they are too proud too. Parents are to blame as well.
The previous reviewer stated how it is "sad to see these great athletes walking or taking the bus to their jobs at McDonald's or Taco Bell, or worse, being convicted for drug charges after they graduate because that is the only skill they have developed."
Let us take that particular part and analyze it. Why do you think these "great athletes" are walking or taking the bus, oh Parent? Could it possibly be that the PARENTS aren't providing any other transportation? As for the jobs, having a job at McDonalds's or Taco Bell is perfectly normal for a high school student. Do you expect them to be some sort of highly successful entrepreneur whilst attending high school full time, or even attending their first year of college? Such expectations would be not only unreasonable, but unrealistic. As for your statement about students being convicted on drug charges; what do you think causes them to be like that? In order for them to gain that "skill", they would need to be around people participating in that activity often, correct? This would mean the neighborhood they live in would have to have had an influence on them. The parents would as well. A school can only do so much to prevent bad things from happening. The school systems require the cooperation from students and parents as well. If the parents are not providing a stable environment for their children, then that child is less likely to want to be part of a stable environment, for example, a rule regulated school.
While this school may have its share of problems, blaming the cause solely on the employees is nothing but an act of ignorance. I know you did not say it was completely the schools fault, but your attitude reflects that.
So sad to hear that the kids at this school are doing so poorly that they don't even have enough kids holding a 2.0 GPA to field a Freshman football team. You only need 11 on the field to play the game!!
Seems if you are at least going to class, making an effort and can spell your name correctly that you could pull a 2.0. We know many kids who are pulling less than a 1.0 GPA. But the booster club was able to raise 8+ million to build a state of the art football stadium - so kids can get offered athletic scholarships to good schools - only the scholarships go unused because the kids can't make the minimum grades to get into the college that is recruiting them!!
And this is supposed to be the "gem" of the district?? Who is failing our kids? The feeder schools or the tenured teachers or the parents who are not taking an active enough role in their kids' lives???
It is sad to see these great athletes walking or taking the bus to their jobs at McDonald's or Taco Bell, or worse, being convicted for drug charges after they graduate because that is the only skill they have developed.