Foothills School of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1992 by Susan and John Medlin to provide a new kind of learning environment for Boise children. Foothills School was the first non-sectarian independent PreK-9th grade school in the city. The doors opened to 12 students with one full-time teacher, one paid aide, two volunteers, and a large black and white cat named Clyde. Over the next few years, the school grew in students and faculty. In 1995, through the generous contributions of parents and two significant grants, the school raised $90,000 to move to its current location at 618 South 8th Street, in the heart of the cultural district in downtown Boise. In 1998, a commitment was made to begin a pilot program called the Early Learners for children ages 3 to 5, based on research the Early Learner faculty had done on the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. In 2012, the school underwent a major renovation, adding a stand-alone Kindergarten classroom, larger class spaces for 1st and 2nd grade students, a parent lounge area, and improvements throughout the entire building. Together, our community of committed teachers, administrative staff, board members and parents continue to take on the mission of educating children for success now and in the future.
Our School Today
Foothills School continues to have its home in downtown Boise with access to the city's rich park and river system, museums, cultural and arts organizations, business districts and Boise State University. To enhance the education of our more than 150 students, Foothills takes advantage of its location to provide experiences that are truly unique and authentic. The school looks for lots of varied opportunities for our students to engage in real-world learning so that they can hone their critical thinking and collaboration skills within meaninful contexts. With student-teacher ratios of 7:1 and a highly engaged parent community, the school is continually growing and evolving and always working to meet the educational needs of its students. At Foothills, we want to keep our community small so that the potential of every child can be realized academically, socially and personally every day.