The Foothills Difference

  • Our low student-teacher ratio allows our community to be close-knit and our teachers to care about our students as creative individuals who are capable of great things.
  • Faculty members are committed to our unique approach to education and to learning about each student and really knowing them so that they can best meet their learning needs.
  • Our classrooms include students from two grade levels – called dyads - which allow us to be flexible in grouping students for their best learning outcomes.
  • Our faculty members teach in teams so that we are able to bring a breadth and depth of perspectives in each dyad's instruction.
  • We teach Spanish, Music, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts schoolwide because we know they are vital to students' learning.
  • We use Project Based Learning as one of our main strategies for integrating different subjects into collaborative, exciting classroom projects that promote teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Our alumni have proven time and again that their skills as thinkers and problem solvers enable them to succeed at test taking - we just don't believe it's a way to encourage the love of learning that drives our daily experience at Foothills.

What Do 3rd and 4th Graders Think about their school?

As part of a project-based-learning unit on The Storykeepers, Foothills students interviewed each other on what they liked about the school. The project revolved around personal interviews as inspired by the national StoryCorps project. Students interviewed each other, a member of their family, and refugees at Create Common Good (a local refugee support group). They then created a performance piece, complete with designed sets, that incorporated elements of their interviews.

This video was produced using their interviews of each other. Find out what makes Foothills unique from the perspective of this student group.

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