20 Reasons to Attend Foothills
- Our mission: to provide a vibrant learning community where students develop personal, academic and social responsibility - leading to a lifetime of discovery.
- Differentiated learning paths for students. We understand that every student is different, and we are dedicated to providing an education that benefits each student individually, putting him or her on a pathway that allows the greatest opportunities for growth and development.
- Our faculty: Our outstanding faculty work collaboratively within teaching teams to deliver a personalized, excellent education to each student. We have 15 full-time and 7 part-time faculty members for 142 students.
- Our students develop the curiosity and the skills to become life long learners - traits that will give them advantages as they become 21st century citizens.
- Low student ratios of 8:1
- We are a community – of students, families, board members, faculty and staff. Our common thread is wanting all of our students to succeed.
- School wide alignment of mathematics makes it possible for students to learn in the math class appropriate to their level.
- Parent participation. Our parents are well-educated and have outstanding talents. You may see them leading classroom sessions or sharing their professional expertise or passions. Parents participate in every classroom almost every day.
- Our Dyad structure of classes, with 3 and 4 year olds together in Early Learners, a focused kindergarten, then grades 1 with 2, 3 with 4, 5 with 6, 7 with 8 and 9 prepares students to achieve outstanding academic and social results in high school and beyond. Each dyad has two full-time teachers, supported by specialists in visual arts, Spanish, performing arts and physical education. Each dyad has two homerooms around which to center, then students attend individual classes throughout the day that meet their individual academic needs.
- Our urban location. We are proud to be an urban school, in the center of one of the most vibrant and livable cities in the U.S. When our students go to the library, they go to the Boise Public Library – right across the street. Classes regularly use the art and historical museums, the zoo, many facilities on campus at Boise State University, the Capitol, City Hall, business centers, and other resources offered by downtown Boise - all are within walking distance. In nicer weather students might have lunch or hold a class at the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. Our playgrounds are Julia Davis and Ann Morrison parks - unless it is absolutely pouring, every class goes outside every day.
- A commitment to the arts. We believe the arts are an integral component of education, and we offer visual and performing arts classes to all students as part of our curriculum.
- Technology. We use iPads, laptops and other tools to supplement our students’ educations. These tools are used for obtaining knowledge and demonstrating how that knowledge is understood and used.
- Our Values. To empower students, we value:
• Individuality - respecting students' unique strengths, talents and challenges
• Creativity - inspiring expression, curiosity and critical thinking
• Community - promoting communication, cooperation and collaboration
- Longevity – we have been educating students in the Treasure Valley for 20 years.
- Our alumni. Thousands of students have passed through our doors. We are proud of our alumni, and they have gone on to excel in high school, college and beyond, taking with them a strong foundation built at Foothills.
- Diverse student body. We believe a more diverse student body benefits all. To support this, we provide financial aid to approximately 38 percent of our families.
- A weekly CHOICE electives programs that gives students a hands-on experience with community partners in areas of art, music and performance, health and wellness, science and technology, and English and literature.
- An inquiry-based method of education delivered through Project Based Learning, which allows students to question, investigate, gather information, consider possibilities and draw conclusions – engaging them in an empowering, hands-on approach to learning.
- A unique academic calendar that provides learning in every season and reduces the need for content refresher time at the beginning of the school year.
- Beyond the classroom: Educational trips, CHOICE electives classes, after-school learning opportunities, class projects that reach into the community, and Intersessions in the fall and spring offer learning opportunities beyond the four walls of the classroom, enriching every child’s school experience.
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