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Parent Information Night: School of Choice



Presentation to parents interested in having their students apply to Foothill for 2013-2014.

Presentation to parents interested in having their students apply to Foothill for 2013-2014.



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Parent Information Night: School of Choice Parent Information Night: School of Choice Presentation Transcript

  • Ventura County Star - October 24, 2012“In Ventura, Foothill educators reflect on Blue Ribbon achievement” Foothill is the only school in Ventura County to win the 2012 designation and one of 219 public and 50 private schools nationally to earn the honor. All public and private schools are judged in one of two performance categories for the national award from the U.S. Department of Education… The school then was required to fill out and submit a 20- plus page document detailing the data on the school and its programs. Foothill Technology was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2006… According to Assistant Principal Katie Tedford, it is important for the school to go through the effort of earning the designation. "It validates the hard work of the students and the teachers and the very innovative strategies they bring to the classroom," she said. Foothill senior Adam Braver, a member of the schools Associated Student Body, said: "Im extremely proud, not just as an ASB representative, but as a student. I feel very at home at school. I feel winning the Blue Ribbon brings the school together even more than it was before." "Mr. Bova gets us really excited about all of our achievements. Were in the top 1 percent of schools in the U.S. We take a lot of pride that our work is being recognized," said junior Anna Cogswell, a member of the Associated Student Body…
  • Foothill Technology High School 2006 & 2012 National Blue Ribbon School 2012 AVID National Demonstration School 2005 - 2012 Top 20 Ranked School in CaliforniaU.S News and World Report – “Best Schools in America” Top 1%
  • Information Night Agenda Welcome & Introductions “Lottery” Process –Q&A Foothill Overview Student & Staff Panel – Q & A Student Led
  • Lottery Process • Choice Window – January 17 – February 1 by 4:00 PM • Lottery will take place in mid- February • Letters will be mailed out in late February • Applicants who receive acceptance have one week to confirm interest or lose guaranteed seat • Siblings are given priority per VUSD policy (must apply) • Last year we received 560 applications for 9th gradePhoto by Bethany Fankhauser/The Foothill Dragon Press • Foothill is currently above its capacity • Current enrollment 998
  • Magnet School of Choice • Health Science, Communications, Technology Magnet • No boundary areas & open to any student in the district • Selection by a lottery process
  • Small School Environment• Student capacity is approximately 900• Research shows ideal high school size is between 495-1200 students• Small school size positively impacts: academic achievement, student attitudes, social behavior, extracurricular participation, attendance, belongingness, self- concept and interpersonal relations• Opportunities for academic intervention• Individualized attention to meet their academic and social needs
  • College Prep Curriculum • All courses taught at college prep, honors or advanced placement level • Rigorous academic challenge with interventions to help all students succeed • In the past several years approximately 70% of Foothill graduates have met the UC/A-G requirements compared to the county average of 35%
  • Project-based Integrated Approach• Action-based projects integrate many disciplines• An integrated approach builds relevancy that increases student learning Photo by Jackson Tovar/The Foothill Dragon Press
  • Technology Communication Foothill website: – Parents find information, forms, daily bulletin, school opportunities
  • Technology Communication FTHS Wiki • Teachers use common webpage templates to post syllabi, homework • Students collaborate online for projects, clubs
  • Technology Communication Online newspaper: • Daily reporting, video, photos of school events, student life and student opinions
  • Technology Instruction • Education in the Digital Age • 1:3 Computer Ratio • Wireless • Computer pods • iPad Academy • Encouraging students to “bring your own device”Photos by Aysen Tan/The FoothillDragon Press
  • Student Opportunities • Foothill offers quality elective courses in the areas of health sciences, art, communication and technology. • Bio Science Academy and Communication Strand • ASB, FIRE, Speech/Debate, Journalism or Yearbook
  • Block Schedule• 90 minute periods allowing for a variety of instructional strategies and in-depth study• Allows student-athletes to compete at their boundary school at 2:00 PM• Students are able to concentrate on fewer subjects each school day
  • FIRE• Foothill Intervention Reinforcement and Enrichment• Strategic academic intervention for all 9th graders and upperclassmen with a 2.0 GPA or lower• Tutoring, research, integrated projects, study skills and homework are a part of the FIRE format• Percentage of 9th graders with a GPA below 2.0 has dropped from 33% in 2005 to under 10% the last several years
  • Excellent Teachers and High Student Performance• A highly educated and professional staff engages students with innovative instructional strategies and curriculum• Foothill’s most recent API scores rank us among the top high schools in the state and nation
  • Support Programs AVID RENAISSANCE•Advancement Via Individual • Academic Incentive Program Determination • 3.0 GPA or improve by .5•National Demonstration School • Nationally recognized program•College culture school wide • Field trips, rallies, t-shirts, prizes,•Field trips, specialized classes, study weekly activitiesstrategies and college visits Photos by (above) Natalie Smith; (left top) Bethany Fankhauser/The Foothill Dragon Press
  • Physical Education • On Campus Dance – Professional Dance Instructor • Supervised @ Mavericks or YMCA • Athletics @ Buena or Ventura • P.E. on campusPhoto (above) by • Personalized Fitness Plans using TechnologyAysen Tan; (right) byJosh Ren/The FoothillDragon Press. • Independent Study (10, 11, 12 only)
  • School Activities• Foothill offers a wide variety of opportunities for students• Clubs Photo (left)• Renaissance rallies/field by Bethany Fankhauser; days (below) Aysen Tan/The• 2 formal dances Foothill Dragon Press.• Magic Mountain• Spirit weeks• Air Guitar Celebration• Weekly lunchtime activities• Intramurals• And much more!
  • Athletics • May compete in all CIF athletics at boundary school • Transportation provided during 7th period to both VHS and BHS • Students released from classes on game daysPhoto by Bethany Fankhauser/The Foothill Dragon Press • Approx. 250-300 students currently participating in athletics
  • Strong Business & Academic Partnerships • 9th grade students explore college & careers through interactive websites • 10th - 12th grade students have the opportunity to take part in job shadows & internships • All students participate annually in our Career Speaker SeriesVCMC • Close partnerships with organizations in the medical and communication fields
  • Community Service Requirements • All students must complete 75 hours of community service during their four years at Foothill • Powerful learning tool to build empathy and teach respect for others
  • College Bound
  • Some Foothill Accomplishments to Date• 2012 National Blue Ribbon School – Only school in Ventura County to be nominated• 2012 Top 20 ranked high school in California: API of 912• 2012 AVID National Demonstration School• 2006 National Blue Ribbon School• 2005 California Distinguished School• API Growth of 168 points since 2001, one of the highest growth rates of any high school in California• 60% of Class of 2012 enrolled in a 4-year university, compared to state average of 15-20%
  • Some Foothill Accomplishments to Date• Created a model mid-day advisory supporting academic success, dramatically decreasing percentage of students below 2.0 GPA• Approximately 70% have met their UC A-G requirements over the last three years, compared to a county average of approximately 35%• A nationally recognized Renaissance School – 75% of the student body earning Renaissance status – 3.0 GPA or above• A pass rate of 100% on California Exit Exam• Foothill students have served well over 100,000 hours of community service since 2000• An Advanced Placement participation and pass rate well above the state and national average