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Prospective Student Info Night 2014

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Foothill Technology High School presents an information night for incoming 9th grade families who are considering applying for 2014-2015.

Foothill Technology High School presents an information night for incoming 9th grade families who are considering applying for 2014-2015.

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  • 1. Foothill Technology High School 2013 U.S News and World Report – “Best Schools in America” Top 1% 2012 & 2006 National Blue Ribbon School 2005 - 2012 Top 25 Ranked School in California
  • 2. • Information Night Agenda Welcome & Introductions “Lottery” Process –Q&A Foothill Overview Student & Staff Panel –Q&A Student Led Campus Tour
  • 3. Lottery Process • • Lottery to take place in midFebruary • Letters mailed out in late February • Accepted students have one week to confirm guaranteed seat • Siblings given priority - must apply • 2013: 560 applications - 9th grade • Photo by Bethany Fankhauser/The Foothill Dragon Press Choice Window – Jan. 17 – 31 by 4:00 PM Foothill currently above capacity • Current enrollment 998
  • 4. Magnet School of Choice • Health Science, Communications, Technology Magnet • No boundary areas & open to any student in the district • Selection by a lottery process
  • 5. Small School Environment • Foothill’s positive school climate spotlighted in 2012 by WestEd.org • Opportunities for academic intervention • Individualized attention to meet their academic and social needs
  • 6. Excellent Teachers • Highly educated staff engages students with innovative instructional strategies and curriculum • Foothill’s most recent AP and API test scores rank us among the top high schools in the state and nation* – Number 1 high school in Ventura County – Number 216th high school in the U.S. *U.S. News & World Report, 2013
  • 7. College Prep Curriculum • All courses taught at college prep, honors or Advanced Placement level • Advanced Placement participation and pass rate well above state and national average • Approx. 70% of Foothill graduates have met the UC/A-G requirements compared to county average of 35%
  • 8. Block Schedule • 90 minute periods allowing for a variety of instructional strategies and indepth study •Students say they are able to concentrate better on fewer subjects each school day
  • 9. Project-based Integrated Approach • Action-based projects integrate many disciplines • Integrated approach builds relevancy that increases student learning Photo by Jackson Tovar/The Foothill Dragon Press
  • 10. Technology Communication Website & wiki: www.foothilltechnology.org • • • • • • Forms FAQs Daily bulletin Teacher pages Syllabi Homework Online newspaper: www.foothilldragonpress.org • • • • Daily reporting Video Photos of school events Student life and opinions
  • 11. Technology Instruction • 1:2 Student-toComputer Ratio • PC pods • iPads and Chromebooks • 9th grade Education in the Digital Age (1year course) Photos by Aysen Tan/The Foothill Dragon Press
  • 12. Mobile Technology “Leveraging digital tools to promote independence, flexibility and capability in a rapidly changing world” Can you spot one of the most powerful teaching and learning tools the world has ever known?
  • 13. Mobile Technology at Foothill Started to invest fundraising money into mobile tech one year ago Educators from area schools visit Foothill regularly to see mobile technology teaching tools
  • 14. One morning at Foothill… • 12th grade Government students use Explain Everything app to show their understanding of Congressional committees.
  • 15. One morning at Foothill… • 10th grade Chemistry students solve stoichiometry problems on Educreations app.
  • 16. One morning at Foothill… • 10th-11th grade Physics students measure precision and accuracy of homemade catapults and gather data on an iPad. • They take photos of their catapults to be used in teacher evaluation of project.
  • 17. One morning at Foothill… • 9th graders use Google Drive (Google Docs) to create and store presentations about colleges.
  • 18. One morning at Foothill… • 9th grade English students draw their symbolic understanding of the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind with Doceri app, then post and present on Edmodo.
  • 19. One morning at Foothill… • 9th grade English students use Nearpod app on iPads to review for test, take polls and draw their understanding of George Orwell’s 1984.
  • 20. One morning at Foothill… • 12th grade English students use Chromebooks to create social media pages for characters in Shakespeare’s King Lear.
  • 21. One morning at Foothill… •11th grade Physiology students conduct a sweat gland lab using iPads and Inspiration app.
  • 22. BYOD? Yes!
  • 23. Student Opportunities • Quality elective courses in the areas of health sciences, art, communications and technology Photos by Bethany Fankhauser ‘13 and Lucy Knowles ’15 of the Foothill Dragon Press • Bio Science Academy and Communications Strand – VCMC Partnership – Coastal Marine Biolabs • ASB, FIRE, Speech & Debate, Journalism, Yearbook
  • 24. Student Opportunities Courtesy KEYT -- January 9, 2014
  • 25. FIRE • FIRE = Foothill Intervention Reinforcement and Enrichment • Strategic academic intervention for all 9th graders and for upperclassmen with a 2.0 GPA or lower • Tutoring, research, integrated projects, study skills and homework are a part of the FIRE format • 9th graders with below 2.0 GPA dropped from 33% in 2005 to under 10% the last several years Foothill Tech FIRE mentors on a fire truck
  • 26. Support Programs AVID •Advancement Via Individual Determination •National Demonstration School •College culture school wide •Field trips, specialized classes, study strategies and college visits • • • • RENAISSANCE Academic Incentive Program 3.0 GPA or improve by .5 Nationally recognized program Field trips, rallies, t-shirts, prizes, weekly activities Photos by (above) Natalie Smith; (left top) Bethany Fankhauser/The Foothill Dragon Press
  • 27. School Activities Foothill offers a wide variety of opportunities for students •Clubs •Renaissance rallies/field days •2 formal dances •Spirit weeks •Air Guitar Celebration •Weekly lunchtime activities •Intramurals •And much more! Photo (left) by Bethany Fankhauser; (below) Aysen Tan/The Foothill Dragon Press.
  • 28. Physical Education Photo (above) by Aysen Tan; (right) by Josh Ren/The Foothill Dragon Press. • On Campus Dance – Professional Dance Instructor • Supervised @ Mavericks or YMCA • P.E. on campus • Personalized Fitness Plans using Technology • Independent Study (10, 11, 12 only) • Athletics
  • 29. Athletics Foothill to begin interscholastic athletics in 2014-15 Core Principles: • Academics • Balanced Approach • Unified Programs • Fitness for Life Will compete in Tri-County Athletic Association (TCAA)
  • 30. Athletics • All sports except wrestling and football • Innovative program – CAP • Area facilities • Professional coaches • For athletics information: www.foothilltechnology.org /FAQ-foothill-athletics/ Ventura Aquatic Center, top, photo courtesy of the City of Ventura Ventura College track, right, photo courtesy of VCCCD
  • 31. 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
  • 32. College Bound
  • 33. Some Foothill accomplishments! • Top 1% of high schools in America – U.S. News and World Report Ranked #216 among the approximately 22,000 high schools in America (2013) • Top 25 high schools in California - API of 906 (2013) • Sixty percent of graduates enrolled in a four year university compared to the state average of 15-20% (2013) • A pass rate of 100% on the California Exit Exam (2013) • Over three quarters of student body earning Renaissance status; 3.0 GPA or above (2013) • National Blue Ribbon School – Only school in Ventura County to be nominated (2012) • AVID National Demonstration School (2012)

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