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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Foothill High School is a top rated, public school located in Pleasanton, CA. It has 2,148 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.
Address
4375 Foothill Rd
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Telephone
(925) 461-6600

Foothill High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1330
527 responses
Average ACT
30
264 responses
AP Enrollment
39%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$138,269
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,140
National
$949
Median Home Value
$879,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.41 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.41 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 144 responses
Report
  • MCC week
    22%
  • Prom/Ball
    17%
  • Rival football game
    17%
  • Mr. Foothill
    15%
  • Foothill vs. Amador sporting events
    13%
  • Rallies
    7%
  • Homecoming
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,148
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.48 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.48 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.48 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$103,738
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.2%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.60 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.60 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.60 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,715/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.66 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.66 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.66 responses
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Foothill High School Reviews

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To me, Foothill felt like a close community and offered me everything I could have ever wanted from high school. I made some of my closest friends there, and have been friends with those people for over 6 years. From the spirit filled rivalry between Foothill and Amador Valley, to the excellent teachers, the school was an incredible experience. The only reason it doesn't have 5 stars is because I wish my time there lasted longer!
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My experience at Foothill has been fortunate. I say this because Foothill is in an exceptional school district. It is challenging and although it was a rough start for me in the beginning I managed to get through it with a good GPA. The school puts a lot of effort and money into school spirit and supporting athletic programs, but I also feel that the school should focus more on supporting academics.The parents are extremely involved with the school and they have also worked very hard to help fund senior events. All of the teachers and staff are tremendously helpful and work hard to make sure that every student is caught up and up to date with everything. Yet, there is still a disconnect with the counseling office as far as checking on students individually to make sure all requirements are well ahead of time. Hopefully the school can improve on this aspect in the future.
Foothill provided a great academic and social experience for me, and I definitely think that it is up to students to actively seek school resources that make the most of their four years. For many students, including me, they find that the honors and AP sequences to be challenging, more so than Amador Valley (Foothill's rival school), with a higher workload than regular classes. In particular, Foothill is renowned for its difficult Honors English department, which has caused some controversy among parents. Despite hard classes, most AP and honors teachers are excellent and are passionate for what they teach while offering extra time and resources to help struggling students. The administration, in general, is helpful and often offers academic counseling services that many students do not take advantage of. However, it should be noted that the general student consensus on the administration includes adults who are helpful but seem unenthusiastic or indifferent to student problems.