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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
    B-
  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 2,085 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 68% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% 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
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
68%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1310
427 responses
Average ACT
30
199 responses
AP Enrollment
35%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    D+
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$130,170
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,949
National
$949
Median Home Value
$828,900
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
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.36 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.36 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 124 responses
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  • MCC week
    22%
  • Prom/Ball
    18%
  • Rival football game
    18%
  • 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
2,085
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$104,629
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.5%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.55 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.55 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.55 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$10,321/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.61 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.61 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.61 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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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.
Overall, attending Foothill was a good experience. The administration and teachers work hard to help the diverse student body thrive and create an active campus. There are many clubs to join and frequent school events that are generally well-organized and inclusive. Foothill can be competitive in academics, but most people rally together to reduce student stress through clubs like peer advocates and having therapy dogs on campus during finals week.