School Details

Foothills Middle School

171 East Sycamore Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 821-8363
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 5-9 828 students 24 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

92%
86%
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55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arcadia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
100%
86%
91%
88%
60%
94%
90%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arcadia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
96%
50%
91%
88%
57%
59%
64%
31%
100%
100%
85%
83%
82%
52%
92%
92%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arcadia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Foothills Middle School is a public middle school in Arcadia. The principal of Foothills Middle School is Patricia Hartline, who can be contacted at triciah@ausd.net. 828 students attend Foothills Middle School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Foothills Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 14% of the 828 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Foothills Middle School is 24:1. Rancho Learning Center (Alternative) is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 56% 66%
White, non-Hispanic 27% 18%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Filipino 2% 2%
Hispanic 15% 11%
Unspecified 0.6% 1%
Multiracial 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 9719%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14% 13%
Limited English proficiency 4% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Foothills middle school MAGNIFICANATA school. So many young thoughtful minds. If you live near Arcadia send your kids to this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    FMS is a good school. Academically my children have done very well. Socially it has been a little difficult at times as they have experienced varying degrees of racism from some of the Chinese students. We have used it in an advantageous way however. It has given the family an opportunity to discuss ways to confront it in a non-aggressive manner. In each situation my children faced I will say that the remarks made were not necessarily malicious or mean spirited but rather ignorant. The school could really benefit from quarterly seminars on racial tolerance.

  • (1 year ago)

    FMS is an excellent middle school. All 3 of my daughters have or will have attended Foothills. You will be pushed to perform academically. This will only continue more at Arcadia HIgh. These are very competitive schools. Teachers are very good and work load appears to be manageable. There are many opportunities to participate in extra curricular activites. Many opportunities to make friends as well. The construction is a pain right now. I feel bad that my 8th grader will be in portables this year and will not be able to enjoy the new facility. My youngest however will be able to enjoy it!

  • (1 year ago)

    Foothills is great my best tennage years EVER!!!!!!!! GO TO IT I AM NOT LYING!!!! MAKE GOOD FRIENDS ENJOY THE LEARNING IT WILL HELP YOU THROUGHOUT LIFE I GOT INTO ALGEBRA HONORS IN 7TH GRADE AND THAT HELPED ME GET INTO STANFORD AFTER THAT I BECAME AN INVENTOR AND INVENTED MANY THINGS THAT THIS SCHOOL USES I STARTED INVENTING WHEN ONE OF THE TEACHERS ENCOURAGED ME!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Looking forward to all the forthcoming cosmetic improvements besides that the school is fantastic.Better than local private schools

  • (3 years ago)

    Great experience at FMS. Almost all the teachers were caring involved and responsive to parents & kids. My student had great support -- but he sought it out. as did we. In other words when he had difficulties or when I thought he might be having difficulties we spoke up and were well received. FMS is great for music academics and sports. To another reviewer's point about 60+% of the students are Chinese and non-Chinese kids may feel Odd man out. Great opportunities for parent volunteerism & involvement.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a curren attendet at Fms I Love Foothills. I like the sports and activities they provide but I love the acedmic part aswell. Every single year at the end u take a cst which is out of a 1000 total and everyones points are average. Out of a 1000 the kids got 917 ranking top 10 on californias list for best schools and top 50 for United States. So 100% you should have your child fgo here.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great leadership skills in all grades in the middle school. My son a graduating senior decided to write a thesis about how he became a successful student and accredited FMS ans particularly one math teacher for his 'career' as a student. He is a straight A student and is going to USC with an accademic scholarship. Great music program does need more leadership in the band though.. my freshman son is elated with the AHS marching band... but the school did keep him interested long enough to be in THE best high school marching band probably on the West coast. )

  • (7 years ago)

    Teachers focused on school and not kids. Music program has suffered greatly since Mrs. Ragusa left. New teachers are inexperienced and have an advesarial relationship with students. Would not recommend the school.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son attended FMS seven years ago. Since the former principal retired the school is not the same. They had a great music program but without the support of the principal it is not the high quality program it was. I also do not feel she supports parents or students.

  • (7 years ago)

    The school's curriculum has changed from an excellent school to a soso school.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is the best school I have ever been to. Telling this from a kid's point of view I would like to say that there are many great extra curricular activities and all of the teachers are extremely helpful. I was a new kid and by the end of the school-year I was part of the ASB which gives you an idea of how open the society is.Overall this is a great school and you would definitely want to consider sending your child here. -Former Student Lina V

  • (8 years ago)

    Foothils is an outstanding middle school. I have no major complaints although as with any school one can alwys nit-pick about a particular teacher or class content. The majority population is Chinese and most of the kids are highly motivated to achieve great grades. Many are in advanced classes. Our son was in honors geometry in the 8th grade and that's about the 'norm' for this school (I didn't take geometry until 10th grade FYI). The potential downside is that if your child is not Asian they may feel a little left out of the 'clan ' but if they are good students they will fit in. The potential upside is that when surronded by high acheivers one tends to emulate their peers.

  • (9 years ago)

    Both my daughters attended FMS. It's a great school well run staffed by competent experienced teachers and supported by a loyal core of parent volunteers. My girls were well prepared for high school. Further FMS has a great array of extracurriculars including drill team band intra mural sports etc. that add to the positive environment.

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