We start working with students to think beyond high school in ninth grade, by helping them craft exciting aspirations and connect their interests with their academic program. Students work with their Academic Advisor to match their academic program with their college and career aspirations.
FA100: Foothills Academy’s foundational course (FA100) was developed to support students’ success in high school and to enhance college and career readiness. All instructors are engaged in developing and delivering daily in seminar-style, project-based units based both on helping students develop an important skill and instructor interest. Individual student advisory meetings are a critical part of this time, which are held weekly to connect one-on-one with students about their academic status and other needs. Topics include Career Exploration, College Entrance and Scholarship Access, High-stakes Test Preparation, Community Engagement, Digital Citizenship and Self-Presentation, Debate, and Finance, Academic Success Skills/Practice.
College Readiness Nights: The school hosts two annual College Readiness Night events, the first for parents grades 8-11, and the second focused particularly on finances parents and students in grades 10-12. Representatives from local institutions attend, to provide detailed information on the admissions and funding processes, how to choose the right school, and answer questions.
Students are visited by and visit colleges, and students become quickly well-versed in navigating high school and college systems as agents of educational futures.