Foothill’s seven-period schedule and daily 90-minute blocks allow time to focus and delve into curriculum. Teachers use structured weekly collaboration time every Monday to develop relevant, integrated projects, examine data, and align curriculum.
As a result, students notice some of their classes are thematically linked. In sophomore World History courses, for example, instructors teach a class on totalitarianism on the same day that World Literature instructors introduce Animal Farm. The art teacher might visit a literature class to teach the differences found in Realism and Romanticism, which connects with the novels they are reading.
Students are taught to write, calculate, and think on multiple levels and platforms. On a typical day, some students might be seen locked in the math contest “Geometry Idol,” while others sequence Rock Fish DNA for the National Bar-coding of Life Initiative or launch hand-made catapults in the quad for Conceptual Physics class.
Students collaborate on a schoolwide wiki, write for the nationally recognized Foothill Dragon Press online news site, are immersed in Spanish from their first day in language classes, and create films, art and animation in computer-assisted design classes.
At Foothill, technology is more than a tool; it is integral to instruction and learning. The entire campus has wireless capability, and technology is readily accessible to students through a 3-1 computer to student ratio. All teachers maintain websites where homework and projects can be located online, and students collaborate through Edmodo, blogs, podcasts, Skype, Facebook and Twitter. Technology, and the boundless opportunities it presents, connects students with each other, with their teachers, and with their community and world.