At the core, we strive to thoughtfully instill in our students a deep desire for personal improvement – academically, spiritually, and through a life of service.
Foothill Preparatory School is a safe space for new ideas, intellectual discovery, and engagement; these pursuits allow our students to thrive inside the classroom and beyond. Our challenging middle school program is supported by our welcoming and inclusive culture founded in Christian beliefs.
We seek to unite our students under a common mission, community involvement, and mutual respect. Central to the character of the Foothill Prep community are integrity, respect, and compassion which are evident in our students’ behavior.
Our faculty strives to create one-on-one relationships with students, ensuring they are seen and given the tools to find their voice and confidence at a crucial time in their development.
We provide students with the opportunity to serve their community, love their neighbors, and expand their knowledge all through an academic setting that critically challenges students to be better citizens. Every student can flourish with 1:1 personalized support at Foothill Preparatory School.
FPS’ middle school program is open to all students who are entering grade 6, 7, or 8.
The middle school curriculum aligns with either California state standards or common core standards for grades 6-8. Students also have the opportunity to take high school level math courses and earn high school credit beginning in 7th grade (Algebra 1 followed by Geometry). Other high school courses can be made available to middle school students who are ready for a more challenging curriculum.
FPS purposefully seeks to keep the teacher to student ratio in the classroom at a level which allows more personalized instruction and attention given to each student.
For students who need extra assistance in developing their English language skills, FPS offers middle school level ELD English, science, and history courses.
FPS students successfully completing 8th grade and passing their required courses are automatically guaranteed enrollment in FPS’ high school program. Students also receive a 10% discount off the standard FPS high school tuition rate per year when enrolling in FPS’ high school program following completion of 8th grade at FPS.
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World History and Geography of Ancient Civilizations
World History and Geography of Medieval and Early Modern Times
United States History and Geography from the founding through the Civil War
ELD U.S. History
ELD World History
This is a survey class of World Literature which aims to introduce students to a wide range of cultures and time periods. It also introduces and builds on comprehension and analysis skills in literary studies, speaking and listening skills, collaborative experiences, presentation skills and using conventions of academic writing. Students will be introduced to specialized literary terminology, to a variety of styles and genres, to a broad scope of texts, and to technical features of the English language and presentation materials.
This course is designed as an introduction to American literature, language and composition. The course is designed to meet the Common Core Standards for 11th and 12th graders. Because FPS student enrollment has historically reflected a range of English language competencies, including some transitional ELD students, the course is designed to accommodate differentiated reading by historical time period where student-reading levels require differentiation. The course can be further differentiated because the Reading skill, Writing, Speaking and Listening and Grammar and Language Conventions sections a separated.
This course is designed as an introduction to British literature, language and composition. British literature is interpreted to include literature from across the British Empire including Enlish language writings from India, New Zealand, Australia, Canade and Ireland. The course is designed to meet the Common Core Standards for 11th and 12th graders. Because FPS student enrollment has historically reflected a range of English language competencies, including some transitional ELD students, the course is designed to accommodate differentiated reading by historical time period where student-reading levels require differentiation. The course can be further differentiated because the Reading skill, Writing, Speaking and Listening and Grammar and Language Conventions sections a separated.
This course is designed for the beginner learner of English and helps students build foundation in the English language. Students are immersed on a daily basis in reading and writing tasks to develop fluency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English grammatical structures. Students use context clues to find out the meaning of vocabulary words and prepare for elementary level of English (ELD 2). Students practice listening to a variety of stories/genres. Students are introduced to basic parts of speech and sentence structure. Students are introduced to various types of essays and prepare an oral presentation for the exam. Students focus on speaking through various role plays related to story topics/themes. They learn grammar concepts through speech. Pronunciation and intonation are emphasized through sound repetition and practiced through weekly role plays.
This course is designed for the elementary learner of English. Students are immersed on a daily basis in reading and writing tasks to develop fluency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English grammatical structures. Students review and master the grammatical structures learned in ELD 1. Compound/complex sentences are introduced and identification of parts of speech are reinforced. Students practice new tenses such as the present/past perfect and present/past continuous. Students learn grammar concepts through speech and role plays. Students prepare to write an essay related to their presentation topic. Students practice writing weekly essays while focusing on the unity of the paragraph. Students practice rhythm and intonation while performing their role plays and delivering presentations.
This course is designed for the intermediate learner of English. Students are immersed daily in reading and writing tasks to develop fluency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English grammatical structures. Students review and master the grammatical structures learned in ELD 2. More complex grammatical structures are introduced such as comparisons, modals, adverbs of sequence, linking words, and clauses. Students practice new tenses such as past continuous and present perfect. The scope and sequence presented in the grammar text is followed closely. Students practice and master writing at the essay level. Students practice writing topic sentences with a focus and learn how to support these topic sentences with details, examples, and arguments. Students are given time to engage in journal writing and free writing. Students make oral presentations to the class and continue to refine, and improve their pronunciation of English sounds. They also demonstrate knowledge of best practices for delivering oral presentations, (volume, rate of speech etc.).
Algebra 1 is designed to give students a foundation for all future mathematics courses. The fundamentals of algebraic problem-solving are explained. Students will explore: foundations of Algebra, solving equations, solving inequalities, an introduction to functions, linear functions, systems of equations and inequalities, exponents and exponential functions, polynomials and factoring, quadratic functions and equations, radical expressions and equations, and data analysis and probability. Is course, students are ready to study either Geometry or Algebra 2 or both for next year math.
Algebra 2 begins with a review of linear and quadratic functions to solidify a foundation for learning these new functions. Students will make connections between verbal, numeric, algebraic, and graphical representations of functions and apply this knowledge to create functions, equations, and/or inequalities that can be used to model and solve mathematical and real-world problems. Exponential, logarithmic functions and trigonometric functions are introduced to expand students’ knowledge of function families to solve more complicated problems.
Geometry is designed to help students develop their proficiency in geometry, and so strengthen their understanding of the underlying concepts and heir applications. Students will learn how to analyze, compare, create, and compose various shapes and reason with their shapes and attributes. After studying Pythagorean Theorem and its proof, right triangles and trigonometric functions will be introduced to prepare them for further mathematical study. Geometric dimensions and measurements will let students learn the corresponding formulas to find the areas or volumes of various shapes and solids. After studying this course, students may apply geometric concepts, skills and logical reasoning to solve the application problems around them.
Math Analysis is focused on the mathematical concepts, computational capability, and problem-solving skills. Students taking this course will explore the behaviors of diverse families of functions such a quadratic, polynomial, logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric, and circular. Also covered in this course is a deep and extensive application of trigonometry, in proof and in problem solving. Additional topics include systems and matrices, sequences and series, Binomial and De Moivre’s Theorem as well as Euler’s formula. The exploitation of graphing calculators is required in this course as it is extensively utilized to profile and model the behaviors of the functions being studied.
AP Calculus AB is primarily concerned with developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. This course is designed primarily for high school students who will take challenging course in studying. The topics of this course include functions and graphs, limit and derivative, antiderivative and integrals, and optimization. This course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally.
AP Calculus BC is an extension of Calculus AB rather than an enhancement and the common topics require a similar depth of understanding. The topics are limit and derivative, antiderivative and integrals, differential equations and optimization, series and polynomials approximation for functions. In this course, broad concepts and widely applicable methods are emphasized equivalently. Students are required to model a written description of a physical situation with a function, a differential equation, or an integral, and be able to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions. After finishing this course, students should develop an appreciation of calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment.
AP Statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to the conceptual themes as collecting data, sampling and experimentation, exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation, and conducting statistical Inference with testing hypotheses. Students will learn how to read the computer output to enhance statistical understanding. Graphing calculators, MS Excel or other numerical techniques are adopted in and out the classroom to study patterns and departures from patterns in data.
Biology means " study of life". This course introduces the students to the scientific method, cytology, genetics, botany, zoology, ecology, taxonomy, evolution, biochemistry, and microbiology. theory, lab work, and tests will prepare students for future college science-based courses.
Students explore the fundamental principles of chemistry which characterize the properties of matter and how it reacts. Traditional laboratory techniques are used to obtain, organize and analyze data. Conclusions are developed using both qualitative and quantitative procedures. Syllabus includes, but are not limited to: conversions, measurement, atomic structure, electron configuration, the periodic table bonding, balancing chemical equations, properties of solids, liquids and gases, solutions, stoichiometry, reactions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry.
The physics curriculum includes interactions of matter and energy, velocity, accelerations, force, energy, momentum and charge, properties and applications of waves, understand the relationship between force, mass, gravity, and the motion of objects, understand the structure of matter and the universe, evaluate relationships between electrical and magnetic forces and finally, Newton's laws. Students will be challenged to apply their knowledge of the laws of physics to solve physics related critical thinking problems.
Earth Science is a beginning high school science course designed to introduce high school students to basic concepts in science, especially in the realm of the following: 1. The composition of the earth (matter, atoms, rocks) 2. Atmosphere and earth processes (water, wind, weather, different climates) 3. Geology (age of the earth, fossils) 4. Environment of the earth 5. Other parts of the universe The course also seeks to introduce important scientific vocabulary for other sciences they will study in their following years of high school.
The AP Biology course is in accordance with the AP Biology Course Description. The course integrates the eight major themes from the AP Biology Curriculum Requirement. In combination with lectures, the course also consists of the AP recommended laboratory experiments.
This Advanced Placement Chemistry course provides students the opportunity to obtain credit and placement for courses at the college level. Six big ideas compose the AP Chemistry curriculum framwork as mandated by the College Board, with an emphasis on seven science practices achieved from activities in the classroom and the laboratory.
AP Physics 1 focuses on the six “Big Ideas” that bring together the fundamental scientific principles and theories of general physics. Students have the opportunity to meet the learning objectives in a variety of ways and to apply their knowledge to real world experiences and societal issues. Instructional time involves a variety of student-centered activities. Students have the opportunity to work cooperatively to solve challenging problems and to present their solutions to the class. Throughout the year connections to the world are explored in discussions, group projects, and class demonstrations. Laboratory work, described below, offers frequent opportunities to work cooperatively, explore ideas, and present information.
This Advanced Placement Environmental Science course is aimed to provide students with scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, analyze and interpret information from data and mathematical calculations, identify environmental problems and evaluate ecological and human health risks, and examine various solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.
This course serves to introduce students to science content at an appropriate English level. The course covers the following topics:
The objective of this course is to introduce to the students to the basic elements of art in drawing and painting. The students will be exploring a variety of techniques and mediums in drawing and painting such as the usage of color and the relationship between colors and design. Students will further develop their basic skills while working towards and in-depth understanding of the area(s) of art they are interested in. Students will be required to complete a series of assigned exercises and projects each semester. Through a combination of textbook reaking, teacher's guidance, and critique of their personal development as an artist. In addition, essays and research papers will aid the students' understanding of the values of art in relation to history and different cultures. Throughout the course, the students will display the ability to produce, evaluate, and appreciate works of art as well as gaining a full understanding towards art, culture, history, and the relationships between them.
Advanced Drawing and Painting is a course offering the serious visual art student a way to expand upon his/her creative expression and improve upon the skills that they have learned in the previous course(s). The basic art elements and principles of design composition acquired from the beginner art classes will serve as a foundation for each assignment given in this course. This course will be centered upon an examination of creative art making concepts and techniques including a critical examination of art works for technical and aesthetic concerns, content, and historical/cultural influences. Particular attention is given to student's recognition and application of the relationships of the visual arts toward various ways the arts are used to create expressive communications. Course assignments will incorporate advanced applications of various mediums and techniques, the proper usage of mixed mediums, and a combination of 2-D and 3-D art works. Students will compile the art works learn in this class to create some preliminary pieces for their portfolio.
Art Honors is a personalized exploration of expressive drawing, painting and other forms of art making concepts and techniques. This course will focus upon a critical examination of the students ability to create art works with regards to technical and aesthetic concerns, content, historical/cultural influences as well as the students own style and preferences for creative art expression. The course is designed towards the preparation for applying to art colleges for the prospective students that are seriously considering a career in art.
This course aims to survey the major traditions in Western Art and to provide a limited introduction to the history of Art in non-Western cultures. The course also is designed to prepare students for the AP Art History Examination as well as give them a foundation across various time periods and regional contexts. Students will be introduced to the history of art in terms of materials, subject matter, technique, style, and culture and economy. Additionally considerable emphasis will be placed on developing aesthetic and critical skills so that students are able to engage with art appreciatively and reflectively. Students are expected to spend considerable time looking at art works, analyzing them and writing about them.
This course is a survey of music from various styles and cultures. It is also designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of music. The course is developed to meet the Common Core Standards, grades 9-12. The course is designed to accommodate differentiated music theory, music performance and analysis where student-skill levels require differentiation.
Concert chorale is an open course offered to students interested in a vocal performance ensemble. This course is designed to increase the vocal skill and performance levels of each student and to develop aesthetic and cultural values through critical listening. Students will sing a wide range of literature from various musical disciplines from the European Renaissance, Classical, and Romantic periods as well as music from a variety of American genres, i.e. Spirituals, Jazz, Concert, and Folk. From the study of these various styles, students will attain enhanced awareness of the history and events surrounding the development of choral literature.
This comprehensive course is designed to introduce the all aspects of drama: from learning the history of drama to learning what the necessary skills are to be an actor to being a involved in a production to being a critic. Through hands-on participation; reading textbooks and scripts; writing essays and scripts; reading and writing critical reviews; stage/lighting/costume design students will have a fundamental knowledge of the history of drama and the dramatic profession.
US History begins with the first settlers to America from Asia all the way (hopefully) to the beginning of the 21st century. This course will explore both the highlights and the lowlights of American history. This course will especially focus on major periods in American history: the American Revolution, the documents of the Revolution time period, the events that led to the Civil War and the Civil War itself, the emergence of the United States on the global stage especially in World War I, World War 2, and the Cold War, and America's beliefs and positions today compared to its past.
World History is very broad in its scope. Chronologically, this course will begin with the beginnings of human history and end in the 21st century. In terms of places, this course gives an overview of human history on all continents (except Antarctica). Primary attention will be given to civilizations in the Middle East, western Europe, North America, and East Asia with a special focus on western civilization since most of the students in this class have likely not had much exposure to a western based world history.
This course is designed as a broad-based education in civics and an introduction to American Government. Students will learn about democratic citizenship, the media and elections, the structure of American government, how the three branches of government function, local government and comparative politics. As most FPS students are not from the U.S., particular emphasis will be placed on core principles and practices of American democracy. The course is organized around general topic areas.
This course emphasizes macroeconomics as opposed to microeconomics (though there are some microeconomic elements). The course will explore a number of topics. First, students will learn about various economic systems. Second, students will examine the American free enterprise system. Third, students will study the concepts of supply and demand. Fourth, students will learn how business and labor interact. Fifth, students will learn the basic operations of the stock market. Sixth, students will examine government involvment in the American economy. Finally, students will learn about the global economy.
This course is designed as a college-preparatory curriculum that provides an overview of current psychological theory and practice. Students will explore the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Students will be exposed to the principles, concepts, and phenomena associated with major subfields within psychology, including biological bases of behavior, cognitive and emotional processes, and diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. This course will emphasize scientific method and procedure, ethical standards in research, and critical thinking skills.
US History begins with the first settlers to America from Asia all the way (hopefully) to the beginning of the 21st century. This course will explore both the highlights and the lowlights of American history. This course will especially focus on major periods in American history: the American Revolution, the documents of the Revolution time period, the events that led to the Civil War and the Civil War itself, the emergence of the United States on the global stage especially in World War I, World War 2, and the Cold War, and America's beliefs and positions today compared to its past. The ELD course also stresses development of vocabulary, especially vocabulary that will be useful across different subject areas.
ELD World History is very broad in its scope. Chronologically, this course will begin with the beginnings of human history and end in the 21st century. In terms of places, this course gives an overview of human history on all continents (except Antarctica). Primary attention will be given to civilizations in the Middle East, western Europe, North America, and east Asia with a special focus on western civilization since most of the students in this class have likely not had much exposure to a western based world history. ELD World History places an emphasis on vocabulary acquisition for student use across the various subject disciplines.
This course is designed to give international students a broad understanding of the formation and development of the American government, its systems, and its involvement in global affairs. Students will compare systems of government in the world today and analyze the history and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of legislative, executive and judiciary branches of government. An emphasis is placed on analyzing the relationship among federal, state, and local governments with particular attention paid to important historical documents such as The Federalist Papers. Students will also follow current events involving the American government as well as current issues on the global scene.
This course emphasizes macroeconomics as opposed to microeconomics (though there are some microeconomic elements). The course will explore a number of topics. First, students will learn about various economic systems. Second, students will examine the American free enterprise system. Third, students will study the concepts of supply and demand. Fourth, students will learn how business and labor interact. Fifth, students will learn the basic operations of the stock market. Sixth, students will examine government involvement in the American economy. Finally, students will learn about the global economy. ELD Economics also puts more stress on fundamental economics vocabulary that will be useful across various disciplines.
This course is both an introduction to and overview of the Bible. It covers well-referenced stories and explores how those stories develop the meta-narrative of the Bible, specifically creation, the fall, redemption, and restoration, and a few of the major theological concepts, such as sin, imputed righteousness, propitiation, justification, and grace. This course also briefly touches on the origin of the Bible. Throughout this course, students will be able to retell some of the well known stories from the story of creation to Jesus' death and resurrection to how the first church came about. Finally, students will be able to relate wisdom literature from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes to personal life experiences.
Bible 2 is a very flexible course. The emphasis in this is the study of specific books in the Bible. Each year may be different, but the 1st semester focus of the class is on the study of one or two books in the Old Testament. During the 2nd semester, the focus is on the study of one or two books in the New Testament. Students will walk through each book, verse by verse and will learn how to observe and make interpretations based on what they read. By the end of the course, students should have acquired basic Bible reading and interpretation skills that will allow them to read and study the Bible on their own.
This course is designed for those students who have taken the previous two bible courses, or as a transfer from another Christian school have taken two similar courses. This course concentrates on Christian doctrine and how it differs from other religions of the world. Building upon the previous courses, and using the Bible as a guide to why the Christian church believes these doctrines are correct, the class will focus on the following: the Trinity, the Two Natures of Jesus, Sin, Redemption, Creation, Law and Gospel and more. By the end of the course students will have a basic understanding of what Christians believe, and why Christians feel it is so important to tell others about their faith.
Students will develop basic mastery of the Spanish alphabet and sounds; elementary understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. Also, students will develop appreciation and undersanding of Spanish speaking countries and their cultures, with an emphasis on comparing cultures. Spanish level one presents vocabulary and grammar necessary for beginning students for use in basic conversation, as well as have the opportunity to learn about different cultural aspects from various Spanish speaking countries around the world.
Students will develop further mastery of the Spanish language; more emphasis will be on continuing to develop understanding, translation (oral and written), speaking, reading, and writing. Also, students will develop further appreciation and understanding of Spanish speaking countries and their cultures, with an emphasis on comparing cultures. Spanish level two involves increasing grammar knowledge as well as reading comprehension for continuing students; including increased conversation and practice opportunities to conjugate and use stem-changing verbs and tenses; the preterite, imperfect, and future tenses in practical ways. There will be additional practice in the form of skits, music, teaching verb conjugation to the Spanish 1 students, and conversation. In addition, students will have the opportunity to continue to learn about different cultural aspects of various Spanish speaking countries around the world, and compare them with their own countries (which in this case is mostly China; some are from Vietnam, and compare cultures with that of the United States, (that is applicable as well since most of the students are familiar with the United States’ cultures).
This course serves as an introductory high school physical education course. Students will learn fundamental skills in a variety of team sports and individual sports. They will also learn how to have a proper nutrition and fitness plan and how to workout and exercise in a variety of ways.
1. Learn fundamental skills in a variety of team sports:
2. Learn fundamental skills in some individual sports:
3. Learn how to workout in a number of ways:
4. Design individualized nutrition and fitness plans
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