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Foothill Country Day School Photo #1 - Field Day and Art Walk is a tradition that dates back to our school's founding. Since our school was founded around a 1954 Kentucky Derby winner named Determine, we hold a day of races and fun each year on Derby Day. Our kids are superheroes!
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Foothill Country Day School Photo #1 - Field Day and Art Walk is a tradition that dates back to our school's founding. Since our school was founded around a 1954 Kentucky Derby winner named Determine, we hold a day of races and fun each year on Derby Day. Our kids are superheroes!
Foothill Country Day School Photo #2 - Feeling like every year at your school is a "teacher lottery" where you hope to a decent teacher NEXT year? That doesn' t happen here because ALL our teachers are fantastic. All either have advanced degrees or credentials, and all love their work.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #3 - Our beautiful 7 acre campus is one of the most beautiful in the Inland Empire! Our students enjoy learning outdoors and taking in the gentle rhythm of koi ponds and grassy areas. We also have dedicated classrooms for art (with ceramic kilns), music, a full sized gym, science labs and an extensive library.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #4 - KinderGARDEN is not just a word here! Our students actually get dirty and maintain a real garden!
Foothill Country Day School Photo #5 - Our students love physical education and wellness! It isn't just traditional sports though! They enjoy a host of activities not available at other schools including yoga, badminton, archery and even juggling.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #6 - Our emphasis is not on memorization but on deeper understanding of words and numbers. Ask us about Integrated Math and our emphasis on reading and writing!
Foothill Country Day School Photo #7 - The Upper School building for grades 5 - 8 features state-of-the-art classrooms.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #8 - Come visit us! Foothill alumni will tell you that a defining characteristic of their time at Foothill is confidence, public speaking and the ability to relate to people of all ages. We would love to show you our school!
Foothill Country Day School Photo #9 - About half of our students choose to stay after school to participate in a wide variety of activities. One example is our award-winning Debate Team of 60 students in grades 5-8. The team competes in two SoCal leagues -- Inland Valley and Orange County and they bring home the hardware including a national championship in 2018.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #10 - The beautiful Upper School village (grades 6-8) features state of the art classrooms as well as koi ponds and a relaxing atmosphere.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #11 - The Seedling School is our on-campus preschool. Students are accepted at age 2 and up, and they follow an academic preschool program in one of the cutest campuses around. Our preschool teachers are all credentialed and the Seedling school is State licensed and accredited by NAEYC.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #12 - Students at Foothill have multiple opportunities to take the stage in fully-produced productions. In grades 6 -8, students may join the Nat'l Jr. Thespian Society and instruction is provided as part of the electives block. Foothill students not only perform, but they see many productions each year and learn to appreciate theater.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #13 - All students have music and art as a part of their school day, and students in grades 3 -8 may elect to join our after school orchestra program as well. The orchestra is offered in partnership with Claremont Community School of Music. The orchestra is honored to have peformed at Disneyland -- one of the youngest groups to do so.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #14 - Leadership and Community Service: Student Council is one of the many leadership opportunities to students. In addition, our entire school participates in a variety of service projects in the community including Ambassadors, Kenya Club, Buckets of Blessings (for Foothill Family Shelter), Treats for Troops, and more.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #15 - Foothill is unique in that we actively learn about ALL cultures and faiths. Our students attend a daily "Community Meeting", led by students, where character aspects and holidays from around the world are celebrated. Pictured is Hanukkah, but we also have student presentations on Ramadan, Las Posadas, Easter, Diwali and more.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #16 - The Seedling School, our on-campus preschool, enjoys a warm and inviting atmosphere, where all students are welcome! Seedling students use the facilities at FCDS, including the Library, science labs and art studio. The Transitional Kindergarten has a specially designed classroom at Seedling with only 13 students who get focussed attention and access to even more FCDS programs.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #17 - You've got a friend! Every student is known and makes real connections, not only with their classmates, but with students in other grade levels. In grades 6-8, each child is assigned to an Advisory Group of 12 students who meet nearly every day to check in and learn about their social/emotional well-being.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #18 - Holiday Sing is a tradition where all winter holidays are celebrated in musical style. All students in Kindergarten - 5th perform (Preschool has their own, more intimate, Holiday Sing).
Foothill Country Day School Photo #19 - Sports: students in Preschool - 5 grade are offered classes to learn their skills. In 5th and 6th grade, competitions include track meets, volleyball and golf tournaments. By 7th & 8th students compete in league archery, football, basketball, cross country, soccer, track & field.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #20 - Life-long friends are made at Foothill. Our alumni tell us that the most important take-aways from their time here were confidence, public-speaking, good study habits, and the friendships that have endured through college and beyond.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #21 - Science labs feature biology and chemistry and are adjacent to beautiful outdoor learning spaces like this one. Our students aren't stuck in a classroom; they are out exploring our beautiful campus. Your child will not be living in a concrete jungle -- environment matters for healthy growth and development!
Foothill Country Day School Photo #22 - After commencement (pictured) Foothill graduates have their choice of futures! The Class of 2023 was accepted to 30 different high schools -- public, boarding, private, and international. Our alumni are currently attending colleges across the country, including all the Ivy League schools. See the full list at www.foothillcds.org/Graduates
Foothill Country Day School Photo #23 - What other school do you know that has ARCHERY? Our students learn some pretty unique things in physical education including juggling, line dancing, hoola hoop, and archery, in addition to more traditional sports.
Foothill Country Day School Photo #24 - Celebrate success! Grandparents and Special Friends Day allows our students to bring their cheerleaders to school and do lessons with them. In this photo, 2nd students are building a structure to withstand an "earthquake". Not only is their teacher excited, but the grandparents share the joy!
Foothill Country Day School Photo #25 - Parents are an integral part of our Foothill Community and they can be seen on campus every day. Our parent organization, called BWO (named for our founding "mom" ,Betty Webb Organization) support the school in a myriad of ways including room parents, field trips, library, Grandparents and Special Friends Day (pictured), International Day, and an annual benefit Gala.
Since 1954, Foothill Country Day School has served families throughout the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley.
Programs from Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade are offered on a beautiful 7 acre campus, along with our on-site preschool, The Seedling School. A Foothill education is grounded in character and academic excellence and is supported by robust enrichment opportunities and arts education.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 438 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $27,090
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / Apr. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Foothill Country Day School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

Category
Attribute
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
1954
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
438 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
75%
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
Foothill Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
80 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size
20 students
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
khaki pants, plaid skirts and polo shirts. Formal dress uniform (jacket) for special occasions

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31 / Apr. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies slightly by grade, reflecting field trips and other variable fees
Summer Program Cost
$549
Summer Program Cost Notes
Weekly fee for full day program, but half day and individual classes are offered.
% on Financial Aid
22%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$11,725
Acceptance Rate
65%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Colette Sims
Admissions Associate
Jayme Lawshe

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
10 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Competition Debate Team, Competition Math Team

Arts and Music Programs:
Glee Club Plus, International Thespian Society, Orchestra, Over 25 Enrichment Classes offered after school each week

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Futsal, Golf Tournament and Intro Classes, gymnastics and more, Sports Enrichment Classes rotate and include golf

School Notes

  • Since 1954, Foothill Country Day School has served families throughout the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley. The Seedling School, our on-site preschool, is a perfect way to start your educational journey. A Foothill education provides the foundation for solid character, a lifetime of learning, and successful engagement in society. A rich array of after school programs is available including orchestra, MakerSpace classes and competitive teams for sports, mathematics, and debate. The foundation of character and academics at Foothill enables students to matriculate to the high schools of their choice, and from there to the most competitive colleges and universities across the country. Campus visits are welcome. You`ll find beautiful grounds and impressive facilities, along with kind and friendly students. Diverse faculty members love their work and seek to know each child as an individual, pledging to meet each child where they are for a customized education. Virtual Admissions Panel events are scheduled on Thursday evenings In January - March. The Virtual Panel Series allows you to meet teachers, students, parents, and hear about real life at Foothill in a candid way -- from the source! These events can also be viewed on our Youtube Channel here. and private tours are given at your convenience. lease contact Director of Enrollment, Colette Sims, for more information at csims@foothillcds.org or (909) 626-5681. www.foothillcds.org
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Foothill Country Day School cost?
Foothill Country Day School's tuition is approximately $27,090 for private students and $549 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of Foothill Country Day School?
The acceptance rate of Foothill Country Day School is 65%, which is lower than the national average of 84%. Foothill Country Day School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in California with low acceptance rates.
Does Foothill Country Day School offer a summer program?
Yes, Foothill Country Day School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Foothill Country Day School offer?
Foothill Country Day School offers 7 interscholastic sports: Archery, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Soccer, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is Foothill Country Day School's ranking?
Foothill Country Day School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Foothill Country Day School?
The application deadline for Foothill Country Day School is Jan. 31 / Apr. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 31 / Apr. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (11 reviews)
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I have 1 kid at FCDS. He is in 6th grade and absolutely loves it. The classes at so unique. Everyone is so nice and helpful. This is an excellent school.
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We sent all three of our children to Foothill, starting at the Seedling School for three years, and then going on to the K-8 years. It was a fantastic experience for all of them. The teachers are profoundly attentive to their students, pushing them to be the best they can be, while still recognizing their emotional needs. The academic programs are consistently outstanding, the grounds beautiful, and the extracurricular activities engaging and rewarding. Being a smaller school limits the depth of Foothill's athletic program, but there are still plenty of opportunities to learn the value of teamwork in a competitive setting. Sending our kids to Foothill was truly one of the best parenting decisions we could have made. They will learn the skills necessary to absolutely excel in high school, college, and beyond. You won't regret it.
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I have two kids attending FCDS- my older one has already graduated, and my younger one is currently in 4th grade. Foothill is truly exceptional, offering a complete educational journey from preschool through 8th grade. It creates a nurturing environment for students. What makes Foothill stand out is its dedication to fostering both character development and academic excellence. Going beyond traditional education, the school provides rich enrichment opportunities and places a strong emphasis on arts education. This comprehensive approach ensures that students receive a well-rounded education, preparing them for success. FCDS is undeniably a place where students not only excel academically but also thrive and grow personally. We absolutely love FCDS!
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I have had two kids at this school for many years (I've lost count). The teachers are amazing and really get to know each child. Not just their grades, or their homework. They know the sports they play, the names of their pets, what books they like to read, who their best friends are. These teachers really know them as people. The other kids are people I want my children to hang around with and learn from. If I were looking for a school all over again, I would choose Foothill, and I would start them in preschool here. The financial investment is there, sure. I thought my wife was crazy when she suggested paying this much for tuition. Years later I can confirm it is worth every penny. One note for inquiring parents: this is a school you will be involved with. It is almost a lifestyle. You can't expect to drop the kids off and never show your face. The parents here care about education and they show up. If you want a school to take care of your kids for you, this isn't it.
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I am a grandparent at this school who pays the tuition for my grandchild. There is no school in the area that compares to this in both rigor and diversity and that is why we make that financial investment. Our children and grandchildren are from varied ethnic backgrounds so inclusivity and joyous celebration of it is important to our family. This school does not ignore the reality of different cultures and religions but discusses and educates about all of them. The academics are top-notch. Reading and math tutoring is there, and learning differences are accommodated. My only observation is that this is not a school that provides extensive special needs instruction. They cannot accommodate major disabilities. Sometimes children who are gifted do not get challenged enough, or are recognized as having any different challenges than the general population. There is so much to do at this school that they excel anyway.
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My older son switched from a public school to Foothill as a second grader last year, amid the pandemic. A couple of days into the new school, I asked him how he felt about Foothill. He told me that the teachers were nice, the friends were nice, and he liked Foothill. Only then he told me that back in the public school, he was disciplined a lot and deprived of the recess so often. I don`t believe in "zero tolerance" in the education of children. But I also understand the limited human resources to deploy for tender care in public schools, especially during pandemics. Right then and there I knew I made a good choice to come to Foothill! A couple of weeks later, my son came back from school and his brand new school uniform sweater was missing. Another week went by, he told me that he searched and his sweater was still nowhere to be found. One day when I was picking him up from school, he was wearing a sweater just like his. He told me that his teacher Mrs. Martinez gave it to him. Later I learned that Mrs. Martinez gave my boy her own son`s old sweater, which still looked new. I thought her son was probably a bit older than my boy. However, later I found out that her sons were both in their late 20s, and were Foothill graduates- She must have treasured her boys` school years so much and taken good care of the sweater. And she gave the treasured sweater to my son, a new student in the school. I was deeply moved! Right then and there I knew I made a great choice to come to Foothill! A couple of months went by. One day my son came back home with his sweater! I was so surprised that he found it. But he told me that one of his friends at school found the sweater and brought it over to him. I was speechless. Right then and there I knew I made an excellent choice to come to Foothill! On the last day of second grade, my son got so emotional and exclaimed, "This is the best school year I have ever had! I want to stay in second grade forever!" Action speaks louder than words. Foothill teachers are loving and caring. Foothill kids are kind and compassionate. I have personally experienced it. Foothill is a safe, nurturing, and inclusive community. That is Foothill`s mission statement and it stays true to the statement. My older son is liking third grade now albeit he wished to be a second grader forever. His little brother is joining him as a kindergartener. He was lucky to have graduated from the Seedling School, Foothill`s preschool. About his great experience at Seedling, I`ll need to tell you another time. We`re fortunate to be part of the Foothill family. I understand private school is not for every child. However, if you ever need to choose one, Foothill would be an excellent choice!
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I have been a Foothill parent since 2009. Three of my children attended Foothill from K-8th grade, and my fourth child is currently enrolled in the Lower School. One of the important things to know about Foothill is that the school`s leadership has a continuous improvement mindset concerning the curriculum, professional development for faculty and staff, and facilities. In addition, leadership has placed a specific emphasis on creating an inclusive environment where families from various backgrounds (socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and otherwise) feel welcome and included in the school community. These characteristics distinguish Foothill from other schools in the area. Regardless of where the school`s graduates attend high school (public or private), Foothill students are well-prepared to handle the rigors of high school and beyond. Foothill`s curriculum is demanding, but its teachers are caring and attentive and focus on the individual needs of each child. Foothill instills study skills that students continue to use long after they graduate. Most notable to me during my time in this community is the fact that Foothill students always stand out in comparison to their peers concerning their ability to speak confidently and walk into a room and have an educated conversation with people they have never met before. Finally, Foothill emphasizes instilling a sense of morality and a genuine willingness to be a good citizen in its students. From a parent perspective, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities, should you wish to do so. Being able to participate in planning the annual Spring Benefit, sorting books in the library, or setting up for the Art Walk are just a few examples of activities where parents get together and forge lasting friendships. Ultimately, I see the decision to send your child to Foothill as a very worthwhile investment in their education and the development of their sense of self. Foothill will give your child the tools and confidence he or she needs to go on to high school, college, and beyond.
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I'm going to tell you what you aren't going to see from these statistics: it is well known that Foothill is not only the most academically rigorous school in the area. No other school is ever close and that is common knowledge. What you don't see is the incredibly diverse community here. There are so many different cultures and so many kinds of students. They celebrate all kinds of holidays with great respect. If you want your child to learn to get along with all kinds of people from all over the world, this is your school. School isn't just about academics. It is about the students your child will be influenced by and who they will be friends with.
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Where do I even start? The school is amazing. From the absolute beauty of the grounds all the way to all of the services they provide. My Oldest just started high school this year and without the help in guidance and instruction from these amazing teachers, she is thriving socially as well as academically. My son however is a different situation. He is still in fifth grade and still struggle socially. The school hasn`t been too supportive with regard to this but I guess I could`ve been a little more open and honest with him. But I did find thaoldest just started high school this year and without the help in guidance and instruction from these amazing teachers, she is thriving socially as well as academically. My son however is a different situation. He is still in fifth grade and still struggles socially. The school hasn`t been too supportive with regard to this but I guess I could`ve been a little more open and honest with them about it. Their academic excellence is incredible. The sports program is getting better and better every year. Their extracurricular activities for our kids are endless. From computers, maker space, sports, and karate to name a few. Our children are taught to think outside box. They see things in a way I never thought of. The teachers they employ are extremely caring, loving, guiding and they are STELLAR. Their outlook on teaching is unlike any other school I have ever seen. The amount of research they do on a daily basis is incredible. They are always trying to better what they have and what they do. At the end of the day, If my child needs something, each had a teacher they could go to for help and support.
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My child is in 5th grade and we love the Foothill environment. The grounds are beautiful and peaceful, the students are friendly and well-behaved. I am proud that my children are friends with them. We are a family that values our faith, but we wanted our children to be exposed to all kinds of cultures and religions; Foothill provides that extreme diversity. At 5th grade the work is extremely challenging, but is useful and project based; not just busy work. One of the best features of this school is the after school program, hands down. They have a variety of classes every day including karate, debate team, student council and orchestra. No more running around to Kumon, the Claremont Club, or music lessons. Instead, it is all right at Foothill, making my professional life much easier. Foothill is very much a family-oriented school and the activities can be 24/7 if you let it. This probably isn't the school for you don't want that kind of intense community.
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My child goes to 1st grade at Foothill Country Day, and he absolutely loves it. We have been here only 6 months, we feel we made the right selection. The instructors and staff are brilliant and caring. The facility itself provides a clean, secure, and state-of-the-art learning environment where children can clearly thrive and benefit themselves of the school's vast array of extra-curricular activities. The quality of the academic instruction is also superior; it is structured and elaborate yet presented in a very tender and welcome environment. Ask yourself if you want an outstanding education for your youngsters? This is your school Foothill Country Day.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 438 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $27,090
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / Apr. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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