Foothills School of Arts & Sciences

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Foothills School of Arts & Sciences Photo #1 - 9th graders at Foothills enjoy hands-on science in a supportive environment, where they find learning about their DNA really fun.
Foothills School of Arts & Sciences Photo #2 - Foothills Jr. High students enjoy fun relay races and challenges at Student Celebration.
Foothills School of Arts & Sciences Photo #3 - Our 7th-9th graders take Fall Trips each year to get to know each other better, enjoy the outdoors, and take on some challenges with rock climbing, ziplines, archery, hiking and skits.
Foothills School of Arts & Sciences Photo #4 - Jr. High students climb high on their Fall Overnight to Horsethief Camp near Cascade, Idaho.
Foothills School of Arts & Sciences Photo #5 - Foothills preschool students, called the Early Learners, get to experience a wide-range of learning opportunities. Students love learning through rich materials and explorations that put them in active roles as learners.
Foothills School of Arts & Sciences Photo #6 - 1st and 2nd graders at Foothills work collaboratively to explore biodiversity. Here, students are creating a "river biome," rich in diversity and symbiotic relationships.
Foothills School of Arts & Sciences Photo #7 - 5th and 6th graders at Foothills work together to explore what it means to "be a good person." Their Project Based Learning unit focused on character traits and how to develop them. This starting project allowed students to visually represent what mattered most to them in terms of being a good class member.
Foothills School of Arts & Sciences Photo #8 - At Foothills, we value the arts and have specialist teachers for visual and performing arts. This Kindergarten student gets to show what he knows about owls visually, as the class begins a study into owl communities.
Foothills School of Arts & Sciences Photo #9 - Foothills students form close relationships with their teachers and seek them out for support, guidance, and even chess over the lunch hour.
Foothills School of Arts & Sciences Photo #10 - Foothills Kindergartners learn how owls are important members of the bird community, during a visit from a guest raptor biologist. Students have been asking great questions about how many types of owls are in Idaho, what they eat, how they see in the dark, and how they fly so quietly.
  • At Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, we ignite a passion for learning through a progressive approach to education for PreK-9th grade students.
  • In this vibrant learning community, education is an active and collaborative experience.
  • Through a challenging inquiry based curriculum, Foothills students explore their ideas and develop curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and confidence. Embracing each individual's unique strengths and contributions, we guide children to know themselves and to understand their role in a global community.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-9
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia, Mild-Learning Differences, Gifted needs
Year Founded1992

Student Body

Total Students173 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
10%
State avg.: 13%
Students by Grade Foothills School of Arts & Sciences Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
30%
Average Class Size13 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$14,260
Tuition NotesTuition varies for part-time PreK and Jr. High students.
% on Financial Aid
35%
Average Financial Aid Grant$4,000
Acceptance Rate
85%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKaty Young

School Notes

  • Foothills School provides a vibrant learning community for Pre-K to 9th grade students. The school has 170 students and is the oldest independent school in the Treasure Valley. Located in downtown Boise, Foothills students have great opportunities for accessing downtown resources and to actively participate in the larger Boise community. Foothills' educational program is progressive and focused on the individual growth and well-being of each student. Foothills is able to personalize education so that students' interests, talents, questions, and strengths are taken into account, while still meeting national educational standards, allowing students to excel in all areas of their lives.
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