Mrs. Carr and Ms. Pelfrey work with the entire class of 270+ students during the required first-year Foothill student transition course. Students learn about Foothill's positive campus culture and how to maintain it by exercising good character. Students learn to advocate for themselves and demonstrate responsibility for learning. This course serves as "bootcamp" for Foothill systems, software and matriculation. It includes college, career and consumer research and projects.
All grade 9 students participate in the advisory period. FIRE provides an environment in which grade 9 students connect with teachers, experienced student "mentors" and each other; learn about Foothill's programs, procedures and traditions; and receive academic and social support as they transition into the rigorous academic environment at Foothill Technology High School. FIRE is a 30-minute, mid-day advisory period scheduled weekly Tuesday through Friday.
Start Strong encourages incoming grade 9 students to set high academic expectations. Students reach Renaissance status through the grades earned at each quarter and semester grading period. Grade 9 students are eligible for academic recognition at the end of Quarter 1. Renaissance students earn various incentives each quarter/semester (e.g., t-shirts, Renaissance Friday treats, Renaissance Friday activities, special rallies, cards with various types of passes to be used at their teachers’ discretion).