Location: Coarsegold, CA
Are you a student or parent at Foothill (Alternative) High School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?
We've written the best guide to Foothill Alternative High available. Here we'll cover:
- Breakdowns of student ethnicity, gender, and family income
- How safe Foothill Alternative High is to attend
- SAT/ACT/AP scores earned by Foothill Alternative High students
- Which AP/IB classes you can take at Foothill Alternative High
- Every sports team you can join at Foothill Alternative High
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Foothill (Alternative) High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in Coarsegold, CA in Madera County.
Based on its location, Foothill Alternative High is classified as a school in a distant rural area, somewhat far from an urbanized area. Here's the location on a map:
Foothill (Alternative) High School50200 Rd. 427 Oakhurst, CA 93644-9506
Phone number: 5596834667
Foothill (Alternative) High School homepage: http://www.sierra.k12.ca.us/
Principal: Randal HaggardEmail the principal: [email protected]
The total enrollment at Foothill (Alternative) High School is 5 students, making it a very small high school, in the bottom 10% of all California high schools by size.
Attending Foothill Alternative High will feel very cozy, and you'll likely know everyone in your school. This will be a very intimate learning environment.
Unfortunately, with a tiny class size, you may lack a large diversity of activities and classes to join. If you feel your interests aren't well catered by Foothill Alternative High, you might consider independent learning or looking at nearby, larger high schools.
Growth in Student Body Size
Is Foothill (Alternative) High School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.
From our calculations, the enrollment at Foothill Alternative High has decreased over the past few years. We calculate this by comparing enrollment in grades 9 to 12.
|Male Students||Female Students||All Students|
As you can see in the table above, the senior class is 4 students larger than the freshman class. This suggests that Foothill Alternative High is shrinking in size and taking on fewer students.
There are a few reasons this can happen. The population of Coarsegold could be decreasing, thus sending fewer students into Foothill Alternative High. Alternatively, other schools (like charter or private schools) might be appearing, drawing students away.
Are there more boys or girls at Foothill (Alternative) High School?
From our statistics, Foothill Alternative High has a 60:40 split between male and female students in the high school grades.
There is a large male majority at Foothill Alternative High, and much more than you would expect from the general population in Madera County. As a result, it'll feel like there are a lot more girls than boys in your classes.
Sometimes this imbalance can result from random chance and may not suggest anything about Foothill Alternative High. In other cases, the school might preferentially select for males. For example, in our data we find that continuation high schools unfortunately seem to be male-dominated. In yet other cases, other neighboring schools might attract female students, drawing them away from Foothill Alternative High.
If the male majority is concerning to you, we suggest contacting Foothill Alternative High administration and asking if they have any thoughts about why there's a gender imbalance. Their phone number is 5596834667.
What's the racial diversity at Foothill (Alternative) High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?
From our statistics, Foothill Alternative High has a somewhat homogenous student body, with the majority of students identifying as one ethnicity, but not representing over 70% of the student body. Most schools in California fit this profile, so Foothill Alternative High isn't out of the ordinary. Most students attending class with you will be of the predominant ethnicity, but there will be meaningful diversity from other races.
The majority of students at Foothill Alternative High are white. In California, white students make up 26.3% of all California students, and are the second most common ethnicity after Hispanic students. Thus Foothill Alternative High is one of hundreds of schools in the state that have a majority of white students.
|American Indian/Alaska Native||0.0%||0|
|Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander||0.0%||0|
|Two or more races||0.0%||0|
High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Coarsegold. If you'd like to see how other nearby schools look in diversity, just google "[name of school] prepscholar" to find our guide to that specific school.
Income Level of Foothill Alternative High Families
What are the family incomes of students at Foothill (Alternative) High School? To determine this, we look at the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches, a classification by the US federal government.
To qualify for a reduced price meal, family income needs to be below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $45,000 or below.
To qualify for a free meal, family income needs to be below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $32,000 or below.
The lower the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals, the higher the income levels are likely to be.
At Foothill Alternative High, 0.0% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 0.0% qualify for free lunches.
This means Foothill Alternative High has a very low poverty level. Nearly no students at Foothill Alternative High qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Coarsegold is thus likely to have a very affluent community, and Foothill Alternative High is in the top 10% of California schools in terms of family income.
|Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches||5||100.0%|
As with ethnicity, this likely reflects the surrounding community in Coarsegold and doesn't speak much about the school itself.
Because Foothill Alternative High is in the top quartile of schools by family income, it's likely to be well-funded relative to other high schools in California. This means you'll likely have access to advanced coursework like AP/IB classes and better-funded extracurriculars and sports.
It's still up to you, though, to take advantage of the resources Foothill Alternative High has to offer. If you work hard and spend your time effectively, you'll likely be well positioned to succeed in college and beyond.
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How safe is Foothill (Alternative) High School to attend? Can you expect a lot of conflict as a student here?
To study this, we look at disciplinary data for two types of incidents at Foothill Alternative High: referrals to law enforcement (when incidents are reported to police), and arrests.
These are the most serious disciplinary actions available to school administration and are more severe than suspensions or expulsions. Suspensions are often discretionary and can be given just for being disruptive in class. In contrast, law enforcement referrals and arrests often indicate incidents that put the safety of other Foothill Alternative High students at risk.
In the school year of 2011-2012, there were 2 referrals to law enforcement (2 male, 0 female), and 0 school-related arrests. This is out of a total enrollment of 13 students.
To put this into perspective, most California schools (59% of them) reported 0 law enforcement referrals and arrests.
This means that 15.3 Foothill Alternative High has major safety issues. For every 100 students, there were 15.3 law-enforcement related actions. This is a very high number that puts Foothill Alternative High in the top 10% of schools with disciplinary actions.
With this record, is Foothill (Alternative) High School significantly different from other schools in the area? It could be that Foothill Alternative High has an especially bad record, or it could be that the local area shows a pattern.
Compare this school with other high schools in the same school district, using the following table:
Yosemite Unified School District Safety
|School Name||Total Referred||Total Arrests||Enrollment|
|Mountain View High (continuation)||0||0||0|
|Raymond Granite High||0||0||2|
|Glacier High School Charter||0||0||99|
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The data on this page is drawn from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to):
- National Center for Educational Statistics CCD 2013-2014
- "Free or reduced price lunch: A proxy for poverty?", NCES Blog
- CRDC 2011-2012 school year data
- California Department of Education SAT, ACT, and AP Test Results