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Foothill Elementary School
 

 

1001 Hawthorn Avenue
Boulder, CO 80304
Phone: 720.561.2600
Fax: 720.561.2601
Attendance: 720.561.2602
Website: bvsd.org/schools/foothill

Daily Schedule:  8:15-2:55
Enrollment (FTE):  522.5
Funded Headcount:  570
Student/Teacher Ratio: 17.8/1
Principal:  Melissa Ribordy

Foothill Elementary School

 

 

 

 About Our School

 

Foothill Elementary is a successful neighborhood school with high achieving students, an involved parent community, and a committed faculty and staff. Located in northwest Boulder, Foothill has been educating children for more than half a century. The BVSD curriculum is carried out with fidelity and the focus of our school is to develop the whole child, meaning the academic and social well-being of all students.

Our students are supported by an array of services including special education, literacy support, talented and gifted, and an ELD program for students learning English as a second language.  A community liaison supports families in many different ways and we are proud of our extensive parent volunteer program. Additionally, there are many extra-curricular and co-curricular options available to students including PE fall fun days, garden to table program, FoxTracks (a car-free rewards program supporting our Green Star school), student government, student-run conflict mediation and Battle of the Books.

Our school has been named a John Irwin School of Excellence for student achievement, a Green Star Environmental School for our waste-free recycling program and uses solar panels to generate a portion of our electricity. We are fortunate to be part of the Healthier US School Challenge program, offering a fresh salad bar every day to our students. Foothill is proud of the partnership it has nurtured between the families it serves, the students who attend and the educators who work here. From school-wide picnics and gardening to parent/teacher committees such as SAC and PTO, Foothill is a collaborative and vibrant learning environment.

 

 Program Characteristics

 

Foothill Elementary offers a variety of learning environments for all students. We focus our talented and gifted resources primarily in grades 3-5 to provide enrichment in all curricular areas. Literacy resources are available at grades K-3.  Primary grades are focused upon in order to ensure that all students have a solid foundation in reading and writing by the end of third grade.

Foothill has a well-equipped library media center and a literacy resource room stocked with books to promote individualized progress in reading. All students are involved in research units with our library media specialist. We continue to integrate technology as it becomes more readily available to promote increased student achievement opportunities. Some of the technology resources that students use to support their learning are Accelerated Reader, IXL, Education City, Reading Plus, Lexia and a multitude of educational apps on ipads.

The special education team supports students with exceptional learning needs. The resource and Intensive Learning Center (grades K – 5) teams work closely with families and other staff to ensure that the learning experience of all students is rich and meaningful.

The ELD program and Community Liaison help meet the needs of students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Foothill strives to provide equitable access to the curriculum for all learners. This is provided by an ELD teacher through small group instruction and support in the classroom. Classroom teachers utilize strategies to help make the content accessible to students learning English. The Community Liaison supports needs of the whole family and welcomes them into the Foothill community.

We offer art once per week for 50 minutes to all students. Students in grades 1-5 have 90 minutes of physical education and 90 minutes of music weekly. Kindergarten students have 45 minutes of physical education and music weekly. The Kindergarten Enrichment program provides an alternative daycare for our kindergarten students that will enrich their kindergarten experience.

 

 School Mission and Vision

 

To promote, support and reinforce healthy development, quality education, social competence and responsible world citizenship in life-long-learners through a true partnership among students, parents, staff and community.


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