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In the Pleasanton Unified School District, Foothill High School, a four-year secondary school, is one of two comprehensive high schools and one alternative high school. Foothill opened in 1973 and has around 2,300 students at present. At the base of the foothills that surround the inner eastern San Francisco Bay Area, the campus is located. With an economic mix of families, Pleasanton is a suburban city, and their student body represents a diverse economic spectrum. The voters in the district also approved two bond initiatives for school improvement to meet increasing attendance, which have brought them more classrooms, athletic space and improved technology.


Although the town remains largely small and pleasant in nature, as a result of the housing boom and proximity to Silicon Valley, the real population has grown larger. With this influx, the school's demographics have changed, raising the need for more competitive college programs to meet the demands of a newly wealthy, upwardly mobile population.


The rich history of both caring and responsibility by Foothill is a factor in helping every student achieve his or her full potential. Recognized as a California Distinguished School in 2001 and a candidate for the 2002 National Blue Ribbon California, Foothill remains committed to improving schools. Scholastically, students succeed, scoring on standardized tests (STAR), high school exit assessments and the Scholastic Aptitude Test above national, state and district averages. The test results for Advanced Placement are also high. Each student is regarded as a person at Foothill, held to high standards and given difficult learning opportunities to fulfill his or her academic needs. Students may select from traditional academic course offerings, student support programs and a variety of honors and advanced placement offerings.


The staff offers, in addition to their standard-based curriculum, multiple academic and support groups such as the Multicultural Club and a rigorous sports range embodied in the excellence of the athletic programs in an effort to meet the needs of the entire kid. Character education is an important part of their core mission at the same time. Their culture of character describes integrity, fairness, accountability, respect, compassion and self-discipline and is stressed in every interaction with our educational partners. Parents play a critical role in the development of students and colleges.


The mission of Foothill is to nurture and stimulate the intellectual, emotional and physical growth of each student. Expected schoolwide learning results emphasize four growth areas for all students:

  • Become independent, life-long learners

  • Utilize essentials skills in current and future situations

  • Strengthen personal character

  • Practice active citizenship and concern for others


Mission Statement

Foothill High School’s mission is to educate, empower, and inspire all students to become caring, contributing citizens able to succeed in an ever-changing world. We are committed to focusing on instructional rigor, cultivating individual academic success, and creating a community of respect and responsibility.

Pleasanton, California is blessed with some amazing schools - some of the best in the state! Check out our shortlist here:

  • Amador Valley High School

  • Thomas S. Hart Middle School

  • Harvest Park Middle School 

  • Pleasanton Middle School

  • Henry P. Mohr Elementary School

  • Vintage Hills Elementary School

  • Fairlands Elementary School

  • Walnut Grove Elementary School


After visiting these schools make sure to stop by and say “Hello” to us at our downtown Danville location, DPG Pavers Danville Location on 4115 Blackhawk Plaza Circle!

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