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FOOTHILLS EDUCATION CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL

CHARTING A NEW COURSE and

LEADING THE WAY


MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN EDUCATION WE FOCUS ON EXCELLENCE. Providing a solid educational foundation is our commitment. GUIDING PRINCIPLES At Foothills Education Charter High School, we believe that students learn more effectively and excel when provided a safe and secure environment. We believe that students should be given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning and behavior. We believe that student success relies on highly qualified teachers who set high expectations and who work cooperatively with our students in a collegial environment. We believe that ongoing communication and collaboration with our community partners in continuous review of our policies and procedures makes us stronger. We believe that having a clear vision and mission along with well-defined goals is essential to building the solid foundation our students need to be productive members of society and life-long learners. At Foothills Education Charter High School, we believe in excellence.

VISION Foothills Education Charter High School strives to be an accessible, high-quality high school option that is flexible and responsive to the needs of the people of Georgia and its communities.

Goal I

Ensure all students are college and career ready.

Goal II

Provide support services that enable students to assess academic and career needs to achieve success.

STRATEGIC GOALS

Goal I

Goal IIII Goal

Goal III

Goal IV

Goal V

Goal VI

MISSION Foothills Education Charter High School is a community and state resource for students who want to earn a high school diploma in order to be successful in post-secondary and career options.

Goal III

Provide a safe, healthy, and caring environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.

Goal IV

Effective stewardship of all resources ensures optimal financial performance.

Goal V

Maintain a highly qualified leadership, governance board, faculty, and support staff who foster a professional and supportive teaching and learning environment.

Provide effective outreach to promote statewide Goal VI awareness and utilization of Foothills Education Charter High School programs.

MEASURING EXCELLENCE COMPREHENSIVE PERFORMANCE FRAMEWORK. The State Charter School Commission Performance Framework includes academic, financial, and organizational performance measures that establish expectations, guide practice, assess progress, and inform decision-making over the course of the charter term. 2018–2019 SCORES

SECTION

DETERMINATION

POINTS EARNED (OUT OF 100)

Academic Performance

Meets Standards

96

Financial Performance

Meets Standards

95

Operational Performance

Meets Standards

99


THE FOOTHILLS “F TPRINT” WE FOCUS ON IMPACT. Increasing student outcomes and improving lives is what we do. Making Georgia a BETTER place.

969

graduates

faculty & staff Full-time: 60 Part-time: 769

SCHOOL YEAR 2018–2019: 381 2017–2018: 283 2016–2017: 170 2015–2016: 135

3,513 END-OF-COURSE TESTS COMPLETED

160+ feeder high schools

SCHOOL YEAR

16 sites

2018–2019: 1,574 2017–2018: 772 2016–2017: 690 2015–2016: 477

14,602.5 HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS EARNED

1,868 enrollment

SCHOOL YEAR 2018–2019: 6,698.50 2017–2018: 3,650.25 2016–2017: 2,527.50 2015–2016: 1,726.25

PROGRESS SCORES ON CCRPI English/Language Arts growth: 95.72 Mathematics growth: 100


MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN GEORGIA WE FOCUS ON GROWTH. Delivering educational resources to communities in need is our mission. FOOTHILLS SITE LOCATIONS IN GEORGIA

WHAT IS FOOTHILLS? Foothills Education Charter High School is North-Middle Georgia’s solution to the state’s dropout problem. We offer a unique opportunity to any student who wishes to earn an accredited Georgia High School Diploma. We have 10 locations in school districts, 3 in Georgia Department of Corrections facilities, and 3 in Youth ChalleNGe Program (YCP) sites across the North-Middle Georgia region, offering a full range of high school courses in a convenient, flexible, self-paced format. Most classes are held in the evening so students can work during the day and attend school at night. YCP students attend during the day. Tuition is 100% free for students who enroll in Foothills full time.

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS  Phillips Foothills

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS  Arrendale Foothills 

BARROW (2) Barrow Foothills JACKSON (4) Jackson Foothills WALTON (6) Walton Foothills

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CLARKE (3) Clarke Foothills

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2

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OGLETHORPE (5) Oglethorpe Foothills

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SOCIAL CIRCLE (8) Social Circle Foothills MORGAN (9) Morgan Foothills

MADISON (1) Madison Foothills

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GREENE (7) Greene Foothills

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YOUTH CHALLENGE PROGRAM  Ft. Gordon YCA

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YOUTH CHALLENGE PROGRAM  Ft. Stewart YCA DEPT OF CORRECTIONS  Burruss Foothills

YOUTH CHALLENGE PROGRAM  Milledgeville YCA BALDWIN (10) Baldwin Foothills

#— SCHOOL SYSTEM PARTNER

— DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PARTNER

—YOUTH CHALLENGE PROGRAM PARTNER


MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN LIVES WE FOCUS ON THE FUTURE. Helping students reach their goals and full academic potential is our passion.

STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES

Audrey

Cayley

Curtavious

James

In 2015, Audrey was a junior in high school when she was diagnosed with cancer. Due to her treatments, she fell behind in her classes and missed most of her junior year. At Foothills, Audrey was able to make up these classes at her own pace. In 2016, Audrey completed her program and graduated three months ahead of her peers. To Audrey, Foothills was “a blessing.”

A mother with two jobs and a 3-year old son, Cayley sought out Foothills because it provided the flexibility she needed for her busy schedule. She successfully completed her high school courses and was accepted to the University of North Georgia. To Cayley, Foothills went “above and beyond” in supporting her job, her family, and her academic needs.

As a 19-year old inmate at Burruss Correctional Facility, Curtavious enrolled in Foothills and earned his diploma in just six months. During a surprise ceremony at Burruss, he learned he had been paroled and was going home. At 21, Curtavious was reunited with his young daughter and began apprenticing at a local barber shop.

As a junior in high school, James was prepping cars for paint and body work at a local auto collision center. At Morgan Foothills, he continued his on-the-job training while earning his high school diploma during the evenings. He soon moved from prep to paint and body work and was promoted to a full-time position. Foothills provided James the opportunity to advance his career while finishing his education.

Marcus

Tatianna

Timber

William

Foothills was the right option for Marcus as it allowed him to move faster through courses he was “good at” while giving him more time to complete challenging courses. Marcus says that Foothills provided the one-on-one assistance and extra support in math he needed to accomplish his post-secondary goals through dual enrollment. As a result, Marcus graduated ahead of his peers.

Tatianna struggled with traditional high school. Determined to be the first in her family to graduate, she enrolled at Foothills and attended classes while working 30 hours a week. Tatianna thrived at Foothills because of the support she received. “I really love Foothills because I [got] more one-on-one attention and my teachers treat[ed] me with respect. They [were] always there to help me.”

Timber had access to a Foothills in her community, but she chose to be a “cadet” in the Youth ChalleNGe Program because it was just that—a challenge. In 2018, Timber graduated as a Certified Nursing Assistant and her classes were paid for as part of the Youth ChalleNGe Program. Timber’s ultimate goal is to join the United States Air Force and become a medic in the military.

With just 3.5 credits needed to earn his diploma, William—a native of Elbert County—dropped out of high school in 1967. Fifty years later, with support from faculty and staff at Madison Foothills, William celebrated his graduation from the Foothills program and earned his high school diploma at the age of 71. (William with Co-Site Director at Madison Foothills, Quowanna


Statewide Public Nontraditional Evening High School Locations August 2019

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“It is heartwarming to see students, who were previously struggling and disrupting my classes, to be succeeding, and to hear them say sincerely, ‘Thank you,’ for tutoring them.” —Mr. Hames, Science Teacher

“Foothills is growing daily. Our students are engaged and working hard. Our faculty and staff embrace the differences and individual personalities as we help and encourage all our students. This school gives and provides the opportunity for the students to learn at their own pace. We provide support and they are given the opportunity to become successful and they are given that second chance.” —Ms. Brown, Student Support Manager

Mountain E.C.H.S

Foothills E.C.H.S.

Coastal Plains E.C.H.S.

Foothills/Georgia Department of Corrections Sites

Foothills/Youth ChalleNGe GA National Guard Sites

“In just one month, I have already seen students have numerous successes within the Foothills program! How wonderful it is to be a part of this life-changing school!” —Ms. Bailey, ELA Teacher

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OUR PARTNERS WE FOCUS ON COLLABORATION. Maintaining effective partnerships with community stakeholders is key to our success.

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Foothills Education Charter High School: Charting a New Course and Leading the Way  

Foothills Education Charter High School is making a difference in Georgia. Learn all about us!

Foothills Education Charter High School: Charting a New Course and Leading the Way  

Foothills Education Charter High School is making a difference in Georgia. Learn all about us!