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Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  As the Principal of Foothill High School I want you to know how excited I am to be part of and to support the ongoing efforts in education grounded in long-standing traditions.   The administration and staff are looking forward to an exciting and productive year.  Our ongoing commitment is to provide all of our students with a quality comprehensive educational experience.  This year we welcome approximately 604 incoming freshmen to the Foothill Family.


Our enrollment for the 2018-2019 school-year is expected to reach approximately 2084 students. The Foothill staff will continue to provide quality instruction in a safe campus environment in which all of our students will have the opportunity to experience success in and out of the classroom. Please encourage your student to become involved in sports, and/or clubs & activities, and to take advantage of the educational opportunities we provide.


We will continue to provide after-school intervention programs to assist students who need additional help with coursework, test preparation, and meeting the Kern High School District as well as state graduation requirements. As you and your student(s) plan for the new school-year, please keep in mind that we are an early start school.  First period begins at 7:35am. The regular school-day ends at 2:29pm


Over the next few years, many areas of our campus are undergoing modernization including the administration building, parking and student drop off, library, classrooms, gym, cafeteria and the stadium.   Our priority is student and staff safety and we will communicate with all stakeholders regarding the progress of modernization.   Parents, as school begins this year, you will find that dropping off and picking up your students will be a major area of change.   We will be closing the visitor’s parking lot and posted signs will direct you to drop off/pick up your student(s) in the south lot using the most southerly entrance.   With this change, traffic will be an issue so please plan your drop-off time accordingly.  


As always, the Foothill administration and staff are here to provide the best academic and social experience for your student(s), and to provide appropriate and necessary support services for both students and parents. I am looking forward to another great school-year and I hope to see you at our school activities and events throughout the year!  Check the website for Athletic and Activity events.  


Gail Bentley

Foothill High School Principal