About the Program
- Why choose Foothill Horizons?
- Long Term impact of Foothill Horizons on Students
- Common Core at Foothill Horizons
- Next Generation Science Standards at Foothill Horizons
- Class Descriptions
- Program Description: English
- Program Overview Video: English / Spanish
At Foothill Horizons, the natural world provides an exceptional setting for outdoor education. Our 143 acre campus is located within an oak woodland that includes six species of oaks, large pines, and stands of beautiful manzanita. A perennial creek adds a cool, riparian zone for study. In the spring, wild flowers abound. Gray foxes, squirrels, raccoons, and mule deer are abundant. Sixteen acorn pounding-stone sites on the school property offer evidence that the Me-wuk people once stood on the land where the students now study that culture.
All of our lessons address California State Science standards for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade and the Next Generation Science Standards 1, 9 & 8. Foothill Horizons is certified by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Outdoor School Association (COSA).
Our dormitories can sleep up to 196 students divided among twelve separate
dormitory rooms. There are two halves to our dormitory building. Each half
contains six dormitory rooms, a central bathroom and a large meeting room.
Due to the nature and construction of the facilities, the dormitory halves
are gender specific—boys in one wing and girls in another. The number of
beds in each dorm room varies from 14 to 20.
Visiting teachers stay in a separate retreat building which can accommodate a total of 12 people in 6 semi-private rooms. The retreat building has its own lounge/meeting room and a small kitchen area (including a refrigerator) for minimal cooking. See photos of our facilities.
Our dining hall will seat up to 250 people and includes a stage and sound system. Lunches are eaten picnic style in small groups at various outdoor locations around the site. All meals are prepared by our on-site kitchen staff.