Academics at San Tan Foothills
At San Tan Foothills, we want our students to reach for the stars. We believe that every person has greatness within them. We believe in all students and we have support systems and opportunities in place to help them reach their full potential. We are honored and proud to be the only school in Pinal County to offer the AP Capstone Diploma Program. We also pride ourselves on having academic intervention supports in place to provide help and encouragement for all students at all levels of learning. We believe in having excellent athletic & extra curricular opportunities; and we are proponents of quality programs in the arts. So, whether you pursue a general path, or you are attracted to programs such as AVID, AP Capstone, or Video Game design, we are here to support you.
In 2015, the voters of our community approved a consolidation that made Foothills a part of the Florence Unified School District. Since that time, the students and staff have been dedicated to making San Tan Foothills High School, A Place For Greatness!
- Dr. Richard, Principal
English courses at San Tan Foothills are designed to foster creativity and develop the lifelong literacy and communication skills necessary for success in higher education and the workplace. Students are exposed to a variety of classic literature and contemporary nonfiction at each grade level. Each text is used as a vehicle for critical thinking in which we explore the author’s craft as well as question our world, our values, ourselves, and our common humanity. We offer a rigorous writing program through which students gain practical experience as they work through the writing process in literary analysis, argumentative writing, research and presentation, and narrative writing. Courses include: English 9 and 9H, English 10 and 10H (World), English 11 (American), English 12 (British), AP Literature and Composition, and AP Language and Composition. New creative writing courses are expected to be added for the 18-19 school year.
Imagine you are walking along and you see a penny. You pause for a moment and think about picking it up. In that moment you were using skills from ECONOMICS. Think about an event that has shaped your life. Consider: How does that past event affect me today? By answering that question, you are using skills from HISTORY. Next time a new neighbor moves in on your street ask them why they moved. As you think about what could be pushing or pulling them to a new home, you are using skills from GEOGRAPHY. And finally, when the newspaper lands on your doorstep, with a headline about a new law that Congress passed, and you stop to weigh the positive and negative consequences of that law, you are using skills from GOVERNMENT. In the Social Studies department at San Tan Foothills we learn about people. We study society and ask questions about our behaviors and the behaviors of others.
Welcome to the Sabercat Fine Arts Department where we offer both visual arts and performing arts. At San Tan Foothills High School, we believe the Fine Arts enhance our students’ lives. Sabercats are exposed to the arts by creating, performing, and studying. We are excited to announce Dance will return in fall 2018 and as our school population grows, we are planning on offering theater.
The science department at STFHS implements an inquiry based method of instruction in all science courses offered. Courses include Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Advanced Placement Biology with additional courses offered in the future. Inquiry based learning focuses on a central question which frames the curriculum students are asked to investigate. The science department utilizes a variety of methods of instruction including lecture, class discussions, individual and group projects, and lab experiments.
Today, now more than ever, mathematics is helping reshape the world as we know it. With technology rapidly changing, our future world needs complex problem solvers. At San Tan Foothills, we are striving to help students become just that. Through the use of technology and hands on learning, we are scaffolding the confidence and necessary skills to tackle and solve the most basic to complex real world problems. Whether you are looking to pursue a future in STEM, CTE, entrepreneurship, or to be a successful citizen, we will prepare you for your future world.
Our Physical Education Department is very passionate about providing all of our students with a comprehensive fitness program that will give students the tools and knowledge to attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We want our students to understand that this can make a vital difference in their lives-a difference that can impact their wellness for a lifetime. Physical Education provides a unique opportunity for students to learn through experiencing movement, therefore it is important for students to engage themselves in their learning.