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Foothill opens doors for fall quarter

Original post made on Sep 26, 2011

Foothill College anticipates a fall enrollment of 16,500, with about a quarter of those aged 19 and under and apparently coming straight from high school.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, September 24, 2011, 10:16 AM

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Posted by Stop Stressing Students
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm

So what is the point of making it a requirement for graduation to complete A-g, if not everyone is planning to attend UC's? It is just another way to add more stress on the lives of our children. PAUSD has to get it, not everyone wants to go to UC's, and they should not be forced to meet the A-G requirements. Students are already under enough stress, and they do not need more.

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm

It is interesting the difference between in the reporting of the percentage of students attending Foothill by PAUSD vs Foothill. Of course, attending a CC is a "failure" in Palo Alto, so as few kids as possible want to admit to it. Those who have financial constraints can say they are attending a CC, but a kid whose family is perceived to easily be able to afford a 4 year school can't say they are attending a CC or they will be perceived as a "slacker" (and I'm quoting Paly parents on both the "failure" and the "slacker" labels.)

What I found after all the kids reported where they are going (published to the whole school by Paly at least), many change their minds and decide they are not ready to leave home.

Our school district would do well to promote attending a CC as a positive alternative.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I am not sure that there is a foolproof way that the high schools record where the graduates continue their education.

There used to be a published list in the Weekly, but that was compiled by what the students claimed and there was no guarantee that they were truthfull. That practice was discontinued by the Weekly because there was no way to verify the claims and also to prevent those who were planning to attend a CC or not attend college at all to feel like failures.

A comprehensive list should never be made public, but perhaps numbers could be given. But how this list is compiled by the high schools and how they can be sure it is accurate is an interesting question.

However, Foothills should know which high school their students attended and it should be much easier for them to verify the information causing it to be more accurate. I would therefore trust the Foothill numbers rather than the high schools' numbers.

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