Foothill Preparatory School was originally founded in 1995 as First Presbyterian School in the city of Arcadia, a suburb of Los Angeles situated near the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains. Classes began on September 13 of that same year in a large office suite of a two story commercial building. Consequently, the inaugural class graduating from the school took place in June of 1998. In the course of a decade, the school’s growth prompted expansion plans in 2005, which eventually led to the relocation of its current site at First Baptist Church of Alhambra in September of 2009. Five years later, the name Foothill Preparatory School was proposed before becoming official in 2016.
Foothill Preparatory School is an independent Christian school which strives to provide a high quality, college preparatory education aiming to minister to the student as a whole: academically, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. The educational experience of the school encourages and challenges students to:
- Develop skills for creative and thoughtful expression and effective communication,
- Develop critical thinking skills and broad based knowledge in the academic disciplines,
- Develop habits for healthy and productive living and positive social contribution, and
- Learn how Christian beliefs inform daily life.
In addition, the school’s curriculum is designed to motivate students’ desire to learn and cultivate individual excellence. The international students of the school consists of many who are from China as well as others from the surrounding region. Throughout its history, the school’s program has successfully prepared students for entrance into various colleges and universities throughout the United States.