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. The school’s inaugural graduation took place in June of 1998. Due to the growth of the student body, the school relocated to a larger facility in Alhambra in September of 2009 and then relocated to Temple City in 2018. The school officially changed its name to Foothill Preparatory School 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:

1. Develop skills for creative and thoughtful expression and effective communication

2. Develop critical thinking skills and broad based knowledge in the academic disciplines

3. Develop habits for healthy and productive living and positive social contribution

4. Learn how Christian beliefs influence daily life

The school’s curriculum, both in classroom and on-line is designed to motivate students’ desire to learn and cultivate individual excellence. The school’s international students have come from countries like; China, Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Throughout its history, the school’s program has successfully prepared students for entrance into various colleges and universities throughout the United States.


It is my pleasure to welcome students and parents interested in learning more about Foothill Preparatory School. Since our inception, Foothill Preparatory School has focused its efforts on building a bridge between the educational world of the United States and Asia. We welcome the chance to help students develop an educational vision and plan that incorporates their past achievements with their individual goals. We understand that many students wish to pursue a university education in the United States and are dedicated to providing a solid academic foundation, advice, and support to assist students throughout the process of preparing, selecting, and applying to colleges or universities of their dreams.

The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We offer a comprehensive academic program of college preparatory courses designed to help our students qualify for the university of their choice. In particular, we offer the Advanced Placement (AP) courses and UC-approved (University of California-approved) courses that students need to successfully gain admission to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities.

In addition to the advanced college preparatory curriculum, FPS provides courses for an English learner who is transitioning from their home language to English or from their homeland’s school curriculum to the rigorous standards of the American college preparatory curriculum.

Thank you for showing interest in our school, and I look forward to seeing you here.


Mr. Richard Swanson


Lily Liu

Director of Business & Student Services

Richard Swanson


John Saddler



Jane Ferruzzo

Performing Arts

Lissa Permejo

English Language Arts, ELD

Monica Rivera

ELD, Foreign Languages

John Saddler

Social Sciences, Physical Education, Bible

Jason Sun

Math, Science

Steven Gee