Foothills Elementary School is a Maryville City Elementary School (K-3) located near the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, serving approximately 640 students in the West Maryville Area. Built in 1995, this 92,000 square foot facility, complete with a building site reflecting the best of curriculum and focusing on the needs of children, welcomes its patrons with a breathtaking view of the Smoky Mountains and is surrounded by homes and connected to the Greenbelt, our city parkway. Foothills Elementary School embraces cooperation and team building. Our classrooms are organized in suites and grade level wings to encourage the interaction between professional colleagues and students within the grade level. The staff and students of Foothills Elementary celebrate the unique and special characteristics of every learner. We welcome diversity. Our special education inclusion model, along with our extension of school programs, offers a wide range of opportunity for a variety of children from all walks of life. The school operates 180 days a year from early August through May and follows the state curriculum frameworks in all subject areas. Classes begin at 7:40 a.m. and dismiss at 2:40 p.m. each day.
Community Involvement is welcomed as an integral part of our school environment. We have a parent volunteer program that provides services throughout our school. Our Family Teacher Organization (FTO) actively engages parent volunteers and the business community through various programs and opportunities. Our annual fundraiser, a "Raccoon Romp" walk-a-thon, yields an average of $40,000, with about 20% representing business donations from our Friends of Foothills. In addition, our Connections program is designed to connect teachers with teachers and parent and community volunteers with students. Connections occurs four times during the school year, providing teachers with three hours of extended planning time, while volunteers work with the students on special enrichment projects. Chick-Fil-A is a sponsor of the character education program used in our school. Other businesses support our school through donations, providing programs and opportunities for career awareness.
Maryville City School's Foundation was created and funded by local business leaders to promote innovation and excellence in education. This foundation supports, on an annual basis, programs and projects not funded by local or state tax dollars. This organization provides mini-grants to teachers applying for innovative projects as well as securing matching funding for educational initiatives within the school system. The school's parent organizations have partnered with the foundation to secure technology resources.