I’ve recently helped a client find a very nice home for her and her husband on the

border of Alamo and Walnut Creek, California. She has been involved in public

school administration for many years, and since I have three boys, the conversation

eventually turned from home buying to the state of our school system.

I am actually a big fan of the schools systems in Concord, Walnut Creek and Alamo.

I keep tabs on what people say because I often find myself acting as a resource for

homebuyers with school age children, and I want to make sure that I do not steer

them wrong. This got me thinking about one middle school in particular that I find

myself steering clients toward: Foothill Middle School.

My client informed me that great middle schools have a thriving after-school

curriculum of athletics, as well as clubs, intramurals, student government, and peer

tutoring that keep kids engaged, and are most importantly supervised after the final

bell rings.

Nestled at the foot of Mt. Diablo, Foothill Middle School consists of the attributes

my client said make a great middle school. Foothill offers extraordinary vistas to

be enjoyed by both students and faculty alike. It encourages a cooperative and

supportive educational partnership among students, staff, and the parents that

provides resources and support aimed at enhancing student learning and ensuring

their educational success. One especially great resource is The Creek, an after

Middle School Youth Center within the school premises.

The Creek is a private non-profit program welcoming ALL youth in grades 6 through

8, and is open after school till 6pm. It provides an opportunity for middle school

students to grow socially, emotionally, physically and most important cognitively by

providing quality programs that support learning activities, positive peer and adult

interactions, as well as activities that promote confidence and self esteem.

Unfortunately for my family we do not live near Foothill Middle School walnut creek, so my sons

could not attend the Creek. But, hopefully, yours can.