About Estrella Foothills
The Laveen School District opened its ninth school, Estrella Foothills Global Academy, in August 2020. The school, located near 55th Avenue and Carver, serves Grades K-8. As with all Laveen schools, there is not an attendance boundary. It is a “school of choice” that any family may attend regardless of where they reside.
The Global Studies Program
Estrella Foothills Global Academy features global studies as its signature program. This program creates opportunities for students to think and engage in learning activities that broaden their global perspective. Mandarin Chinese is offered as a foreign language component.
The program is built around the following four domains of global competence:
- Investigate the World: Students investigate the world beyond their immediate environment
- Recognize Perspectives: Students recognize their own and others’ perspectives
- Communicate Ideas: Students communicate their ideas effectively with diverse audiences
- Take Action: Students translate their ideas into appropriate action to improve conditions
Quarterly Unit Plans encompass Communication, Collaboration, 21st Century Thinking, and Research that fosters internationally minded thinking and learning.
- Organizational Skills
- Critical Thinkers
- Information Literacy Skills
The program is modeled after the Asia Society’s Global School Design, which ensures all aspects of the school community are designed to support a global focus.
Estrella Foothills Global Academy is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. The Laveen District is collaborating with IB as we aim to provide a world class education that focuses on attributes that can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national, and global communities and help students to become lifelong learners. As an IB Candidate School, our teachers are trained to provide an initial implementation of the Middle Years Programme. This means that students will be able to experience an IB education as we work alongside IB over the next few years to become a fully authorized International Baccalaureate World School.
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.
Estrella Foothills’ school hours are 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
About the Campus
Estrella Foothills Global Academy is located within the Taylor Morrison development near 55th Avenue and Carver at the southern end of Laveen. Located near the expanded Loop 202, the school is easily accessed by those utilizing the new South Mountain freeway.
The site features three playfields. Additionally, there is a joint-use playground/city park. The City of Phoenix and Taylor Morrison funded the development, construction, amenities and improvements and the Laveen District maintains it. Estrella Foothills has exclusive use of the area during school hours and events. The park area’s lighting is funded by the city
The school was designed by EMC2 Architects and constructed by S.D. Crane Builders. It was being built using state funding provided by the Arizona School Facilities Board.
Laveen held a groundbreaking celebration on Friday, October 25. View photos from this event.
If you missed the informational meetings held for prospective families, you can view the slides from these sessions.