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Spotlight Program

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.

Learning Attributes of the Month will include:
  • Organizational Skills
  • Inquirers
  • Communicators
  • Open-Minded
  • Risk-Takers
  • Balanced
  • Caring
  • Critical Thinkers
  • Principled
  • Information Literacy Skills
  • Reflective

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.

International Baccalaureate

Estrella Foothills Global Academy is 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.