Estrella Foothills Global Academy
The Laveen School District will be opening its ninth school in August 2020. The school, located near 55th Avenue and Carver, will open to Grades K-6. It will add a grade level each year until it 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.
Our first informational session was held on October 16. Attendees heard more about the global studies program and the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate World School. Plans of the campus and construction progress were also shared.
View the slides from this session.
The Global Studies Program
Estrella Foothills Global Academy will feature global studies as its signature program. This program will create opportunities for students to think and engage in learning activities that broaden their global perspective. The plans include a Mandarin Chinese 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
Each grade level will focus on a specific global theme. Possible themes include:
- Global Kindness
- Health & Wellness
- Water Use & Conservation
- Human Rights
- Global Marketing
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.
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 will be easily accessed by those utilizing the new South Mountain freeway.
The site will feature three playfields. Additionally, there will be a joint-use playground/city park. The City of Phoenix and Taylor Morrison are funding the development, construction, amenities and improvements and the Laveen District will maintain it. Estrella Foothills will have exclusive use of the area during school hours and events. The park area will have lighting funded by the city
The school was designed by EMC2 Architects and is being constructed by S.D. Crane Builders. It is being built using state funding provided by the Arizona School Facilities Board.