Estrella Foothills Global Academy
The Laveen School District will be opening its ninth school, Estrella Foothills Global Academy, 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.
We will hold a second informational session on January 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the Laveen Education Center, 5001 W. Dobbins. Attendees will hear more about the global studies program and the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate World School. Plans of the campus and construction progress will also be 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
Quarterly Unit Plans will 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 currently in consideration for becoming an International Baccalaureate 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. Our aim is to become an IB Candidate School by opening day 2020, whereby teachers will be trained and well prepared to begin 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 two to three years to become a fully authorized International Baccalaureate World School.
There will be a number of stops throughout the Laveen District that students will be able to utilize for school bus transportation. We plan to have a stop at each school providing transportation to and from Estrella Foothills. Additional stops will be developed as we analyze where students live.
Estrella Foothills’ school hours will be 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 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.
Laveen held a groundbreaking celebration on Friday, October 25. View photos from this event.