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Westar Principal Dave Bogart in a class room with several students that are building a toothpick structure

03 January . 2018

Our Schools are Building our Future

A community is so much more than a group of homes. It’s about the people who live there, and the lifestyle they enjoy. We are proud of the tight-knit community we have built in Estrella, and that community spirit is due in part to our local schools.

Estrella is home to three excelling schools – Estrella Foothills High School, Estrella Mountain Elementary (K-8), and Westar Elementary (K-8) – as well as two preschools. Because both the Liberty Elementary and Buckeye Union High School districts offer open enrollment, our families can choose specialties that are best for their children. For example, Estrella Elementary offers a robust IB program while Westar is known for its focus on STEM.  In addition to being great for families, schools help build a strong sense of community.

As any parent will tell you, there is always something happening at their child’s school. Whether it’s sports, the arts, or a robotics competition, community members have plenty of options to join the fun and cheer on local students. This year’s homecoming parade at Estrella Foothills High School was attended by community members of all ages. 



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More than making a location attractive to potential buyers, schools can have a direct impact on property value. According to REALTOR.com, consumers are prepared to pay up to ten percent more than initially budgeted for a home when it’s located in a great school district. The study showed that 20 percent of buyers were also willing to give up wanted amenities - like garage space or an extra bedroom - to purchase a home near a good school.



From supply drives to clean up efforts, students are active in community service throughout the year. Many programs like National Honor Society, or National Junior Honor Society for the younger kids, require volunteer hours for membership. In Estrella, we’ve found that the desire to give back blossoms among our families beyond the “have to” and becomes a part of life.

Hailey Columbia-Estrella Mountain Elementary, age 13

"I have volunteered for many years at Estrella Mountain Elementary. First, I was required to volunteer because of my membership with the National Junior Honor Society. But then I realized I just like doing it!” Hailey said. Meet a few more of our inspiring youth volunteers here: Estrella youth volunteers blog

If you are interested in learning more about the schools in Estrella and how they interact with the community, contact the Information Center at 623-386-1000 or visit the school district websites: Liberty Elementary School District, Buckeye Union High School District.


Estrella teen volunteers in volunteer shirts putting their hands together in unity.

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