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drawings from Westar Elementary students

14 August . 2018

A Quick Guide to Schools in Estrella

For younger children, residents have access to a variety of preschools and afterschool programs within the community. For those looking for higher education opportunities, numerous community colleges and universities are nearby, including Arizona State University, Estrella Mountain Community College, Grand Canyon University, and Rio Salado Community College to name a few.

For families that fall in between preschool and higher education, there are three excelling schools to guide students through their formative years – Westar Elementary (K-8), Estrella Mountain Elementary (K-8), and Estrella Foothills High School (9-12). Here’s a quick breakdown of each school and their educational focus.

Westar Elementary School (K-8)
17777 West Westar Drive • Goodyear, AZ 85338 • 623.327.2840 • Principal: Dave Bogart • Mascot: Comets
Mission Statement: In partnership with the community, Westar students will engage as 21st century learners in a rigorous academic program emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and math.

Offering kindergarten through eighth grade, Westar’s STEM program focuses on encouraging inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and team collaboration. Westar features a state-of-the-art science wing equipped with laboratories and science-focused classroom space to support the STEM curriculum. Students engage in project-based learning that teaches them to solve real-world problems and build skills that will make them successful in the 21st century. Westar website

Estrella Mountain Elementary School (K-8)
10301 W San Miguel Ave. • Goodyear, AZ 85338 • 623.327.2820 • Principal: Mrs. Lynzee Booras • Mascot: Cougars
Mission Statement: The mission of Estrella Mountain Elementary School is to enhance the growth of each child beyond the standards fostered by an educational environment which develops inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring children who help to create a peaceful world by embracing intercultural respect.

Estrella Mountain Elementary is an International Baccalaureate Signature School (IB) for kindergarten through eighth grade. The school was recently awarded the Arizona Educational Foundation’s A+ School of Excellence award – the only statewide award program that recognizes schools for achieving overall excellence. The IB curriculum focuses on building well-rounded individuals in all aspects of their lives, not just education. Students learn problem-solving skills, the importance of engaging in their community, and how to build positive relationships with their peers. The IB program also encourages an atmosphere of openness, acceptance, integrity, respect, and independence among its students and instructors. Estrella Website 

Estrella Foothills High School (9-12)
13033 South Estrella Parkway • Goodyear, AZ 85338 • 623.269.1200• Principal: Kimberly Heinz • Mascot: Wolves
Mission Statement: Estrella Foothills High School is committed to success for all students through building relationships, establishing relevance, and increasing rigor. 

Estrella Foothills High School has been recognized for educational excellence, its ability to meet the needs of its students, and for utilizing the block schedule system. The high school is also known for its award-winning robotics team and state-of-the-art performing arts center. A hub of community activity, Estrella residents rally around the athletic teams, attend theater performances, and actively participate in school events. Estrella Foothills website

As members of the Liberty Elementary and Buckeye Union High School districts, each school offers open enrollment, allowing families to select the school that best fits the needs of their child. For more information about the Estrella master-planned community in Goodyear, visit the New Home Information Center today.