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Estrella High School

Charter | 9-12 | 376 students

We are best known for our credit recovery and accelerated credit approach.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $92,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $810.

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4 stars

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Posted July 20, 2011

My daughter is enrolled at Estrella High School. She has been apart of this school for 3 years. She attended a public school prior to going to Estrella. I have seen a tremendous change in her work ethic and overall attitude towards school. She is excited to learn, and the leadership not only from the teachers but the administration is fantastic. As a parent I love the fact that this school provides a family atmosphere. The school leader, the assistant principal, and the front office staff are very easy to work with. They have always been very kind. Any concern I've every have, are addressed immediately. One huge standout from this school versus the previous school is that the school leader knows all her students and that speaks highly of her and I know my daughter has value there, she's not just another number. If you're looking for a school Estrella is one of the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

My Daughter goes to school there as a Senior this year & play's on the volleyball team i was a liitle upset that she wanted to go to this school. I wanted her to stay in Tolleson but i'm very happy she does go to Estrella there very nice teacher's volleyball coach & also Principal She made a good choice. Don't change anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2008

This is a school where the administration and staff actually cares about the kids. My child was 'lost' at the bigger high school and felt unsafe. Estrella has made my child feel like a part of a positive organization. The students and teachers pull together to make sure that my child knows someone cares about them. It was a refreshing change for education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2008

The students are terrible, and it is difficult to understand the teachers. The students bully canstantly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 30, 2007

Estrella High school has really changed my childs point of view in learing and also in life. she has learned many new things that i strongly believe she wouldnt achieve in any public school. She always use to skip class and be late but at this school there have been no complaints. If your child is behind in school credits you should really consider calling the school and did i mention that its has a great staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2006

Great school! Safe enviroment, dedicated teachers and staff. Everyone knows you there by your name, not just your i.d. number.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 1, 2005

Estrella is an great school for those students who need an extra helper to complete their high school career or to accellerate their high school program. Their staff works hard to overcome obstacles students may face because of a traditional high school setting. Parents are asked to participate and are an integral part of the process of learning.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 10, 2003

I never liked this school simply b/c of the neighborhood it's in. Kids buy and sell drugs from their cars, the old and new principal and the police department are trying to put a stop to it but it hasn't been stopped. One good thing for young parents attending there is a daycare right across the street, not to mention that it only takes a couple weeks of attending all the classes to get the credits you need to graduate. Classes are easy, just attend it and dont fail the tests.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 6, 2003

I think this school is a big waste of time and it should not be open since not everyone there has a teaching degree.


Posted October 15, 2002

The school claims to have an automated system whereby parents are notified when their child has skipped class; however, it does not seem to work in reality. The asst principal seems to be dedicated and eager to help students succeed. Teachers seem to be patient with students and advise parents appropriately when their student is extremely out of line.


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
14%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
35%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 68% 42%
Black 21% 5%
White 11% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 6%
Asian 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation Estrella Mountain Community
Glendale Community College
Phoenix College
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
French
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • AdvancED Accreditation (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 5:25 pm
School Leader's name
  • Casey Zordani
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (623) 932-1263

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Hiking Club
  • STEM Club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Estrella Mountain Community
Glendale Community College
Phoenix College
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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510 N. Central Avenue
Avondale, AZ 85323
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Phone: (623) 932-6561

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