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Goodyear, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,010

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13033 S Estrella Parkway
Goodyear, AZ 85338

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(623) 386-9700
(623) 327-2499
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December 06, 2014
Estrella Foothills is just an all around, horrible school. A large portion of the teachers make it quite obvious that they hate their job, and take it out on the students by either not teaching anything, or giving quizzes/tests on things that haven't been taught in class. The administration at the school is even worse. They are unwilling to take criticism, and refuse to change any of the problems with the school. The counselors employed there also don't do their job very well. They put students in honors and A.P. courses without asking, because it looks good for the school, regardless of how the student has done in previous classes.

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2014
This is the kind of school that is more concerned with looking good than actually doing good. The administration will conceal, misdirect and outright lie to look good. The counselors push kids into programs they don't belong in and when they do not do well they suggest they aim on become an unskilled laborer. Teachers know the administration will sweep their wrongdoings under a rug and are hostile toward students and have grossly unfair grading practices. The environment is not good for learning. As my oldest kids were going through school each one of them got mostly A's and B's through elementary and college. But throughout high school their grades were poor and there was even a failure. Miserable school.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2014
My son currently goes to this school. I definitely like all the real word electives they offer. Their sports are great. I am so impressed with all the facilities the kids have for every sport. I know sports aren't every thing, however I am a strong believer in the importance of sports and how it relates to real life training of working in a team. I am disappointed in the fact that there isn't an ROTC program, but it isn't because they haven't tried and are continuing to try and get this added to campus. At first I was disappointed with the discipline because the kids are largely responsible to be self disciplined. This may work for some in preparation for college but some students of the less mature nature need some extra help getting on the right track. I agree with a review written a few years back that states your child's experience is directly related to your involvement. This is so true. Many parents take a step back when they get to high school to allow them to grow and while this is greatly needed to some extent it is not across the board. They are still children and need your guidance and support. I love this school and I am happy my other children will attend there.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
The Estrella Foothills High School, like many schools can always have improvement in Language Studies, Science Labs and or more diverse advanced placement programs. However, they excell with what they offer; and in addition provide the students with the opportunity to become leaders in their community. Initially, I was shocked to see my little girl taking a Sports Medicine Class; but, because of the teachers drive and pursuit for excellence it has give her confidence and she now strives to eat correctly and has her own workout schedule. It truly has been a life changing experience and of course the credit goes to the teacher who has instilled a pride in the girls that are in the class to strive for excellence. Not enough can be said for the Academic side of the house either; I'm amazed at the work load of the students and the constant study group that congregate at our house on a weekly basis to share the study load; its very satisfying as the flip side of the coin is the load placed on the teachers to read and grade the paperwork.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2013
We have been very happy at this school. I have one that graduated last year and a junior this year. High school is what you and your children make of it. We have had a very good experience both with the principal, staff, coaches and teachers etc They have helped me help the kids learn and grow into talented, smart, responsible, caring people. My children have both been very involved in sports and other activities, they really dug in to get the most out of their time at Estrella. One is in all AP classes and is very challenged and other had a regular curriculum and is now doing well in college. No problems. I think it is always important in any aspect of our lives to be involved in our community, if that is your school community or work community, you can t complain if you are not involved and work to make things better.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2011
Horrible school, my daughter just graduated last June, B's and C's student. Has to take remedial math and english classes at emcc to enter any program, tested under 50%, very sad!. They just push the kids through with no thought on their future. No homework, no supervision, kids pass equal money to them. Not sure how the administration or teachers could possible sleep at night. Fail someone it will get there attention, stop pushing them through!

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2011
Terriblr school. I have 4 children in the community and will not let them go to this school. the academics are terrible with no thought of preparing for college. Classes are not challenging and disipline is terrible. How they can get a 9? AIMS test scores are meaningless to the quality of the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2011
I've gone to this school since Freshman year and I can honestly say it is one of the worst schools i've been too. When I first started I signed up for all honors classes, and my first semester I had a teacher who openly called me stupid for asking a question. I told my father who called her to hold a conference, the next day she pulled me out into the hallway and screamed at me for ten minutes for going to my dad. Ever since then it's been nothing but trouble. I strive on being "the perfect student" but this school seemingly punishes you for doing so. There are kids that will curse the teachers out, and get away with it. I got in trouble for being too quiet and supposedly not paying attention while I was taking down notes. I am a Junior now and my grades are all over the place, the classes I took early on like Algebra 1AB or Algebra 2 did not prep me for precalculus. Some of the teachers are nice and are there to help you, but the rest... It's indescribable how they act. Nothing I have ever seen before.

- submitted by a student
September 12, 2011
All I can say is this school is horrible. My son and I were taking a tour of the place during a school day and we go into the cafeteria and there is a fight going on. The students are so disrespectful and the teachers could care less if the students pass or fail. And the review below about the poor girl that is being bullied by having her picture taken without knowing and being passed around is not right. Especially since the office staff or principal wont do anything at all. I can't believe it!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2011
I want to give this 0 stars but it will not let me. My child has been at EFHS since 9th. He has had an IEP since 2nd grade. The school set goals for my child but never did 1 thing to help him meet the goal. He is now a Senior and I asked them, How is he to go to college and do well? Their answer, He would do well to get a job working with his hands. Nice huh. As a parent I am disgusted!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2010
I LOVED this school! I was in a high school in Scottsdale before my family moved to the west valley. We picked EFHS because it was a newer school and was the perfect size. The administration staff is great as long as you stay out of trouble, the counselors are all amazing and very helpful when you ask for help. whoever said they didn't get to review their child's class choices is incorrect. An option for the next years classes are sent home with the student and they are supposed to go over it with their parent and get it signed and return it. There happens to be this thing called forgery...just because your child doesn't communicate with you is not the schools fault. Id recommend EFHS!

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2010
I am disappointed with the way the students pick their classes w/o a parent reviewing it. I felt I should have been able to see it and sign off on it. I would have preferred that my daughter had taken college courses. I also wished the qualifying test taken to get the college credit would also be explained to me. Now I have to pay for these classes when she is in college. She could have saved a lot of time doing this in High School.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2010
We seem to be guilty till proven innocent, counselors push you into classes that you shouldn't be in so they can keep their excelling rating... My freshman year was good, but only because the school seemed to have time for the students, but now it has no time for anything but themselves. Teachers seem to forget that we dont just have their class, so they pile on more homework, no kidding freshman year my backpack weighed 50 pounds. That ccp program they are so proud of that they force us into, sucks! it doesn't help anyone, all it does is give us a class to sleep in. The only way for a student to be heard is for them to go over the administrators head and go to the supers. They focus too much on us having cellphones!!! its like passing notes, you guys did it! now we are doing it!!!

- submitted by a student
August 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
In our opinion, this is an excellent public school. Does a rating of 'excellence' mean it is W/O problems...no one would be so naive... I want to make an additional comment b/c there may be some parents/students out there who do read this: The experience of any student is directly related to the parents involvement with their teen in this process...not an isolated kid who comes home to an empty house (obviously there are exceptions). By in large a loving, supportive, and parent(s) involvement in their teens life reflects many +'s that may not be picked up by the school. So, we see many excellent students, involved kids in the schools activities, parents who show up and support their teens, and engaging faculty with excellent email/etc communication. Therefore, yes, this IS AN EXCELLENT SCHOOL...PROVIDED the parents are involved...we see the problems deriving from anything other than this...

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2009
I was surprised at some of the negative comments left by parents and students about EFHS. As a parent, I am very pleased with Estrella Foothhills High School. The school is not too big, and not too small. They provide ample time for the students to complete their work in class, which results in not having to bring home school work. The school rates, 'excelling'. Their committment to the Arts and athletics is unsurpassed by any other high schools in the area (with the exception of Litchfield Park). The only negative is there are many students who attend EFHS that do not live in the community and may be judgemental due to the economic differences. The familes who live in Estrella, probably make more than the median family income for the area.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2009
Majority of my teatchers are very intellegent but others should not have gotten into teaching. The administration staff is completely incompetent and I agree with many of the parents that they do just mentally and emotionally attack many of the students. To the parents that say that are principal isnt good I wouldn't know. I've gone to most of the school events and the only time I have ever seen muchless speak with the principal was at future freshman night. If you do not have to send your child to this school and may send your child to another I would highly recommend it.

- submitted by a student
November 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2008
Whichever student said the students at Estrella are easy to get along with are dilusional. They are most certainly the snottiest, stuck-up, and rude set of children you will ever come across! if you're not in a group, you are not a part of anything, therefore you have no sense of indentification and communication with the student body. As for the students being down right spoiled brats, not all of them are that way, but the vast majority are, and they gang up. when one doesn't like you, they all don't like you. Are there things being done about it? No. The teachers get pleasure from this, and fuel more energy to the source. i would not advise any one outside of the estrella community to go there unless your personality fits that of which i have described.

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2008
Great teachers but the administration needs to be held accountable for their poor decisions. Once your child is targeted by them, it's a nightmare. I completely agree with the parent who posted the review on Monday September 8. It is a hostile environment for kids. Your child is guilty until proven innocent....interesting since we live in America and the last I knew, we had civil rights! Students and parents have NO rights at this school. I'm sad for my child as we have no other options at this time. The administartion needs to be investigated.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 10, 2008
It's hard to believe that this school could possibly rate an 8. The staff just passes the kids along, no homework, poor leadership. They need to stand up and educate these kids, give them something to reach for instead of teaching them that just getting by is ok. I have seen papers returned home that have a's on them, that should have been trashed and required to be rewritten. It's a joke. They are not helping the kids prepare themselves for future challenges. The leadership and teachers should be ashamed of themselves. It's very sad.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2008
This school offers a lot of opportunities for us as students to do great things after school if your child is willing to be a part of it. The student body overall is friendly and easy to get along with. I would know. The teachers are very knowledgeable and work hard to help us succeed. Those that think its a bad school don't know what a good school is because Estrella Foothills is it!!!!!

- submitted by a student
August 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 27, 2008
This school is very good, well managed and has a great honors program. The opportunities are endless for the other students and the staff is well prepared for behavior problems. The athletic program is also very good, the coaches are specialized at what they coach. And I can't wait to go back!

- submitted by a student
July 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2008
i greatly dislike this school. i completely thought my child was at a disadvantage with his learning. he was also bullied by his fellow classmates and the administration did nothing to help with the problem

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2008
best school the teacher really care about the kids whitch is great

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 14, 2008
EFH is the best! it is so concerned and the students are great macie best ily!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2008
This is a GREAT school. Still young, but the staff really cares. Yes, athletics is important in this school, but they have done great things with the drama and music groups, too. The NHS is active and scholarships are stressed. Now more AP and honors classes than ever before. The kids come from all walks of life, and actually get along!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2007
If this is a bad school I don't know what a good school is. It small and the students get a long very good.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
May 28, 2006
After experienceing first hand this school with my kids, I have to say ,never enroll your kids in this school, its horrible, there too worried about image then the kids. If even considering this school, Id think again.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
Teaching staff appears to not be mature and experienced with the exception of a few. There is a strong anti-christain sentiment. Homework levels are high. Extracurricular focus is on male sports rather than drama, debate or girl sports.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2004
The school has an excellent athletic program. Lacking in academics, but has been improving. Very new school with the first graduating class in 2005. Very eclectic group of students.

- submitted by a parent
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Estrella Foothills High School
13033 S Estrella Parkway, Goodyear, AZ  85338
(623) 386-9700
Last modified Estrella Foothills High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Estrella Foothills High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top