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Estrella Foothills High School

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Posted 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

Posted December 21, 2013

Terrible high school experience. The most important lesson learned is how despicable, dishonest, and undermining adults can be towards children. Mine were looking forward to high school and all the activities and sports, both gave up after freshman year because of the rampant favoritism and mean spirited, punitive attitude of staff. This is one of these schools where 30 kids can watch a teacher do something and if the teacher says it did not happen, then all the kids are liars.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted December 6, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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!

Posted April 9, 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

Posted April 7, 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

Posted April 7, 2009

In our opinion, this is an excellent public school. Does a rating of 'excellence' mean it is W/O 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

Posted April 3, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

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The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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

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Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 42%
Hispanic 32% 43%
Black 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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13033 S Estrella Parkway
Goodyear, AZ 85338
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