Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School - Ahwatukee Foothills News: School Highlight

Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School

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2620 E. Liberty Lane Phoenix AZ

Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 6:45 am | Updated: 10:08 am, Wed Feb 19, 2014.

Being part of the Kyrene School District since 1999, Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School offers a schooling community housed by a veteran staff.

Enrollment size currently stands at 495 students, which includes its preschool level.

Principal Michael Lamp is entering his second year as the school’s leader and one of his goals for the school is to continue increasing enrollment.

Lamp feels what sets Estrella apart from other schools in the district is the amount of teacher experience.

“On average, we have 16 years of teacher experience. We have a very veteran staff… It’s a staff that comes here and wants to stay here. They are not looking for greener pastures; they are not looking for a better gig,” Lamp said. “They know they have a place here where it’s a very calm environment, where they have parent support and have kids who come prepared to learn.”

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Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle school Principal Mike Deignan poses with students in front of the school sign that is advertising their "A" rating.

Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School has been part of the Ahwatukee area since 1992, offering each of its Rattlers an enjoyable schooling experience from the morning bell to the ending bell.

According to its website, the name of the school is from the Akimel O’odham language and it means, “Children of the River.”

Principal Mike Deignan said the school offers sport activities and a learning lab before school starts, which provides students time before school to seek extra help with work completion or tutoring.

“That keeps our students involved with a lot of things, between the sports and the learning lab,” Deignan said.

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