Kyrene School District

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Kyrene School District
8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe AZ 85284
District information
SuperintendentLaura Toenjes
NCES District ID0404230[1]
Students and staff
Other information

Kyrene School District is a K-8 school district that serves parts of Tempe, Chandler, Guadalupe, and Phoenix, Arizona, as well as portions of the Gila River Indian Community within Maricopa County. Kyrene School District operates a total of 26 schools, consisting of nineteen elementary schools, six middle schools and one online school. The District Office Administration Building of the Kyrene School District (known as the Ben Furlong Education Center) is located at 8700 S Kyrene Rd, Tempe, Arizona 85284.


In 1888, the Kyrene School District was founded at the request of nine families who wanted a school district for 17 children. The original boundary area was far smaller than currently; though the north boundary is unchanged, the Kyrene district confirmed its east boundary at Price Road and has since extended west from its 56th Street/Priest Drive boundary and south from Pecos Road to include much of the Gila River Indian Community. The district built a small school that was destroyed in a windstorm; until 1920, the Kyrene School site was at McClintock and Warner roads, two miles due east of the Furlong Center (a 1990 build).

Many teachers who received their educational certificates from Arizona State University, originally called Tempe Normal School, taught in one of the two-schoolroom buildings. Mr. Earl D. Willams graduated from Arizona State University and began teaching Industrial Art at the Kyrene Junior High K-8 on Warner and Kyrene Rd. Mr. Williams built the first Industrial Art Shop-Class, the Library and the Administration Building. He also built a replica of the original school house for the Kyrene Bicentennial Parade. Mr. Earl Williams taught Industrial Art for thirty years at Kyrene.

Kyrene approached the early 1970s with 600 students in the entire district, mostly Hispanic students from a small area named "Sende Vista", just south of Guadalupe, an area of South Phoenix called "Highland Terrace", and the Hightown neighborhood of Chandler. Five buses transported the districts to school.

Resources in the '70s were concentrated on building classroom space for the district that would grow fourfold by 1980. C.I. Waggoner elementary was expanded, and the District completed Lomas and Norte elementary schools. (C.I. Waggoner Elementary School, est. 1969, is the oldest operating school facility in the district.)

The 1980s brought another wave of new schools, built in mostly the same designs. Nine elementary and middle schools were built in the 1980s, and thirteen more followed by the late 1990s, bringing the District to a total of 25 schools.

In August of 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the District launched it's 26th school (Kyrene's first completely on-line school) known as the Kyrene Digital Academy. The Kyrene Digital Academy is a K-8 school serving students from all over Arizona (not just within the Kyrene boundaries). Instruction is delivered one hundred percent online using live certified teachers.

Superintendent - Laura Toenjes
Chief Financial Officer - Chris Herrmann
Executive Director of School Effectiveness - Carrie Furedy
Executive Director of Talent Management - Lisa Gibson
Executive Director of Information Technology & Emergency Management - Damian Nichols
Executive Director of Curriculum and Assessment - Dr. Christie Mc Dougall
Executive Director of Accountability & Performance Management - Dr. Susie Ostmeyer
Executive Director of Inclusive Student Services - Dr. Sandra Laine
Executive Director of Communications & Marketing - Erin Helm

Director of Business Services - Brian Lockery
Director of Community Education - Josh Glider
Director of Professional Development- Dr. Jo Shurman
Director of Research and Evaluation - Dr. Rebecca Bolnick
Director of Transportation & Facilities - Eric Nethercutt
Director of Exceptional Student Services - Tzipi Turner

Middle schools[edit]

Middle schools in Kyrene SD
Information Akimel A-al

[Notes 1]

Altadeña Aprende Centennial Kyrene MS Pueblo
Location Ahwatukee Ahwatukee Chandler Ahwatukee Tempe Chandler
Opened 1992 1995 1994 1988 1985 1986
Colors Turquoise/Black Maroon/Blue Gold/Black Red/Black Green/Black Maroon/Gray
Mascot Rattlers Panthers Jaguars Saber Cats Scorpions Bulldogs
Principal None Erica Modzelewski Renee Kory James Martin Scott Maxwell Dr. Ross
High School Feeder


Mountain Pointe, Desert Vista Corona del Sol Mountain Pointe Corona, Mountain Pointe, Marcos de Niza Corona del Sol and Mountain Pointe

Centennial and Pueblo opened as junior high schools and were converted to full 6-8 middle schools in 1990. Kyrene MS opened as a junior high and was converted to a full 6-8 middle school in 1989.

Elementary schools[edit]

  • C. I. Waggoner Elementary School, est.1969[Notes 2]
  • Kyrene del Norte Elementary School, est. 1974
  • Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School, est. 1976
  • Kyrene del Cielo Elementary School, est.1982
  • Kyrene de los Ninos Elementary School, est. 1982
  • Kyrene de la Paloma Elementary School, est. 1985
  • Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School, est. 1987
  • Kyrene Traditional Academy-Sureño Campus, est. 1987
  • Kyrene de los Lagos Elementary School, est. 1988
  • Kyrene de la Mariposa Elementary School, est. 1988
  • Kyrene Monte Vista Elementary School, est.1989
  • Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School, est. 1992
  • Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary School, est. 1993
  • Kyrene de la Mirada Elementary School, est. 1993[Notes 3][2][3]
  • Kyrene de las Brisas Elementary School, est.1994
  • Kyrene de los Cerritos Elementary School, est.1994
  • Kyrene de las Manitas Elementary School, est. 1996
  • Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School, est. 1999
  • Kyrene del Milenio Elementary School, est. 2000


  1. ^ The name is Tohono O'odham for "children of the river"
  2. ^ C.I. Waggoner, the school's namesake, was a Depression-era district superintendent
  3. ^ The school was built in partnership with Intel Corporation, which has offices across the street, and opened for the 1993-94 school year.


  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Kyrene School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Intel brings TQM to the business of education." Personnel Journal Jan. 1995: 77.
  3. ^ Anfuso, Dawn. "Intel educates a school district about business." Personnel Journal Apr. 1995: 128-36.

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