San Tan Foothills High School
|San Tan Foothills High School|
1255 W. Silverdale Road
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||Florence Unified School District|
|Principal||Dr. Tim Richard|
|Teaching staff||31.50 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||18.86|
San Tan Foothills opened in 2009, around the time of the housing market crash and financial crisis. Designed for 1,500 students, into the mid-2010s it was home to 500. The Coolidge district had overbuilt in San Tan Valley; it built Mountain Vista Middle School and San Tan Heights Elementary School. In 2014, the Coolidge district closed Mountain Vista and moved its students and teachers to the San Tan Foothills campus.
In order to save significant costs for Coolidge, and make a third high school in the district (second in San Tan Valley) unnecessary, the Florence Unified School District voted to acquire CUSD's three San Tan Valley schools in 2015. The move was approved by voters in both districts in overwhelming margins that November.
The Florence Unified School District took control of the schools on July 1, 2016; it converted the operating elementary school into a K-8 and is utilizing the non-operating elementary as the alternative school. San Tan Foothills High School will help to relieve overcrowding at Poston Butte High School.
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