The foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains
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CFHS Engineering student

Engineering a Strong Future

Through this Career & Technical Education (CTE) pathway at Catalina Foothills High School, students are introduced to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering. In the most advanced course in the series, Engineering Design & Development (University of Arizona Engineering 102), students can earn the Autodesk CAD Industry certification and college credit.
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In Ms. Kelly Smith's sixth grade science class at Esperero Canyon Middle School, students are doing hands-on research through two NASA projects, both involving plants and space. In Growing Beyond Earth, they are growing plants using conditions like those found on the International Space Station. In the Tomatosphere project, they are cultivating seeds that have gone to space.



Foothills Grad Launches Dreams and Rockets

 Alumni Banerjee

Foothills grad Romit Banerjee ‘21 is part of USC's Rocket Propulsion Lab (RPL), a student-run organization that focuses on making high-performance amateur rockets. “Recently, we static fired a high-power 8-inch rocket motor named Shockwave, which broke world records,” says Romit. “(It was) the most powerful solid-rocket motor ever fired by students!” This puts Romit’s team in excellent shape for their spaceshot Aftershock, projected to reach 490,000 ft! It’s set to launch Spring 2024. Read more about Romit’s rocketry here.


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  • Congratulations to Britney Griffith of Esperero Canyon Middle School who is Arizona's Counselor of the Year.

  • The 2023 CFHS Falcon Yearbook received a 1st Place Award from the Arizona Scholastic Association.

  • CFHS Senior Eliza Cabrera has received the prestigious Navy ROTC Scholarship.

  • CFHS placed first at the Science Olympiad invitational tournament held at Casteel High School in Queen Creek.

  • CFHS girls basketball players, Clara-Mae Hrouch and Kayanna Chief, were named to the Arizona Interscholastic Association's All-Region 1st Team.

  • CFHS theatre department did very well at the AZ Thespian Regional Festival.

  • CFHS DECA students competed at the District 3 conference at Cochise College in Sierra Vista.

  • Four high school choir members received the highest possible rating of Superior​​​​​​​ at the Arizona Tier 1 Solo & Ensemble Festival​​​​​​​.

  • At the 2024 FIRST LEGO League State Championship, CFSD teams had a strong showing. The Escape Artists won the Engineering Excellence Award​​​​​​​ and the The Bright Light Benders won the Breakthrough Award​​​​​​​.

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Open enrollment is a state law that allows students to attend schools outside of their resident school if the receiving school has the capacity to accept them. CFSD residents who wish to attend a school other than their home area school must apply under the open enrollment program as well as non-resident families.

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Special Distinctions

CFSD Award Badges - Niche, US News and World Report, Arizona Education Foundation