Welcome, Estrella Vista STEM Academy families!

The 2018-2019 school year is proving to be another exciting year for teaching, learning, and community engagement. We are diligently working to improve school culture. Having the right environment to support student learning is essential. My goal is to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn in a fair and equitable educational setting. I look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders to foster this expectation.

As a STEM Academy, we believe each child is a treasure with unique gifts, talents, and capabilities. We work collaboratively to discover and nurture those abilities through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We expect all students and staff members to be respectful, dedicated, hardworking, independent thinkers, and problem solvers. 

Estrella Vista promotes four core values, which include the following:

  • We are a trusted and established community committed to setting high standards in STEM with integrity and fidelity.
  • We believe in developing responsible global citizens.
  • We strive for every student, staff member, and community member to exhibit the utmost respect in all situations.
  • We believe in building a cooperative and positive team environment conducive to the highest level of STEM learning. 

I look forward to working with our families to support all students on campus. As a courtesy reminder, school opens at 8:27 a.m. and concludes at 3:35 p.m. After breakfast in the classroom, school begins promptly at 8:40 a.m. On early release Wednesdays, the start time remains the same, while our student release time is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.

If you should ever have questions or comments, please feel free to email me. I would be more than happy to assist you.


We would like to remind parents that school begins at 8:27 a.m. We consider students tardy starting at 8:40 a.m. We kindly ask all parents to help us by ensuring that all students are to school on time so they can participate in a full day of learning. Thank you for your support.

A Message from our Principal

Dear Estrella Vista STEM Academy Families,

As the new principal of Estrella Vista STEM Academy, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019–2020 school year. Estrella Vista STEM Academy enjoys a history of providing students with a rich academic learning experience, and I stand committed to continuing this tradition. With a dedicated teaching staff, rigorous academic expectations, and high-quality programs, services, and supports, I am confident that Estrella Vista STEM Academy provides students with the knowledge and skills to be college and career-ready. With parent and community support, we will ensure the students of Estrella Vista STEM Academy will be successful, productive members of society. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, July 25 for our meet the principal/teacher night. The event will take place on campus from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Please join me in the cafeteria at 5:00 p.m. to meet the principal and to learn about our focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM.)

This is my 23rd year in public education where I have served as teacher, academic coach, assistant principal, and principal. I feel very honored to serve the Estrella Vista STEM family. I stand committed to ensuring that the students receive a quality education. I believe that all children can learn, and I will do everything in my power to make sure our students are successful. Ms. Hicks, Mr. Bryant, and I are not only committed to our students' academic success, but will also provide students with opportunities to socialize appropriately. We believe in teaching the whole child to best prepare them for a prosperous future. We look forward to building relationships with our parents and community members. Working together, we will accomplish great things for our students, families, and community. We encourage you to be a part of our school family though the numerous events we will host throughout the year. You can find our list of events in our school newsletter and on our website. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns. Working together, we can make our school an even better place for students to grow and learn. 

Enjoy the rest of your summer. We look forward to seeing you on July 25 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.


    Nicole Durazo

    Nicole Durazo
    Estrella Vista STEM Academy
    (623) 478.6205