Ahwatukee Foothills, often simply called Ahwatukee, is an urban village of Phoenix, Arizona. While geographically, Ahwatukee forms the southernmost portion of Phoenix, it is normally considered to be part of the East Valley region of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
There exists three theories surrounding the name “Ahwatukee”, with all three claiming the name has roots in the Crow language. Some stories of the name’s origin trace back to Helen Brinton, who reportedly renamed the area after buying an area property in the 1935, and chose a Crow-rooted name due to her time among the Crow Nation tribal members in Wyoming, and the influence it subsequently had on her.
K-8 public school students in the area attend schools operated by the Kyrene School District. In fact, Ahwatukee-based schools constitute 12 out of 25 (48%) of Kyrene’s schools. High school students go to one of two in the area: Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe. Both schools are operated by the Tempe Union High School District. There are also a number of private/charter schools, including Desert Garden Montessori (serving ages infant-high school), Inspire Kids Montessori (which opened in June 2010 and serves children ages 2–6), Keystone Montessori School, Horizon Community Learning Center Charter School, Skyline Technical High School, the Summit School of Ahwatukee (a private, independent school serving children ages 2.5–13 years old), St. John Bosco Catholic School (a private, Catholic school which opened in 2001 serving preschool – 8th grade), and public charter school BASIS Ahwatukee (which opened in August 2013 initially serving grades 5-10, and will add a grade each year until serving grades 5-12 in 2015. BASIS Ahwatukee is related to nationally ranked public charter schools BASIS Tucson North and BASIS Scottsdale).