The Eastmark community and the Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) announced the finalization of a 60-acre land purchase on Aug. 18 to bring a new QCUSD high school to Eastmark for the 2019-20 school year.
The new Queen Creek high school will be located in the southwest area of the Eastmark community on a site just north of Ray and east of Ellsworth roads. Construction is expected to begin soon.
Says Dr. Perry Berry, QCUSD Superintendent, “The Queen Creek USD is a premier district of choice within the East Valley. We are proud to bring another comprehensive high school with rich elective and extra-curricular offerings to students and families. Our district is dedicated to excellence through leadership. In addition to various awards, the class of 2017 earned $7.9 million dollars in scholarship offers and we are confident that this new high school will soon be home to outstanding educators that will help produce similar results. We are proud of our new partnership with DMB and the City of Mesa as we develop a high-quality learning environment that meets the unique needs and interests of all students within this community.”
“Education is core to all DMB communities. Over the years our team has worked with educational partners in the Mesa area to bring top-ranked schools to Eastmark,” says Dea McDonald, General Manager for Eastmark and Senior Vice President for DMB. “We are thrilled to partner with Queen Creek USD to bring a true comprehensive high school option to our residents and the greater East Valley.”
Uniquely located in two of the state’s best public school systems, the Eastmark community is served by both Queen Creek Unified and Gilbert Public school districts.
The Queen Creek high school will be the third school located in Eastmark and the fourth school serving the community. Two of the nation’s top-ranked charter schools already call Eastmark home: BASIS Mesa at Eastmark serves grades 3 to 12 and has plans for expansion; Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Eastmark, a STEAM-based elementary school, serves grades K to 8. Additionally, just outside Eastmark’s southeast border is Gateway Polytechnic Academy, a STEAM-focused K to 8 QCUSD elementary school.
“Our schools are an important part of our community. The innovative thinking and creative energy are part of Eastmark’s unique culture,” says Suzanne Walden-Wells, Director of Community Life for Eastmark. “We are excited to have another quality education partner in Queen Creek’s newest high school to bring into our experiential programming that defines life at Eastmark.”
Since opening in 2013, Eastmark has quickly grown with the development of homes, amenities and civic facilities outpacing timeline projections. Nearly 2,000 homes have sold to date, bringing the estimated resident population to over 5,000.
With more than 500 homes sold each year since 2015, Eastmark has been ranked as #1 in Arizona and among the nation’s top 20 best-selling master-planned communities according to Real Estate Industry Advisors RCLCO.
Eastmark is zoned for more than 20 million square feet of nonresidential projects with development plans in the works for future phases of retail, commercial, civic, light industrial and other attractive amenities. Eastmark recently welcomed its first church, and its first restaurant, Handlebar Diner, opened in April. Other retail and civic uses are expected to be announced in the near future.