Phone: 208-855-4110


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Master Degree Educational Administration and Leadership

Carla Karnes

Welcome to Star Elementary! This is my 33rd year with the West Ada School District and my 23rd year as the principal for Star Elementary! For the past 23 years, I have been blessed countless times by this community. I have seen Star Elementary grow from 230 students to 625 students. I have completed 3 remodeling projects, with the most recent addition doubling our school size. I have had the rare privilege of being introduced to new students by their parents who were former students of mine 😊. I have been supported by caring families, dedicated teachers, involved city business owners, city leaders, protective law enforcement, firefighters, and inspirational children. Star Elementary is an amazing family with a dedicated focus to provide our children with the gift of a rich education!


Star Elementary is an academically high achieving school. The majority of the staff hold a master’s degree and there is very little turn over in staffing. Several of the staff members live in Star and their children attend or have attended Star Elementary. Star students collaborate with staff members and one another to dig into their learning, develop healthy social/emotional strategies, pursue lifelong physical education activities, and gain an appreciation for the musical arts. 


Star Elementary is a place where children and families create a home to grow up and to come back to throughout their lives. I love being a part of this wonderful school and community❤️