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When it comes to buying a home in Scottsdale, finding a home in a good school district or near an excellent public, charter, or private school is important to those with children. The good news is Scottsdale has some of the highest ranked schools in the state. Highly ranked Scottsdale schools are not only prized by families with children but ‘good schools’ create demand and therefore help create good resale for home sellers. 

 

FACTS ABOUT PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN SCOTTSDALE

 

The Scottsdale Unified School District is ranked above average in Arizona. “Niche” rankings put Scottsdale schools at #9 in AZ with a B+ The public school district has almost 24,000 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1.

 

NORTH SCOTTSDALE

 

Desert Mountain High School 

 

At Desert Mountain High School, grades 9-12, 12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, students have the chance to take Advanced Placement courses and exams. Fifty-three percent of students participate. 

 

Ranked at #19 in Arizona, there’s a 23-to-1 teacher to student ratio with over 2,200 students enrolled. Graduation rate is 89-percent equal to Chaparral High School. The boundaries for Desert Mountain High go from Pima Rd east to Eagle Ridge and from Bell Rd south to Doubletree.

The boundaries for Desert Mountain High go from Pima Rd east to Eagle Ridge and from Bell Rd south to Doubletree.

 

For more facts and sense of Desert Mountain High School check out these two links: https://twitter.com/dmhssusd?lang=en and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Mountain_High_School

 

There are two middles schools nearby: Desert Canyon and Mountainside, both 6-8; one traditional school, Cheyenne, serving grades K-8; four elementary schools, K-5,  Anasazi, Desert Canyon, Laguna and Redfield.

 

Desert Canyon Middle School

 

Desert Canyon Middle School is located at 10203 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, Scottsdale. SchoolDigger ranks Desert Canyon Middle School 111th of 700 Arizona public middle schools. In 2018, Desert Canyon Middle School ranked better than 84.1% of middle schools in Arizona. It also ranked 3rd among 5 ranked middle schools in the Scottsdale Unified District.

 

The school has a picturesque backdrop at McDowell Mountain Ranch which has 3,200 acres of undisturbed Sonoran Preserve. It’s a uniquely conformed Master Planned Community nestled in the midst of abundant desert wildlife, desert flora with extensive hiking trails.   

 

Two well-developed parks, the Community Center and the Recreation Center, provide extensive amenities including children's playgrounds and splash pads plus tennis and basketball courts, pools and spas.  

 

Mountainside Middle School

 

Mountainside Middle School, 11256 N 128th St, Scottsdale, is ranked   56th of 700 Arizona public middle schools by SchoolDigger.

 

The school offers several languages: French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish plus classes in Advanced Engineering and Design. 

 

There are plenty of homes for sale in this great school district. Be sure and call me at 480-450-4632 if you’d like to learn more about homes for sale in the mountain side school district. 

 

Cheyenne Traditional School

 

The goal at Cheyenne Traditional School, 13636 N 100th St, Scottsdale, is to guide and challenge learning for all students through an environment that gives priority to basic traditional skills and values. The school has an elevated grading scale and expects parental commitment, involvement and support. School Digger ranks Cheyenne Traditional School 10th of 1,104 Arizona public elementary schools.

 

Here’s what parents are saying:

 

“Awesome K-8!... Great balance for well-rounded student with 7:40 am to 2:15 pm schedule allows time for homework and sports.”

 

“The Students, Parents,Teachers and Staff have higher standards and expectations of achievement at Cheyenne Traditional School. The Roadrunners community is very tight-knit and cares about the well being of the students. I would highly recommend this school to students and their families who want an excellent start in life.”

 

More info at https://www.susd.org/index.php/schools/susd-k-8/cheyenne-traditional

 

Anasazi Elementary

 

At Anasazi Elementary, 12121 N. 124th Street, Scottsdale, their vision statement is to “Empower and inspire each child within a culture of academic excellence, creativity and critical thinking.”

 

The school offers Before and After-School Programs and Academic Enrichment that includes Word Masters, Math Olympiad, Continental Math, News Crew and Zaner-Bloser Handwriting.

 

Desert Canyon Elementary

 

You probably notice that Desert Canyon Elementary, 10203 East McDowell Mountain Ranch Road St. A, Scottsdale, shares the same address as Desert Canyon Middle School. That’s a plus when buying a home in close proximity to the school. 

 

Desert Canyon Elementary has a kindergarten mandarin immersion program, gifted programs and a robotics and chess club. That could be a contributing factor in SchoolDigger ranking the school 27th out of 1104 Arizona public elementary schools. 

 

Laguna Elementary

 

Laguna Elementary, 10475 E. Lakeview Drive, Scottsdale, offers Lego, Robotics, Engineering, Coding and Fine Arts.

 

This parent gives the school a rave review: “The teachers and administration are completely vested in the kids. My three children are so different from each other and yet they all get exactly what they need on an individual basis. The school has a very close and inclusive community. They have had only 3 principals in 30 years and has been and is A+ rated. I love it.”

 

Learn more at https://www.susd.org/index.php/schools/susd-elementary/laguna-elementary

 

Redfield Elementary

 

Redield Elementary, 9181 East Redfield Road, Scottsdale, offers a gifted Pre-K Academy along with a comprehensive gifted program. The school is also known for its outstanding fine arts program.

 

SchoolDigger ranks Redfield Elementary School 143rd of 1104 Arizona public elementary schools.

 

You can follow on Facebook and on Twitter at @RedfieldSUSD 

 

Horizon High School 

 

While Horizon High School is in North Scottsdale, 5601 E. Greenway, it’s part of the Paradise Unified School District. The boundaries go from Cactus Rd north to the Loop 101 and from Tatum east to Pima Rd. The school is ranked #47 in Arizona. 

 

Students can take Advanced Placement course work and exams. The school offers AP classes in 18 areas, 23 dual college credit classes and a humanities program, blending drama with English and social students. The participation rate of AP classes at Horizon High is 29-percent. 

 

In national rankings, Horizon High earns a silver medal based on performance on state-required tests and preparation for college. 

 

Over 2,200 students attend Horizon High. Graduation rate is 97-percent. 

 

CENTRAL SCOTTSDALE

 

Arcadia High School

 

Arcadia High School, 4703 E. Indian School Rd., is part of the Scottsdale Unified School District even though it’s in a Phoenix community called “Arcadia” that borders Scottsdale just to the west of Old Town Scottsdale.

 

Arcadia is a highly popular school serving students in grades 9-12. The school is ranked a Top 50 High School by U.S. News and World Report; Silver Award. The boundaries go from 40th St east to 68th St and from Lincoln south to Thomas.

 

The school offers Creative Musical Arts & Sciences (CMAS), Advanced Placement (AP), Honors & Dual and free, after-school tutoring. More info can be found on the school’s website at https://www.susd.org/index.php/schools/susd-high-school/arcadia-hs

 

There’s one middle school, Ingleside, grades 6-8 in the district along with Echo Canyon School, preschool - 8. The two elementary schools in the area are Hopi and Tavan, K-5.

 

Ingleside Middle School

 

Ingleside Middle School, grades 6-8, 5402 E. Osborn Road, is about a 1/2 mile away from Arcadia High. It offers a full year of physical education, has a comprehensive gifted program, math lab and interactive media center plus offers band, strings, choir, visual arts & video production. 

 

Languages & Exploratory Courses: Spanish & French plus Japanese & Spanish for Heritage Speakers. 

 

Go to the school’s website, http://susd.ingleside.schoolfusion.us/, for more information. 

 

Echo Canyon School 

 

Echo Canyon School, 4330 N 62nd St, Scottsdale, used to be Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center. Echo Canyon is a preschool-8th-grade school with gifted services, an honor program and offers art integration.

 

Learn more at https://www.susd.org/index.php/schools/susd-k-8/echo-canyon

 

Hopi Elementary

 

Hopi elementary, 5110 E Lafayette Blvd, Phoenix, believes learning is a continuous process that involves the entire community. The academic learning environment, based on Arizona State Standards, is designed to meet the needs of all students with the belief that all children can learn.

 

In addition to a self-contained comprehensive gifted program, the school has two computer labs, Chromebooks and iPads. 

 

Right now, the school is being rebuilt. Follow the progress at @HopiSUSD. 

 

To assist you and your family when looking for a home for sale in Scottsdale Paradise Valley and Phoenix. We have compiled some helpful information for homebuyers looking for information on schools in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Please feel free to call us anytime for more information on schools, homes, events, restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.

We are here to be of service to you with not just real estate but all your moving or relocation needs. Michael Chaisson – Realtor Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix 480-450-4632

 

Tavan Elementary 

 

Tavan Elementary, 4610 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix, has an all-day preschool and is ranked by the Arizona Educational Foundation 2017 as an A+ School of Excellence. The school also offers free all-day kindergarten and free summer school. 

 

A gifted program is also offered along with computer labs, mobile Chromebooks labs and iPads. 

 

Hear what parents are saying:

 

“I have three children that attend this school. The teachers are passionate and well educated when it comes to working with students at all different levels.”

 

“Amazing teachers and staff. The teachers and administration go out of their way to keep parents informed and motivate students to excel.”

 

Chaparral High School 

 

Chaparral High School is ranked #18 in AZ by U.S. World News Report. Students in grades 9-12 at Chaparral High School, 6935 E. Gold Dust, have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams. The AP participation rate at Chaparral High School is 48 percent.    

 

Almost 2,100 students attend Chaparral High. Graduation rate is 89-percent. The boundaries for Chaparral High go from 40th St east to Pima Rd and from Cactus south to Northern/Via De Ventura. There’s also another school admittance zone from Bell Rd north to Pinnacle Peak, east of Pima. Within these boundaries are portions of the town of Paradise Valley.  

 

Chaparral comes with some high credentials in addition to being ranked #18 in Arizona. Chaparral High School has consistently ranked

in Newsweek’s list of Best High Schools in America. Chaparral high school holds the state record for having the most National Merit Scholars in one year (37 in 2014). Additionally, the school has also earned the record most in-state Presidential Scholars in Arizona.

 

There’s one middle school, Cocopah, 6-8, and a K-8 school, Copper Ridge in the area. The three elementary schools are Cherokee, Cochise and Sequoya. 

 

Cocopah Middle School

 

Cocopah Middle School, 6615 E Cholla St, Scottsdale, has a National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Honors Programming. The school also has a   World Language program that includes French, Mandarin and Spanish. 

 

The school also offers STEM Applications; Advanced Engineering & Design Visual Arts; Band; Choir; Orchestra; Drama Award-Winning Science; Olympiad Spelling and Geography Bees plus Physical Education.

 

Learn more at https://www.susd.org/index.php/schools/susd-middle-school/cocopah-ms

 

Copper Ridge School 

 

Copper Ridge School is a K-8 school located in North Scottsdale at 10101 E Thompson Peak Pkwy. 

 

The school requires students to wear uniforms. They offer a Gifted Services Honors Programming; World Language (Spanish); 4th - 8th Grade Band, Strings and Choir Music; Art and Physical Education; Bring Your Own Technology STEM Focus School; Middle School Athletics Robotics; and Before and After-School Programs

 

Cherokee Elementary

 

Cherokee Elementary, 8801 N 56th St Paradise Valley, was named the state’s first literary landmark in memory of children’s series “Junie B. Jones” author, Barbara Park. The Junie B. Jones series, published from 1992 to 2013, focused around a young girl who is “almost six years old” starting her first day of kindergarten.

 

The series included over 20 books and sold over 60 million copies in North America alone, JunieBJones.com states. The series was consistently a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, spending over 180 weeks on the list.

SchoolDigger ranks Cherokee Elementary School 38th of 1104 Arizona public elementary schools.

 

Arizona Educational Foundation gives Cherokee an A+ School of Excellence™in 2013 & 2017. It’s also ranked as the13th Best Elementary School in the Nation by thebestschools.org, ranked #2 based on AZMerit testing by the Phoenix Business Journal, in 2016 ranked as the #4 School in the Valley by The Arizona Republic.

 

Hear what parents are saying:

 

The majority of parents are giving it 5 stars:

 

"Great school and great community. Teachers, staff, parents, and APT all work hard to make this a real success. Couldn't be happier with the choice we made for our two kids.”

 

“Excellent public school great and dedicated teachers.”

 

To assist you and your family when looking for a home for sale in Scottsdale Paradise Valley and Phoenix. We have complied some helpful information for homebuyers looking for information on schools in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Please feel free to call us anytime for more information on schools, homes, events, restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. We are here to be of service to you with not just real estate but all your moving or relocation needs.

 

Cochise Elementary

 

Students at Cochise Elementary, 451 N. 84th Street Scottsdale, do well on test scores. In fact, A recent report stated, test scores at this school are far above the state average, suggesting that most students at this school are performing at or above grade level.

 

Students at this school are making more academic progress from one grade to the next compared to students at other schools in the state.

 

Strong progress with high test scores means students have strong academic skills and are making bigger gains than their peers at other schools in the state.

The mission of Cochise Elementary School, in alignment with the mission of the Scottsdale Unified School District, is to ensure that each student achieves academic and personal excellence by nurturing a culture that celebrates diversity, encourages creativity, instills thoughtful traditions, and supports continuous growth and lifelong learning. Their motto is CATS: 

 

C - Caring Community - To achieve excellence is the shared responsibility of the student, school, family and community. 

 

A - Academic Excellence - To establish high expectations for students through a commitment to academic rigor and lifelong learning. 

 

T - Tomorrow’s Thinkers - To be future-ready by providing students the tools and materials that will help them problem solve and apply critical thinking skills. 

 

S - Students First - To promote a safe, structured and supportive learning environment which enables students to grow and succeed. 

 

Sequoya Elementary 

 

Sequoya Elementary, 11808 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale, believes in Character High Expectations, Outstanding Academics, One United Community and Lifelong Learning 

 

Test scores at this school are far above the state average, according to A recent report suggested that most students at this school are performing at or above grade level.

 

Sequoya has achieved the Arizona Educational Foundation 2014 A+ School of Excellence™ and offers a Gifted Services/Honors Approach;  World Language Program (Language of Choice); Science - Engineering Integration 5th Grade Leadership; Clubs; 4th - 5th Grade Band and Strings; Music; Art; and Physical Education Enrichment Programs. 

 

The school is actively posting on Facebook. Follow them at Sequoya Elementary Association Of Parents and Teachers (APT)

 

Saguaro High School

 

Saguaro High School is at 6250 N 82nd St, Scottsdale. The boundaries go from 40th St east to Pima Rd and from Northern/Via De Ventura south to Osborn.

 

U.S. News and World Report say the school is recognized by Niche® as a    2017 Top 100 Public High School in Arizona. Saguaro High has a Nursing Program, Biotechnology and Engineering Advanced Placement (AP), Honors & Dual Enrollment, Career & Technical Education Programs, an Award-Winning Performing Arts & Visual Arts division and an Award-Winning Robotics team. 

 

In sports, Saguaro High is proud of the following honors:

— 2016 Football State Champions

— 10-Time Football State Champions

— 2016 Football Coach of the Year

— 2016 Girls and Boys Cross Country Section Champions

— 2016 Boys Soccer Semifinalist & Section Coach of the Year 

— 2016 State Champions and 2015 Regional Champions 

 

The nearby schools are Mohave Middle School, grades 6-8, and three elementary schools, K-5: Kiva, Navajo and Pueblo. 

 

Mohave Middle School 6-8

 

Mohave Middle School, 490 E Jackrabbit Rd, Scottsdale, has a STEM program, Robotics Program and Future Cities, an Honors English Language Arts Comprehensive Gifted Program, Fine Arts Program (Band, Strings, Choir, Drama and Art), Clubs and After-School Activities, College & Career-Readiness Program plus Clubs and After-School Activities.

 

SchoolDigger ranks Mohave Middle School 168th of 700 Arizona public middle schools.

 

Get the latest updates on Twitter @MohaveSUSD

 

Kiva Elementary  

 

Students at Kiva Elementary, 6911 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley,  are making average academic progress from one grade to the next compared to students at other schools in the state according to a recent report.

Kiva’s mission statement is to create “a foundation for lifelong learning by providing meaningful learning opportunities that support critical thinking, embrace unique talents, encourage collaboration, and empower students and staff to persevere towards excellence in an evolving world.”

There are plenty of updates on school activities/events listed on the “Kiva Community” Facebook page. 

 

Navajo Elementary

 

Navajo Elementary, 4525 N Granite Reef, Scottsdale, is closed for the entire school year after a fire broke out in a storage room on August 22, 2018. The fire did not extend to the rest of the building but the principal decided to close the school for the remainder of the school year. 

 

Students have been relocated to Oak Learning Academy, 7501 E. Oak street until further notice.  

 

Pueblo Elementary 

 

Pueblo Elementary, 6320 N 82nd St, Scottsdale, offers Computer Coding and Robotics, Gifted Services and Music, Art & Physical Education. 

A  recent report indicated test scores at this school are far above the state average, suggesting that most students at this school are performing at or above grade level. Students at Pueblo are also making more academic progress from one grade to the next compared to students at other schools in the state.

 

Be sure and follow the school on Facebook. 

 

SOUTH SCOTTSDALE

 

Coronado High School 

Coronado High School, 7501 E Virginia Ave, Scottsdale, is located in one of Scottsdale’s more established neighborhoods. The area has more options for families looking to live and buy a home in Scottsdale. The boundaries go from McKellips north to about Indian School and Pima west to 64th St. 

 

The school is proud to be the 2017 Boys State Soccer Champions, home to Award-Winning Performing Arts and Visual Arts Programs, Award-Winning Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) Program and offer Advanced Placement (AP), Honors and Dual Enrollment.

 

The nearby middle school is Tonalea, K-8, and three elementary schools: Hohokam Traditional School, Pima Elementary and Yavapai Elementary, all K-5. 

 

To assist you and your family when looking for a home for sale in Scottsdale Paradise Valley and Phoenix. We have complied some helpful information for homebuyers looking for information on schools in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Please feel free to call us anytime for more information on schools, homes, events, restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. We are here to be of service to you with not just real estate but all your moving or relocation needs. Michael Chaisson – Realtor Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix 480-450-4632 

 

Tonalea 

 

Tonalea Middle School, 6720 E. Continental, Scottsdale, offers a 6th - 8th Grade Gifted Program and STEM electives; Rigorous Academics; 4th – 8th Grade Band, Strings and Choir and Video Broadcasting. 

 

SchoolDigger ranks Tonalea 821st of 1,109 Arizona public elementary schools in Arizona. However, at least one parent gives the school a five-star review saying “Tonalea is a great school.” 

 

Hohokam Traditional School  

 

Hohokam Traditional School, 8451 E. Oak St., Scottsdale, received the Arizona Educational Foundation 2016 A+ School of Excellence award and is recognized as a “Top School” by the Education Equality Index. 

 

A recent report stated test scores at this school are above the state average.  

 

Here’s what parents are saying:

 

“His teachers are AMAZING!!!!! No nonsense, won't let him get away with anything and he LOVES them! They never give up on him and he is progressing very well.”

 

“A decent amount of homework... it has forced me to take a more hands-on approach to my son's education and has made me into a better mom. By the time my son is done with this school, he'll be very prepared.”

 

Pima Elementary  

 

Pima Elementary, 8330 E. Osborn Road., Scottsdale, offers rigorous academics, gifted services and music, art and physical education. 

 

When students returned for the 2018 school year, they were greeted with a new campus and new school model that includes a traditional school philosophy. In November 2016, Scottsdale Unified School District voters approved a $229 million bond to rebuild and replace needed infrastructure within the schools. Pima Elementary School — in addition to Hopi, Hohokam and Cheyenne — was at the top of the list for rebuilding. A recent report stated test scores at this school are above the state average.

 

Learn more about the school at https://www.susd.org/index.php/schools/susd-elementary/pima-elementary

 

Yavapai Elementary  

 

Yavapai Elementary, 701 N Miller Rd, Scottsdale, core values include improving students’ success in language arts and math; to provide quality programs in the fine arts and supporting areas as well as integrate state-of-the-art technology into all areas of student learning. 

 

The school has an award-winning robotics team and rigorous academics along with gifted services. 

 

SchoolDigger ranks Yavapai Elementary School 577th of 1109 Arizona public elementary schools.

 

 

 

BASIS Scottsdale 

 

In addition to a great public school system, Scottsdale has the #1 school in the country! U.S. World News ranks BASIS Scottsdale, a tuition-free charter school in Northeast Scottsdale, 11440 N. 136th Street, as the top in the nation! 

 

The liberal arts curriculum school has over 700 students enrolled and scores 100 on the College Readiness Index with a 100% graduation rate. 

 

BASIS Scottsdale is part of a public charter school system serving fourth through 12th graders with locations across the country. In or before 10th grade, BASIS Scottsdale students begin taking Advanced Placement courses. 

 

BASIS Scottsdale, and all BASIS Curriculum Schools feature a top-ranked STEM-inspired liberal arts curriculum that inspires students to love learning; to develop a fascination for critical inquiry; to be independent and formulate their own goals and to graduate prepared for top-tier colleges.

 

In their senior year, qualified students may take BASIS Capstone courses, set up to be equivalent to 200 or 300 level college classes. These seniors may produce an off-campus research project during their last trimester. BASIS Scottsdale offers more than 70 extracurricular activities that include sports teams, honor societies and clubs. 

 

You must fill out an application form in order. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of openings, your name will be entered in a lottery. 

  

To assist you and your family when looking for a home for sale in Scottsdale Paradise Valley and Phoenix. We have compiled some helpful information for homebuyers looking for information on schools in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Please feel free to call us anytime for more information on schools, homes, events, restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.

We are here to be of service to you with not just real estate but all your moving or relocation needs. Michael Chaisson – Realtor Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix 480-450-4632