More than two dozen of Greater Phoenix’s high schools are nationally ranked – and that’s just the start of the educational opportunities here. Our public education program consists of more than 300 high schools, 500 middle schools and 800 elementary schools located across the region, often in our residents’ own neighborhoods. We also have a strong system of highly ranked charter schools, which account for nearly 10 percent of the top-rated public schools.
We’re also renowned for our higher education opportunities. In addition to Arizona State University, one of the largest universities in the nation and which operates four diverse campuses here, Greater Phoenix is also proud to be the corporate headquarters of the University of Phoenix, as well as home to the internationally renowned Thunderbird School of Global Management. Plus, Maricopa Community Colleges’ many campuses dot the entire Valley, offering a wide range of technical training and affordable education options.
To compare K-12 schools in Greater Phoenix and read parent reviews, visit the Great Schools website. And, select a community on the map to see its educational profile.
Apache Junction Unified School District includes four elementary schools, a junior high and a high school. It is also home to Mountain Shadows Education Center, which runs kindergarten through high school. It also has various charter school options. For post-secondary education, it is home to Central Arizona College – Superstition Mountain Campus.
Nearly 50 percent of homes in Avondale have children in them, so the city has a fairly large and sophisticated school system. There are 27 K-12 schools in Avondale including 24 public schools and three private ones. It is served by two high school and four elementary school districts. Avondale is also home to Estrella Mountain Community College, the newest of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges with about 15,000 current students and an expected future enrollment of 40,000 students.
Buckeye Elementary School District boasts six grade schools (K-8) and a preschool. Buckeye Union High School District is home to three high schools and a Learning Center which assists student with special needs and those seeking independent study. There’s also a charter school (K-8), an alternative high school (9-12), and easy access to Estrella Mountain Community College, one of the Maricopa Community Colleges and home to more than 15,000 students.
Casa Grande Elementary School District features nine different elementary schools (K-5), four middle schools (6-8), and an early childhood learning center. The Casa Grande Union High School District has two high schools (9-12). The city also includes a county learning center, two charter high schools, a Catholic elementary school and a charter prep school. Casa Grande also has a satellite campus of Central Arizona College.
The Chandler Unified School District is home to 38,000 students at 29 elementary schools, seven junior highs, four high schools and two alternative schools. At the elementary level, there are four Traditional Academies. There are also numerous charter schools, preschools, a Montessori school and alternative learning programs. Chandler-Gilbert Community College, part of the Maricopa Community College system, offers three campuses in the area, and the ASU Polytechnic Campus is also close, at Williams Gateway Airport.
Fountain Hills School District takes a unique approach. Students attend an early elementary school (pre-K-3), an elementary school (4-5), a middle school (6-8) and then high school (9-12). There are also three local preschools and a public charter school. Nearby higher education institutions include Scottsdale Community College or Mesa Community College..
Gila Bend has one elementary school (K-8) and one high school. It’s also home to a private preschool. Central Arizona College also has a presence in Casa Grande with adult education programs, a Skills Center, and a partnership with Arizona Workforce Connection.
Gilbert Public Schools is an open enrollment district with six high schools, seven junior high schools, 27 elementary schools, kindergarten prep and pre-school programs as well as and an online academy serving grades 7-12. Programs include a college preparatory academy, a National Blue Ribbon traditional academy, internationally recognized music education, STEM, Engineering and Biomedical strands, and award-winning Career and Technical Education. For the 2012-13 school year, approximately 38,500 students are enrolled in GPS schools. Additionally, there are three nearby campuses of Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and a number of stellar vocational schools.
The Glendale Elementary School District is home to 17 elementary schools, including three early elementary schools (K-3), three middle schools (4-8) and eleven K-8 schools. There are 10 high schools in the Glendale Union High School District, and numerous private, charter and religious schools serving a wide variety of students’ needs. Glendale is also home to the campus of Arizona State University West, Glendale Community College and numerous trade and vocational schools. The internationally acclaimed Thunderbird School of Global Management offers graduate courses in international business, and Midwestern University-Glendale prepares students for careers in pharmacy, osteopathy and dentistry.
Approximately 10,000 Goodyear students attend schools in three elementary districts and two high school districts. There are many preschools in Goodyear as well as numerous private and religious schools. Goodyear welcomed its first private post-secondary school, Franklin Pierce University, in 2008. Arizona State University is also said to be considering a Goodyear campus.
Students in Maricopa attend one of three schools in the Maricopa Unified School District: an elementary school, a middle school and Maricopa High School. There are preschools for the youngest students, and Central Arizona College operates the Maricopa Center there as well.
Educational opportunities in the Mesa Public Schools include a number of preschools, 57 elementary schools (K-6), 13 junior high schools (7-8), and six high schools (9-12). There are also many preschools and charter, private and religious schools for children grade K-12. Mesa is the home of Mesa Community College, the Williams-Gateway campus of Arizona State University Polytechnic and A.T. Still University. There are a number of vocational schools and online schools with a presence in Mesa.
The Peoria Unified School District features open enrollment and has 31 elementary schools (K-8) and seven high schools. It also has an online high school and a “transition center” which provides alternative and adult education. It is the third-largest school district in the state with 36,000 students. There are numerous charter schools for students of various ages, as well as private schools, religious schools and preschools. There are trade and vocational schools, and the campuses of Glendale Community College, part of the Maricopa Community College system, and ASU West are close by.
Because the City of Phoenix covers many square miles, it is served by 30 unique school districts with more than 325 schools, as well as 200 charter and private schools. Many school districts feature open enrollment, which increases parents’ ability to choose the best school for their students. Interestingly, Phoenix is home to the only high school dedicated to bioscience in the country. There are five community colleges with campuses within city limits, a downtown campus of Arizona State University, a satellite campus of the University of Arizona School of Medicine, and two branch campuses of Northern Arizona University. Additionally, Phoenix is home to private colleges such as Grand Canyon University, Arizona Christian University, University of Phoenix, Phoenix School of Law and DeVry University, as well as several schools for seminary and religious training. There are also many trade, vocational and online schools covering a variety of professional fields.
Queen Creek Unified School District consists of four elementary schools, one middle school, one junior high school and one high school. Enrollment is more than 5,000 students. There are also four private schools and two charter schools serving families in Queen Creek. The closest post-secondary schools are Chandler-Gilbert Community College and ASU Polytechnic in Mesa, but plans are underway for the Communiversity @ Queen Creek, a partnership with the town, Maricopa County Community College District and Rio Salado College.
Scottsdale students are served by six different school districts that overlap municipal boundaries. The Scottsdale Unified School District is home to 16 elementary schools, two early childhood learning centers, three traditional (K-8) schools, six middle schools and six high schools. Depending on where you live in Scottsdale, your children may enroll in other school districts. There are also preschools, charter schools, private schools, religious schools and college prep schools for students of various ages. For post-secondary studies, the city is home to Scottsdale Community College, a culinary school and several trade, vocational and online schools.
Students in Surprise attend the Dysart Unified School District, which includes 25 schools. There are also three public high schools, seven charter high schools and numerous preschools that serve the city’s student population. The closest community college is in nearby Glendale, as is the campus of ASU West.
Two elementary school districts and one high school district serve the city of Tempe. There are 33 elementary schools, nine middle schools and seven high schools. As in most Valley communities, there are also numerous preschools, as well as charter, religious and private schools. Arizona State University’s main campus is in Tempe. One of the largest universities in the nation, ASU offers programs serving more than 75,000 undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of educational majors. It is especially noted for its engineering, business, education and law programs. There are also other trade and vocational schools with a presence in Tempe.
Tolleson is served by three school districts, the Tolleson Elementary School District, the Union Elementary School District and Tolleson Union High School District. There are four elementary schools (K-8), two elementary schools (K-6), two middle schools (7-8) and six high schools in Tolleson. There are trade schools in nearby Avondale, and Estrella Mountain Community College is also close.
The Wickenburg Unified School District operates two elementary schools (K-5), a middle school (6-8), a high school (9-12) and an alternative education program. There are also two Christian schools. Students may also train for a trade at “West-Mec,” the Western Maricopa Education Center, at Wickenburg High School.