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Greater Phoenix schools of excellence

Published: 10/05/2017
Updated: 02/28/2022

Greater Phoenix is home to globally recognized schools of excellence. Whether you’re passionate about fitness training or fighting cyber crime, you can become at the peak of your game here in the region. Here is a small sample training institutions that have chosen to call Greater Phoenix home.


Founded in 1999, EXOS is a human performance company headquartered in Phoenix. EXOS created a platform to improve health and performance by focusing on four pillars of human performance: Mindset, Nutrition, Movement, and Recovery. EXOS has worked with a variety of individuals from professional athletes and military personnel offering services in Sports Performance, Tactical Performance, Nutrition and Physical Therapy.

Grande Sports World:

Located in Casa Grande, Arizona Grande Sports World is one of the finest sports training facilities in the United States and serves as a training destination for youth, professional and national teams from around the globe. It contains eight professional grade soccer fields, 58K SF training and conditioning center with state of the art equipment, and therapy swimming pools. Located right next to the historic Francisco Grande Hotel and Golf Resort, Grande offers training for both youth and professional athletes through their Grande Sports Academy. Every graduate from Grande Sports Academy has have earned scholarships to prestigious and athletic universities. Grande has served has the home training facility of different MLS and University teams including Real Salt Lake, the New York Red Bulls and ASU.

Luke Forward (F-35):

Luke Forward is the training school housed within Luke Air Force Base (Luke AFB). Luke AFB fighter wing program is the only active duty F-16 training base in the world. Luke Forward is contending to be one of the key training sites for the F-35 Lightning II, also referred to as the Joint Strike Fighter or JSF, the F-35 is a next-generation fighter aircraft that will be used by the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as eight foreign militaries as the replacement for the F-16. If awarded the F-35 training mission, Luke can anticipate seeing an infusion of $125-$150 million in construction-related projects.

Bondurant Racing School:

Bondurant is the premier driver training destination from racing professionals to daily commuters who want to become more proficient behind the wheel. Bondurant offers programs in high performance driving, racing and teen driving. The facility located in Chandler, Arizona contains a 1.6-mile, 15-turn multi-configuration track, a state of the art shop and fleet of cars.

AZ Cyber Warfare Range (AZCWR):

The purpose of AZCWR is to develop a well trained workforce versed in the continuous improvement of cybersecurity. This is done through self-paced, organic mentoring, and real world experience by hosting hands on exercises. It is a 24×7 live-fire cyber warfare range that provides the community with InfoSec training, by hosting hands-on exercises to everyone from beginners to tenured professionals through real world operations.  Participants learn a variety of real world skills in Computer Network Attack (CNA), Computer Network Defense (CND), and Digital Forensics.

Arizona Culinary Institute:

Arizona Culinary Institute offers a variety of programs in Culinary Art, Saucier & Meat Fabrication, Baking & Pastry, Food & Beverage Management, and Restaurant Operations. Each program consists of a diverse and well-balanced group of chef instructors with real-world experience.

Taliesin School of Architecture:

This School of Architecture builds architects futures by offering comprehensive study toward a Master of Architecture. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona and originally founded by world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the school has distinguished itself has a premier institution. The program is designed for students who thrive in a multifaceted environment focusing on rigorous design, critical thinking, and hands-on learning. The School’s specialized approach facilitates an individualized educational experience and fosters a close relationship between students, faculty, and staff.