A Place Your Family Can Thrive
Greater Phoenix offers families a diverse, welcoming environment along with robust educational opportunities including innovative K-12 programs, nationally recognized public and charter schools, and world-renowned universities. The region’s public school system consists of more than 1,000 public schools, not including the strong system of charter schools offering specialized programming.
Safest City in the U.S. - Gilbert, AZFBI, 2020
Best High School in the U.S. - BASIS, in Chandler, AZUS World & News, 2020
Happiest City in America - Scottsdale, AZWallet Hub, 2020
Of the western United States, Arizona has the second-most schools rated eight out of 10 or better.
Public Elementary through High School Ratings
The market continues to invest in and strategize for increased education funding, including the November passage of a proposition that will increase funding in the K-12 system by as much as $900 million.
Charter schools across the region offer diverse, specialized curricula, such as Phoenix’s Bioscience High School, which emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math instruction, and the Arizona School for the Arts, specializing in fine arts programs.
Higher Education Opportunity
Greater Phoenix offers a selection of highly-ranked colleges and universities with competitive tuition rates at schools including Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Grand Canyon University along with the 10 colleges that are part of the Maricopa County Community Colleges District. Visit our education page to learn more about universities and other specialized higher education programs in the region including Midwestern, Ottawa and A.T. Still.
There’s no shortage of family-friendly activities for all ages across the region. Below is just a sample of the entertainment and cultural activities across the region.
Desert Botanical Gardens
Phoenix Art Museum
Hall of Flame Museum
With Arizona’s warm weather, even outdoor sports can be played and practiced year-round. Some leagues include:
- Little League baseball and softball
- YMCA Basketball
- Pop Warner football
- Ice Hockey
- Dance and ballet