Schools

testsThis beautiful Paradise Valley home is close to many of Arizona’s finest pre-schools, elementary schools, and high schools.

There are a number of reasons that homes in this Paradise Valley neighborhood are so highly sought after by families. Here’s one: excellent public schools. While there are many exceptional private schools nearby, the highly rated Scottsdale public schools are also an outstanding choice for many families.

The Scottsdale Unified School District (www.susd.org) has 31 schools and encompasses homes in most of the city of Scottsdale, in most of the town of Paradise Valley as well as in parts of Phoenix and Tempe. The district consists of five high schools (Arcadia, Chaparral, Coronado, Desert Mountain and Saguaro), six middle schools (Cocopah, Desert Canyon, Ingleside, Mohave, Mountainside and Supai), three K-8 schools (Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center, Cheyenne Traditional and Copper Ridge), 16 elementary schools and one alternative school (Sierra Vista Academy). SUSD is currently considered one of Arizona’s “Most Excelling” school districts, with over twenty of its schools earning the highest rating from the Arizona Department of Education (www.azed.gov/ResearchPolicy/Excelling_HP/).

One piece of information that is important to many families is that gifted and high-level services are available for elementary, middle school and high-schoolers. At the elementary and middle school level, the Comprehensive Self-Contained Gifted program is a full-time program geared toward highly gifted students whose needs are not being met through the general education curriculum. Tours are periodically scheduled for parents so you can see up-close-and-personal the adventures in learning that take place in one of these classrooms.

At the high school level, one of the educational offerings that makes the Scottsdale Unified School District enticing to those interested in a top-notch education is the International Baccalaureate program (www.ibo.org). More commonly known as an “IB” program, this rigorous program challenges students’ thought processes and helps them gain an international perspective. In SUSD, the IB program is currently offered at Desert Mountain High School.

During the intensive two-year program, juniors and seniors take courses with a global focus and are expected to successfully meet and complete testing criteria in six subject areas. In addition, the program includes requirements for an extended essay and community service.

One important note is that even if your home is outside the Scottsdale district boundaries, you still have the opportunity to enroll your child in an SUSD school through the Open Enrollment process. Open Enrollment packets are available at all 31 schools or on the SUSD website’s Open Enrollment Web page. Once accepted to an SUSD school through the Open Enrollment process, parents will not need to fill out another application for the remainder of their child’s public school career, but parents will need to provide their child’s transportation to and from school. There are a limited number of schools that do not accept Open Enrollment students because those schools are at full capacity.

  • Kiva Elementary School, 6911 East McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley
  • Cherokee Elementary School, 8801 North 56TH St, Paradise Valley
  • Chaparral High School, 6935 East Gold Dust, Scottsdale
  • Montessori Academy, 6050 North Invergordon, Scottsdale
  • Phoenix Country Day School, 3901 E Stanford Dr, Paradise Valley
  • Camelback Desert School, 6050 N Invergordon Rd, Paradise Valley
  • Desert View Learning Center, 4027 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley
  • Camelback Christian School, 3900 E Stanford Dr, Paradise Valley
  • Tesseract School, 4800 E Doubletree Ranch Rd, Paradise Valley
  • Kachina Country Day School – North Campus, 10460 North 56TH St, Scottsdale