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Best Charter and Alternative Schools in Greater Phoenix

These Maricopa County Charter Schools Get a Grade of "A" or "B"

There are more than 1,000 public schools in the Greater Phoenix area. The Arizona Department of Education ranks each school's performance based on their student academic performance, including charter schools. Prior to 2012 Arizona schools were ranked as excelling,  highly performing, performing or under performing. In 2012 that grading system was changed to A-F letter grades. On this page you will find more than 175 charter and alternative schools in Maricopa County that received an excellent (A) or above average (B) rating.

Schools are assigned points generally based on academic growth of the students and AIMS test score results.

A rated schools : excellent level of performance. 

B rated schools: above average level of performance. 

C rated schools:  average level of performance.

D rated schools:  below average level of performance. 

F rated schools are those that score a D for three consecutive years. 

This list includes traditional schools as well as alternative schools (rating for alternative schools will indicate "-ALT").

Use the School ID number, below, at the Arizona Department of Education website to see the address with city and zip code of the school and the number of students enrolled. From there, you can click on the name of the school to see how students performed on standardized tests.

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Traditional Schools Achieving an A Grade
Traditional Schools Achieving a B Grade

Top Rated Maricopa County Charter and Alternative Schools - Grades A & B
August 2013

LEA (District or Governing Entity) School ID School Name Letter Grade
All Aboard Charter School 79970 All Aboard Charter School A
Allen-Cochran Enterprises, Inc. 5521 Center for Educational Excellence A
American Charter Schools Foundation 88335 South Ridge High School A
American Leadership Academy, Inc. 91778 ALA Mesa A
American Leadership Academy, Inc. 91793 ALA QC  Elem A
American Leadership Academy, Inc. 91173 ALA San Tan A
American Leadership Academy, Inc. 5522 American Leadership Academy A
Anthem Preparatory Academy 90635 Great Hearts Academies - Anthem Prep A
Archway Classical Academy Chandler 90999 Great Hearts Academies - Archway Chandler A
Archway Classical Academy North Phoenix 91785 Great Hearts Academy - Archway North Phoenix A
Archway Classical Academy Scottsdale 90994 Great Hearts Academies - Archway Scottsdale A
Archway Classical Academy Trivium 91001 Great Hearts Academies - Archway Trivium A
Archway Classical Academy Veritas 91000 Great Hearts Academies - Archway Veritas A
Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center, Inc. 5503 AAEC - SMCC Campus A
Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center, Inc. 90780 Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center - Estrella A
Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center, Inc. 87404 Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center, Inc. - Red Mountain A
Arizona School For The Arts 5519 Arizona School For The Arts A
Avondale Learning dba Precision Academy 80006 Precision Academy A
Ball Charter Schools (Dobson) 10729 Dobson Academy, The - A Ball Charter School A
Ball Charter Schools (Hearn) 10730 Hearn Academy, The - A Ball Charter School A
Ball Charter Schools (Val Vista) 91791 Ball Charter Schools (Val Vista) A
BASIS School, Inc. 91056 BASIS Chandler A
BASIS School, Inc. 90509 BASIS Oro Valley A
BASIS School, Inc. 91055 BASIS Peoria A
BASIS School, Inc. 81079 BASIS Scottsdale A
BASIS Schools, Inc 91343 BASIS Phoenix A
Benchmark School, Inc. 78803 Benchmark School A
Benjamin Franklin Charter School 5538 Benjamin Franklin Charter School - Gilbert A
Benjamin Franklin Charter School 5536 Benjamin Franklin Charter School - Mesa A
Benjamin Franklin Charter School 88341 Benjamin Franklin Charter School - Power A
Benjamin Franklin Charter School 5537 Benjamin Franklin Charter School - Queen Creek A
Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley 5470 Mesa Arts Academy A
Bright Beginnings School, Inc. 5550 Bright Beginnings School #1 A
CAFA, Inc.  88289 Learning Foundation and Performing Arts Gilbert A
CAFA, Inc. 81102 Learning Foundation A
Cambridge Academy  East,  Inc 78889 Cambridge Academy East A
Candeo Schools, Inc. 89759 Candeo Peoria A
Cave Creek Unified District 5136 Desert Sun Academy A
Cave Creek Unified District 78912 Desert Willow Elementary School A
Cave Creek Unified District 87477 Horseshoe Trails Elementary School A
Cave Creek Unified District 80056 Lone Mountain Elementary School A
Challenge School, Inc. 5555 Challenge Charter School A
Challenger Basic School, Inc. 79910 Challenger Basic School A
Chandler Preparatory Academy 88300 Great Hearts Academies - Chandler Prep A
Choice Academies, Inc. 90139 Adams Traditional Academy A
Crown Charter School, Inc 79444 Crown Charter School A
Edkey, Inc. 90349 Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics Middle School A
Edkey, Inc. 10753 Pathfinder Academy A
Empower College Prep 91783 Empower College Prep A
Espiritu Community Development Corp. 5507 NFL YET College Prep Academy A
Fit Kids, Inc. dba Champion Schools 78820 Champion Schools A
Fountain Hills Charter School 5539 Fountain Hills Charter School A
Freedom Academy, Inc. 80472 Freedom Academy A
Freedom Academy, Inc. 90272 Freedom Academy North A
Glendale Preparatory Academy 89830 Great Hearts Academies - Glendale Prep A
Happy Valley School, Inc. 79095 Happy Valley School A
Heritage Academy, Inc. 5509 Heritage Academy A
Horizon Community Learning Center, Inc. 78809 Horizon Community Learning Center A
Imagine Charter Elementary at Camelback, Inc. 88366 Imagine Camelback Elementary A
Imagine Prep Superstition, Inc. 89789 Imagine Prep Superstition A
International Charter School of Arizona 91784 International Charter School of Arizona A
Keystone Montessori Charter School, Inc. 10884 Keystone Montessori Charter School A
Khalsa Montessori Elementary Schools 5547 Khalsa Montessori Elementary School - Phoenix A
LEAD Charter Schools 89616 Leading Edge Academy at East Mesa A
Little Lamb Community School 79126 Mission Montessori Academy A
Maryvale Preparatory Academy 91781 Great Hearts Academies- Maryvale Prep A
Mesa Preparatory Academy, Inc. 89487 Great Hearts Academies - Mesa Prep A
Metropolitan Arts Institute, Inc. 10847 Metropolitan Arts Institute A
Midtown Primary School 5526 Midtown Primary School A
Montessori Day Public Schools Chartered, Inc. 5544 Montessori Day Public Schools Chartered - Mountainside A
New School For The Arts 5482 New School for the Arts A
New School for the Arts Middle School 80986 New School for the Arts Middle School A
Noah Webster Basic School 10800 Noah Webster Basic School A
Paragon Education Corporation 89918 Paragon Science Academy A
Paragon Management, Inc. 10820 Paradise Education Center A
PLC Arts Academy at Scottsdale, Inc. 91054 PLC Arts Academy at Scottsdale, Inc. A
Reid Traditional Schools' Painted Rock Academy Inc. 91318 Reid Traditional Schools' Painted Rock Academy A
Reid Traditional Schools' Valley Academy, Inc. 5471 Reid Traditional Schools' Valley Academy A
Ridgeline Academy 5467 Ridgeline Academy-A Challenge Foundation Academy, Inc. A
San Tan Montessori School, Inc. 91382 Fulton Ranch Learing Center A
Scottsdale Preparatory Academy 89757 Great Hearts Academies - Scottsdale Prep A
Self Development Charter School 79104 Self Development Charter School A
Skyline Schools, Inc. 79092 Skyline Prep High School A
Stepping Stones Academy 78818 Stepping Stones Academy A
Tempe Preparatory Academy 5549 Tempe Preparatory Academy A
Tempe Preparatory Junior Academy 89948 Tempe Preparatory Junior Academy A
University Public Schools, Inc. 91304 ASU Preparatory Academy- Phoenix High School A
University Public Schools, Inc. 91308 ASU Preparatory Academy-Polytechnic Elementary A
University Public Schools, Inc. 91306 ASU Preparatory Academy-Polytechnic High School A
University Public Schools, Inc. 91323 ASU Preparatory Academy-Polytechnic Middle School A
Veritas Preparatory Academy 80994 Great Hearts Academies - Veritas Prep A
Villa Montessori Charter School 5513 Villa Montessori - Phoenix Campus A
Accelerated Learning Center, Inc. 5462 Accelerated Learning Center A-ALT
E-Institute Charter Schools, Inc. 81143 E-Institute at Surprise A-ALT
North Star Charter School, Inc. 79702 Arizona Preparatory Academy A-ALT
Ombudsman Educational Services, Ltd., 78814 Ombudsman - Charter Metro A-ALT
Acclaim Charter School 5496 ACCLAIM Academy B
American Basic Schools LLC 78788 Burke Basic School B
Arizona Academy of Science And Technology, Inc. 10755 Arizona Academy of Science and Technology B
Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center, Inc. 6344 AAEC - Paradise Valley B
Arizona Montessori Charter School at Anthem 85750 AMCS at Anthem dba Caurus Academy B
Bell Canyon Charter School, Inc 79507 Imagine Bell Canyon B
Bright Beginnings School, Inc. 91803 Bright Beginnings Middle School B
CAFA, Inc.  88290 Learning Foundation and Performing Arts Alta Mesa B
Calibre Academy 91172 Calibre Academy of Glendale B
Calibre Academy 80463 Calibre Academy Surprise B
Cambridge Academy  East,  Inc 90325 Cambridge Academy East B
Challenge Foundation Academies of Arizona, Inc. 90141 Pioneer Preparatory - A Challenge Foundation B
Cholla Academy 10801 Westland School B
Country Gardens Charter Schools 79102 Country Gardens Charter School B
Daisy Education Corporation 89856 Sonoran Science Academy - Ahwatukee B
DCS Partner, Inc. 5499 Destiny Community School B
EAGLE College Prep II, Inc. 91171 EAGLE College Prep Harmony B
EAGLE South Mountain Charter, Inc. 89851 EAGLE College Prep B
Edkey, Inc. 79982 Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics B
Edkey, Inc. 10848 Sequoia Village School B
Espiritu Community Development Corp. 85887 Esperanza Montessori Academy B
Espiritu Community Development Corp. 85886 Reyes Maria Ruiz Leadership Academy B
Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona, Inc. 5466 Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona B
Foothills Academy 5474 Foothills Academy B
Heritage Elementary School 89624 Heritage Elementary - Williams B
Imagine Charter Elementary at Desert West, Inc. 88368 Imagine Desert West Elementary B
Imagine Desert West Middle, Inc. 89564 Imagine Desert West Middle B
Imagine Middle at East Mesa, Inc. 88370 Imagine East Mesa Middle B
Integrity Education Incorporated 10811 Integrity Education Centre B
James Madison Preparatory School 79113 James Madison Preparatory School B
James Sandoval Preparatory High School 79476 James Sandoval Preparatory High School B
Kaizen Education Foundation 89866 Kaizen Education Foundation dba Gilbert Arts Academy B
Kaizen Education Foundation 89868 Liberty Arts Academy B
LEAD Charter Schools 87416 Gilbert Early College, a Leading Edge High School B
LEAD Charter Schools 79968 Leading Edge Academy Gilbert B
LEAD Charter Schools 91175 Leading Edge Academy Queen Creek B
Legacy Traditional Charter School - Laveen Village 91764 Legacy Traditional Charter School - Laveen Village B
Maricopa County Community College District 5480 Gateway Early College High School B
Maricopa County Community College District 81175 Phoenix College Preparatory Academy B
Montessori Academy, Inc. 80012 Montessori Academy B
Montessori Day Public Schools Chartered, Inc. 5542 Montessori Day Public Schools Chartered - Tempe B
Montessori Education Centre Charter School 5552 Montessori Education Centre Charter School - Mesa B
Montessori House, Inc. 79549 Montessori House Charter School B
New World Educational Center 78883 New World Educational Center B
North Phoenix Preparatory Academy 91422 Great Hearts Academies - North Phoenix Prep B
P.L.C. Charter Schools 87413 Arts Academy at Estrella Mountain B
Paragon Management, Inc. 89828 Paradise Honors High School B
Paramount Education Studies Inc 78977 Paramount Academy B
Partnership with Parents, Inc. 78950 Desert Heights Charter School B
Pathfinder Charter School Foundation 79509 Imagine Cortez Park Elementary B
Patriot Academy, Inc. 81025 Patriot Academy B
Phoenix Education Management, LLC, 5515 SABIS International B
Pointe Educational Services 79909 Canyon Pointe Academy B
Pointe Educational Services 79456 North Pointe Preparatory B
Pointe Educational Services 80473 Pinnacle Pointe Academy B
Rosefield Charter Elementary School, Inc. 87400 Imagine Rosefield B
San Tan Montessori School, Inc. 89799 San Tan Learning Center B
South Phoenix Academy Inc. 91109 South Phoenix Prep and Arts Academy B
Success School 79454 Arizona Charter Academy B
The Odyssey Preparatory Academy, Inc. 91205 the Odyssey Preparatory Academy Goodyear B
Trivium Preparatory Academy 91156 Great Hearts Academies - Trivium Prep B
Twenty First Century Charter School, Inc. 5475 Bennett Academy B
University Public Schools, Inc. 90271 ASU Preparatory Academy- Phoenix Elementary B
Valley of the Sun Waldorf Education Association 79958 Desert Marigold School B
West Gilbert Charter Elementary School, Inc. 79508 Imagine West Gilbert Elementary B
West Gilbert Charter Middle School, Inc. 79991 Imagine West Gilbert Middle B
Academy with Community Partners  Inc 10795 Academy with Community Partners B-ALT
AIBT Non-Profit Charter High School - Phoenix 79123 RCB Medical Arts Academy B-ALT
American Charter Schools Foundation 78813 Crestview College Preparatory High School B-ALT
American Charter Schools Foundation 78901 Desert Hills High School B-ALT
American Charter Schools Foundation 78900 Estrella High School B-ALT
American Charter Schools Foundation 80990 South Pointe High School B-ALT
Career Success Schools 80430 Career Success High School - Glendale B-ALT
E-Institute Charter Schools, Inc. 90768 E-Institute at Buckeye B-ALT
Genesis Program, Inc. 5504 Genesis Academy B-ALT
Humanities and Sciences Academy of the U. S., Inc. 79042 International Commerce High School - Tempe B-ALT
Kaizen Education Foundation 78899 Kaizen Education Foundation dba El Dorado High School B-ALT
Ombudsman Educational Services, Ltd. 89827 Ombudsman - Charter Valencia B-ALT
Ombudsman Educational Services, Ltd. 80026 Ombudsman - Charter Northwest B-ALT
Skyline Gila River Schools, LLC 89941 Skyline D5 B-ALT
Sonoran Desert School 78869 Sonoran Desert School B-ALT

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