Did you know that there are nearly 1,000 schools just in Maricopa County? There are public district schools, charter schools, and alternative schools. Schools are arranged into school districts
, but those districts don't necessarily align with the geographical borders of the cities and towns in Maricopa County.
I put together the following resources in an effort to try to simplify the process of sorting out our local school system, and to help those moving here to determine where their kids might go to school, depending on where the Valley they will live.
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So many schools! It can be daunting to start the process of trying to decide where to send your child to school, especially for those people that will base their home-buying decision on that factor. Where to begin? Right here. This is a set of step-by-step instructions to help narrow down the list of schools that seem like they'd be a good fit for your child.
Here is the list of all the public district schools in Maricopa County that received the highest rating, based on several criteria including standardized testing. These used to be known as "Excelling Schools."
Here is the list of all the district public schools in Maricopa County that received a better-than-average rating, based on several criteria including standardized testing. These used to be known as "Highly Performing Schools."
There are hundreds of charter schools in Arizona. But what are they? Are they private schools? Are they only for the educationally challenged or problem student? Here's the 4-1-1 on K-12 charter schools in Arizona.
Here is the list of all the charter schools in Maricopa County that received either the "A" or "B" rating, based on several criteria including standardized testing.
Remember the old days when everyone knew when school started (the Monday after Labor Day) and everyone knew when school ended (the last day in June)? That's not the case here. Many schools start in early to mid August and end in early to mid May, but some schools are year-round schools and schedules vary. Here's how you find your school's calendar.
If you forget what school district your child's school in, or if you are moving to the area and want to compare school districts for various addresses, here's how you find a school district.
Find out how and where you can get the immunizations that your child needs in order to go to school in Maricopa County.
If your child walks or bikes to school, you might want to check on the sex offenders registered in the area.
It's healthy for kids to walk to school, but they also need to be safe. Here's help for planning your child's route to school, and if you are a driver, here are some tips about those school speed zones.
How do you pick a school for your child? Here are some suggestions for questions to ask a school when trying to decide which one best suits your child's needs.