School districts parents favor are;
Madison - in the north central Phoenix area. It is a small district and there is diversity amongst the schools within the district. The boundry includes low, middle and upper income areas. It is a primary school district.
Paradise Valley Unified - in the northeast Phoenix and central Scottsdale areas. It is a large district with a broad range of schools and programs. It contains one of the most desired high schools in the north Valley.
Scottsdale Unified - covers most of the city of Scottsdale. There are older and newer sections of Scottsdale and the schools reflect that. Some of the strongest schools are in the heart of Scottsdale.
Cave Creek Unified - in the far north Valley area draws students from some of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Rio Verde. Their core standards are higher than the state requirement. It is a small district with a handful of primary schools and 1 high school. Every one of their schools have acheived the 'A+' designation.
There are other terrific schools around the Phoenix area. Additionally, there are many private and charter schools. Most district offer a foreign language as their core program like Mandrin or Spanish.
I hope this information has been helpful. Let me know if I may be of other assistance.
They are also located in a great neighborhood, close to Scottsdale and Central Phoenix.
I live in the area and my son attends Veritas Preparatory Academy. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.