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Saurabh, Home Buyer in 95014

What area around Phoenix do you find Big Companies (Employers) and good elementary schools.?

Asked by Saurabh, 95014 Wed Nov 17, 2010

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The Madison School District, as well as Brophy and Xavier College Preparatory are located in the Central corridor of Phoenix. It is home to the most privileged and highest ranking school district in the state, and boasts a large number of charter schools within close proximity to each other. School lessons here often involve a trip to the museums, all of which are within 5 minutes of every school in the area. Many know it as the Doctor's Ghetto. The employers of Central Phoenix include APS (Under the mega giant, Pinnacle-West Capitol Corporation), all the major banks, Arizona State Gov't, Maricopa County Gov't, City of Phoenix Gov't, The Republican and Democrat Headquarters for reps and Senators, Arts Commission, The AZ Republic, The New Times, Gas and Telephone Utilities, The FBI, and nearly every service contractor to the state. Law firms and doctors of central Phoenix work regularly with state and federal governments. It is central to everything, and has virtually no commutes.
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Dear Saurabh:

You may want to look at the North Central Phoenix area with Charles Schwab and American Express and Henkel (Dial). Also the Scottsdale Airpark area. The Chandler area has hi tech companies like Intel.

See the Arizona Book of Lists published by the Phoenix Business Journal for their annual top employer list. This is can be viewed for free at the library or go to The book of lists lists all employers by employee size and also lists the top public and also top private companies with headquarters in Arizona.

Check the school links by the city you may be interested in for a specific employer at:

Jeff Masich, Realtor
Arizona Homes and Land
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Many have mentioned the Chandler Gilbert area and they are certainly correct about the jobs and schools. I would add north central Phoenix to the mix as well. Coming from northern California, I think you would appreciate the older homes, larger lots and richer vegetation this part of Phoenix offers.

The Madison School District is one of the highest rated elementary/middle school districts in the region and highly praised by parents.

North Central Phoenix is a hop, skip and jump to many find job opportunities. Downtown Phoenix is brimming with business activity as well as being home to the ASU downtown campus. We expect an announcement in the next 2 days of a new employer bringing nearly 1000 jobs to the downtown area. The rumor mill say it is Google, but we can say who it is for certain.

If you would like to know more about the region, is our downtown site that has lots of news and information about the area.

Best to you as you consider the many possibilities... Gene
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Hi Saurabh, I think the best way for me to answer is to help you find the information, try this link and let me know what you think of it, also what tipe of work do you do? If you need me I am hear for you.
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From an Arizona Natives perspective I would recommend Chandler to anyone where the quality of education is important to you. It's hard to beat the schools and the location. Chandler has
great businesses and is very close to Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale Etc..
It's really a great city!
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Chandler offers a number of great employers and also very good schools. Gilbert is next door to Chandler with excellent schools and a little further commute to most job centers.

What skill sets might you offer as you consider employers? No one area of the Valley is locked in for employment type but we do tend to have some clusters that we might be able to help match you up with.

My family and I love living in Arizona! Been here since 1998. I suspect you might find the cost of living to be much lower than in CA?
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I agree with Stephanie, below. The Kyrene School District (Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee) is one of the best in the state, as is Scottsdale District. One district to totally avoid at all cost is Roosevelt, which sort of ventures into South Mountain. Mesa District, as a rule, also has a very good reputation and goes into the Scottsdale area. The Chandler District did well this year because they had new housing and didn’t lose enrollment monies. Gilbert is also up there (basically all these east valley Mormon districts with good parent involvement). Queen Creek has also expanded nicely and kids are getting good scores. Now, in addition to the district itself, the next most important thing is the actual school itself because within a district, there are, of course, good schools and not so good schools. It isn’t always about finding the schools that are so super excelling, but, rather, to know about the needs and interests of your own kids and what a good match would be. The ages of the kids are also important. Arizona has been struggling with eliminating all-day kindergarten, for example. Whereas you can pay for the other half day in some districts, it isn’t available in others. People with kids in pre-school or kinder. struggle so much to find after school care without involving extra bussing, especially when both parents are working. It is a good idea to literally make an appointment with potential principals of the school and interview them with your questions and concerns about your kids. Sometimes kids need special services, as well, and you want to find out what is available at a particular school. In Arizona parents by in large have some level of choice to pick a school, not only within their geographic district but, also, because we do have some very good charter schools (and some bad ones!). I also wouldn’t rule out some of our parochial schools, in that there are some very good ones.

Once you might think about choosing a house, find out what school district and elementary school area you are in by asking neighbors. School websites are also very good to check out. In addition, here is where you will find the list of high achieving schools. The top level is called “Excelling Schools.” Here is the list, by district and by school:

The next level of good schools is called “Highly Performing,” and here is how to find that list of schools, by district and by each school name:…

There is also a District and School Report card online, which gives you information about a district in terms of things like how many of their schools met the federal AYP, or Annual Yearly Progress goal. DO NOT get disturbed if a school did not meet AYP because the numbers game on this is currently almost impossible to make. However, I notice, for example, that only 3% of schools in Scottsdale didn’t meet AYP, which is only one school. Good job! Here is how to find the Scottsdale Report Card, for example:…

DO, however, get concerned if you see a school listed in a district report card, as 2nd year under needs improvement, or under state intervention---something like that.

Here is the State Department of Education link to find all the district report cards:
If you look to the left-hand column, you can click on District/School Report cards. Then click on the list you want, like “Excelling,” or “Highly Performing.” I would go to District first, rather than school by school.

When dealing with the real estate agent and a potential home, I would also ask what police beat that home is in. Regarding children, I would then go to that beat under the city name online and find out what the crime statistics look like, especially juvenile crime. Some of the nicer looking neighborhoods might be deceiving. You can also go online, you know, and map out where all the sexual offenders live---making sure it’s not on your street, of course.

Once you think you have narrowed down a home and neighborhood school, I would go back and talk with the principal again about teacher selection. Like, is there a choice? Tell them about your children and know that although school choice is important, the teacher choice is even more important. Kids are actually the most important thing here, and it’s so worth it to plan ahead and choose a home that works well for the entire family. After all, there are many home choices available right now.

Best of luck in relocating to Arizona!
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Phoenix is very spread out, there are large companies in just about every corner, some are centered in downtown PHX but not all of them. Also, I think good schools and big companies may not be located in the same areas.
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Chandler and Gilbert have lots of big & high tech employers as well as good schools.
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