best high schools in Scottsdale area?

Asked by vicki-w, Scottsdale, AZ Wed Sep 11, 2013

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Miranda Pfir…, Agent, Carefree, AZ
Mon Sep 16, 2013
Basis Scottsdale is one of the best schools in the nation! This is a charter school that provides an excellent education without breaking the bank. My niece graduated from Basis in 2012 and is now a Harvard undergrad. Some of the other colleges her former classmates are attending include Princeton, Brown, Duke and ASU's Barrett / Honors college. Basis is not for everyone though, it takes a certain type of kid who is willing to work extremely hard in school. In regards to well rounded public schools, I have heard that Horizon is great.…

BASIS Scottsdale
11440 N. 136th Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85259
Phone: 480.451.7500
Fax: 480.451.4555

Horizon High School
5601 East Greenway Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
602-449-6001 or 6071
Fax- 602-449-6006

I hope this helps!

Miranda Pfirrman - Realtor
American Realty Brokers
Phone: 602-820-8761
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Carmelle Ber…, , 85254
Wed Sep 11, 2013
Hi Vicky,

You may want to check this website

As always I recommend that you pay a visit to the Principal of the High Schools you've selected so they can answer your questions and they will be happy to give you a tour of their school. They should be able to provide you with a rating of their school as well.

Wishing you the best and please do not hesitate to contact with any questions you may have.

Carmelle Bernier
WUSA Realty
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Nancy Fuqua, Agent, Chandler, AZ
Wed Sep 11, 2013
Hi Vicki,

Another great way to research schools and cities is to use the buyer advisory. I will attach the link and from there, you can find out all sorts of valuable information:…

Here is the specific information about schools as well: Schools
Although there is no substitute for an on-site visit to the school to talk with principals and teachers, there is a significant amount of information about Arizona’s schools on the Internet. Visit for more information. The ADRE advises: “Call the school district serving the subdivision to determine whether nearby schools are accepting new students. Some school districts, especially in the northwest part of the greater Phoenix area, have placed a cap on enrollment. You may find that your children cannot attend the school nearest you and may even be transported to another community.” PublicInfo/PropertyBuyerChecklist.aspx

Have a great day and let me know if you need anything else!

Nancy Fuqua Realtor
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craigsacks, , Scottsdale, AZ
Sat Oct 12, 2013
In th PV district, Horizon seems to be the best choice. Good performing arts and won nationals for Musical Theater Choir last year.

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Cheryl Lennon, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Fri Sep 13, 2013
I think Chaparral is one of the top High Schools in the entire state
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Roswell Moore…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Scottsdale, AZ
Thu Sep 12, 2013
Hi Vicki,

Please be sure to check out Scottsdale Prep:

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any further questions, I'd be glad to help.

All the best,

Roswell Moore, CMPS
Certified Mortgage Planner
480-422-5095 direct

Sun West Mortgage USA, Inc. (FN)
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Judi Wolfswi…, Agent, Phoenix, AZ
Thu Sep 12, 2013
I mostly agree with all of the previous answers, however, Horizion High is not in the SUSD,
one not mentioned is Arcadia High which takes in the lovely Arcadia neighborhood;
dependent upon your student's interests in may make a difference as to which school they
attend, SUSD does have open enrollment so you may live in one place and have the student
attend another school - providing their own transportation is required. I have a granddaughter
currently attending Arcadia High and am very pleased (she lives with me); being a resident of
Scotttsdale since 1955 I am a graduate of Scottsdale High (1959) which was located in downtown
Scottsdale - it was torn down in about 1987...Arcadia was the second high school in the district
and opened n 1960 - just a little high school trivia! As with any decision the best approach is to
do one's 'homework'....let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Judi Wolfswinkel
Designated Broker
Solcito Properties
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Jeffrey Masi…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Wed Sep 11, 2013
The Arizona Republic ran an article a few weeks ago. Chaprarral, Saguaro, Desert Mountain, Notre Dame all ranked high in the state. Check out the article for much more detail.

Jeffrey Masich, Realtor, GRI, MBA
Arizona homes and land for purchase or sale
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Debbie Prope…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Wed Sep 11, 2013
Vicki - Many of my clients have found this website to be quite useful: It's a very informative and interesting website. The only caveat that I have found over the years is that if a school is new or relatively new, the ratings may not be as accurate. The high schools in Scottsdale have all been around for quite a while, so you should be able to find good information.

I would love the opportunity to help you further in your home search, or if you have any other questions about Scottsdale or the surrounding communities. Please feel free to call or email me:

Debbie Propeck
RE/MAX Fine Properties
21000 N Pima Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 695-2421 (Go to my website and search the MLS like a Realtor!)

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Jeff Crane, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Wed Sep 11, 2013
Are you looking for a school with a good sports program, theatre/arts, or are academics your only concern? Public or private. Scottsdale has schools rated in the top 10 in the country!
I would welcome the opportunity to discuss all the different options with you.
Please feel free to contact me.
Best regards,
Jeff Crane
e-Pro. Realtor
10601 N Hayden Rd Ste I-100
Scottsdale, Az. 85260
direct/text 480.276.7991
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Voices Member, Home Buyer, Scottsdale, AZ
Wed Sep 11, 2013
We get this question a lot! Desert Mountain and Chaparral are great schools. If you are looking for a smaller high school Saguaro is a great choice. They all have something different to offer. Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) has an open enrollment policy-you don't have to live within the schools boundaries to enroll them in that school (subject to availability).

There are also some good charter schools and private schools in Scottsdale. The answer to your question depends on what you are looking for in a high school!

I would suggest you determine your housing needs-how much you want to spend, the areas you like-then match that up with the nearby schools. Let me know if I can help! Thank you.

Casey Strunk
Strunk Private Real Estate Group/Sunbelt Realty
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Stephen Pros…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Wed Sep 11, 2013
Desert Mountain and Chaparral High Schools are ranked the highest in Scottsdale
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Jeff and Jane…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Wed Sep 11, 2013
Basis Scottsdale is ranked 2nd within Arizona. Students have the opportunity to take Adanced Placement(R) course work and exams. The AP(R) participation rate at Basis Scottsdale is 100 percent. The student body makeup is 49 percent male and 51 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 42 percent. Basis Scottsdale is 1 of 3 high schools in the Basis Schools Inc. Their National ranking is 5 and their State ranking is 2.

BASIS Scottsdale
11440 North 136th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85259

Source: USNews Research Study

Provided by: Luxury Valley Homes Scottsdale - West USA Realty
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Wed Sep 11, 2013
Dear Vicki:

Horizon High School consistently ranks as the best High School in Scottsdale. Once or twice a year I get a call from a home buyer specifically requesting to be sent home only in Horizon High School district.

Hope this helps.

Terry S. Smith
Arizona Resident 47 years
Rain Dance Realty
Direct (602) 763-1858
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