Best Public Schools in Maricopa County 2014

I really had a hard time trying to find a school for my daughter before we moved to AZ. I tried to understand the school district boundaries, but since I didn't live here it wasn't easy to understand. The first school she went to was not a good school, in 3 months, she had 3 different teachers, there was no communication, it was really bad. Then for 1st grade, we changed her to an A school and the difference is amazing.

Types of Schools

Public - funded by the govt, kids basically only pay for their backpacks, pencil boxes and a couple of school folders.

Charter - funded publicly, but are schools of choice, no school boundaries. They are independent and established by teachers and parents. Usually they are very good and specialize on some subject, such as creative arts, sports, and so on.

Private - you pay a lot of money and expect a lot in return. Usually religious or international schools.

Best Websites for  Your School Search

http://www.greatschools.org/

http://www.azed.gov/

http://www.privateschoolreview.com/state_private_schools/stateid/AZ

https://www.phoenix.gov/education/schools

https://azcharters.org/maps

A-Rating Public Schools in Maricopa County - 2014

LEA Name School ID School Name
Agua Fria Union High School District 5454 Agua Fria High School
Agua Fria Union High School District 78926 Millennium High School
Alhambra Elementary District 5381 Alhambra Traditional School
Alhambra Elementary District 5383 James W. Rice Primary School
Alhambra Elementary District 5392 Westwood Primary School
Arlington Elementary District 5354 Arlington Elementary School
Buckeye Union High School District 5424 Buckeye Union High School
Cartwright Elementary District 5403 Sunset School
Cartwright Elementary District 5409 Heatherbrae School
Cave Creek Unified District 5134 Black Mountain Elem. School
Cave Creek Unified District 5136 Desert Sun Academy
Cave Creek Unified District 5137 Cactus Shadows High School
Cave Creek Unified District 78912 Desert Willow Elem. School
Cave Creek Unified District 80056 Lone Mountain Elem. School
Cave Creek Unified District 87477 Horseshoe Trails Elem. School
Chandler Unified District #80 5115 Knox Gifted Academy
Chandler Unified District #80 5117 Jacobson  Element. School
Chandler Unified District #80 5119 Chandler Traditional - Goodman
Chandler Unified District #80 5125 Bogle Junior High School
Chandler Unified District #80 5127 Chandler High School
Chandler Unified District #80 6014 Tarwater Elementary
Chandler Unified District #80 6015 Hamilton High School
Chandler Unified District #80 79247 Basha Elementary
Chandler Unified District #80 79633 Basha High School
Chandler Unified District #80 79635 Hancock Elementary School
Chandler Unified District #80 79636 Navarrete Elementary
Chandler Unified District #80 79653 Jane D. Hull Elementary
Chandler Unified District #80 80102 Chandler Traditional - Liberty
Chandler Unified District #80 85837 Chandler Traditional - Freedom
Chandler Unified District #80 85838 Ryan Elementary
Chandler Unified District #80 87519 Willie & Coy Payne Jr. High
Chandler Unified District #80 87679 Santan Elementary
Chandler Unified District #80 88404 Chandler Tradit. - Independence
Chandler Unified District #80 89589 Riggs Elementary
Chandler Unified District #80 89590 Ira A. Fulton Elementary
Chandler Unified District #80 89591 AZ College Prep Erie Campus
Chandler Unified District #80 89613 Perry High School
Chandler Unified District #80 89925 Haley Elementary
Chandler Unified District #80 89926 Charlotte Patterson Elementary
Chandler Unified District #80 90302 AZ College Prep Oakland
Chandler Unified District #80 91794 Carlson Elementary
Creighton Elementary District 5289 Biltmore Preparatory Academy
Deer Valley Unified District 5145 Park Meadows Elem. School
Deer Valley Unified District 5156 Desert Sage Elementary School
Deer Valley Unified District 5158 Las Brisas Elementary School
Deer Valley Unified District 5160 Copper Creek Elementary
Deer Valley Unified District 5163 Mountain Ridge High School
Deer Valley Unified District 78921 Highland Lakes School
Deer Valley Unified District 78922 Anthem School
Deer Valley Unified District 79290 Legend Springs Elementary
Deer Valley Unified District 79573 Stetson Hills Elementary
Deer Valley Unified District 79574 Sierra Verde Elementary
Deer Valley Unified District 80317 Sandra Day O'Connor HS
Deer Valley Unified District 80318 Gavilan Peak Elementary
Deer Valley Unified District 81016 Terramar Elementary
Deer Valley Unified District 81017 Sunset Ridge Elementary
Deer Valley Unified District 85851 Diamond Canyon Elementary
Deer Valley Unified District 87528 West Wing Elementary
Deer Valley Unified District 88399 Canyon Springs
Deer Valley Unified District 89953 Norterra Canyon K-8
Dysart Unified District 5128 Dysart Elementary School
Dysart Unified District 81112 Cimarron Springs Elementary
Dysart Unified District 84683 Marley Park Elementary
Dysart Unified District 87620 Sunset Hills Elementary
Dysart Unified District 87621 Rancho Gabriela
Dysart Unified District 88414 Sonoran Heights Elementary
Dysart Unified District 89600 Canyon Ridge School
Dysart Unified District 89604 Mountain View
Fountain Hills Unified District 5167 Fountain Hills High School
Fowler Elementary District 5351 Fowler Elementary School
Gilbert Unified District 5022 Greenfield Junior High School
Gilbert Unified District 5023 Gilbert Elementary School
Gilbert Unified District 5024 Greenfield Elementary School
Gilbert Unified District 5025 Patterson Elementary School
Gilbert Unified District 5026 Neely Traditional Academy
Gilbert Unified District 5027 Pioneer Elementary School
Gilbert Unified District 5030 Burk Elementary School
Gilbert Unified District 5031 Val Vista Lakes Elem. School
Gilbert Unified District 5032 Mesquite Elementary School
Gilbert Unified District 5034 Playa del Rey Elem. School
Gilbert Unified District 5035 Towne Meadows Elem. School
Gilbert Unified District 5036 Sonoma Ranch Elem. School
Gilbert Unified District 5037 Superstition Springs Elem.
Gilbert Unified District 5038 Finley Farms Elementary
Gilbert Unified District 5039 Gilbert High School
Gilbert Unified District 5040 Highland High School
Gilbert Unified District 6007 Mesquite High School
Gilbert Unified District 78918 Oak Tree Elementary
Gilbert Unified District 78919 Settlers Point Elementary
Gilbert Unified District 79144 Carol Rae Ranch Elementary
Gilbert Unified District 79181 Ashland Elementary
Gilbert Unified District 79630 Augusta Ranch Elementary
Gilbert Unified District 79829 Canyon Rim Elementary
Gilbert Unified District 81145 Spectrum Elementary
Gilbert Unified District 85847 South Valley Jr. High
Gilbert Unified District 87533 Meridian
Gilbert Unified District 88401 Highland Park Elementary
Gilbert Unified District 89594 Quartz Hill Elementary
Gilbert Unified District 89605 Gilbert Classical Academy Jr.
Gilbert Unified District 89606 Gilbert Classical Academy HS
Gilbert Unified District 90124 Campo Verde High School
Glendale Union High School District 5426 Glendale High School
Glendale Union High School District 5427 Sunnyslope High School
Glendale Union High School District 5428 Washington High School
Glendale Union High School District 5429 Cortez High School
Glendale Union High School District 5430 Moon Valley High School
Glendale Union High School District 5431 Apollo High School
Glendale Union High School District 5432 Thunderbird High School
Glendale Union High School District 5433 Greenway High School
Glendale Union High School District 5434 Independence High School
Higley Unified School District 5168 Higley Traditional Academy
Higley Unified School District 79227 Coronado Elementary School
Higley Unified School District 79374 Higley High School
Higley Unified School District 79375 San Tan Elementary
Higley Unified School District 80316 Power Ranch Elementary
Higley Unified School District 87487 Gateway Pointe Elementary
Higley Unified School District 88422 Cortina Elementary
Higley Unified School District 89580 Chaparral Elementary School
Higley Unified School District 89581 Williams Field High School
Higley Unified School District 90315 Centennial Elementary School
Higley Unified School District 92259 Cooley Middle School
Higley Unified School District 92260 Sossaman Middle School
Kyrene Elementary District 5297 Kyrene Altadena Middle School
Kyrene Elementary District 5298 Kyrene Akimel A-Al M. School
Kyrene Elementary District 5300 Kyrene del Pueblo Mid. School
Kyrene Elementary District 5302 C I Waggoner School
Kyrene Elementary District 5306 Kyrene del Cielo School
Kyrene Elementary District 5309 Kyrene Traditional Academy
Kyrene Elementary District 5310 Kyrene de la Mariposa School
Kyrene Elementary District 5312 Kyrene Monte Vista School
Kyrene Elementary District 5313 Kyrene de la Sierra School
Kyrene Elementary District 5314 Kyrene de la Mirada School
Kyrene Elementary District 5315 Kyrene de la Esperanza School
Kyrene Elementary District 5316 Kyrene de las Brisas School
Kyrene Elementary District 5317 Kyrene de los Cerritos School
Kyrene Elementary District 78923 Kyrene de la Estrella Elem.
Kyrene Elementary District 79143 Kyrene del Milenio
Laveen Elementary District 5358 Vista Del Sur Traditional School
Liberty Elementary District 79846 Westar Elementary School
Litchfield Elementary District 5393 Litchfield Elementary School
Litchfield Elementary District 5394 Scott L Libby Elem. School
Litchfield Elementary District 5395 Western Sky Middle School
Litchfield Elementary District 5396 Palm Valley Elementary
Litchfield Elementary District 79221 Wigwam Creek Middle School
Litchfield Elementary District 85844 Verrado Middle School
Litchfield Elementary District 89586 Verrado Elementary School
Litchfield Elementary District 90550 Mabel Padgett Elem. School
Madison Elementary District 5324 Madison #1 Elementary School
Madison Elementary District 5325 Madison Camelview Elementary
Madison Elementary District 5326 Madison Richard Simis School
Madison Elementary District 5329 Madison Meadows School
Madison Elementary District 5330 Madison Heights Elem. School
Madison Elementary District 89622 Madison Traditional Academy
Mesa Unified District 4917 Franklin Elementary School
Mesa Unified District 4926 Franklin West Elementary
Mesa Unified District 4930 Taft Elementary School
Mesa Unified District 4931 Hale Elementary School
Mesa Unified District 4943 Pomeroy Elementary School
Mesa Unified District 4944 Highland Elementary School
Mesa Unified District 4948 Johnson Elementary School
Mesa Unified District 4949 O'Connor Elementary School
Mesa Unified District 4951 Mendoza Elementary School
Mesa Unified District 4952 Ishikawa Elementary School
Mesa Unified District 4954 Sousa Elementary School
Mesa Unified District 4955 Hermosa Vista Elem. School
Mesa Unified District 4959 Entz Elementary School
Mesa Unified District 4960 Red Mountain Ranch Elem.
Mesa Unified District 4962 Las Sendas Elementary School
Mesa Unified District 4971 Fremont Junior High School
Mesa Unified District 4977 Shepherd Junior High School
Mesa Unified District 4982 Mountain View High School
Mesa Unified District 4984 Red Mountain High School
Mesa Unified District 89593 Mesa Academy for Adv. Studies
Mesa Unified District 90303 Franklin Junior High School
Mesa Unified District 90752 Franklin at Alma Elementary
Mesa Unified District 90753 Summit Academy
Mesa Unified District 91812 Franklin at Brimhall Elem.
Osborn Elementary District 5279 Encanto School
Osborn Elementary District 5281 Solano School
Paradise Valley Unified District 5077 North Ranch Elementary School
Paradise Valley Unified District 5079 Hidden Hills Elementary School
Paradise Valley Unified District 5081 Quail Run Elementary School
Paradise Valley Unified District 5083 Copper Canyon Elem. School
Paradise Valley Unified District 5084 Sonoran Sky Elementary School
Paradise Valley Unified District 5087 Desert Trails Elementary School
Paradise Valley Unified District 5088 Whispering Wind Academy
Paradise Valley Unified District 5090 Liberty Elementary School
Paradise Valley Unified District 5091 Boulder Creek Elem. School
Paradise Valley Unified District 5092 Mercury Mine Elem. School
Paradise Valley Unified District 5095 Sandpiper Elementary School
Paradise Valley Unified District 5099 Desert Shadows Middle School
Paradise Valley Unified District 5102 Explorer Middle School
Paradise Valley Unified District 5106 Horizon High School
Paradise Valley Unified District 6011 Grayhawk Elementary School
Paradise Valley Unified District 79268 Pinnacle High School
Paradise Valley Unified District 79781 Pinnacle Peak Elem. School
Paradise Valley Unified District 88406 Wildfire Elementary School
Paradise Valley Unified District 91754 Fireside Elementary School
Peoria Unified School District 4997 Copperwood School
Peoria Unified School District 4998 Sundance Elementary School
Peoria Unified School District 5000 Oakwood Elementary School
Peoria Unified School District 5008 Marshall Ranch Elem. School
Peoria Unified School District 5009 Santa Fe Elementary School
Peoria Unified School District 5010 Paseo Verde Elementary School
Peoria Unified School District 5011 Desert Harbor Elem. School
Peoria Unified School District 5013 Peoria High School
Peoria Unified School District 5014 Cactus High School
Peoria Unified School District 5015 Ironwood High School
Peoria Unified School District 5016 Centennial High School
Peoria Unified School District 5017 Sunrise Mountain High School
Peoria Unified School District Frontier Elementary School
Peoria Unified School District 79222 Coyote Hills Elementary School
Peoria Unified School District 81144 Parkridge Elementary
Peoria Unified School District 85835 Raymond S. Kellis
Peoria Unified School District 87520 Liberty High School
Peoria Unified School District 88397 Vistancia Elementary School
Peoria Unified School District 90135 Lake Pleasant Elementary
Peoria Unified School District 91217 Peoria Traditional School
Phoenix Elementary District 5201 Magnet Traditional School
Phoenix Elementary District 79616 Faith North Elementary School
Phoenix Union High School District 88407 Phoenix Union Bioscience HS
Phoenix Union High School District 89778 Franklin Police and Fire HS
Queen Creek Unified District 5138 Queen Creek Elementary School
Queen Creek Unified District 5139 Desert Mountain Elementary
Queen Creek Unified District 5140 Queen Creek Middle School
Queen Creek Unified District 80439 Jack Barnes Elementary School
Queen Creek Unified District 87478 Frances Brandon-Pickett Elem.
Queen Creek Unified District 89912 Newell Barney Junior HS
Roosevelt Elementary District 5365 Sunland Elementary School
Saddle Mountain Unified District 85819 Tonopah Valley High School
Saddle Mountain Unified District 89596 Tartesso Elementary School
Scottsdale Unified District 5043 Cochise Elementary School
Scottsdale Unified District 5045 Kiva Elementary School
Scottsdale Unified District 5048 Pima Elementary School
Scottsdale Unified District 5049 Hopi Elementary School
Scottsdale Unified District 5053 Pueblo Elementary School
Scottsdale Unified District 5054 Cherokee Elementary School
Scottsdale Unified District 5055 Laguna Elementary School
Scottsdale Unified District 5056 Sequoya Elementary School
Scottsdale Unified District 5057 Redfield Elementary School
Scottsdale Unified District 5059 Cheyenne Trad. Elem. School
Scottsdale Unified District 5063 Mountainside Middle School
Scottsdale Unified District 5065 Cocopah Middle School
Scottsdale Unified District 5066 Arcadia High School
Scottsdale Unified District 5068 Saguaro High School
Scottsdale Unified District 5069 Chaparral High School
Scottsdale Unified District 5070 Desert Mountain High School
Scottsdale Unified District 6009 Anasazi Elementary
Scottsdale Unified District 6010 Desert Canyon Elementary
Scottsdale Unified District 79639 Copper Ridge Elem. School
Sentinel Elementary District 5188 Sentinel Elementary School
Tempe School District 5224 Nevitt Elementary School
Tempe School District 5228 Fuller Elementary School
Tempe School District 81057 Ward Traditional Academy
Tempe School District 91913 Tempe Academy of Int. Studies
Tempe Union High School District 5444 Tempe High School
Tempe Union High School District 5445 Mcclintock High School
Tempe Union High School District 5446 Marcos De Niza High School
Tempe Union High School District 5447 Corona Del Sol High School
Tempe Union High School District 5448 Mountain Pointe High School
Tempe Union High School District 5449 Desert Vista High School
Tolleson Union High School District 90551 University High School
Washington Elementary District 5244 Acacia Elementary School
Washington Elementary District 5255 Lookout Mountain School
Washington Elementary District 5274 Abraham Lincoln Trad. School

(Taken from this great site, which I always refer to for info about Phoenix - links were added by me to make it easier).