Arizona's top schools show what quality education is all about

Dated: March 18 2021

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Arizona emerged as one of the top states with the best schools, according to the 2019 U.S. News High School Rankings. In the national standings, Arizona’s schools consistently placed in the Top 3 in the categories of:

  • Best High Schools
  • Best Charter Schools
  • Best STEM Schools

Top-notch education is just one of the many things that make living in Scottsdale, AZ and other East Valley cities worthwhile. Here’s a list of the top schools in the area:

BASIS Scottsdale
10400 N 128th Street, Scottsdale, AZ

BASIS Scottsdale is a charter school that serves students from grades 4 to 12. The teachers’ impeccable credentials together with high-quality classrooms foster an effective learning environment that allows students to shine.

An academically accelerated curriculum adheres to the highest international standards. In order to develop the skills necessary to be successful in their future careers, students of BASIS Scottsdale take Advanced Placement courses in or before the 10th grade. During their senior year, qualified students can take the BASIS Capstone courses, which are equivalent to upper-level college classes.

Aside from academic opportunities, BASIS Scottsdale also provides students with over 70 extracurricular activities ranging from sports teams to hobby clubs.

BASIS Scottsdale’s 2019 U.S. News rankings include:

  • #1 Arizona High School
  • #1 Charter High School
  • #2 STEM High School
  • #3 in the National Rankings of Best High School

5010 S Eastmark Pkwy, Mesa, AZ

BASIS Mesa was founded in 2013 and quickly became one of the best high schools in the country. Its faculty consists of highly qualified educators with 48% holding master’s degrees, 4% with doctorates, and 4% with law degrees.

The school’s Advanced Placement programs are among the best in the state, with the participation rate at a whopping 100%. Students here can also explore their interests by joining extracurricular programs that include the Soccer Club, Speech and Debate, Lego Robotics, and even Minecraft Club.

The school also stands out for its diversity, making it an excellent place for students to experience cultures other than their own.

In 2019, U.S. News ranked BASIS Mesa as:

  • #5 in Phoenix, AZ Metro Area High School
  • #9 in Arizona High Schools
  • #13 in Charter High Schools
  • #52 the National Rankings of Best High School

Gilbert Classical Academy High School
55 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert, AZ

Gilbert Classical Academy High School is part of the acclaimed Gilbert Unified School District. It is an honors school focused on academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities like clubs and sports programs. Students in the upper classes build on their core subject areas by taking Advanced Placement classes.

The school is known for its exceptional program on preparing students for college, and was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2018. According to the 2019 U.S. News report, its students demonstrate a 94.6% college readiness and a 100% graduation rate.

In 2019, U.S. News ranked Gilbert Classical Academy High School as:

  • #6 Best High School in the Phoenix, AZ Metro Area
  • #10 Best Arizona High School
  • #70 in National Rankings

Tempe Preparatory Academy
1251 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ

Tempe Preparatory Academy’s innovative teaching practices and supportive learning environment make it among the top schools nationwide. This nationally recognized charter school offers students advanced courses in math, science, and economics. Students also get to learn extensively about art, literature, philosophy, and languages.

U.S. News ranked Tempe Preparatory Academy as:

  • #10 Best High School in Phoenix, AZ Metro Area
  • #16 Best Arizona High School

Learn more about moving to Arizona and your real estate options in Scottsdale, AZ today. Get in touch with Aeris House Properties by calling 602.466.9771. You can also send us an email at

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