Five of the nation’s top 10 high schools are in Arizona. Meanwhile, the East Valley has long been associated as an exceptionally awesome place for families. With spacious homes, plentiful parks and other recreational opportunities as well as a booming economy and easy commute to other parts of the Valley, it is easy to see why families flock to neighborhoods like Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler. In this article, we take a look at some of the most innovative high schools in the East Valley, AZ and how they are contributing to superior educational outcomes for their students.
Innovative East Valley, AZ High Schools
Tools for assessing high schools
No matter where in the East Valley (or Arizona in general) that you are moving, you will want to do you homework to identify factors that may impact your decision on where to send your child to high school. The Arizona Board of Regents compiles information on college-going and completion rates for high schools throughout the state in their annual High School Report Card.
You should also know the basic definitions for types of school available in Arizona. In addition to great traditional public schools in 1,409 districts throughout the state. Arizona’s K-12 system has largely been one heavily influenced by the school choice movement since at least the mid-1990s. In fact, open enrollment began in the 1980s in Arizona, meaning that if there is room in a school district, students living outside of the school district’s boundaries may attend. Arizona also has 19 magnet schools, though most of them are concentrated in the Tucson area. Phoenix-area families considering high schools will be more likely to choose from charter schools (tuition-free public schools operated by non-government organizations), alternative schools (public schools designed to cater to students’ specific circumstances), online schools (administered through school districts and charter schools either full or part time)and Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs) that offer vocational training along with a high school curriculum.
East Valley Institute of Technology
The East Valley Institute of Technology is one example of a JTED. Voted best public school by East Valley Tribune readers for three consecutive years, students at the East Valley Institute of Technology can receive training in healthcare fields, cosmetology, automotive, culinary arts, aviation, early childhood education, law, fashion and interior design, firefighting or information technology. The school boasts a 98 percent graduation rate and 85 percent of graduates go on to either pursue their careers immediately, go on to college or join the military. Hands-on learning with experienced professionals and generous allowances for elective credits are just a couple of the reasons that the U.S. Department of Education considers the East Valley Institute of Technology a model for a vocational high school learning model. Students in grades 10-11 attend at no cost to their families and attend for a half day in conjunction with their regular classes in Apache Junction, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Tempe, Higley and at J.O. Combs.
Blueprint High School
Blueprint High School, located in the East Valley in Chandler, AZ is unique because it allows students to decide whether they attend full time or part time. Additionally, students can opt to attend for four or five days per week and they can choose what time they will begin classes in the morning. While this is great from some teenagers who prefer to sleep in, it also has a ton of practical applications when it comes to accommodating students who also work or busy families managing hectic work schedules and other obligations.
Gilbert Classical Academy
Ranked the eighth-best high school in Arizona and the 30th in the nation by U.S. News & World Reports, Gilbert Classical Academy’s students boast 100 percent Advanced Placement (AP) participation. As you can imagine, the admissions standards can be rigorous and there is a wait list for admission at certain grade levels. However, students entering at the seventh or eighth-grade levels can get into the system without some of the more stringent requirements that their peers in upper-grade levels have as a condition of enrollment. With numerous clubs and activities, and even opportunities for international travel as part of school trips, it is no wonder that families work to get into this prestigious institution.
Discover Real Estate Options in the East Valley
Whatever your child’s learning style or goals for their high school education, it is likely that the East Valley has a high school that will work for you. And because our agents live in the Valley and we have families of our own, we can match you with the agent who will be able to speak from personal experience about schools and other family considerations when helping you to find your new home. Call us today and let help you find your next East Valley home!