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Old 11-23-2014, 05:35 PM
 
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Am considering moving to Phoenix. I would be working downtown. For various reasons, a short commute (20 minutes or less) is desirable, so I'm not interested in Scottsdale, which I see mentioned frequently as having great schools.

Are there any neighborhoods with good schools and a commute under 20 minutes to downtown?

Thanks.
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:33 PM
 
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The Madison School District in Central Phoenix is the best public schools option close to downtown. Not public schools but St Mary's is a great option as well as All Saints if you don't mind Christian schools. All of which are pretty close to downtown.
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Willo Historic District, Phoenix, AZ
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What grades are we talking about here?
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Inside the 101
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For elementary and middle school, I'll second the recommendation of the Madison District. I work Downtown and my children attend Madison schools. I'm very satisfied with the education they're receiving. Here's a map of district boundaries: http://www.madisonaz.org/wp-content/...y-Map-2012.pdf

You can always send children there from outside the district, although a place for them would not be guaranteed.
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Old 11-26-2014, 04:47 PM
 
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Faith North Montessori Elementary School

ASU Preparatory Middle School

Phoenix Bioscience High School
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Willo Historic District, Phoenix, AZ
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I was going to recommend those too, depending upon what grades the kids were. ASU Prep is K-12, not just middle school. I would add

Magnet Traditional School and

Arizona School for the Arts

Magnet Traditional is K-8. ASA is 5-12 and one of the best college prep schools around.

These are all public schools.

One issue with Madison is that it is K-8 and feeds into Phoenix Union High School District, which is not all good schools, although the above-mentioned Bioscience HS is one of theirs.
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:06 PM
 
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I was going to recommend those too, depending upon what grades the kids were. ASU Prep is K-12, not just middle school. I would add

Magnet Traditional School and

Arizona School for the Arts

Magnet Traditional is K-8. ASA is 5-12 and one of the best college prep schools around.

These are all public schools.

One issue with Madison is that it is K-8 and feeds into Phoenix Union High School District, which is not all good schools, although the above-mentioned Bioscience HS is one of theirs.
A lot of parents in the Madison School District who want to keep their high school aged kids in public school send them to Sunnyslope High School which is in the Glendale Union High School District (but no where near the city of Glendale it's actually in north central Phoenix about 15-20 min from downtown). I graduated from there fairly recently in 2009 and it's a pretty good high school. I was well prepared for college. If you can afford private school Brophy (all boys school) and Xavier (all girls school) are always options as well.
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