Arcadia Neighborhood Schools

Arcadia Area Schools

I admit I still feel like the 4th of July was just yesterday, but as we reach the end of July we have to switch back to thinking about school. So I figured, what better time to talk about Arcadia neighborhood schools?

For children ages 18 months – 6 years old, Arcadia Montessori School offers an innovative and interactive environment. In addition to core Montessori curriculum, students can take part in cooking classes (each classroom has its own growing garden), zumba, yoga, swimming lessons, and more! There is also tuition assistance for families who qualify.

Arcadia area public schools fall under the Scottsdale United School District (or simply SUSD). The Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center is a public school for grades K – 8. Parents and students alike have high praise for the school. Using a teaching model similar to those used in gifted programs, ANLC teaches children to ask questions and think critically. The multi-grade classrooms seem to have some Montessori influence, and are considered “progressive” by some. I have to admit one of the most important things to me is how happy kids are at school, and you certainly see many kids coming out of this school with beaming grins. Every student’s abilities are accessed, and curriculum can be customized accordingly.

The Arcadia charter school VERITAS Prep Academy has its own loyal following, and currently it is the RAVE of the neighborhood! In addition to having some of the best scores in the state, VPA has been recognized as being in the top tier of schools nationally as well. VPA’s challenging courses are taught “Socratically, emphasizing the essential dialogue between student and teacher.” Veritas goes beyond teaching basic knowledge and teachers strive to develop an “uncompromising integrity, creative imagination, and a lifelong quest for learning” in every student.

There are more great things about the Arcadia schools than I could fit into just one blog, so “stay tuned” for part 2 of Arcadia schools – I’ll share the school that is the reason most families want to move to Arcadia.

It isn’t just the great schools – there are so many reasons people move to Camelback Corridor and Arcadia. Want to know some of them? I run through them in a video I made – view it here.


Camelback Corridor Farmers Markets

If you know me then you know I’m all about supporting our local community, and I love great food so Camelback Corridor Farmers Markets are the perfect pairing of both!

farmersHeld year round, the Town & Country Farmers’ Market takes place every Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Town & Country shopping center (20th Street & Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016). In addition to locally grown produce (many of it organic) you’ll find locally sourced olive oils, chocolates, artisan breads, cheeses, and even hand-crafted jewelry.

All vendors at the Farmers’ Market at Camelback Esplanade (2425 East Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016) are required to be the direct producers, or family members of the direct producers so you know you’re buying straight from the source. Most of the vendors farm organically or pesticide free. You’ll enjoy local produce and arts and crafts. This market reopens in the Fall, at which time it will take place each Friday, 9:30 am to 2 pm.

If you’ve been anywhere other than under a rock (ha!) then you’ve heard of Vincent’s Camelback Market – it is AWESOME! The hugely popular Saturday Camelback Market is held every Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, October through May. If you’re traveled internationally you’ll appreciate the European feel to this market. Vincent himself, an iconic Valley chef, often presides over the Market, where you can taste a variety of mouth-watering creations (everything from made-to-order crepes to wood fired pizzas). I realize it is a little unfair to tempt you with this description when the Market isn’t open, but now you’ll have something to look forward throughout the hottest months – the return of Vincent’s Camelback Market!

Now, this next farmers’ market not only gives back to the Arcadia community, it was started by three Arcadia natives! Lovely ladies Gena, Sarah, and Katrina were raised in Arcadia, and went to Arcadia High School together. Now grown with children of their own, they started the Arcadia Farmers’ Market to “give back to the neighborhood and the Arcadia schools.” This market is held year round on Sundays, 8 am to 12 pm, at the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) parking lot (3811 North 44Th St. Phoenix, Arizona 85018).

Phoenix’s year round warm climate means we’re part of a select few places in the entire country who benefit from year round farmer’s markets! On one hand, in the summer it is so hot here heading outside to shop is probably not be on the top of your “to do” list. On the other hand, summer brings all those delicious summer fruits. Take advantage of these amazing Camelback Corridor Farmers’ Markets by shopping early – before it gets too hot and before everything is picked over (a win-win!).

I made a short video to go over more of what makes Arcadia and Camelback Corridor so awesome. You can view the video here.