Arcadia Area Schools – Part 2

By and large, families looking to move into the Arcadia area want to do so their kids can attend Hopi Elementary School. Hopi has a following unlike any I’ve seen before.  The teachers are exceptional and they teach towards each individual child’s natural learning style. The parent involvement at this Arcadia elementary school is phenomenal (seriously!). Administration, teachers and parents work together for the good of the students.  I’ve also heard parents talk about the close-knit community fostered at Hopi, and the wonderful atmosphere that allows for.

Arcadia High School is consistently ranked among the top schools in Arizona, and even ranked in the top 20 high schools nationally by US New and World Report. And did you know Steven Spielberg attended Arcadia High School? (It’s true! Don’t believe me? Google it.) Several years ago the school got a makeover and the buildings are beautiful (sorry, that’s the architect coming out in me).

Back to info about the school – from the school’s website: “Arcadia offers unique opportunities for students in graphic arts, media communications, bio technology and AVID.” I’ll admit it – I didn’t know what AVID stood for either. Turns out it stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination (which doesn’t really explain it either) and it is a rigorous curriculum program for students in the “academic middle” to help prepare them for college.

While it can be harder for parents to be an active part of their children’s high school experience (lets face it, volunteering to be in the classroom was great in elementary but not so much in high school), AHS does have a PTO (here is the link to their website).

I’m proud to say that the Arcadia public schools are consistently rated an “A”. What do you think of the schools? Let me know how you like the Arcadia school your children attend. If you want to move to Arcadia to take advantage of the great schools, click here. Enjoy the remainder of your summer!

Want to know more about the Arcadia and Camelback Corridor communities? Check out this video.

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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.