Schools in North Phoenix: Public, Private & Charter

North Phoenix boasts a wealth of K-12 options, from private to charter schools and the public Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD). See each one below for information on academic mission and highlights.

dvusd schools special report

Prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year, In&Out Magazine and North Phoenix News analyzed DVUSD’s enrollment situation to learn when, where and why any new schools might be needed as the region’s population shifts.

2 Developing North Phoenix Areas Compete for New School

Population growth between Happy Valley Road and Carefree Highway will soon force construction of another elementary school to accommodate new students. Meanwhile, other DVUSD schools are shrinking.


dvusd high school enrollmentNo New High School in DVUSD’s Planning Window

Boulder Creek is the largest DVUSD high school right now. But if projections hold, it will have fewer students than Sandra Day O’Connor High School and Barry Goldwater High School by fall 2024.


elementary school enrollmentStudent Body Shrinks in Aging Anthem Area

DVUSD expects to build another elementary school sometime in the next decade, but not in the Anthem area, where enrollment is declining.


School Performance: Test Scores Compared

Each spring, Arizona public schools administer a statewide achievement test to students in grades 3–12. The AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) test results are released each fall. We compile and analyze the results for schools in North Phoenix.

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North Phoenix Schools: The Complete List

Adams Traditional Academy

This K-8 is one of several charter schools run by Choice Academies Inc., providing a traditional education.

Anthem Preparatory Academy

Anthem Prep (grades 9-12) and Anthem Archway Classical (K-8) are part of the GreatHearts network of charter schools, known for rigorous academic standards and similarly rigorous behavioral expectations.

Anthem School

One of four Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public K-8 schools in Anthem, serving mostly residents on the central part of town, east of I-17.

Barry Goldwater High School

One of three Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public high schools in the area, serving primarily residents east of I-17 from the Carefree Highway south to the Loop 101, plus a pocket of residents all around the I-17/Loop 101 intersection. Goldwater attracts students from elsewhere to its renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

Boulder Creek High School

One of three Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public high schools in the area. BCHS serves students from the greater Anthem area, including all residents north of the Carefree Highway up to the Maricopa County border.

Canyon Springs School

One of four Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public K-8 schools in Anthem, serving mostly residents west of I-17.

Caurus Academy

Small class sizes, individual attention and an atmosphere of caring anchor Caurus' Montessori-like K-8 offerings. A high school is planned for the 2018-19 school year.

Deer Valley Middle School

A Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public middle school (grades 7-8) serving a broad area centered around the Deer Valley Airport, running north of Happy Valley Road and south of the Loop 101.

Desert Mountain School

A Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public K-8 school serving several communities east of I-17 both north and south of the Carefree Highway, including Sonoran Desert Village, Amber Hills, Stoneledge, La Solana and Desert Hills.

Diamond Canyon School

One of four Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public K-8 schools in Anthem, serving mostly residents on the far eastern side of town.

Esperanza Elementary School

A Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public lower school (pre-K-6) serving students from Jomax Road south to the Loop 101, east of I-17.

Gavilan Peak School

One of four Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public K-8 schools in Anthem, serving mostly residents in the central to western parts of town.

Jefferson Preparatory High School

Modeled after Thomas Jefferson's writings in The Declaration of Independence, Jefferson Prep believes Jefferson "represents the pinnacle of social philosophy."

New River Elementary School

A Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public lower school (Pre-K-6) serving residents of New River, north of Anthem on both sides of I-17.

Norterra Canyon School

A Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public K-8 school serving residents along the North Valley Parkway from Jomax Road northward about a mile.

North Valley Christian Academy (NVCA)

Part of the Lutheran Church-MS school network, NVCA is the only K-12 private school in the immediate vicinity.

Ridgeline Academy

A K-8 charter school that aims to provide a rigorous curriculum with high standards and expectations.

Sandra Day O’Connor High School

One of three Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public high schools in the area, serving students west of I-17 from the Carefree Highway south to Pinnacle Peak Road.

Sonoran Foothills School

A Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public Pre-K-8 school serving residents east of I-17 and south of Dove Valley Road.

Stepping Stones Academy

A Pre-K-8 charter school that bills itself as a "family-oriented campus, where parents are always welcome," and takes pride in being a small school.

Stetson Hills School

A Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public K-8 school serving residents west of I-17 from the Loop 303 south to Happy Valley Road.

Sunset Ridge School

A Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) public K-8 school serving residents east of I-17 from the Carefree Highway north to West Desert Hills Drive, including Tramonto.