Private schools

Tuition-based private schools offer many benefits: Schools and classes are often smaller, curriculum can be more specialized and, in the case of parochial schools, children will be learning in a faith-based environment. Tuition assistance is often available through programs offering scholarships based on income/need or merit.


Updated for the 2020-21 school year

Camelback Christian School, private schools, Arizona, education

Camelback Christian School
3900 E. Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley
602-957-0215 •
Grades: Age 2-grade K

Jump Start with us Aug. 17-28 if you want or need to begin the year a little early. Our full array of CCS programing begins on Aug. 31st with our Core Program from 9 a.m. to noon, early arrival at 8 a.m. and our Extended Day School (XDS) classes from noon to 4 p.m. These additional awesome learning experiences include STEM, LEGO CLUB, Science, Language and Literacy, Art Masterpiece, Music & Movement, KIDS BEneFIT (fitness and fun!) and Gymnastics. Full details of our educational program can be found at our website! Enrollment opens Jan. 13 and continues until full. Tuition: $2,600-$6,000. Need-based financial aid, flexible payment plans and scholarships available.

Caritas Christian School, private schools, Arizona, education

Caritas Christian Classical Academy
P.O. Box 1317, Chandler
480-528-6646 •
Grades: K–6

Caritas Christian Classical Academy nurtures the next generation of believers to live a life transformed by a deeper love of Christ, His universe, His people, and His way. Caritas employs a hybrid model of education where students split their time between school on campus and participating in remote-learning days. Our aim is to work side-by-side with parents to give them structure, accountability, and community while we teach children to think about all things from a biblical perspective using a traditional liberal arts curriculum. Enrollment period is January-May. Tuition: $5,000.

Christ Church School, private schools, Arizona, educationChrist Church School
4015 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
602-381-9906 •
Grades: Pre-K–4

Emphasis is educating the whole child — mind, heart, and spirit — with small class sizes and low teacher-student ratios. Interactive, integrated and accelerated curriculum incorporates age-appropriate educational enhancements including Spanish, PE, music, chapel, art, religion, theater, library and outreach activities. Accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools and affiliated with the Episcopal parish of Christ Church of the Ascension. Tuition varies by class; flexible payment plans and scholarships available.

Christ Lutheran School, private schools, Arizona, education

Christ Lutheran School
3901 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
602-957-7010 •
Grades: Preschool (2 and up)-grade 8

We are thrilled to be in the business of high academic standards, service in the community and extracurricular activities, but ultimately sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with you and your children. We opened in 1955 and are an NLSA-accredited school. Offerings at CLS Include: religious instruction, strong and challenging academics, STEM program, art program, PE and interscholastic sports, instrumental and vocal music programs, service learning, leadership programs, school nurse and bus transportation. Affiliated with Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Tuition varies by age (check website); accepts STO payments and CLSTO (based on financial need).

GaryKHerberger Young Scholars Academy, private schools, Arizona, education

Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy
4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale
602-543-8274 •
Grades: 7-12, with intellectual ability significantly higher than age peers

The Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy embodies a highly challenging and hands-on learning environment. Here, in non-traditional fashion, exceptional adolescents integrate technology and advanced methods into their learning culture to achieve substantial growth. HYSA’s access to resources and scholarly professionals from Arizona State University prepares our students for tomorrow by learning how to collaborate today. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 1 for spring 2020 enrollment and on an ongoing basis for the 2020-21 school year.

Holy Trinity Academy, private schools, Arizona, education

Holy Trinity Academy
1973 E. Maryland Ave. Phoenix
602-248-3881 •
Grades: Age 3–kindergarten

Our rich curriculum emphasizes a strong academic foundation that develops curiosity and an early love of learning through the use of songs, dance, play, and a variety of hands-on activities. Our advanced learning programs are designed to promote every aspect of early childhood development – cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual. HTA is a safe and caring environment with small class sizes that meet and exceed the academic Arizona standards. Fine art, music, gardening, religious studies, and Greek language are part of the daily curriculum. Before and After Care is available. Enrollment for the following year begins Dec. 1. Tuition: $3,240-$5,850; flexible payment plans, need-based financial aid, religious/parish discounts, sibling discounts and scholarships available.

International School of Arizona, private schools, preschools, Arizona, education

International School of Arizona
9522 E. San Salvador Drive, Scottsdale
480-874-2326 •
Grades: Age 18 months-grade 8

The International School of Arizona (ISA) prepares students to become bilingual, valued citizens of the world. The fully accredited French and Spanish language immersion programs start in Early Childhood at 18 months and go through 8th grade. For over 21 years, ISA has been passionately offering a progressive international education and advanced multi-lingual academics in a safe, diverse and nurturing environment. The evolving, adaptive curriculum follows the requirements of the French and Spanish Ministries of Education. Studies show that bilingual students outperform their counterparts on English tests, are more likely to seek a higher education and exhibit greater communication skills. In today’s world, a second language is one of the greatest assets your child can bring to their future. Contact ISA today to book a tour and to give your child the lifelong gift of a second language! Enrollment year-round. Tuition: $15,000; flexible payment plans and sibling discounts available.

Jones Gordon School, private school, Paradise Valley, Arizona, special needs

The Jones-Gordon School
4800 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Paradise Valley
480-563-5588 •
Grades: 1–12

An innovative, accredited private school, JGS delivers a truly individualized education that is strengths-based and student-centered. Small class sizes, low student/teacher ratios. Robust, technology-infused and experiential college-prep curriculum. A structured, “whole child” approach integrating executive function and social/emotional learning. Daily FLEX hour further supports students with learning differences. Community service/service learning opportunities. A positive, supportive environment and a “culture of kindness.” Experienced, nurturing faculty and staff including reading specialists, occupational and speech-language therapists, school social worker and psychologist. Tuition: $25,000; flexible payment plans and scholarships available.

New Way Academy, private schools, Arizona, education

New Way Academy
5048 E. Oak St., Phoenix
602-389-8600 •
Grades: K–12 Enrollment: Rolling admission Open House: 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5. Tuition: Need-based financial aid, flexible payment plans and scholarships available.

New Way Academy provides a transformative education for students in grades K-12 with learning challenges. Students learn via an individualized educational approach, using multi-sensory techniques, evidence-based curriculums, and specialized interventions for academic success. Each student’s curriculum is planned based on academic, psychoeducational, speech/language and motor skills assessments. Students have access to on site speech, reading, and occupational therapy conducted by accredited specialists during their school day. New Way provides an education to serve the whole child with athletics, clubs, extracurricular activities, and social-emotional supports. Our students graduate as confident and capable learners prepared for college or career! Enrollment year-round until full, then by wait-list. Tuition: $2,629-$11,253; sibling discounts available. A variety of tuition assistance, including low-income and needs-based programs, is available for those that qualify!

Northwest Christian Academy, private schools, Arizona, education

Northwest Christian School
16401 N. 43rd Ave., Phoenix
602-978-5134 •
Grades: Infants-grade 12

For nearly 40 years, Northwest Christian School has been devoted to an educational program that upholds high standards of scholastic and behavioral excellence and furnishes instruction in Bible-based Christian faith. Our greatest honor is to enable students to develop a Christian worldview and prepare them to fulfill their God-ordained roles. We recognize that each of our students is individually endowed with talents, aptitude, dreams and needs. Our highest aspiration is to help students understand that they are each “mission critical” in God’s plan. Students come to realize that they are loved, that they are special, that they are part of a supportive community, and that God has a purpose for their lives. This spirited enthusiasm is on display in our classrooms, our chapels, in our art rooms and on our athletic fields. NCS has been recognized as a top private school in Arizona and AIA School of Excellence. Accredited with ACSI Exemplary status and Cognia (formerly AdvancED).

Pardes Jewish Day School, private schools, Arizona, education

Pardes Jewish Day School
12753 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
480-991-9141 •
Grades: K-8

Pardes Jewish Day School is an independent day school providing a dynamic K-8 secular and Jewish education in a welcoming environment that values each child’s individual strengths. Our program combines a comprehensive academic curriculum that actively engages students in learning through inquiry, investigation, creation and demonstration. Students explore Hebrew, Jewish Studies, Makerspace, art, Spanish, P.E. and musical theater in addition to core classes. Our inclusive Pardes community embraces students from diverse Jewish backgrounds. We impact and enrich our students’ Jewish identities through the teaching of Jewish thought, culture and ritual. Rolling admissions for the 2020-21 school year. Tuition: $16,100; need-based financial aid, sibling discounts, religious/parish discounts and flexible payment plans available.

Pathways School, private schools, Arizona, education

Pathways School
1540 N. Burk St., Gilbert
480-259-7788 •
Grades: K–12

Pathways School is a non-profit private day school serving students with various learning differences such as dyslexia, ADHD and autism. Pathways was established in 2013 and has two locations: Gilbert and Tucson. Both campuses provide services to more than 50 students in grades K-12. Enrollment: Year-round. Enrollment for the following school year begins in February. Need-based financial aid and flexible payment plans available.

Phoenix Christian Preparatory School, private schools, Arizona, education

Phoenix Christian Preparatory School
1751 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix
602-265-4707 •
Grades: preK-12

Founded in 1949, this college preparatory non-denominational Christian school offers concentrations in fine arts, STEM, humanities and spiritual and leadership formation. A missional model welcomes students of all backgrounds to study and grow in a Christ-centered atmosphere. It offers a history of athletic excellence (state championship teams) with over 15 middle and high school sports teams; fine arts performances; weekly student-led chapels; an annual high school retreat, 8th and 5th grade camp traditions; an international program and dual-enrollment partnerships with Arizona Christian University, Colorado Christian University and Grand Canyon University. Class of 2019 (55 students) earned over 2 million in scholarships. Accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancED) and the Association for Christian Schools International.Enrollment: Applications available in January Open House: Jan. 25 and April 4 Tuition: $7,879 to $11,267. Flexible payment plans and sibling discounts.

Saints Simon & Jude Cathedral School, private schools, Arizona, education

Saints Simon & Jude Cathedral School
6351 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix
602-242-1299 •
Grades: preK-8

We are a Catholic elementary school in the heart of Phoenix that opened in 1954 under the guidance of five brave nuns from Navan, Ireland. We are more than just a school – we’re truly a community! Our Loreto Sisters are still here with us, and their loving direction along with a dedicated and highly educated lay staff, coupled with our new/remodeled state-of-the-art facilities. We are fully accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association and we breathe the teachings of Jesus Christ into every subject and extracurricular activity. We offer a rigorous curriculum, enhanced by using the latest technology, and we offer a wide array of spiritual, academic and fine arts enrichment opportunities for our students. Rolling admissions. Tuition: $6,355. Flexible payment plans, need-based financial aid, religious/parish discounts, sibling discounts and scholarships available.

St. Francis Xavier Jesuit Catholic School, private schools, Arizona, education,

St. Francis Xavier Jesuit Catholic School
4715 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
602-266-5364 •
Grades: Preschool (age 3 and up) to grade 8

St. Francis Xavier School fosters a learning environment whose community members appreciate God’s presence in the world and respond generously in action to God’s love. In the Ignatian tradition, St. Francis Xavier School sees spiritual formation as integrally connected to the academic, social, emotional and physical development of the whole child. The excellent educational traditions of St. Francis Xavier School are strongly supported by the families in the community, many of whose roots at the school go back three generations. St. Francis Xavier School challenges students to embark on a lifelong journey of discovery of their God-given gifts and to share these gifts in service to God. ​We began accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year in Nov. 2019. Tuition: $7,989-$10,890. Flexible payment plans, need-based financial aid, religious/parish discounts, sibling discounts and scholarships available.

Summit School of Ahwatukee, private schools, Arizona, education

Summit School of Ahwatukee
4515 E. Muirwood Drive, Phoenix
480-403-9500 •
Grades: preK-8

Summit School stimulates intellectual curiosity, independent thinking, and creative problem solving by building a foundation for students to become innovative thinkers, world-changers, and impactful leaders. Summit School helps preschool through eighth-grade students pursue lives of meaning, purpose, and passion through an integrated learning environment that includes: a rigorous STEAM and project-based curriculum, small class sizes, social-emotional and character growth, and separate classes for technology, music, art, Spanish, science, and physical education. Rolling admissions. Tuition: $8,470- $14,675. Need-based financial aid, sibling discounts and flexible payment plans available.

Valley Christian Schools, private schools, Arizona, education

Valley Christian Schools
High school: 6900 W. Galveston St., Chandler, 480-900-7100
Junior high: 1005 E. Guadalupe Road, Tempe, 480-705-8888
Grades: K-12

Valley Christian Schools offer students in kindergarten through 12th grade big school opportunities in a small school environment. Established in 1982, Valley Christian provides 700+ students a distinctly Christian education with excellent academics, championship athletics, award-winning fine arts, and a supporting community that encourages spiritual growth and the success of our students in and out of our classrooms across our three East Valley campuses. Valley Christian is ranked as one of the Top 50 Christian high schools in the U.S. by The Best Schools, the #1 Christian School in Arizona by, and as one of the Top 125 Places to Work in Arizona by The Arizona Republic. Tuition: $8,950 (grades 6-8); $11,400 (high school); offers flexible payment plans, need-based financial aid, sibling discounts and scholarships. Enrollment begins Nov. 5. Open houses: Feb. 26 and 28, March 30 and April 24.

Xavier College Preparatory, private schools, Arizona, education

Xavier College Preparatory
4710 N. Fifth St., Phoenix
602-240-3104 •
Grades: 9-12

As a Catholic high school for young women, Xavier offers a unique faith-based environment with an outstanding college preparatory curriculum. Since 1943, Xavier’s mission has been to prepare young women of faith with knowledge, skills and integrity to meet the challenges of a changing global society in a positive and productive manner. Ninth-grade applications are available online October-January. Entrance exam for 8th graders (for spring 2020 applications) in January. Open House: Sunday, Oct. 25. Tuition: $20,619; $16,110 for parish members; flexible payment plans, need-based financial aid and scholarships available.  


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