School Districts

Many school districts serve the city of Glendale.
The following school districts serve the city:

Preschool & Childcare

Desert Heights Preschool​​Desert Heights Private Preschool opened in 2000, providing the city of Glendale with a safe, nurturing learning environment for children pre-kindergarten. Desert Heights Private Preschool promotes academic excellence, integrity of character, and social awareness in each individual student.

Jefferson Traditional Beginnings: Jefferson Traditional Beginnings is partnered with  Jefferson Preparatory High School to allow high school students with the opportunity to work with preschool children and gain practicum experience in their child development classes. In turn, children at Jefferson Traditional Beginnings are challenged to achieve the highest standards in their studies, in their play and in their character.​

Tots Unlimited: Mark Werber opened Tots Unlimited 16 years ago with two locations in Glendale. In both childcare and preschool Mark stays true to their motto, “We Are All about the Children. Everything we do, every decision we make, is based on what’s best for the child.”​

Charter Schools

Camelback Academy: Camelback Academy is a Kindergarten through 8th grade Charter School, the principal, Alicia Raj ensure the students receive a high quality education in a safe environment that promotes character development, and enthusiastic, lifelong learning through a cooperative relationship with parents, students, and the community.​

Desert Heights Charter School: Desert Heights Charter school opened with three locations in Glendale. They opened a preschool, charter school, and preparatory academy. The president, Mark Jiles strives to honor the core values, high expectations for student success, diversity in the community, positive relationships with all stakeholders, and safe and respectful educational communities.​

Jefferson ​Preparatory High School: Tawnya Mecham is the principal of Jefferson Preparatory High School and she makes sure her staff and students are dedicated to partnering with parents in developing young people who are truly successful in every area of life.

Legacy Traditional School: Founded in 2007 by Bill Gregory and Arron Hale, Legacy Traditional School is an “A” Rated school district by the Arizona Department of Education and has been voted the #1 charter school in Arizona by Ranking Arizona.​ They have several locations all over the valley, with two in the West valley. The president, ​Nathan Schlink holds all of the schools to the same academic standard of excellence in student's academic study, including music, art, physical education, extracurricular activities and clubs.

Elementary School Districts

Glendale Elementary School District #40: The Glendale Elementary School District has 18 schools all over Glendale, serving over 13,000 students. The ​Superintendent, Joe Quintana ensures that all of the schools within the district abide by their mission to ensures each student achieves the academic excellence and confidence to embrace a future of higher education leading to a productive and fulfilling life.

Pendergast Elementary School District #92: ​The District provides excellent educational opportunities for approximately 10,000 preschool through eighth grade students on 12 campuses in Phoenix, Glendale and Avondale. Superintendent, Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux motto is, "​All decisions will be made in the best interests of students".

Peoria Unified School District: Peoria Unified is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, career and technical education programs, specialized Signature Programs, free all-day kindergarten and championship athletic programs. The district serves more than 36,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. In addition, Peoria Unified is proud to be the first district in the state to receive the prestigious AdvancED Accreditation. ​

High School Districts

Glendale Union High School District #205
: ​Founded in 1911, Glendale Union High School District serves the communities of Phoenix and Glendale. Comprised of nine high schools, grades 9-12, the urban district enrolls 15,000 students and has approximately 150,000 constituents in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Thanks to the Superintendent, ​Brian Capistran ​The Arizona Department of Education has rated Glednale Union High School District as an "A" district. Eight of the nine schools within the district are ranked among the best high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and all are part of the College Board’s 2013 National Advanced Placement District of the Year.

​Peoria Unified School District: Peoria Unified is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, career and technical education programs, specialized Signature Programs, free all-day kindergarten and championship athletic programs. The district serves more than 36,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. In addition, Peoria Unified is proud to be the first district in the state to receive the prestigious AdvancED Accreditation. ​

Higher Education 

Many colleges & universities serve the city of Glendale.
The following colleges & universities serve the city:​

Colleges & Universities

Arizona State University: ​Established in 1885, Arizona State University has since expanded to five campuses across the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area with over 82,000 students making it the largest public university in the United States. ​In 2016, university ratings by U.S. News & World Report rank them No. 1 among the Most Innovative Schools in America. Arizona State continues to grow with the help of the president, Michael Crow.

DeVry University: The school was founded in 1931 as DeForest Training School, and officially became DeVry University in 2002. Devry University has approximately 55 locations across 18 states in the United States, one of them residing in Glendale. Robert Paul, the President of Devry Universities gives you the opportunity to take advantage of the many ways to learn in a class environment that compliments your learning style, and tailor your schedule to fit your life with their 8-week academic courses offered year round. 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Located in ​Luke Air Force Base, ​Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University originally opened in 1926 as a Flying School. But since then, the President, ​Dr. Karen A. Holbrook has helped expand the University to accommodate students interested in ​applied science, aviation, business, computers & technology, engineering, security, intelligence, safety, and space.

Glendale Community College: With two campuses in Glendale, Glendale Community College ​is one of ten, higher education institutions in the Maricopa Community College District. Since they opened in 1965, the president Dr. Irene Kovala has made sure that Glendale Community College promises ​to aid in the pathway to academic success for their students.

Grand Canyon University: Since founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University has been a Christian college with a biblically rooted mission. Grand Canyon University has six campuses located throughout the Phoenix area. Brian Mueller, Grand Canyon University's President stands by providing both traditional and online students with opportunities to grow spiritually by engaging them in activities that ultimately develop them into co-laborers with Jesus Christ for Kingdom impact.

Huntington University: Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations, including our most popular programs in film and animation, nursing, psychology and social work. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  ​

Midwestern University: Founded in 1900, it opened a campus in Glendale 95 years later. Midwestern University has since expanded beyond providing medical education and now operates ten colleges, offering degrees in dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, podiatric medicine, and other health professions. The president, Kathleen Goeppinger, Ph.D. promises side-by-side​ learning with students in other health professions, modeling the team approach to 21st century healthcare practice.

Park University Luke Air Force Base Campus Center: ​Park’s campus center in Luke Air Force Base, in Phoenix, offers courses that can be completed in 8-week sessions rather than a traditional 16-week semester and are taught by faculty committed to the success of each student. Sessions start five times a year, giving you multiple entry points – two in the fall, two in the spring, and one in summer. ​Dr. Greg Gunderson is Park University's 17th President with 41 campuses in 20 states particularly in Phoenix and Tuscon.

Thunderbird School of Global Management: ​Since its inception in 1946, the Thunderbird School of Global Management has focused exclusively on educating leaders from around the world in the intricacies of international management. It is located in ​Glendale and ​Allen J. Morrison is the Chief Executive Officer and Director General of the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Trine University: ​The main campus is in Angola, Indiana has been opened for over 130 years. There is another campus for the School of Professional Studies in Angola, as well as other satellite campuses in Peoria and other 7 other cities. ​Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. ​states that Trine University promotes intellectual and personal development, through professionally focused and formative learning opportunities, preparing students to succeed, lead, and serve.

Trade Schools

Arizona Automotive Institute: For more than 45 years, Arizona Automotive Institute has helped individuals get the training they need for the careers they want. They are located in Glendale they offer programs in Diesel – Heavy Truck; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Basic Refrigeration (HVAC/BR); Combination Welding; & Automotive Service Technology.​

Arizona School of Real Estate & Business: The Arizona School of Real Estate & Business was founded in 1969​, they have other locations in Gilbert, Prescott and soon in the Northwest Phoenix area.​ The school evolved from a basic real estate school to becoming one of the first real estate institutions in Arizona to expand its education for the entire housing industry and related business sectors including mortgage, appraisal, construction, home inspection, contractors, legal.​

ITT Technical Institute: ​ITT Tech was founded in 1946 as Educational Services, Inc. and has been headquartered in Carmel, Indiana, since 1969. Their President, ​Eugene W. Feichtner of ITT Technical Institute has concentrated on developing the best content possible for their six technology-oriented schools of study; Information Technology, Electronics Technology, Drafting and Design, Business, Criminal Justice, and the Breckinridge School of Nursing and Health Sciences. They have 130 campuses in 38 states including Phoenix. 

The Art Institute of Phoenix: ​The Art Institute of Phoenix is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. ​The Art Institute of Phoenix has been opened since 1995, the President, ​Kevin J. LaMountain offers degree programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary help you focus your talents and explore what you’re passionate about.

The Skin & Makeup Institute of Arizona: ​Established in 2000 as the only school in the state of Arizona founded by a licensed skincare professional, the Skin and Makeup Institute has always been deeply rooted as a singularly-focused skin and makeup based educational facility. Located in Peoria, they ​offer part-time and full-time Aesthetic and Professional Makeup classes, as well as many Continuing Education classes.

Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC): ​Since 2003, West-MEC has grown significantly providing career and technical education across the Phoenix west valley, they currently have 6 Central Campuses and 6 Central Program Partner Campuses to serve students. 

Educational Resources

​FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution. The results of the FAFSA are used in determining student grants, work study, and loan amounts.
Expect More: Expect More Arizona fosters a shared voice and collaborative action among partners statewide to advocate for all Arizona students to have the opportunity to succeed, from their early years and throughout life.
Fastweb: Scholarships, internships, college, and more
Federal Student Aid: Federal Student Aid (FSA), an office of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the United States. Federal Student Aidprovides student financial assistance in the form of grants, loans, and work-study funds.
US Department of Education: The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress.
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College Board: They are an organization that prepares and administers standardized tests that are used in college admission and placement.
Niche: They provide student reviews and polls that give you deep insight into Colleges around the world. They also provide scholarships.
Colleges/Universities AZ: A list of credible colleges and universities within the state of Arizona.
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