Desert Ridge residents are fortunate to have some of the top performing schools within the Phoenix school system as they are part of the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Pinnacle High School was named one of the “250 Best Public High Schools in America” by Newsweek. Wildfire Elementary is located within the Aviano community, and Fireside Elementary School is located within the Fireside community. Desert Trails Elementary School is in the heart of the original area of Desert Ridge, along with Explorer Middle School. All of these schools are rated “Excelling” which is the best rating possible. The Vestar Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale was ranked #1 Nationally out of 4,000 chartered clubs within the BGCA, and provides additional opportunities, typically not found within public schools, for children to further excel.