Scottsdale schools are generally thought to be some of the finest public schools in Arizona. The Scottsdale Unified School District is comprised of 6 high schools, 9 middle schools, and 18 elementary schools. Currently, the school district accomadates 26,000+ students, and employs over 3,000. Of the 3,000 employees, 1,700 are teachers.
The Scottsdale Unified School District was founded in 1896 by Major Winfield Scott who also happened to be the founder of Scottsdale. Aliza Blount was the city's first teacher and taught out of her adobe home which was located in what is now referred to as South Scottsdale. Aliza was paid a whopping $45.00 a day to educate the approximate 10 children that lived in Scottsdale at the time.