Students of Kierland attend school in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. There are 31 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 5 high schools and a variety of alternative educational programs. The main values of the school district are student centered focus, achievement, fiscal responsibility, respect, collaboration and communication. These values are put into practice through PVUSD's many programs offered to students. PVUSD was awarded the Model School District in Visual Art for its many different art programs offered. PVUSD truly is a model school district for its well rounded education offered to students and emphasis on student's individuality.
Economy and Job Market
The economy of Kierland is one with a promising future and great benefits. All sorts of jobs are offered in Kierland, ranging from business, retail, restaurants, commercial, office and tourism, among others. One of the great aspects about Kierland and hence why its zip code is considered to be golden, is because of its lower Phoenix real estate taxes. Also, Kierland combines big city life with a quiet country life, making it a great location for any commuter who goes into the city everyday for work. Kierland is also located next to Phoenix, a highly cosmopolitan area. Phoenix is a growing and great city. The biggest industries of Phoenix include tourism, agriculture and real estate. The population of Phoenix, as well as the city, has truly grown over the last ten years and will only continue to do so.
Attractions and Points of Interest
There are dozens of attractions in Kierland as well as in the neighboring areas. The Kierland Commons Urban Village is a spectacular shopping center with exclusive stores and restaurants. This spectacular shopping extravaganza is also home to many events that are held year-round, such as the Summer Concert series and various cocktail parties. The Commons are home to many upscale and local retailers including Banana Republic, Crate & Barrel, Cache, The Greene House, Fruits and Passion, Guess, Lucky, and many, many more. Directly across the street from The Commons is the Westin Resort and Spa. This green resort is home to many spectacular suites, an award winning spa, fabulous dining and a 27-hole golf course that is a favorite among tourists and locals.
The Desert Botanical Gardens features 10,000 plants from deserts around the world. The Phoenix Zoo is a great destination for families as it was voted one of the top five best zoos for kids. The world renowned Heard Museum holds exhibits about the many different Native tribes of the Southwest.
Sports enthusiasts will thrive in Phoenix as the Phoenix Suns are always greatly cheered on at the U.S. Airways Center, which also holds other events such as concerts and other live performances. Additionally, the Arizona Diamondbacks are cheered on by adoring baseball fans every year at Chase Field.
Theater lovers flock to the many theaters and performing venues in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts plays host to the annual Scottsdale Arts Festival, a theater happening that occurs every year in March. The Gammage Auditorium holds Arizona State University's plays and musicals, as well as any Broadway shows that are currently touring. The Orpheum Theater (also known as the Lewis Theater) is a historically renovated theater that also holds big name shows. And finally, the Dodge Theatre brings in many big names such as musicians Ringo Starr, Melissa Etheridge, and comedienne Kathy Griffin.
Parks and Recreation
Recreation is a huge part of life for Kierland residents. There are seven different parks in Kierland, each with their own unique features that add to the community of the city. The most popular parks are Northsight Park, CrackerJax Family Fun and Sports Park, and Mescal Park.
Northsight Park features picnic areas, basketball courts, tennis courts and volleyball courts. It is the perfect place that locals can enjoy year-round. CrackerJax Family Fun and Sports Park is a year-round, family fun venue that features go-karts, miniature golf, bumper boats, batting cages, a game center and more! The park also features an award winning driving range that is a favorite among Kierland locals. The park also hosts birthday parties and group events. Mescal Park is an equestrian based park that is ten acres and features a ½ mile trail for hikers and horseback riders.
Golfing is a definite favorite of locals in Kierland. There are over 20 golf courses in the Kierland area, and a variety of golfing clubs. The biggest one is the Kierland Golf Club, which is home to the Westin 27-hole golf course.