Buying a New Home in Vail School District

Children on playground equipment

Many homebuyers in the Tucson, Arizona area with school-age children are moving south of the city to live within the Vail School District. It’s easy to see why! Exceptional ratings on national school websites and high test scores make the schools in this district a popular choice.

The high school experience

As of May 2017, Vail Academy & High School and Empire High School are rated 9 and 8 respectively on, a website that rates schools on a 10-point scale according to test results in reading, writing, math and science.

Each high school has a variety of unique offerings. According to their website, Empire High School is the first textbook-free public high school in the country. Each student is given a laptop and curriculum is created and sourced by teachers in the district. This innovative approach focuses on nurturing self-directed learners.

Athletic opportunities at both schools include football, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, track, soccer, cheer, volleyball and wrestling.

For information on choosing a high school, you can call the district directly at 520.879.2000.

Elementary and middle schools

The Vail School District also caters to elementary and middle school-age children. Of the elementary schools with published ratings on in May 2017, all are rated a 8 or greater. Likewise, the middle schools in the district scored at the top of the spectrum.

There are many great reviews of various schools within Vail School District on, including several 5-star reviews.

Real estate in Vail School District

With low inventory levels in resale real estate, new construction is a great way to buy a home and secure your child’s enrollment in the acclaimed Vail School District. If you’re in the market for a new home, be sure to check out the following communities:

La Estancia ~ From the high $100s

Mountain Vail Ranch II ~ From the mid $200s