Mesa Public Schools

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Mesa Public Schools
Type and location
Type Public
Established 1946
Location 63 E. Main Street, #101
Mesa, AZ 85201
District information
Superintendent Michael Cowan
Budget $563,410,419 (12-13)
Students and staff
Students 63,600(11-12)
Other information
Website http://www.mpsaz.org/

Mesa Public Schools (incorporated as Mesa Unified School District #4) is the unified school district for the city of Mesa, Arizona, United States. With approximately 69,000 students, it is the largest, in terms of student enrollment, unified school district in Arizona.

MPS serves most of the city of Mesa, plus small portions of Tempe and Chandler.

The district includes 57 elementary schools, 11 junior high schools, six comprehensive high schools, and several alternative schools.

Schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

High schools (9-12) as listed by Mesa Public Schools:[1]

School Dobson Mesa Mountain View Red Mountain Skyline Westwood
Opened 1983 1898,
1909 ("Old Main")
1972 (current building)
1976 1988 2000 1962
Colors Blue,
silver
Purple,
gold
Blue,
red
Maroon,
black
Gold,
green
Orange,
blue
Mascot Mustangs Jackrabbits Toros Mountain Lions Coyotes Warriors
Principal Matthew Gehrman Jim Souder Craig Luketich Gerald Slemmer Steve Green Shawn Lynch
Athletic
conference[2]
5A 5A 5A 5A 5A 5A
Enrollment
(2010-10-1)[2][3]
3,081 3,334 3,369 3,442 2,649 2,923
Website(s) Official Official Official Official Official Official

Junior high schools[edit]

Junior high schools (7-8) as listed by Mesa Public Schools:[4]

School Carson Fremont Kino Poston Rhodes Shepherd Smith Stapley Taylor
Colors Red,
black,
white
Purple,
white
Forest green,
gold
Teal,
black,
white
Maroon,
gold
Gray,
blue
Navy,
gold
Vegas gold,
maroon
Gold,
black
Mascot Cougars Falcons Kolts Panthers Roadrunners Stallions Sidewinders Sabercats Trojans
Principal Ray Chavez Patricia Christie Susan O'Brien Allen Flax Matt Devlin Eileen Cahoon Casey Eagleburger Ken Erickson Gina Piraino
Website(s) Official Official Official Official Official Official Official Official Official

Mesa Public Schools operated two other junior high schools until 2009-2010 school year.

Hendrix Junior High School consolidated with the adjoining Frost Elementary School as the K-8 Summit Academy with an International Baccalaureate Program. Hendrix had the husky as its mascot and used the colors red and gray.[5]

Powell Junior High School (colors red, white, and blue, mascot the Patriots)[6] closed in May 2010. The former campus serves as the Mesa Educational Center, home to the district's Community Education Department, East Valley Academy and Crossroads.[7]

Mesa Jr closed at the end of the 2011-2012 school year and was demolished in January 2014 - Plans for new park in 2014 are upcoming Brimhall closed at the end of the 2011-2012 school year - convert to Franklin school

Name notes
  • Fremont — John C. Fremont
  • Kino — Eusebio Kino
  • Poston-Charles D. Poston
  • Shepherd — Rulon T. Shepherd, a 30-year Mesa superintendent who built the first junior high in Mesa
  • Stapley — Orley S. Stapley, at one time the largest International Harvester farm equipment dealer in the United States, as well as the owner of the largest mercantile business in Arizona during the 1940s and 1950s; also the namesake of Stapley Drive
  • Taylor — Harvey L. Taylor

Elementary schools[edit]

Elementary schools (K-6) as listed by Mesa Public Schools:[8]

  • Adams
  • Brinton
  • Bush
  • Crismon Elementary
  • Edison
  • Eisenhower School For Innovation
  • Emerson
  • Entz
  • Falcon Hill
  • Field
  • Franklin at Alma
  • Franklin at Brimhall
  • Franklin East
  • Franklin West
  • Guerrero
  • Hale
  • Hawthorne
  • Hermosa Vista
  • Highland
  • Holmes
  • Irving
  • Ishikawa
  • Jefferson
  • Johnson
  • Jordan Center For Early Education
  • Keller
  • Kerr
  • Las Sendas
  • Lehi
  • Lincoln
  • Lindbergh
  • Longfellow
  • Lowell
  • MacArthur
  • Madison
  • Mendoza
  • O'Connor
  • Patterson
  • Pomeroy
  • Porter
  • Red Mountain Ranch
  • Redbird
  • Robson
  • Roosevelt
  • Salk
  • Sirrine
  • Sousa
  • Stevenson
  • Taft
  • Washington
  • Webster
  • Whitman
  • Whittier
  • Wilson
  • Zaharis

Frost Elementary consolidated with the adjoining Hendrix Junior High in 2010-11 to become the K-8 Summit Academy.

Alternative school[edit]

Alternative schools (named "Focus Schools" by the district) as listed by Mesa Public Schools:[9]

Name Grades Website(s) Details
Crossroads 7 - 12 Official Small school environment
Eagleridge Enrichment Program K - 8 Official Home schooling enrichment program
East Valley Academy 9 - 12 Official Small school environment with more flexible hours and a credit recovery program
EMECEC
(East Mesa Early Childhood Education Center)
Preschool Official Special education preschool services
Mesa Academy For Advanced Studies 4 - 8 Official Rigorous curriculum program preparing for advanced courses in high school
Mesa Distance Learning Program K - 12 Official Computer-based online learning program
Riverview High School 9[?] - 12 Official Referral-only school for students with discipline issues
SHARP School Official Alternative needs program for students with qualifying disabilities
Summit Base (Summit Academy) K - 6 Official
Summit Climb (Summit Academy) 7 - 8 Official
Superstition High School 9[?] - 12 Official Small school environment

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States. "Mesa Public Schools » Schools". Mpsaz.org. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  2. ^ a b 2011‐2012 2012‐2013 Conference Placement, Arizona Interscholastic Association, 2010-10-1
  3. ^ For 2010-11, ninth-grade students were transferred to Dobson, Skyline and Westwood high schools. In 2011-12, Mesa, Mountain View and Red Mountain will welcome ninth-grade students.
  4. ^ United States. "Mesa Public Schools » Schools". Mpsaz.org. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  5. ^ Because the Mesa high schools also were involved with 9th grade athletics, they are in the AIA system: Hendrix's entry
  6. ^ "Powell Junior High School". Aiaonline.org. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Mesa's Powell Junior High to Close". Myfoxphoenix.com. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  8. ^ United States. "Mesa Public Schools » Schools". Mpsaz.org. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  9. ^ United States. "Mesa Public Schools » Schools". Mpsaz.org. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 

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