The Academy opened in August 2007 to serve students in grades four through eight, with a capacity of approximately 450 students. A ninth grade class was added from 2008 - 2010 before the Academy transitioned into its current fourth through eighth grade configuration.
The Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies provides an academically challenging and socially engaging experience for all children. The staff is committed to the advancement of students in a safe and supportive learning environment.
Academy studies will prepare students for advanced college-level courses in high school, such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Advanced placement.
A student will be admitted to the Academy upon acceptance by the Admissions Committee. A student seeking admission to the Academy should possess skills, abilities and acumen. The model student is academically successful and has a strong work ethic.
The application packet includes the application, the Parent-Student Commitment Letter, and Letter of Support Forms for the child's teacher(s).
With a rigorous curriculum, students have an opportunity for in-depth learning during a structured learning day. Academy students achieve superior levels of knowledge and understanding through principles of inquiry and hands-on activities.
The Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies, part of the Mesa Public Schools system, has received official authorization to offer the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) to support our motto, "Rigor and Challenge in the Classroom." The International Baccalaureate (IB) program helps prepare students for life in the 21st century and is designed to help students become life-long learners who understand how to successfully navigate through an ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world.
The Academy has an official standard of dress to create a cohesive learning environment that is free from distraction. This expectation allows staff to identify students in attendance, decrease competition based on appearance and eliminate issues related to controversial or inappropriate dress.
Bus transportation is available at a limited number of transportation satellites throughout the Mesa district. If using MPS transportation, parents are responsible for transporting students to and from the transportation satellite.