Frequently Asked Questions...                Our Phone: 480.308.7400
 
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What grade levels are available? top

Grades 4 through 8.

What courses are offered? top

Students in the 4th and 5th grade participate daily in a rigorous and advanced curriculum in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts.  Additionally, 5th and 6th grade students experience "specials" (Spanish, Chinese, Suzuki music, Art, Health and Wellness, and Computer Technology) on a 3-day rotating schedule.

Students in 6th through 8th grade participate daily in a rigorous and advanced curriculum in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and English.  They also experience a full year of either Spanish or Chinese.  Additionally, 7th through 8th graders are offered electives that include Health and Wellness, Computer Technology, Art, and their music choice of either Band, Orchestra, or Music Technology (music theory, notation, composition, arranging, and music history).

Are there extra-curricular activities? top

Many of our teachers sponsor clubs and activities for students such as the National Academic League (NAL), Student Council, Academy Broadcast System (ABS), NJHS, Math Counts, Science Clubs, Writing Clubs, LEGO Robotics, Drama, Choir, Yearbook, Writing Clubs, and Service Learning.  Be sure to check our website under "Activities" to find one that is right for you!

What is the student uniform dress code? top

Students may choose from white, navy blue, or red crested polo's.  Students in the 6th through 8th grade may also wear a black polo.  Bottoms consist of khaki colored pants, shorts, capris, skorts or skirts.  These color options provide choice while creating uniformity and pride among our student body.  Please note: all tops require an embroidered Academy crest.  Visit the "uniform" section of our website to learn more.

Is the Academy Accredited? top

The Academy has been officially accredited by the NCA, AdvancEd Regional Association.  Learn more...

How, when, and where can I apply? top

Students interested in attending the Academy need to complete and submit an application.  The application process opens in January for the upcoming school year, and we begin reviewing applications on March 1st.  The notification process begins in April; however, you may still submit applications after that date and in the event an opening should occur, your application will be considered.  Applications are available online or in our front office.  Students and parents are encouraged to review the application section of our website to learn more about applying to the Academy.

Can I apply if I am not in the MPS district? top

Yes, all students are encouraged to apply; however, if you live outside of our district's boundaries, please be advised that busing is limited to satellite locations in Mesa.

What are the Academy's hours? top

Office hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm
Regular day (4th & 5th grade): 7:55am - 2:40pm
Regular day (6th - 8th grade): 7:55am - 3:42pm

What is the homework load like? top

Individual teachers determine homework assignments on a daily basis, however, our teachers work together to provide a comfortable homework load over the course of the week.  We certainly do not want to overwork our students simply because they are capable.  We are aware of the need for balance in work and play.  Our expectation is that homework be meaningful and rigorous as well as reasonable.  Under most circumstances, students have approximately 10 minutes of homework per grade level.  For example, a 5th grader might have 50 minutes of homework on a given night, while an 8th grader could have closer to 90 minutes.

How are students placed in classes? top

All students are placed in the appropriate grade level class for their academic courses with the following exception; all students new to the Academy take a math pre-assessment to ensure they are appropriately placed.  Returning Academy students are placed in math by teacher recommendation based on demonstrated classroom performance.  Band and Orchestra students are required to audition for placement.

Are sports offered at the Academy? top

The Academy's primary focus is academics and with our smaller student population and space limitations, we are not able to offer our own sports program.  However, Academy students in the 7th and 8th grade are welcome to participate in the City of Mesa After-School Sports programs at Fremont Junior High School (located next door).  Information is available from Ms. Randolph, our Health and Wellness teacher.

 Is ELP offered at the Academy? top

Appropriately certified teachers provide an extended and enriched learning curriculum (ELP) which constitutes the daily student experience at the Academy.  In essence, we are ELP all day, every day!

What is the tuition to attend the Academy? top

The premiere Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies is a Mesa public school which means that there is not tuition associated with the Academy.

Will transportation be provided? top

We offer transportation along  major arterial routes throughout Mesa.  Please visit our transportation page to view our current routes.