Frequently Asked Questions

What are regular school hours?
The regular school day begins at 9:05 am and ends at 3:50 pm. School buildings open at 8:30 am. Classes are about 50 minutes long, with 4 minute passing times. Every Wednesday students have late start. Classes begin at 9:35 am. 

There are six special Early Release days this year. Students will be dismissed from school two hours early at 1:50 pm on September 14, 2016, November 2, 2016, December 20, 2016, February 15, 2017, March 10, 2017, and April 5, 2017.

What are the details of Student ID's? Activity Cards?
Carson students are issued a valid school ID. It is the student's responsibility to have it with them each day. Photo IDs are used to check out library books and are also required to attend school activities, including dances, field trips. Lost, defaced or destroyed ID's must be replaced at the student's expense ($3).

Optional student activity cards are available for purchase at the bookstore. They cost $12. The student activity card allows students to pay a reduced rate for selected special events.  An Activity also entitles the student to attend all School Dances free of charge.

What about the cafeteria and lunches?
Lunch is $2.50 a day. Regular lunch, a la carte items, and a snack bar are all available choices. Lunch period is 30 minutes. Breakfast is now available for free. The Cafeteria Manager, Sarvia Ortiz, can be contacted at 472-2923 or email her at

What are Carson's Dress and Grooming Standards?
Personal appearance and dress are the responsibility of the student and the student's parent or guardian. Students may not dress or groom themselves in a manner that, in the judgment of the school administrator, presents a risk to the health, safety or general welfare of the student, other students or staff, or that is counterproductive to the district's educational objectives. Complete details of Carson's current dress and grooming standards are included in the Student Handbook.

What is SIAC?
SIAC, the Site Improvement Advisory Council, serves as an advisory board to discuss school-wide issues with administrators, teachers and parents. SIAC meets monthly.

What classes are required in junior high school? Which classes are electives?
Required classes are: English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education. Electives include: Art, Music, Industrial Technology, Keyboarding, Spanish, and Family & Consumer Sciences. Proficency in Reading is required.

When are progress reports sent home? When are report cards sent out?
Progress reports are generated halfway through the 9 week grading period. They are usually hand delivered by your student. Report cards are mailed.

What is the Parent Portal?
The Parent Portal is your school-home web-based communication tool. You can review and monitor your child's grades, attendance and other education-related information from your home or work computer. 

To begin your My MPS account, please visit the school office to pick up your activation key. If you have children at more than one school in the district, you will need to visit only one of the schools; one activation key will give you access to all the children in your family.

Who is the Facilities Staff at Carson?
Our Custodial Team is avavilable at 472-2908. Christina Muros is our Lead Custodian. Her email is
Jay Hickcox, Carson's Facilities Assistant, is best contacted at
What is Carson doing to provide a safe environment for our students?
We strive to provide a safe and secure learning environment for the students, staff, and support personnel, as well as, provide security for school property and physical facilities. Also, we seek to enchance student school attendance through the investigation, intervention, and enforcement of Arizona truancy laws. We have two campus security officers. They can be contacted through the school main office at 472-2910.