Photo of students in a Montessori class using hands-on tools, a teacher kneeling down to speak to a student, and two students at Mesa Academy using a telescope

Why choose Mesa Public Schools?

Mesa Public Schools is the largest public school district in Arizona, educating more than 64,500 students in preschool through 12th grade. The award-winning district comprises six comprehensive high schools, nine junior high schools, 50 elementary schools and 17 choice and success schools.

The district offers a broad array of programs to students, including:

Montessori (pre-K to sixth grade)
International Baccalaureate (K to 12th grade)
Dual language immersion (K to sixth grade)
• Honors and Advanced Placement courses
AP Capstone diploma program (ninth to 12th grade)
Career and Technical Education programming (seventh to 12th grade)
Franklin Traditional Schools (K to eighth grade)
STEM and STEAM experiences (K to 12th grade)

Mesa Public Schools by the numbers

SUCCESS

  • 27 A+ Schools of Excellence (2014-17)
  • 20 Civic Engagement Schools (2016-17)
  • 20 National Blue Ribbon Schools (1982-2017)
  • 46 America's Healthiest Schools (2016-17)
  • 10 schools named PBIS award winners (2016-17)
  • ASBO International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (31 consecutive years)

STAFF

  • Employees - 9,180
  • 26 National Board certified teachers
  • 58% of certified staff have advanced degrees
  • 2017 Arizona IB teachers of the year - Dotti Craw and Brittany Schreiber, Summit Academy
  • 2017 Arizona Outstanding Earth Science Teacher - Allison McIntosh, Rhodes Junior High
  • 2017 Southwest District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year from Society of Health and Physical Educators - Courtney Teatro, Stevenson Elementary
  • 2017 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year from Arizona Health and Physical Education - Mindy Przeor, Zaharis Elementary
  • 2017 K-12 Educator of the Year from North American Association for Environmental Education - John Jung, Mesa High
  • 2017 Technology Director Innovation award-winner from Arizona Technology in Education Association - Nathan Myers, Educational Technology director
  • 2017 State Teacher of the Year from the Air Force Association - Nancy Parra-Quinlan, Kino Junior High

SYSTEM

  • 36,100 daily bus route miles driven
  • 35 reported languages spoken in our homes
  • 58,000 daily meals served 
  • 481 athletic teams and programs
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Read the spring/summer 2018 issue of the district's magazine