Our schools and departments are special!

Examples of the district's unprecedented excellence in education abound. Here's a sample of our impressive achievements in 2010-11. There's no better place to learn!

Our Students

  • 25 National Merit finalists
  • Four Flinn scholars
  • $73.1 million in scholarship and award offers
  • Red Mountain High, state champions in girls softball and boys golf
  • Mountain View High, state champions in boys basketball and boys volleyball, state and national champions in pom
  • Westwood High, state champions in girls stunt team
  • Red Mountain High, FFA state champions in landscape and nursery operations, wildlife and agronomy
  • Skyline High, gold medal in state DECA competition
  • Mesa High, individual state champion in wrestling
  • Dobson High, state champions in speech, theater and debate
  • Mesa High, high school grand champion at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair
  • Crossroads, first place in Model United Nations and first place in National Stock Market games


  • O’Connor Elementary, 2010 national Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award
  • Salk Elementary, 2011 A+ School of Excellence Award from the Arizona Educational Foundation
  • 96 percent A+, A and B grades from parents on the Quality Service Survey
  • Mountain View and Dobson high schools, six first-chair positions at the All-State Music Festival


  • Top-10 city designation by GreatSchools.org for the best public schools nationwide in places with populations above 300,000
  • “Excellent return on investment” designation from the Center for American Progress, based on student achievement and per-pupil spending
  • Space Integration Module, Making a Difference Award from the National Science Teachers Association


  • Brad Breuer, Guerrero Elementary, National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation
  • Colette Bos, Smith Junior High, Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching
  • Pat Urdialez, Longfellow Elementary, National Family Literacy Teacher of the Year
  • Linda Knoblock, Taft Elementary, and Phyllis Sunkett, Stevenson Elementary, 2011 Rodel Exemplary Teachers
  • Nancie Lindblom, Skyline High, Arizona History Teacher of the Year
  • Walt Temme, Mountain View High, Arizona Music Educator of the Year
  • Renee Rude, Poston Junior High, Arizona Middle School English Teacher of the Year
  • Karen Tabor, Fremont Junior High, Arizona Middle School Art Teacher of the Year
  • Kristen Little, Mesa High, Arizona Dance Educator of the Year
  • Bill Mellyn and Mark Sandomir, Mountain View High, Innovation Heroes Awards from Science Foundation Arizona

News archive: 2010-11 


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