Mesa Academy named best middle school in Arizona

Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies is ranked top middle school by SchoolDigger.com. The Academy serves students in fourth through eighth grade.

Mesa Academy Cahill and ButlerMesa Academy for Advanced Studies has been ranked as the No. 1 middle school in Arizona by SchoolDigger.com. This is the second year in a row Mesa Academy has achieved this recognition.

Assessment scores used in the ranking include AIMS Science, and AzMERIT mathematics and English language arts.

"This recognition is a result of dedicated students, supportive parents and outstanding teachers working together," says Robert Crispin, principal.

Even though rankings are based on average assessment scores, Crispin stresses that it's important to remember, "There are many, many more criteria — objective and subjective — that add to the overall quality of a school."

Mesa Academy is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school, offering an innovative curriculum that prepares students for advanced college-level classes. In addition to core academic subjects, Mesa Academy offers courses in technology, music, art and physical education. Academy students explore the curriculum through integrated lessons that incorporate global perspectives and international understanding. Students also study world languages and cultures, including Spanish and Mandarin.

Many extracurricular activities, such as LEGO Robotics, National Junior Honor Society, choir, National Academic League, Math Counts, and the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair, provide opportunities for students to participate in interests outside the regular school day.

Applications for the 2016-17 school year will be accepted Jan. 11 to Feb. 12. The application and instructions will be available online after Jan. 11. Successful applicants and students who are placed on the waiting list will be notified in April. For more information, call 480-308-7430.

(Pictured: Mesa Academy eighth-graders Alexandra Cahill and John Butler. Photo by Tim Hacker/Mesa Public Schools)

 

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