Academic Facts About Mesa Public Schools


  • Nine Mesa schools win A+ Awards - Mesa has a record-breaking count of nine schools among Arizona's best K-12 public schools. These outstanding schools are the 2015 winners of A+School of Excellence awards from the Arizona Education Foundation: High Elementary, Ishikawa Elementary, Mendoza Elementary, Porter Elementary, Robson Elementary, Sirrine Elementary, Sousa Elementary and Washington Elementary.
  • The Arizona Bioindustry Association chose Amanda Grimes, director of Mesa's Biotechnology Academy, based on her creativity and leadership skills.
  • 2015 Rodel Exemplary Teacher - Roseann Carlson.
  • Mesa was named the Best Big City in the Southwest by Money magazine, August 19, 2015.   Mesa joined Pittsburgh, Tampa, Denver and Omaha in the magazine's top five Best Places to Live 2015 edition, which includes cities with more than 300,000 residents..
  • The Arizona Department of Education commended nine Title I Reward Schools in Mesa for increasing student achievement. Bush, Entz, Highland, Johnson, Mendoza, O'Connor and Sousa elementaries; and Fremont and Shepherd Junior High were honored as High Performance and High Progress Reward Schools.
  • Our district is nationally recognized for student achievement in academics, sports, creative and performing arts, and career and technical programs.
  • MPS is a leader in providing educational choices to parents. We serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade. We also offer preschool and adult education.
  • 2015 All-State Music Festival of Honor: 22 percent All-State Choir placements; 14 percent All-State Symphony placements; 17 percent All-State Band placements.
  • Over the last 29 years (1983-1984 to 2014-2015) Mesa sports teams have won 182 state championships.
  • MPS seniors were offered scholarships with a total value of over $70 million in 2014-2015.
  • In 2014, residents contributed slightly over $2.1 million to MPS for extracurricular activities. Donors earned state income tax credits in return.  
  • MPS has enrolled approximately 63,213 students in 2015-2016
  • On a recent survey of approximately 2,470 seniors, 82 percent of the class of 2015 reported that they plan to attend some form of higher education (e.g., two-year college, four-year college, or trade/technical school). Of those, 63 percent indicated that they will be attending college full-time.
  • The Center for American Progress reports that MPS provides an excellent return on investment, based on per pupil spending and student achievement.
  • The Arizona School Public Relations Association presented Awards of Excellence to the MPS Planning and Boundary Design Advisory Committee, Mesa Educator Career Pathway Program and Educational Television Department. Service Learning, Mesa Youth Summit, Project Diversity and Adapted Physical Education won Awards of Merit.
  • Mesa Public Schools ethnic breakdown for 2014-2015 is as follows:

    Native American
    African American
    Pac. Islander  0.6%
    Multi-Ethnicity 1.6%


  • Two students were named National Merit Scholarship Finalists in 2014-2015 competition. Five National Hispanic Scholar were also named. MPS did not have any National Achievement Scholars.
  • MPS employed 3,773 teachers in 2015-2016.  Teachers can receive incentive pay for achieving class and school-wide achievement goals.  All Employees can receive incentive pay for achieving parent satisfaction goals
  • The MPS four-year graduation rate was 76 percent in 2014-2015. This rate is calculated by tracking students over a four-year period grade 9 through grade 12.
  • Four Mesa teens were 2015 Flinn Scholars. Flinn scholars receive full tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous and personal expenses for four years of undergraduate studies at ASU, U of A, or NAU; research projects and professional meetings with faculty mentors, travel abroad, and special cultural and intellectual activities and events; and meetings with state and national leaders in business, education, government, and the arts.
  • On the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT), Mesa Public Schools class of 2014 outperformed the previous class, as well as the state and nation as follows:
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  • On the American College Test (ACT), Mesa Public Schools class of 2015 again outperformed the previous class, as well as the state and nation as follows:


  • The MPS dropout rate for grades 7-12, utilizing the state-mandated formula, was 2.8 percent in 2014-2015. 



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