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Mission Heights Preparatory High School

Charter | 9-12 | 400 students

Our school is best known for our safe environment and high expectations.
 
 

 
 

Living in Casa Grande

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $91,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $660.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
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Community Rating

5 stars

Community Rating by Year
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 7, 2013

Mission Heights is a college prep high school that serves the greater Casa Grande area. Students are provided with rigorous curriculum, amazing teachers, and lots of support to reach our high expecations. It would be my pleasure to meet with you and your family to discuss the school and our programs in greater detail and depth. Please contact the school anytime to set up an appointment.

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Posted February 12, 2013

My son enrolled in Mission Heights for his senior year in high school after deciding to attend the Real Salt Lake Residential Academy soccer program in Casa Grande. He recently received a scholarship from a Division 1 school for both soccer and academics. Without the help that MHP has provided him this year, I know the academic scholarship would not have been possible. After coming from a large high school in the east, MHP has been a refreshing change. I have had better communication with teachers and administrators than I ever did with his home school district, which is rated as a top school district in the country. The smaller class sizes, more individual attention, and overall experience played a significant role in the type of university that he elected to choose. The faculty and staff are responsive and helpful, and the online system is outstanding. I always know where he stands academically and although he is 2000 miles from home, I feel that I know what is going on with him better than I ever did before. I would highly recommend attending MHP!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

This school is great! The students feel like they are part of a family, the teachers are passionate and really help the students learn, and the school is very safe!
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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Department of Education did not report AZ LEARNS results for this school.

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 53% 43%
White 34% 42%
Black 6% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A47%
Female 55%N/A49%
Male 45%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Cactus Middle School
Villago Middle School
Legacy Traditional School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 17% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 83% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 0% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Arizona
Grand Canyon University
University of California
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • AdvancED Accreditation (2012)
  • NCAA Approved (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: French, Spanish, German

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • SADD

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 1:55 am
School Leader's name
  • Matthew Chesney
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (520) 836-9662

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • College preparatory
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Casa Grande Teen Center
  • Sun Valley Community Church
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Bowling
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: French, Spanish, German
  • Forensics club
  • Game club
  • Hiking
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Rifle Range
  • SADD
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Cactus Middle School
Villago Middle School
Legacy Traditional School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Arizona
Grand Canyon University
University of California
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 17%
4 year college - 83%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 0%
Workforce - 0%
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1376 East Cottonwood Lane
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
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Phone: (520) 836-9383

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