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Mesquite Elementary School

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Posted May 31, 2013

This has been a wonderful school. My son was in Mrs. Gowens kindergarten Class. MY son has sensory needs and the school has gone above and beyond to help him :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

My daughter has attended Mesquite for two years now. I am so impressed with how dedicated the teachers are. I especially love that her teachers maintained high standards for her and always required her to work hard. When my daughter started to lose interest in reading, her teacher and the librarian both went out of their way to help spark her love of reading again. It was amazing! My daughter loves this school and so do I!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2012

My children have attended Mesquite for the last 4 years and I haven't had a bad expierience yet. I love the teachers and staff. They are so caring and work to help your child learn in his or her own way. My daughter had trouble with reading after first grade and because of the special attention she got she is not a reading dynamo two years later. The staff remember your kids and give them hugs in the hall years later. It's saying a lot to remember that many kids. I volunteer at the school often and I'm continually impressed with the dedication shown by staff. Go Moutain Lions! You won't be sorry in choosing Mesquite for your child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2012

My son is about to finish his third year at Mesquite. He has been a student since first grade and simply adores that school. I love the staff and teachers and feel that there isn't a better place for him. I have very high standards for education and am very picky, yet I've had no complaints with them. Wonderful schools like this deserve more credit than they get!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

One of the MALE 6th grade teachers asked the students to split up into groups: one side of the class who likes him, the other side who does not like him. UNPROFESSIONAL!!! Same teacher 6th grade SOCIAL STUDIES, was too busy for a WEEK to teach any-thing because he was planning a field trip& told his students after school he is too busy because he's a swim coach! Also telling them all his to do lists,so "KIDS JUST READ IN YOUR BOOKS". Don't waste my childs learning time!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2011

i can't express enough how wonderful this school has been for my children. We have never had a bad teacher and the Principal is caring and dedicated to the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

My son had a horrible kindergarten experience at a school in Queen Creek. For first grade he was with Mrs. Yanez and she did an amazing job with him and helped him trust teachers again. She has helped him with his shyness and has worked one on one with me to help my son succeed. She is AMAZING.The office staff is great too. I have been greated nicely every time I went in there and was helped right away. He loves school now and is very excited to go back next school year for 2nd grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2011

Mesquite is the best school ever my child has been going there since kindergarden and he has amazing grades his teacher mr. martin has helped him so much he says that he loves mesquite and if he could h would go there for junior high and high school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

My children attend Mesquite and I can not say enough how WONDERFUL it is. They have excelled since being switched to Mesquite, the teachers are so compassionate and the staff is like family when you walk in. Great parents too, we have many new friends in our lives from Mesquite.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2009

Mesquite gets a 4 star rating. my boy loves his school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

I have had experience with several schools in the Gilbert School District but have never found one to be as amazing as Mesquite Elementary. At Mesquite there are quality teachers, amazing parents and a dedicated Principal. Go Mountain Lions!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2007

I have been teaching at Mesquite Elem. for the past 8 years and think it's an amazing school because of the great parents, students and teachers! We work together as a team and support each other. The campus looks great after our construction! The kids are awesome. They inspire me and I love to do my job because of them! Way to Go Mesquite Mountain Lions! Our teachers are amazing! They are all' Highly Qualified ' and skilled and just a nice group to work with! Thank you for putting your heart and soul into teaching the children! I wish people would thank you all more for all that you do for their children!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 9, 2006

The fact that the teachers bring their own kids to this school says a lot! The school has a great family atmosphere and I feel like we're living back in the midwest. Teachers are great, and after construction, the school will be even better! Extracurricular activities offered at this campus could be much better though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2006

2005-2006 school year: children in 6th, 3rd grade, and half day kindergarten. Very impressed with ALP program (for older students) taught by Mrs. Abaroa: effectively challenged/inspired and educated students, using positive reinforcement. Disagree with 1/2 day kindergarten policy, children entitled to full day of instruction without additional cost. Mrs. Masterson is an outstanding kindergarten teacher. Other teachers vary widely in technique, abilities, effectiveness and disciplinary measures. Band and choir programs are average quality (based on experience with another elementary school in this district). Referrals to the 'RC' were arbitrary, inconsistent and frequently ridiculous-based on authority's possibly biased view of an event or feelings about a child. Teacher's should not be 'kept' based solely on tenure. I homeschooled nine years partially because of this, am tempted to do so again. Average curriculum. Principal seems very involved and caring as does PTO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2006

This has been a great school lotsof parental involvement. great schedule of activities. Our kids have thrived here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2006

My children went to this school for 5 years and the last 2 mr. Blanchard was there and it all it went down hill. Thinking gilbert would be a good district for my children I never considered the fact that we arent mormon and most of the children that attend that schhol are. My son did have the best 5 th grade teacher on earth she helped him more then any other teacher I have encountered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2006

My son graduated from 6th grade last year and looking back I would like to say that Mesquite Elementary is outstanding. I would particularly like to thank the teachers for their willingness to go above and beyond normal school hours preparing for and doing the Oceanography trip, the Bisbee trip, and the Northern AZ trip. Every teacher my son had at Mesquite went out of their way to know him, involve him (he's a bit shy), and encourage him. After all those wonderful personal attachments, I have to say junior high is a bit of a shock. Another real plus at Mesquite was all the shows they put on.. band, chorus, class plays. Every opportunity to get on stage and perform adds confidence. Thank you Mesquite Elementary teachers and staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

The academics are average, but the social education experience is lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2005

I am very, very pleased with Mesquite! I really like Mr. Blanchard I think he is an excellent pricipal. The teachers that we have had so far have been excellent! The school has a great feel about it, and you feel that the faculty is truley interested in the childrens learning and overall achievement. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2005

We have a had a great experience with this school. The Principal Mr. Blanchard is amazing he is very involved with the students day to day as well and the big picture. From the staff, teachers, parents and students it is a great neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 69% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 42%
Hispanic 21% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 4% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
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 17%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1000 E. Mesquite Street
Gilbert, AZ 85296
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