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Mesa, AZ
Students enrolled: 726

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1407 North Alta Mesa Dr
Mesa, AZ 85205

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(480) 472-1800
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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 03, 2015
My daughter goes to this school and we both love it. The teachers show that they care and are very knowledgeable in what they teach.

- submitted by a community member

May 19, 2011
Alumni The school was one great ones 10 years ago but now Its sad school. My brothers go there. There are fights. The teachers are pale imitation of what I remember. The rules are ridiculous. I left that school with 4.0gpa

- submitted by a community member

July 11, 2010
Shepherd Jr. High is the best school in the nation. The staff there are kind and respectful, they take the time to understand what you need to get good grades. The staff helped me when I was put in a math class that was too easy. The teachers there are funny, unfortunately the funniest of them all retired after the school year ended in 2010. The social studies teachers take time to explain history and bring things in that are from the time period or replicas. We would often watch videos about the time period and write notes about it.The math teachers are excellent role models for students everywhere and would take the time to make power point presentations to help students understand the subjects.

- submitted by a community member

February 24, 2010
i am a student at shepherd and have gone there for about two years. i have a 3.9 average but that doesn't mean i enjoy this school. in fact this is a very unsatisfactory school. there are many cliques and there are at least three fights a week on school grounds. it takes the teachers at lunch at least five to eight minutes that a fight has broke out. i also find the teachers to not be helpful. they instead just expect that you already understand and don't take the time to go over subjects. another thing i don't enjoy is how it feels like a jail cell in each room because there isn't any windows.

- submitted by a student
no rating
December 01, 2009
this school is not a great experience. the teachers are rude, and most of the staff is disrespectful. the secretary is extremely disrespectful, and has an attitude. it does not have windows, and there are cameras all over the school now, providing absolutely no privacy. i've been at this school since 7th grade and i am now in 9th grade, and every second at this school was miserable. i do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a student

August 12, 2009
I attend Shepherd Junior High and am now a freshman. The school has it's ups and downs, like any other. I am on Spiritline, was Student Council President, involved in Advanced Dance, and am in accelerated classes. I have had some very good teachers, but compared to a friend from Stapely, she has a much better situation with teachers, but not with the students. Shepherd is full of some very good kids with good work ethic, and the staff is constantly trying to improve the school. With budget cuts, the school is doing the best they can. With that being said, Shepherd is one of the best schools in Mesa.

- submitted by a student
no rating
June 10, 2009
This school is horrible. It claims to be a 'Great School', however, moving from out of state to this school was a bad idea. There are no windows so my son, who attended 7th grade said it felt like a dungeon. As a parent, there was lack of communication between parent, teacher, student. My son was not doing well academically, and there was no where to turn for help for him. I was highly disappointed in this school and it's honestly a disgrace to our school system. Unfortunately, other parents who haven't experienced a true 'Great School' have no idea that this school needs serious help!

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2009
I would have to say overall; Shepherd is a wonderful school. There are so many caring, well educated teachers that love to share their knowledge with our children. We have experienced some problems due to ignorance and discrimination on the part of a few teachers and the leadership of the school. Unfortunately parents often believe the leadership of the school is taking care of the problem, are too busy to follow up, or sit back and hope things will be resolved. Many of the more serious problems are swept under the rug and never brought to the attention of the district. However, compared to oher schools in the area, Shepherd rocks.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 28, 2009
i really do like this school, i have good grades,lots of amazing friends, and i like all my teachers. A really great thing about it is the dance groups, i am an 8th grade girl and dance is my life... school at shepherd is awsum really fun and i love it here. dont want to leave but thats ok. its my little bro's turn shepherd is an amazing school.

- submitted by a student

October 16, 2008
My children are attending this school and they both have high GPAs. They adore Shepherd because of the understanding teachers and the nice staff. My kids have never felt threatened or scared at Shepherd. This is the best middle school in Mesa.

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2008
I absolutely love Shepherd. This is THE best school to go to. (:

- submitted by a student

August 15, 2008
This is a good school if your child does not have special needs. If your child needs support you better look somewhere else

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2008
When a problem arose, two out of four teachers responded to my call immediately. The counselor was also very quick in responding. Immediate action was taken on a serious issue. Overall, I feel this school has done well in responding to parent concerns. Office staff has been very courteous and helpful. Cafeteria staff also.

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2007
I am a student at this school, and I have to say, we have the best football team this year! Undefeated! Woo! Well, also the dance program is awesome.

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 06, 2007
Shepherd jr. High. So many words that can be said about this school all of them being great. I enjoy attending this school very much because I learn so much from not only the school work, but from the teachers and students as well. I must admit that I have had problems with a few students but no violence occured , and the issue(s) resolved. I would recommend this school to everyone!

- submitted by a student

April 23, 2007
Shepherd is the best school ever when it comes to theatre! I am very involved in performing arts and the musical theatre class has left me to feel right at home. Thank you Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Turley & Mrs. Lauricella!

- submitted by a student

March 03, 2007
I have attended this school for three years. The extracurricular activities are oustanding and there are many to choose from. I have had problems with some of the teachers though. I've also had problems with some of the students that I attend school with. Therefore that causes problems. Overall this school, in terms of academics, is good.

- submitted by a student

September 18, 2006
I reviewed all junior highs/high schools in mesa when determining where to move. I decided that the best overall school would be shepherd/red mountain, based on academics,sports,safety, and religious pressures. We then found a neighborhood that we liked that included these two schools. My daughter is in her 2nd year at shepherd and it has been a great experience. Some teachers are great and others so so. Frustrating that school sports not available till 9th grade. The kids seem to get along pretty good with minimal 'bullying' or 'meangirl' issues.

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2006
This School is great for me becuase it is a smooth running operation and meets there interests from Basketball to math club they've got it all.

- submitted by a student

March 11, 2006
My daughter is attending her third year at Shepherd Junior High and my husband and I continue to be impressed by the quality of instruction she recieves from teachers who clearly state the goals and criteria required. Although my daughter is satisfied to earn average grades, I feel she understands what is expected if she wants to achieve higher grades. The teachers, counselors, and the princepal have always been receptive to our concerns as her parents and communication has been courteous and informative. Security on campus is excellent with diligent awareness on the part of all adults in charge of supervision. Consistent attention is paid to dress code, student identification, student to student issues and dealt with fairly. By setting high expectations and requiring students to follow the rules, these educators have made one of the most difficult stages of a child development a safe and positive experience for our family.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2006
Thank you! What my daughter is learning is outstanding. Thank you for preparing her for the future.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2005
Shepherd Jr. High is the best Jr. High in Mesa! Both of my children went there and they both loved it. We never had problems except for one teacher.

- submitted by a student

July 27, 2005
Both of my children attended this school. The band program was great, sports programs were awesome, and the teachers were superb.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2005
The teachers are good, the principal doesn't show respect toward parents or students from our subdivision. Were the highest minority and lowest income bracket than the majority of shepherds students.

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2003
My child absolutly adores this school. She has had no problem what-so-ever with drugs, hazing, or other school violence. The staff is kind and considerate of my child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 30, 2003
The only reason Stapley is 'clicky' is because of the strong religious background that many of the students possess. At Stapley there tends to be no separation of church and state, which poses a problem for some students. Honestly, it has very little to do with the teachers and staff; instead it has all to do with 'the church.'

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2003
My son attended Stapley before and the staff is much nicer and more helpful at Shepherd. Stapley is also very clicky, I've had three kids attend that school and everyone of them had trouble. My son has excelled so much this last year which I think is mainly because of the school/teachers. Thank you Shepherd Jr. High!

- submitted by a community member

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Shepherd Junior High School
1407 North Alta Mesa Dr, Mesa, AZ  85205
(480) 472-1800
Last modified Shepherd Junior High School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Shepherd Junior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top