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Shepherd Junior High School

Public | 7-8 | 726 students

 

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Posted August 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted May 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.'
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Posted 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!


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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 65% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
75%
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 58% in 2013.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 42%
Hispanic 21% 43%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 1% 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 42%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

Fax number
  • (480) 472-1888

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
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  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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1407 North Alta Mesa Dr
Mesa, AZ 85205
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Phone: (480) 472-1800

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