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Great Hearts Academies - Mesa Prep

Charter | 6-12 | 380 students

We are best known for Liberal Arts Education.
 
 

 

Living in Mesa

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $75,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $760.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 9 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted April 7, 2010

Our child is finishing up 6th grade and will continue with Mesa Prep in the fall. The homework is demanding and it took some getting used to. Our daughter really has stepped up to the challenge and has been getting excellent grades. She doesn't enjoy the homework but has gotten used to it and has been following a schedule. She is very involved in extra curricular sports/ activities so she has been able to make time for those as well. We are thrilled to see how much she is learning. Would love to see a day off once in awhile from the uniforms :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

I have been very disappointed with MPA. My daughter enter this school with a high self-esteem and self worth. She entered MPA as a straight A student from an excellent Charter school. She is leaving MPA with a C- average and a low self esteem. I went several times to talk to her teachers about her grades and each time I was brushed off. The teachers there do have favorites, the students are very cliquish and disrespectful towards each other. There are no disciplinary actions taken towards the children that are out right mean to one another. We had high hopes for our daughter in regards to her future education and we believed that MPA would really help her reach her goals, instead, we now have to pick her, brush her off and help her to move forward from this school experience that has truly set her back several steps.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2010

Mesa Prep needs teachers who show more warmth and compassion for the students.The faculty for the most part are much too young. They are destroying our kids self esteem. Remember they are still young and do need some recognition. This school has some serious issues and I think alot of parents are starting to realize this.That accounts for all the withdrawn students this semester alone. The teachers and headmaster have their favorites and it is no secret.Mesa Prep would be a great school if they would treat the students fairly, that is not the case here. Alot of parents are fed up with the attitudes of the faculty and fact that Mr Wagner does not interact with most students only his brainiacs, and the parents who donate the most money.Why are the teachers allowed to wear there hair collar length ? That sends a good message to our kids .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2009

The previous post must have come from a parent whose child has been in constant trouble. The school. and Mr Wagoner, are not there to babysit. Rather, they are there to ensure our children get a well rounded education (including respect for others). Since he has been headmaster, we have found him approachable for all students as well as parents. The students respect him and find him fair to deal with. Yes, there have been withdrawals. Some have happened because the children weren't able to keep up with the program (it is highly accelerated), some had difficulty behaving (discipline and respect for others begins at home), and others relocated out of state. We have been with MPA for two years and have seen a marked improvement since Mr Wagoner stepped in. He knows students and parents by name and acknowledges their activities and achievements when he sees them. Love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2009

This school is good only if your goal is for your child to go to a liberal arts or Ivy league college- provided they are not burned out by then. The curriculum does not prepare our kids for the world they will be entering. They spend years reading the classics, learning latin, poetry etc. but yet have no computers, little instruction in communication/writing, typing, spanish, etc. I like the concept of teaching them to be so well rounded but not at the expense of necessities. Our other issue is the lack of teacher certifications and actual teaching experience at an age appropriate level. This is a huge problem. We started here with straight A's from a top charter school and one year at this school ended with C''s and D's, not to mention low self esteem and lower SAT scores. His IQ clearly did not go down...... It was a disaster.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2009

Changes have been made for the better. The education my kids receive is top notch. As with anything new, there have been growing pains. However, I know my kids are getting a great education. KUDOS to Great Hearts for making tough decisions and changes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

Mesa Prep is a great school as long as your child does not require any special services. The school is very new, 2006 est. and most of the teachers are new to the Great Hearts system. Some of the grades have had more than one teacher turnover in a year. Very demanding school. Great for well organized brainiacs,the rest will weed out by 9th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

I have been extremely disappointed with Mesa Prep. The first year was very good, but this school year took a turn for the worse. The academics are amazing, but the teachers are not good. They act like they don't care, and you have almost no support. The kids that go there are no different than at a public school, there are cliques, and fights, though more rare it still happens. The school is too small for so many people. I feel that with the absence of Ms. Mercado [former principal] the school has disappointed me. Mesa Prep is basically a smaller high school with AP courses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

This school has very good academics, and very few cliques


Posted June 2, 2008

MPA has turned out to be everything that we had wanted in a prep school. Small class sizes, engaging teachers and challenging curriculum. There are plenty of extra curricular activities available despite this being the first year of the school. If you or your child is looking for a school that you just drop them off and pick em up everyday, stay at your neighborhood public school. This school has a great sense of community and parents play an active role in the school. If you are looking for a school that will challenge your child academically, look no further than MPA.
—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 63% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
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 62% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • 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 70% 42%
Hispanic 16% 43%
Black 5% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 46%N/A49%
Male 54%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Edu-Prize, Gilbert
Zaharis Elementary
Franklin
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 2% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 98% (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 Barrett Honor College at ASU
Pepperdine
Any small liberal arts college
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Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Dance club: Ballroom
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Ancient Greek
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Latin

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Robert Wagner
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 222-4234

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Honors track
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • Ancient Greek
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • archery
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • archery

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club: Ballroom
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Latin
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve lunch
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
100
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
350
Students typically come from these schools
Edu-Prize, Gilbert
Zaharis Elementary
Franklin

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Barrett Honor College at ASU
Pepperdine
Any small liberal arts college
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 2%
4 year college - 98%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 0%
Workforce - 0%
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1303 S. Lindsay Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
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Phone: (480) 222-4233

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