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Mesa, AZ
Students enrolled: 215
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221 West 6th Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85210

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(480) 844-3965
(480) 844-0205
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September 08, 2014
I love Mesa Arts Academy! The teachers are all so friendly and helpful! My daughters have both struggled with school/ home work while attending Mesa Public Schools, but they are both getting A's now and it's all due to having better teachers that actually attend to the needs of each student! I'm so grateful that we were able to finally get into Mesa Arts Academy! I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2013
My son's school is awesome. He is more interested in his studies now than ever before. This is really important for children to be successful.

- submitted by a parent

November 01, 2011
My daughter has gone to this school going on four years. When we first started there, we loved it. She is an advanced student, and i felt like they made sure she was challenged enough. Most of the teachers are amazing, communicate very well, and address issues right away. The principal and teachers have such big hearts for these kids. There have been issues that have been increasingly evident as my daughter has gotten into the higher grades, such as attitudes/actions of the kids. There is also supposed to be alot of parental involvement, but i don't feel like they have enough opportunities for us to be involved very often. It also is a pretty poor school, and one year, they ran out of food and my daughter was given crackers for breakfast, which appalled me! This year seems to be going much smoother and they are getting a better system down with the food, although i have also decided on my kids bringing their own lunches instead do to nutritional needs. Anyways,all in all, my husband and i and our kids are all very happy with this school and how it proves you can't judge a book by its cover. It is a small school with big goals for these kids!

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2011
I love this school! Teachers and staff have been great and help out so much.

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October 04, 2010
the school has help my kids see how much can be fun.in daily learning

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
Amazing school! I keep seeing the school on the local news stations, my daughter has been with the school for 3 years now and I am very proud of what she has been able to accomplish. Google "mesa arts academy news" and you'll be able to see first hand what this school has to offer.

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2010
The principle in this school has a great love for the children. The teachers genuinely care and teach these kids whole heartedly...the student base is atrocious. I could not believe the childrens behavior, foul language and bad attitudes... I chose this school because it was supposed to be one of the best and my children came home constantly telling me about someone hitting, bad mouthing the teachers, fighting, having foul mouths, etc... They dont have uniforms so the children wear crazy clothing, Mohawks, crazy colors ion their hair and the focus of these kids is more on fashion than academics. If you want your kids to be able to focus on learning with very little peer pressure, this is not the place for them.

- submitted by a parent
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June 26, 2009
This is the best school in Arizona also adding that the school is right next to the boys and girls club so we can go straight to there without any trouble and see friends and family there.

- submitted by a student

June 04, 2009
Its challenging but then again most students here are capable of doing what they are given to do. This school also gives my child come home with a great smile on his face from all the education and performing that this school has provided .

- submitted by a parent
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May 28, 2009
My child attended this school for a couple of years. It is a joke ! The children are not taught enough spelling words in any of the charter schools in Mesa that I see. Yes, they try however, when your child gets older she/he will struggle and not be able to make it into college. The staff all cover for each other. Please, make sure the children get a good education while they are young or else you too, may be facing what we are facing and it isn't pretty.

- submitted by a parent
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May 01, 2009
my son comes to this school and he is mr.cafros class and cameron thinks this school is great and so do i.

- submitted by a parent

December 15, 2008
My child lears far more at Mesa Arts than mere curriculum

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2008
This school is amazingly amazing. It is perfect for children to work on their career in show-biz. I reccomend this school to other parents like me, who's children want to grow up to be superstars!

- submitted by a community member

July 31, 2008
The dedication of the principal to encourage the students to high learning is incredible. All of the teacher are certified and dedicated they teach arts as theater, musical theater, photography, drawing and painting; plus academics. They have multicultural curriculum and also traditional one which integrate into a main course of study. As a parent i preferred to drive from Apache Junction every day because my daughter education is more important that any thing.

- submitted by a parent

November 27, 2007
I have 3 boys that attend Mesa Arts. I have noticed them exceed and challenged in all aspects of their school work. I was also able to compare what they learn at Mesa Arts and other Mesa & Tempe public schools which in some way gives them a disadvantage because of all the classes they are graded on. They just have to work much harder to maintain a perfect grade score level in order to qualify for Little Scholars. The only thing I do see the school lacking in is being able to handle conflict amongst the kids. I have noticed a lot of he say/she say stuff as well as not getting the full story from all parties involved and just making assumptions and this is to all staff. To much gossip & personal situations that need to be kept at home.

- submitted by a parent

July 16, 2007
I have 3 children who go to attend the Mesa Arts Academy. My childern have attended since kindergarten. I have seen the ups and downs of the school and have see hugh strides in my childern. They are exposed to the arts as well as great academics. The teachers are very caring and listen to opinions and suggestions. I love that fact that the program is adapted to my childs needs, unlike most other schools the child is excepted to adapt to the teachers ways. On the Negative, I am concerned about the facility they use. The boys and girls club allows them to use there building during the day. The facility is very run down. The bathrooms need to be renovated.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2006
We moved here to AZ 4 years ago, and I haven't found a school I was impressed with until now. MAA was the best thing for my boys. My 6th grader up until now didnt care about school and barely passed. Now he is getting the help he needs & has show the improvements for the hard effort of all the teaching staff involved. If you have never attended on of their REACH assemblies, you have to (your first time will make you cry). When the kids are asked 'Where are you going to go?' You hear every kid scream 'college'. I am truely impressed with the school as a whole and would tell everyone to send their kids there. The only thing the school is lacking is parental involvement. Not only is the school your child attend the key to their success, so is the parent.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2006
This school has taken the extra effort to ensure my child's success. Along with the options for band/choir/drama which all teach discipline and self control, they also go the extra mile academically. I have seen my child's grades improve dramatically in two subjects that she has always had difficulty in. Additionally, they go beyond what is deemed necessary when involving personality conflicts among the children. They actively participate with the parents in correcting behaviors that otherwise would result in truly negative consequences. I look forward to my second child enrolling this fall.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2005
I have been very pleased with the school so far. We've had a rough start, but I was very impressed with how the principle handled it. I think her discipline approach is fantastic. It's a little exhausting for the parent because she calls and keeps the parent informed every step of the way, but it is refreshing to have someone willing to take so much time out of her day in order to keep the parent involved and eliminate the problem. One area that I have been a little frusterated with is that we were told there would be a classroom a few weeks after school started. We are still in a temp room, and it's the end of October. Overall though I would say that I am very happy with the choice to take my child to Mesa Arts Academy. I would recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2005
At one time, there were some very good teachers here, now most of them have left. There still are some good teachers, but I doubt they will stay much longer. Discipline is based on dress code violations and never behavioral issues. The principal is very good at giving lip service, but little results.

- submitted by a parent

July 25, 2005
I would recommend this school to anyone who has a K-8th grader. My daughter has build up so much confidence in herself b/c of the interaction between teacher and student along with the small class size. The academic programs are targeted to specific grade level which is good. The only improvement that is needed would be the addition or modification of the restrooms which probably can be done with a state or city grant.

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2004
Undeniably an excellent school. I especially appreciate the smaller teacher/student ratio, so that no one gets overlooked. As stated from another post, I do also wish that the state would pitch in and help fund some bathroom improvements in the Boys & Girls Club. But other than that, my daughter's grades went from C's & D to all A's & B's and that is telling me a lot. The curriculum and the staff are fantastic and the discipline alternatives are very constructive. A great choice for any parent who wants their child to have more opportunities for individualized attention, and yet able to build lifelong peer-to-peer relationships with other students in the same environment. I love it! Great Job, staff.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2003
I am not a parent, but a former student. I had gone to Mesa Arts Academy for 6 years! It was really enjoyable. I made life long friends and was able to really connect with the teachers. They would share stories from their life and try to be great supporters for everyone. I would say that all the kids get equal attention and have unlimited opprotunites! it's a wonderful place to be, I'll truly never forget the time I spent there. It was wonderful!

- submitted by a community member

March 28, 2003
I discovered Mesa Arts Academy (MAA) while doing some research on Phoenix metropolitan area charter schools. I found an article on MAA in a (1999?) issue of Time Magazine that was comparing charter schools nationwide - MAA got a good review. My child has been there for a year and is VERY happy. I just wish more funds could be contributed to upgrade the buildings/facilities - especially the bathrooms. And I'm yet to be convinced of the 'Arts' focus, though my child has been in two school performances and learns quite a bit of music and dance. Other than that, computer access is good, attention to students is good, and social equality prevails. I like the school, particularly the affiliation with the Boys & Girls club which provides access to afterschool care at no cost.

- submitted by a community member

March 12, 2003
Excellent academic foundation, while incorporating many different facets of the arts. Also this school does a wonderful job of maintaining a nurturing small school atmosphere.

- submitted by a community member

October 15, 2002
Iam very pleased with our experience at Mesa Arts Academy. 5 of our children have attended at Mesa Arts and we are so pleased with the progress and communication between the Parents and Teachers.

- submitted by a community member
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Mesa Arts Academy
221 West 6th Avenue, Mesa, AZ  85210
(480) 844-3965
Last modified Mesa Arts Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mesa Arts Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top