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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 802

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5555 East Pinnacle Vista Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85085

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(480) 272-8600
(480) 272-8699
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June 12, 2015
We had a great experience at Sonoran Trails Middle School. We found the teachers were caring and engaged. They challenged the kids and made learning fun. There are a number of great clubs and extracurricular activities. The principal is engaged and well respected. The counselors are fantastic and do a great job getting the kids to start thinking about college and what type of career they may want to consider. We had a fantastic experience at STMS!

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September 17, 2012
STMS is an excellent school. We have been so pleased with the quality of the teachers, their enthusiasm, their knowledge and their ability to incorporate 21st century technology into the curriculum. They bring a fresh approach to teaching which has engaged my child and increased their enthusiasm about learning. The principal and assistant principal have a strong presence at the school and are always available to both the parents and the students. STMS offers World Language as a core class, so students have language instruction in either French, Mandarin or Spanish daily. I would highly recommend this school!!

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March 22, 2012
I have a son that is finishing 8th grade this year. STMS has really turned around with the new administration. It is the only middle school that offers a complete world languages program with daily language classes. We've encountered caring teachers that are willing to help kids that want to learn.

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June 21, 2010
STMS is a great school. The teachers are always very helpful and available at any time. The principal is very involved with the students. My daughter really enjoys going here. I recommend STMS to anybody.

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June 03, 2010
STMS is an excellent middle school and we feel so fortunate to have our daughter there. I was anxious about the school before she started, but the school completely exceeded my expectations. She was challenged academically, she was held to high expectations from the teachers and she has really grown this year. Discipline problems exist in any middle school, but the principal of STMS has a huge presence with the kids and his expectations are clear.

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March 07, 2010
STMS is outstanding. We have been so pleased with the quality of the leadership - very grounded and the teaching staff are outstanding. My children are very happy and doing quite well. Issues are handled well and the teachers care a lot about their students. Love this school!

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September 10, 2009
We are from Europe and we moved to AZ a few months ago. Our son is currently at Sonoran Trails and really this is the worst school we have ever seen. Academic level is really extremely low, classes are more than full and there is a huge bullying problem going on. Some students are organizing themselves in little gangs and the lady who is in charge for this kind of problems doesn't want to hear about this matters happening in her school. Panels with 'no bully' are everywhere to find but again the person who is in charge has a very strange strategy to resolve the problems, she keeps the bad kids in the classrooms and school transportation and suspends the victims that are trying to defend themselves! Pretending there is nothing wrong going on. Really disappointed....

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August 11, 2007
3 of my children have gone through STMS - two are now in HS and one is in college. STMS has been a outstanding exper. for all my kids. The front office staff is very welcoming and the teachers are very committed and caring. The communication between parents and teachers is wonderful. Newsletters are very informative and interesting to read. Administration seems to be very committed to a well run, successful middle school experience for all.

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June 02, 2007
My daughter spent 3 successful years at STMS and is off to high school. As middle schools go, it was a good place for my motivated daughter. She had excellent teachers and great opportunities. She was involved and hardworking and got the most out of her experience. I think she is well prepared for the challenges of high school and AP course work. Parent involvement is encouraged and I was happy to have a network with other parents.

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April 26, 2007
I've got one student in Sonoran Trails and another who is a past student in H.S. The quality of teaching is suspect. I've grown so disappointed with the academics at the school that I am looking to move just so I can enroll me kids in a better quality school district.

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May 15, 2006
Sonoran Trails provides a high quality academic program. The school offers a variety of elective subjects and sports programs. Their strength is in the welcoming atmosphere for parent involvment and genuine caring for studnets.

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March 03, 2006
Academically, STMS is right on par. They have a staff of caring teachers who have really helped my son this year. They go out of their way to stay connected with both the student and parent.

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October 23, 2005
OK school that could be better - class sizes are much too big. The student population isnt very diverse which is reflective of the community. Teachers seem to know their students well which must be a challenge given the class size.

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February 07, 2005
Need more organized gifted/honors programming; the district is working on this but not there.

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July 09, 2004
Somewhat disappointed in overall middle school. I like the idea of the longer class times but do not feel that the time is used wisely in some classes. Would like more emphasis on achievement and music.

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April 02, 2004
I have one child currently at Sonoran Trails and another entering 6th grade this year. Our family loves the staff and teachers we have encountered. The teachers are very dedicated and go above and beyond the call of duty. I would like to see more technology in our school. I am a working mom who wants my kids to be sucessful in school. These teachers work hard and deserve all the support they can get. Sonoran Trails is a great school in a great community. Keep up the good work! We will keep pushing for better technology to communicate teachers needs and students progress.

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July 24, 2003
STMS has an extremely dedicated staff that bends over backwards to work with their students. Discipline is high and in some instances a little over the top. Implementing the new math program to students in middle school is ridiculous and has to be the reason why the students did so terribly in math testing. Many parents moved their children from the CCUSD to private or charter schools because of this math program. Get rid of it and get back to basics!

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Sonoran Trails Middle School
5555 East Pinnacle Vista Drive, Phoenix, AZ  85085
(480) 272-8600
Last modified Sonoran Trails Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sonoran Trails Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top