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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 849

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2323 East Mountain Gate Pass
Phoenix, AZ 85024

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(602) 449-4600
(602) 449-4605
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August 29, 2014
My daughter is an 8th grader at MTMS. I have been extremely impressed with the Principal, front office, staff, nurse and all of the teachers. The Principal is extremely approachable and the communication with the Princiapal, teachers and PTO is excellent!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2013
Such an amazing school! I was a new student and I was welcomed instantly into a wonderful group of students and teachers. There was no bullying, no drama, and good education and extra-curricular programs. I loved my experience at Mountain Trail!

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2013
Mountain Trail Middle School..Mountain Trails Middle School is among the most exceptional junior High Schools in Arizona.Their CORE Knowledge program,scores among the BEST in North Phoenix-Paradise Valley. It's an EXCELLENT middle school. The students have remarkable respect for one another. This is the result of the morally positive mission statement at Mountain Trails Middle School. Mountain Trail Middle School not only promotes (but encourages),the morals of honesty, kindness and "mutual respect.". It's certainly working in a very positive way. My son recently lost his(semi-costly),water container. It was later located in one of his school's classes,days later. This says a lot.Not just for the student(s),but for the positive actions of the facility at this middle school, as well. :-) This is a 5+-Star School, with 5+-Star Leadership,(in our families opinion). Mountain Trails Middle School has our family vote (collectively),of 5 members, as being a Middle School of "excellency," in the North Phoenix/Paradise Valley School District area. Mountain Trail Middle School deserves "EXCEPTIONALLY," high marks of achievement and recognition from among all U.S. Middle Schools :-)

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
I'm an eighth grader at Mountain Trail right now (supreme). School is almost done with, and then I'm off to Pinnacle HS. Mountain Trail is an awesome school! I love it! First off, it's clean! Second, the teachers are really great. I never really had a thing for science, English, or social studies... But the teachers attitude makes you a lot more motivated to learn. The bullying issues are taken care of quickly and fairly. And Mountain Trail has a really strict policy for bullying. So that's good. I was on Principals list for the whole first semester, and I was on honor roll for second semester. This school, I feel is really going to help me prepare for HS. The principal is awesome :D so are the duty aids. Most of my best memories were made at MTMS (like when the principal got pumpkin pie all in his face!) Your son/daughter would really really like it at Mountain Trail. I did :)

- submitted by a community member
March 30, 2013
I had a daughter graduate from this school 4 years ago and presently have s son in 7th grade. Both my children have had an excellent experience in this school. My daughter absolutely thrived in honors classes and was very involved in student government. My son is completely blossoming thanks to fabulous sports program (5 star coaches!) and his interaction with the principal. I would agree there are a few mediocre teachers but for the most part my children have been well prepared. Both enjoy/emjoyed their time at this at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2013
I dont understand why this school is getting so many stars. Look at the test scores people the proof is in the pudding. The school seems mediocre at best. they dont push and strive for excellence at all. Very disapointed that I wasted 2 critical years for my child's future at this school. I wish I would have done my research beforehand so that she will enter high school more prepared. Dont send your child this school if you want academic excellence for your child you wont get it at this school. My child got honor roll the 2 years here and his writing skills is below grade level. Teachers are not motivated to engage and enlighten kids. Stay away from this dismal school.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
The principal, asst. principal, and counselor are excellent when it comes to dealing with parents. They listen and take you seriously when issues arise. There are some EXCELLENT teachers here, and some AWFUL teachers, too. Most I would say are average overall. Bullying here is an ongoing problem, and punks are often moved from one class to another, just to cause trouble elsewhere. The curriculum, Core Knowlege, is fantastic, although I think science here is weak, with almost no labs to get the kids interested. In summary, I would say Mountain Trail is okay, better than many, probably not as good as a few others.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
there are NO fights/bullying at our school....pretty much EVERYONE gets along :)

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 03, 2009
My child just completed 7th grade, I feared a drastic change from P.P. Elementary to M.T.M.S. On the contrary, he adjusted very well, the homework page and grades available on the website helped keep up with middle school pressure, even if some teachers do not keep their site updated, we did not struggle too much and the year passed very fast. Thank you to Ms Carstens for being a great teacher, always available to help.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
Mountain Trail School set the foundation for my children at Pinacle. Thanks

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March 30, 2009
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February 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2008
My daughter loves Mountain Trail! The teachers are fantastic and go above and beyond the expectations! What a good transition from Elementry school!

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February 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 09, 2007
I do like MTMS but I have noticed (I'm in Honors English and Math) that in honors english you recieve more chances to expand your learning where as in regular classes you don't really get to expand your learning as much.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2007
Even though I have left a review about Mountain Trail in the past, I feel I must respond to the last reviews. Yes, Jan Hamrick does a tremendous job. Yes, Jim Lee left and the teaching staff has changed over the past couple years, Teachers move, retire, quit, and leave for various reasons. It happens in the corporate world every day, why would teaching be any different. There are several former MTMS teachers who left for the district office, giving them the opportunity to help all students in the district. I think that speaks highly for the quality of teachers who come to MTMS. The new teachers at MTMS have gotten rave reviews from my student, are responsive to me and challenge my student. MTMS is an Excelling school. So, obviously teaching to all student levels. Quality teachers + Excelling school = bad leadership. How?

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2007
Although I agree Jan Hamrick is a good asst. princ. and the campus is extremely clean, I have to bring this schools rate down because through all of my experience as being a teacher and a mother of 2 and of coarse my own scholastic career, I have never had so many consistent disappointments. I watch as my son and his friends are left behind. I see the non gifted kids falling through the cracks.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
My oldest who is now in high school attended MTMS, my youngest attends now. I have been greatly impressed with the dedication that I have seen from most of the teachers. As with any school you are going to bump heads occasionally with instructors, that happened once with one teacher who is no longer there. There has been a great deal of teacher turnover in the last couple of years. I do feel that since Jim Lee moved to District Office, the school has declined in its leadership. Jan Hamrick does a wonderful job as assistant principal. I wish I could express such confidence in the current principal.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
I am currently an 8th grade student at Mountain Trail. It is an absolutely amazing school. The honors programs gives students the opportunity to challenge their thoughts, which leads to ultimate success in the near future. The campus is clean and the teachers work together to make MTMS the great school that it is. Mountain Trial is one of the best schools i have ever attended. I would recommend MTMS to you if you want to set your child up for success. There are also many after school sports. MTMS 8th grade boys basketball is undefeated in the Paradise Valley School District! Go coyotes!

- submitted by a student
October 10, 2007
I attended MTMS for my 8th grade year and I am now attending St Marys HS as a senior. That being said, there are 2 reasons I am giving MTMS 4 stars, and 1 personal reason I am not giving it 5. MTMS has the most beautiful, clean, and efficient campus I have attended to this day. Personally, I find this very important. (Keep in mind though, this was 4 yrs ago..) The 2nd reason is because of the teachers. I wasnt too interested in my studies at the time and they somehow kept faith and motivation in me. I actually have just been nominated for Americas Future Leaders and I am listing a teacher of mine from MTMS as my most inspiring teacher. Trust me, I have gone through many teachers, some public, some private, and it is safe to say that MTMS has one of the best faculties.

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2007
This school is an excellent school. They teachers make sure that the students understand. There are no lockers so drugs are unlikely to be sold. Also, my daughters are happy they love this school. I would recommend any student going to this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 06, 2007
I went there last year. I loved all the teachers sooo much! I'll never forget any of them! Everyone who goes there is lucky.

- submitted by a student
July 31, 2007
Wow! We were new to Mountain Trail last year. My son and daughter received a great education and as new parents we were very impressed with the campus, learning environment and administration. Thanks for a great year.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2007
All the reviews prior to 2006 are correct. MTMS was a wonderful school. It all went down hill when Mr. Lee left. Now is a shame. Lack of leadership by the principal who not visible or caring. Lack of discipline and lack of quality teachers. All the good ones like Mr. Maynard, Mrs.Coyle, and Mrs. OBrien are gone. Dances were cut. I could go on. 2007-2008 will not be any different since I heard that move of the good teachers are leaving. I would think twice about sending my child to this school. PTO is very good. Something has to be done about the principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
For the most part all of the teachers we have had contact with are good. Communication could be better and more detail on schoolnotes.com. We have had repeated problems with bullies that the school is slow to respond to and in our opinion has dropped the ball in providing a safe environment. The campus being closed to parents is rediculous! At open house they encouraged parents to continue to be involved, but obviously not on campus.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
The campus is closed to parents, so there is little parental involvement. Though clubs are nonexistent, there are plenty of varsity sports. The math program is very good. The school dances, which used to bring in quite a bit of money, were cut. The range of teachers varies widely.

- submitted by a former student
September 20, 2006
I have a seventh grader and I am very very very happy with Mountain Trails Middle School.The academic programs and the teachers are probably the best that I have seen. Plus the communication and online tools are so nice to have.

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March 03, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 10, 2005
Great school with great teachers and administration. Very safe, very disciplined. Our daughter loved the school and did very well.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
Mountain Trail Middle school is an excellent school!! It is a great campus with extremley good teachers and is very safe. Students learn a ton in just one year and it is taught to them well. There are a ton of available things to do for example culinary arts, spanish, applied tech, chorus, drama, band etc. They have many sports and you can try out even if you are a beginer. Im not sure about parent involvment because im not a parent. This school is one of the top in the district and possibly state and if you are thinking about sending your kid here it is an EXCELLENT choice. - Former Student

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 03, 2005
Great school for academics! This school has a great offering of elective courses such as the tech program. The teachers were very committed and promote a excellent learning environment. Diversity is somewhat of an issue, but overall my daughter enjoyed the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2005
Mountain trail middle school is a very good school- your kids would love it there it is very high tech and up to date. I hope you choose this school for your child.

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2005
My daughters have just finished 7th grade and had a fantastic school year. They wished the school year would have been longer. The programs and participation/enthusiasm of the teachers is fantastic. Both of my daughters loved all of their teachers. Mr. Weaser, Spanish teacher did an incredible job in creating enthusiasm and interest I never thought could be done in a language class. My kid went around singing and acting out songs, learning more in a semester than most would need all year to learn and be bored with the class. We just wish we could have Mr. Weaser in 8th grade. Mr. Maynard is very enthusiastic about his math class and participates in all kinds of activities with the kids. Mr. Burt made social studies fun. Mrs. Scott was very sweet and my daughter loved her class. Whenever we had a question the teachers/principle were very helpful/responsive to the issue.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
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- submitted by a student
August 14, 2004
As a former student I'm telling you that anyone who says that this is a bad school has obviously never set foot on campus. It is such a beautiful school. The class I graduated with was the first to ever go through Mountain Trail, so we were there when the school was brand new. Disipline isn't a big issue and with our Student Resource Officer, Officer Peterson, fights are broken up before they begin.

- submitted by a former student
August 03, 2004
I used to go to this school, but then I moved to Avondale, Arizona in December 2003 during Winter Break. None of the schools here compare to Mountain Trail, its by far the best school I've ever gone to. Kids don't have to fear their peers there, yet at my new public school, Underdown Jr. High, I feel afraid to go there every morning. So far, a lot of my peers have been involved in horrible things that kids would not imagine doing at Moutain Trail. So, if any of you parents move to Avondale, make sure your kids go to a Private school or Charter school. It'd be worth paying the money. I will miss Moutain Trail for forever, and I'll never forget all my friends, its awesome staff, and the wonderful activities there.

- submitted by a former student
April 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2004
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- submitted by a staff
November 08, 2003
Mountain Trail Middle School is a wonderful school. Students love going there and participating in all the wonderful extracurricular activities they offer. Any student in the area should go there. It's as good as any private school.

- submitted by a parent
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Mountain Trail Middle School
2323 East Mountain Gate Pass, Phoenix, AZ  85024
(602) 449-4600
Last modified Mountain Trail Middle School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mountain Trail Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top