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22401 North 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85050

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(602) 449-4200
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December 07, 2014
Average at best, going to the School board tomorrow to put a complaint in. The English teacher is disgruntled mess. I have never had a teacher blatantly not take responsible for her mistakes. As a concerned parent I don't want to be told what other kids have done, I care about my child and I am here to advocate for my son. She is the only teacher I have an issue with here at the school. The assistant principal is no prize either. When my son's hat was moved and ultimately was just a joke between boys she could't be bothered to go into a locked classroom to help recover it and let him go through a 4 day weekend thinking it was stolen. She was condescending on the phone, and although I have not met her in person I care not too. I am unhappy with a teacher that states she does not want the parent to solve the kids problems yet sends a email home weekly for you information. But don't consult her website like she states if you have questions because oh well it's wrong. She'll have to fix that. Twice this year. Oh and that's on your kid because she repeatedly tells them what they need to do. The website must be there for show.? Who knew?

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2014
This school is ridiculous! The assistant principal is worthless the teachers rude and I don't think the kids are anything worth mentioning. They don't care if they loose students and have even been told that if I am not happy with the school to find another! The teachers will stand in front of you say they adhd tell you they want perfection from your child but will not give perfection in return and then make a child with adhd feel stupid and even tell the class they have it! Can't wait to get my child out of here!!! Wish I could give negative stars!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
I agree with the comments below about bullying. If your child doesn't wear provacative clothes or have a boyfriend or sexts then be prepared ot have your child bullied. Looking for another school where my daughter will feel comfortable being a smart, compassionate child.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2014
This school has been amazing! I was a there for 2 years and loved it. Explorer has a wide range of activities and classes that make learning fun! The teachers are amazing and always lend a helping hand. The staff is nice, polite and all-round amazing. They offer tutoring for students who need extra help and the councilors provide a safe place for you when you need help. I have been very impressed with this school and wish I could have stayed longer!

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2014
Explorer Middle School has been absolutely wonderful! Not only do they focus on the student's education, safety, and overall sense of school spirit, the teachers and administrators make it a point to communicate with parents on a consistent basis. My son has had a fantastic two years at Explorer. Not to say he hasn't had his "challenges" that come with being a normal outgoing boy. However, those situations were always handled in a professional manner. I believe that due in large part, Explorer's curriculumn and emphasis on education is one reason why my son was accepted to both Notre Dame and Brophy Preparatory.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Explorer Middle School is a great school. They have 75 minutes of Math, Science & English. Other schools only have 42-45 minutes. That is key. This is a STEM school specializing in Science, Technology, English and Math. Imperative to student success in growth. Teachers are good. New Principal seems very nice. Overall happy in our 2nd year there.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2013
Our personal experience at Explorer has met all of our expectations. Our daughter came from an exceptional elementary school and we fully expected her educational experience to remain the same at Explorer and we have not been disappointed. The curriculum is challenging and some of the teachers can have high expectations for the kids and that is perfect for preparing them for high school. Our daughter met a great group of kids and we have not witnessed any bullying issues. If it has occurred then it is very isolated and unfortunate. The school does have a bullying policy in place and our daughter is very aware of it and has not witnessed any bullying personally. We rated it four stars because every school has room for improvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2013
The bullying is out of control at this school and absolutely nothing has been done. There are mean kids that the administration chooses to look the other way with. Something needs to be done. There are good teachers whose hands are tied. Don't open enroll your students here...

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2012
I am confused and dismayed at the negative reviews posted regarding bullying at Explorer Middle School. It simply doesn't go on at Explorer and I am pretty sure the reviews below are from one or two disgruntled parents. I have been an EMS parent and volunteer for 2 years and am extremely impressed with the quality and dedication of the faculty and the variety of programs that are offered for the students. As many have noted, the technology classes are exceptional and the growing music and drama departments are the best of any middle school in the district. About 1/2 of the students at EMS have open enrolled which means that they choose to go to school at Explorer. EMS also has the highest test scores of any middle school in the district. There are numerous opportunities to volutneer and you can get involved as much or as little as your schedule allows. The PTO is active and very supportive of the staff and students. They also have a fabulous fall festival that this the talk of the community every October.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2012
The bullying is out of control at this school. Something needs to be done. I am removing my child.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2012
This is my 1st year at Explorer and my husband and I are happy with our choice. My 2 older kids attended Mountain Trail Middle another good school however, this time we allowed our youngest child the opportunity to choose for himself. He came home yesterday beaming as he told us he got straight A's this time. He's had to work hard especially in English Honors but the work has paid off! The leaders and staff are all hard working and dedicated. As a member of the PTO and district Rep -- this school has a very active group of parent volunteers and we work closely with the administration to provide the best learning environment for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2012
We open-enrolled our daughter at Explorer this year like 400 other families, and have been more than impressed with her experience. Not only was she able to make wonderful friends (after not knowing anyone), but her teachers have been very kind and helpful with the transition. Her counselor, Nicole Hansen, has gone out of her way to make sure she felt comfortable in a new environment even having a girl's lunch bunch once a week for the first few months of school so the girls could get to know each other. Our daughter's favorite classes have been choir and drama. Both teachers are young and energetic. They make learning fun. My daughter has learned more in choir this year than she has by taking private voice lessons. Ms. Burdick, the choir teacher, is outstanding. The variety of electives offered at this school far exceed what I've seen offered at other area middle schools. Although this school prides themselves on being a STEM school and has 75 minutes allocated for math as well as English, there are lots of options for kids who's interests lie elsewhere. The staff and administration treat the kids like young adults yet still allow them to be kids. We are glad we chose Explorer.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2012
My child attended Explorer for both 7th and 8th grade. She was in Honors English both years and was very active in the extra curricular activities Explorer has to offer. Not only was she well prepared for the classes at Pinnacle and had a positive experience, but she continues to volunteer and assist with the after school activities.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2012
This school is amazing. The staff truly does try and take care of everything that goes on. I recently had a problem with another student, and I reported it to my teacher. She sent me to the vice-principal where I told her about it and she was understanding and in charge of the situation. By the end of the day everything was sorted out, and this happened in 6th period. This school also offers a variety of electives and extracurricular activities for students. The technology use in the school is phenomenal as well. The only problem is the dress code isn't enforced harshly enough.

- submitted by a community member
September 08, 2012
I removed my child from this horrible school where bullying is rampant almost a year ago and my child still has not recovered (and that is a medical diagnosis - not my opinion). Thank you to all the teachers, students and leadership for giving my child PTSD by not controlling the "lovely" kids who attend here.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2012
My child has been thriving at Explorer. Great school, lots of updated technology, a wide variety of electives to chose from, and a challenging honors curriculum. Be prepared for lots of homework, a bit of a transition from elementary school, but once they get into the routine, its manageable. Very happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2012
best school of technology that i have ever been to they are so kind especially the principal and the vice principal and the counclers are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 2012
Explorer has great technology programs, strong & dynamic leadership, and (for the most part) caring and concerned teachers and counselors. One child had some problems being bullied, while the other witnessed some very inappropriate behavior. In both cases, the administration was completely on top of the situation and went out of their way to keep me updated on the resolution. I was very impressed with their responsiveness.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2011
As the adult sibling of a younger child that tried to attend this school I am appalled at the lack of understanding, caring, empathy and control (by upper level staff) shown at this school. The behavior of the students is inappropriate and as aforementioned, the staff as well, who "cannot promise to put a stop to bullying". There are a group of "mean girls" here who put the movie characters to shame.

- submitted by a community member
December 13, 2011
I have been very happy with Explorer and the staff. I have found that they are very caring and willing to help, and in fact many have gone above and beyond the call of duty when my child has needed assistance. We did have some problems with bullying (as I am sure every middle school has) but these situations were addressed immediately. In fact I was surprised at how quickly this was taken care of. The school has amazing technology available and some very enthusiastic and supportive teachers. I realize that everyone has a different experience, but I have never had anything other than positive interactions with the staff at Explorer.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2011
When CCUSD closed the school my child attended late last spring it was sad. But I need to send the superintendant and board a THANK YOU! It was the best thing that ever happened to my child because it forced me to look elsewhere. If I now had to drive my child several miles to the other CCUSD middle school (one with lower academic achievement, etc. than what they closed) I might as well see what else was out there. We found Explorer. The principal is completely committed to her school and to securing top resources for the kids. Classes are comprehensive. The honors English curriculum had just been re-written and it is in-depth and challenging--true honors. The teachers and staff are all committed to the students. The facilities, clean and well cared for (ours were old, severely in need of renovation and smelly). We moved from a school with 15 year old computers to one with BRAND NEW Macs, Google Beta testing, computer labs a television studio, radio broadcasting, engineering, advanced engineering, band, choir, strings, languages...they have it all. I only wish I had found it earlier for my other children.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2010
I believe my child is receiving a very good education at EMS. I am quite pleased with how the classes are challenging the students to excel and reach for higher limits. The teachers go beyond just "getting the grade" but ensure that the concept reaches home. They answer the whys as well as the hows. I know that the school, teachers, and parent partnership is a key to this school's success.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2009
The above rating is what I, as a student, believes. I suppose the rating could be a 4 or 5 star...I do think that the school should show more support for their student and realize that they may be struggling. Explorer is a wonderful school, but I am not very happy with it sometimes.

- submitted by a student
November 25, 2008
Explorer MS of Technology, is a student-centered environment for 21st Century learners, offering unique exploratory electives and extra-curricular activities that meet the developmental needs of adolescents. Explorer offers innovative and challenging elective courses to meet a wide range of abilities, interests, and talents. Classes are available for gifted, special education, and ELL students. Explorer has a commitment to the Arts and offers band, chorus, orchestra, piano, visual arts, culinary arts, drama, and broadcasting. The school has a comprehensive anti-bullying program and trains students, staff, and parents. The PTO is an integral component of the school's success and encourages parents to get involved and join one of numerous subcommittees that support the school. The principal is willing to take anyone interested on a personal tour of the school, and encourages everyone to visit the school's website created by students in the Web Page Design and Digital Imaging class.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 21, 2008
We're a bit less enthused than some of the others here. Mostly quite good faculty, but that's not the case across the board. Some years ago this school suffered from severe front office staff dissension, but that appears to have subsided. Nurse is great. One of our children had an entirely goofy honors teacher last year. Tried to be involved in PTO several years ago but it only did the one fund-raiser. So, mixed review.

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November 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2008
We arranged a tour of this school and were treated wonderfully. We had to wait quite a while for a response, but when the principal finally had time, she spent it generously on us, giving us a comprehensive tour. We were very impressed and plan to open-enroll our son there.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2008
My child loves Explorer Middle School. The teachers are fantastic and the principal and vice principal are great.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2008
This is the best school ever. My child LOVES it here, and the staff is GREAT!

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October 30, 2007
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May 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
I currently go to Explorer Middle School in 8th grade and really appreciate what all the teachers and principle have done to make a better learning experience. As you know that Explorer is now the school of technology, by the Paradise Valley Unified School District(PVUSD). PVUSD has gave us the top technology to make this happen. And not only that it has been rewarded best school for anti bullying. Altogether, Explorer is an excellent school to attend and i highly recommend you to as a student.

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August 13, 2006
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April 20, 2006
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November 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
My son has had a great experience at Explorer. He has always felt safe and comfortable - unlike a lot of jr. high experiences. Teachers have all been great!

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
Great school and school district.

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July 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2004
The parent organization is willing to help in many ways but the principal will not let us do anything.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2004
We came to Explorer part way thru the year and found the front office very kind and helpful. The registrar did not give a very good first impression. She was very matter of fact. Most of the staff has been good. My child's impression of his/her English teacher was that she was very lazy. Not a great comment for a parent to hear. There are good and bad. Hopefully a full year will give us a better feeling.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2004
Great school, well-run, excellent teachers!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2004
When attempting to work with two teachers at explorer middle school regarding my son's grades, they made extraordinary attempts to not meet with me. They could not explain to me why study materials were not available to him to bring home. He did have textbooks at home, but the teaching staff indicated they did not use the text, and the information was only available in class? When I asked for a meeting to discuss how he could study at home when the information was only available in class, they brushed aside my request. I am still working on the issue.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2003
My son has thrived at Explorer-his teachers seem very caring and make learning very interesting which is what is needed at this age group. He has been an average student and now is a solid A/B student who loves school

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High student achievement, student-centered atmosphere, comprehensive anti-bullying program, positve student citizenship program, peer tutor and peer mediation programs, student accountability programs, student created web site, innovative technology programs, block English, advanced level math courses and Honors English, outstanding performing and visual arts programs

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Explorer Middle School
22401 North 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85050
(602) 449-4200
Last modified Explorer Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Explorer Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top