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Explorer Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 917 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted June 2, 2008

My child loves Explorer Middle School. The teachers are fantastic and the principal and vice principal are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2008

This is the best school ever. My child LOVES it here, and the staff is GREAT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 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


Posted July 25, 2005

Great school and school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2004

The parent organization is willing to help in many ways but the principal will not let us do anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 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


Posted April 25, 2004

Great school, well-run, excellent teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 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


Posted November 2, 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2003

My son attended Explorer, he moved for brief time to the Bay Area with his father. he returned after 5 months. This was during this last year in eighth grade. He realized how much support and that Explorer was a a great school after all. For a eighth grader who really does not like school, thats an accomplishment!!!


Posted March 28, 2003

I have just recently enrolled both my daughters into Explorer Middle School. Taking them out of a school district they have been in for 7 years. Being the age that they are, I think we all know it was not an easy transition for any of us. Reluctant as they were, I would just like to say your school has made them feel right at home. The kids are very friendly and so are the teachers and staff. They tell me now they are glad they had to switch schools. Thank you very much!!!!


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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.

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87%

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87%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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95%

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94%

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95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

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82%

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82%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

423 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

423 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

422 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 42%
Hispanic 11% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Italian
Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Mayor's School of Excellence Award for Arts in Education (2007)
  • OLWEUS Anti-Bullying Award (2007)
  • Study Island Champion School (2008)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:54 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Marianne M. Bursi

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Intramural Sports Programs
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Intramural Sports Programs
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Parent teacher organization, volunteers, chaperones, guest speakers, school/community fall festival, fundraising projects, school council, monthly family nights, snack shack volunteers
More from this school
  • 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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Students typically come from these schools
Copper Canyon
Desert Trails
Wildfire Elementary

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Pinnacle HS
Paradise Valley HS
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22401 North 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85050
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Phone: (602) 449-4200

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