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9640 North 28th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85028

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September 19, 2014
Some fine teachers and mediocre administration. School administration acts as if parents are being granted a great privilege in their children being "allowed" to attend Mercury Mine. The attitude towards dissent is "go somewhere else". Classified staff frequently give parents orders in a peremptory manner without identifying themselves by name or position. The overall effect is one of arrogance and rudeness. The kids do like their teachers and seem to be progressing well.

- submitted by a community member
April 15, 2014
Mercury Mine is an excellent school. Teachers are great from Pre K to 6th grade! Office staff is extremely helpful. We just love the nurse! PTG has great events for students and family from Family Bingo Night to Spring Fling. Principal is tough but she has to be, this is serious business and I'm glad she takes her job seriously. Wouldn't want my kids to be anywhere else

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
Its a very good school i have been so satisfied with there work. I cant wait to see what else they have up there sleve for this year!!! I<3 mercury mine!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2013
Mercury Mine is a great school. The teachers are professional, creative and work as a team to meet each child's educational needs. Parents are very involved at the school and the community created makes this an excellent place for kids to learn...

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2012
I chose this school from this site 4 years ago when my oldest was getting ready to go into K. I compared deer valley, Peoria and PV district schools and based on test scores I chose MMES. I am so glad I did! The programs for reading and math they offer my kids help them excel past standards through school! every teacher and staff member I have encountered have always been more than helpful and dedicated to my children. My sisters child goes there as well. I am confident my kids are receiving a quality education here. I am looking forward to joining the school for the many extra curricular activities they offer as well!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2012
Have 2 kids here and absolutely love it. It's a great school with great teachers and great staff.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
HATED this school! ugh! alot of white rich white girls and boys that treat mexicans like dirt!

- submitted by a community member
December 14, 2011
I am the mother of a son who attended Mercury Mine from 3rd through 6th grade. My only regret is that he didn't get to be there for K, 1st, & 2nd. We went to two elementary schools before finding this treasure of a school. Mrs. Alley is the most tireless professional you could ever hope for in a principal. I never attended one extracurricular event that she was not present for. The teachers are the same...dedicated professionals who love what they do. Our experience in every grade was that the students were given clear instructions as to expectations. Communication is great. Activities are plentiful. Just not enough superlatives for this school. Many thanks for all you do. A grateful parent.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
As you can clearly see from previous reviews Mercury Mine is excellent. From the principal Donna Alley to the kindergarden teachers, they care. There is a very active PTG that keeps it all going. The student council is very active in daily activities as well. I have two boys attending here, one in 6th, and the other in the multi age classes. Both have gotten exceptional educations. My oldest is in honors and is very challenged, while my youngest gets extra attention in reading where he is struggling. Both received personalized educations. Are the teachers that good.....yep. I also live adjacent to the school and the grounds are well maintained. Often you see teachers here to 7 pm working on lesson plans special activites, etc. The school has many extra programs provided by teachers who stay late and care. Honors is exceptional as is band. Mrs. Haugel is a great musician who inspires kids. Mr. Collins leads a special program of kids working in conjunction with ASU for MSIP - Mars Space Imaging Program. Additionally GENYES allows kids to explore advanced technologies in a club. If your student is an achiever they will excel here!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2011
In response to the previous post..... I attended 3 events just last week at MMES. Mrs. Alley was beaming at the Third Grade Poetry Night, the Chorus Concert, and the Talent Show. She was beaming like these hundreds of children were HER OWN. The pride showed on her face. She is very involved and cares very much. And yes..... the teachers are tired, from planning, teaching, guiding, nurturing, loving and all the other things that go into a great school year. We are also ready to do it all again next year, because that's what we do and we LOVE it!

- submitted by a teacher
April 27, 2011
Very disappointed it is one of the worst schools around this area. principal is not friendly , not involve at all it seems at times that doesn't care. some teachers look tired from so many kids . I do not recommend the school at all!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2010
33 kids in a 4th grade class? No teacher is that good, sorry , we're out.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
Very good school with caring faculty

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
We are so happy with choosing to send our 5th grader and 3rd grader back to Mercury Mine. They made an excellent transition from a small charter school to Mercury Mine. Our son has never been so excited to go to school everyday. Our daughter loves Mr. Collins and is doing exceptionally well. The teachers and staff are fantastic!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Mercury Mine has been an A+ or excelling school since I went there and now that my son goes there.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2009
We have never had a dissapointing year at this school. From K-4 both our children have absolutely thrived with the direction of the wonderful teachers and staff. The curriculum is appropriate yet challenging and disipline techniques (mainly positive reinforcment) are wonderful. The parents who seem to consistenly voice dissapointment seem to feel that schools and teachers should be raising their children. Parents who take an active role, parent their children while allowing the school to teach end up very happy. Parent envolement is high though and the sense of community is wonderful. The teachers are absolutely amazing and very vested in the children.

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August 04, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2009
We had another wonderful year at Mercury Mine. The teachers and support staff are fabulous. The parent group (PTG) is spectacular.

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February 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
the principle is absolutely the BEST. She is a gifted leader. Personable, smart, and respected among her staff.

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August 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
We're looking forward to another great year here. The teachers are committed to student success and provide opportunities for growth in many areas. Exceptional sense of community, warm and caring environment.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2008
The best school ever! Great teachers, Great food, and the biggest playground ever!

- submitted by a student
July 19, 2008
Very good food, and good teachers!

- submitted by a student
June 25, 2008
We've been fairly happy with the school. Good teachers, wonderful crossing guards/aids! Strong sense of community. The principal is not very friendly, warm, caring or outgoing. Unfortunate really. Classes are a bit large and as with all school in our country there is the sense that the teachers never have enought time or help with the children that need a little more. The Character Counts program is ok, not enough individual recognition for those little things though.

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May 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2008
I also have a child that needs more support than others. Part of the problem is the shool has never had so many children with special needs that aren't in special education. Additional effort requires additional funding and without that rating they get no help. I think they do the best they can. I just hope they don't give up on these kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 27, 2008
I have a child that requires additional effort and I don't feel the staff is willing to do anything above the absolute minimum. I am pretty disappointed in this school. Several other schools in the area make much more of an effort to improve their contact with students and parents

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2008
My child just moved into this school this year and I'm sure all of these reviews are correct for those parents that are fortunate enough to have children not requiring special assistance. The curriculum is interesting and they have a great reading program however their ability to teach difficult students could be seriously improved. The facility is clean and safe, except for the ongoing construction project, I think the fencing could be more secure around rambunctious children.

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March 07, 2008
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January 29, 2008
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January 03, 2008
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December 18, 2007
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October 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
This school is tops from the Principal to the crossing guards, and every representative between. (not to minimize the value of the crossing guards) The over-all education experience of each child is highly valued here. Our 27 year-old and our 11 year-old have attended this school. I cannot say either of them ever had a teacher less than dedicated and extremely professional. Both were/are involved in strings and performing arts, having excellent teachers and experiences. There seems to always be something going on at Mercury Mine. Many dedicated parent volunteers work with staff and teachers to make learning exciting and fun. Communication has always been great. Discipline is what I would call rigid and efficient at this school. It is definitely New-Millenium-Politically-Correct, which there is no going back on now (in any learning institution). However, a no-nonsense approach to discipline is appreciated by parents who want an ordered learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2007
I definitely agree with this review. Unfortunately both parents work and cannot volunteer as much as we would like to. It does seem there is a better student/teacher relationship for the kids whose parents are able to volunteer. I have almost felt like we have been brushed off anytime I bring my concerns to the principal.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
This is a good solid school. The teachers are excellent and dedicated. Much parent involvement in the past and is needed from new parents that want to be involved in their child's education. Many extracurricular activities and an excellent physical education department. They have their own gym. A plus in Arizona. This is an excelling school. They work hard and deserve this rating. Mercury Mine is the best.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2007
My son and daughter have attended Mercury Mine and for the most part everything has gone very well and we have enjoyed most of the teachers. However, the schedule favors girls much more than boys. Only one recess is given and that is at lunchtime. Last year when my son was in second grade, when it came time to hand out awards for the best behavior, it was all girls that were rewarded, no boys. I know that this is a shift in our society anyway to view boys as 'boys will be boys', but we need stronger leaders who know how to appropriately discipline boys so they don't get labeled 'bad' at such a young age. Beyond that, academics are great, the extracurricular activities are in abundance, and I agree with another review that the parental involvement and preferential student treatment is reserved for a few.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
Nice School with real sense of community. Parent Teacher Volunteer group desires help, and plans various community building school events throughout the year. Families can really benefit from jumping in to help. Classroom have enriching volunteer and committee lead programs which include; Mini Museum, Mini Musicians, Classroom Gardening, Character Counts, Desert Learning Area, and Artist in Residence.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2007
We are thrilled with Mercury Mine. Mrs. Alley is very organized and focused on making the school the best it can be. Positive behavior is recognized with a Character Counts program. Parent involvement is encouraged and appreciated, and there are so many different ways to help. We appreciate the extra programs that allow the children to learn through music, art, plays, and other creative ways. We look forward to watching our kids learn and grow at the Mine!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2007
Staff is great. Principal and discipline are not so great. Rather than rewarding positive behavior, emphasis seems to be on punishing bad behavior. Parent involvement is good, but limited to a small group of parents, whose children seem to get preferential treatment by staff. Extra curricular activities offered seem geared more to upper grades.

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February 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2006
Mercury Mine is an excellent school. Teachers are dedicated to the success of the students. My daughter is in her 3rd year at MMES. I wouldn't want her to go anywhere else. Mrs. Alley runs a tight ship. The kids respect her and follow the rules for the most part. The character counts that are given to children who earn them and it builds the morale at the school by rewarding good behavior. The ticketing system to correct unacceptable behavior is great. It is wonderful to know that the school cares enough to partner with the parents to correct unacceptable behavior before the kids get in middle or high school. The test scores are exceptional. I highly recommend Mercury Mine to any parent. You will be amazed!

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July 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
Excellent multi-age program with lots of parental involvement and activities. School is rated as excelling and teachers are extremely dedicated. Kindergarten and first grade are excellent. Extracuricular activities like chess club and gardening.

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May 11, 2006
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May 09, 2006
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October 01, 2005
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September 15, 2005
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August 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
We are very pleased with this school. The sense of community with in the school is very encouraging for us. We are very excited for our daughter to attend MM for her upcoming first grade year. This past year I was pleasantly surprised in that my daughter can read simple sentences, add and subtract, and likes to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2005
This is a great school. Two of kids have attended the school. One of my kids was in special education and had a great male Resource teacher who made a huge difference in my son's academic performance and confdence. The speech pathlogist is also a wonderful person. The school has a very diverse student population and the kids get along extremely well. The principal, Donna Alley, is stern and a bit serious minded, but she is fair and definitely expects a lot out of her staff. There is not one bad thing I could say abut MMES.

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June 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2005
I think this is a pretty good school. They have a neat drama/play group they do in the classroom. My daughter seemed very happy here and all of her friends parents were involved in the school. I know several students who struggled with the math department. Overall I would rate the school a 4.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2005
I love this school! Mercury Mine performs well and also teaches my kids actual life skills beyond the AIMS test. There are several extracurricular activities available to each grade level. The Kindergarten is all day, that means teachers don't have to rush our smallest students through a hectic 2.5 hour schedule. Kinders are lucky to have music, p.e., art, media and library as special areas as well as the 1-6th grades. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in their child's education. Administration and staff are supportive of parents' efforts. Parent/teacher communication is easy. This is a friendly environment that doesn't fail to teach well, achieve high goals and foster life-long learning. Students' work, art, experiments, and projects are displayed in the halls and media center. I think that shows the kids they are valued and their work is important. Mercury Mine is an outstanding place to learn.

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December 05, 2004
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January 28, 2004
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Mercury Mine Elementary School
9640 North 28th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85028
(602) 449-3700
Last modified Mercury Mine Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mercury Mine Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top