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Mountain Vista Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 350 students

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Posted March 29, 2014

I completely disagree with the last two posts. I know for a fact that most teachers are working their butts off at this school. Instead of looking just at the leader & the teachers, why don't you look at your kids? Employees are a direct reflection on their leader? Your kids are a direct reflection of you! Parents who don't care create kids who don't care. If you think the PTO needs help, then HELP! If you don't like the technology, volunteer & plan a fundraiser to upgrade & get new items. Don't sit there & complain about how awful it is and then do nothing. I've seen the attitudes of my children's classmates. Newsflash: It's not pretty. I hear stories about students being completely disrespectful to their teachers and tell their friends they can do whatever they want because their parents hate the school and they won't get in trouble. My daughter's class has over half failing in one class & she has an A. Why? because she actually turns in her homework and the other half never turns in a thing. Get off your butts & DO SOMETHING. Stop hiding behind a computer and typing venom just because no one knows who you are. If you can't help the school, at least be responsible for your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2014

I agree with the last post. Any employee is a direct reflection of their leader, poor leader, poor employee. Unfortunately, the students are the ones who suffer. Many good teachers have left for other districts under the current administrator's reign. Until there is a change, mediocre results will be the culture of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2014

I try really hard to to like this school. And while there have been improvements over the past couple of years, it still suffers from what I would classify as under-qualified staff. Teachers at this school never seem to be on the ball. Their use of electronic media for grades and e-learning is horrendous. You certainly cannot rely on the tools they provide. No one seems to know how to administrate these tools, so expect assignments to get lost, mis-graded, etc. I can't totally blame this on the staff, as this state is rediculous when it comes to education dollars. For the love of god, please dump some money on some quality teachers, and supplies. PTO could use some help. Their facebook is laughable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

I agree. my comment is gone. This school was horrid in 2009. As this site keeps me updated via email, I see quite a few missing. In 2009 this school was out of control. A few good teachers and no support. By the reviews I was reading, it sounded like it had not changed much. I ended up home schooling my son. He used to have severe anxiety attacks that are now gone and he is in a different public school district in a different state. Be honest. My son was bullied and if I had a daughter I would worry even more.Bathrooms were not a safe place via another parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

I am dissappointed by the posts I just read, spend anytime at Mountain Vista and you will find a staff always willing to go the extra mile. I have had my students there since sixth grade, the teachers offer free afterschool tutoring and make themselves available all the time for parents. Yes there are discipline issues but those can be found at all schools. My child was bullied and the administration handled it, even going to far as to call the police and get them involved and the problems stopped. It is a shame that parents are not more involved here, they don't come to meetings and they don't attend conferences with the teachers. Get involved if you want to help make some positive change, don't bash the school if you are not willing to roll up your sleeves and help the students succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2013

WOW.....This school is VERY trashy. The teachers are careless and very unorganized. The students and staff are very unwelcoming to new comers. The staff favors their "cheerleaders" and "football players". Also the area in which the school is located in is really high in crime.


Posted March 17, 2013

Mountain Vista is an amazing school with a great staff who care about their students. I took my son out of Eduprize because the staff there went down hill along with the Dean of students. Who told me my son's teacher was not affective at doing her job, but he would not move my son to another teacher. This has not been the case at Mountain Vista, Ms. Taylor is on top of all student problems. She herself witnessed another student physically bullying my child and had it all taken care of before she informed me of the problem. The teachers here are the most dedicated teachers I have seen in a long time. The student problems that are on this campus are not because of staff not handling it, it is because of lack of parenting and discipline at home. People should not put the school down for things they have no control over, if parents have problems with how things are done they should get involved. The school gives parents plenty of opportunity to be apart of the school plans/idea,s as another parent below had said parents don't show up. People ask why does this school have so many "problem" students it's because Charter schools won't take them, or they were kicked out of other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2013

Wow, what an awful experience. I withdrew my child from this school, finally after he was bullied constantly for 2 months. The teachers have so much discipline on their hands they can't teach properly. My child went from an average student to failing in 2 months and nobody at the school seemed to care. I will not bore you with the details but I will say that if you are truly interested in your child's education than I highly recommend one of the great charter schools in the area instead of any of the schools in the Coolidge District.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2011

If you spent just a bit of your time at the school I honestly believe you would be overwhelmingly impressed by the dedication and care that is being offered to our children. Speak to one of these dedicated teachers -ask them about your student - they know them - I promise you - your student is not lost in the crowd. Once you see how the staff interacts with our kids - you see the engagement - the kind that some of us only wish we had or SHOULD have with our children - then you will know that much of the negative that has been said in previous posts is from parents who know absolutely nothing at all about Mountain Vista Middle School. Ask your child about the amazing elective classes that are being offered - they are out of this world - and offered only because of the additional work and time the same teachers put in to create these NEW classes. Ask them about the new Math program that the school is piloting. Ask them about how their principal knows each one of them by name and knows to ask them how a test went and exactly what that student is working on in each class. Did you know there is a PTO? I am just so proud to say that my daughter is an MVMS Wolverine! T.Y. MVMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2011

There are a lot of negative comments for Mountain Vista Middle School. But the positives comments seem to go to the charter Schools in the area. Why? And there are a lot of teachers standing up for Mountain Vista and that's good. But Coolidge Unified School District needs to make more academic improvements to win back the students that the parents have given many chances to San Tan and Mountain Vista over the years. As a parent I want what's best for my children and if that means putting them in a Charter School then that's what I need to do. I don't think that CUSD is meeting their needs, right now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2011

As a teacher at MVMS I am so upset to read to the negative comments from these parents. Let me tell you how it really is at our school. Our team is small but it is very powerful in many ways. Every teacher stays at this school ( not for a paycheck) but because we love enriching the live of our students in a positive way. We are there for students when they are laughing and comforting them when they are crying. Many teachers stay after school to tutor students who are struggling without receiving extra pay. The teachers build relationships with students and parents that last a lifetime. We are encouraging students inside the classroom and cheering them on when it comes to activities outside of school. As far as dicipline I believe as teachers we handle that well within our classroom. An experienced teacher does not need to send a student to the principle for every little thing. I am appauled about being blasted on here when I have been committed to this district for four years. As a parent if you have a problem please come in and discuss it with us. Our school has a open door policy which students and parents are more than welcome to talk to teachers and the principle
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 17, 2011

I just want to say that I have seen Mountain Vista Middle school go through some growing pains. Last year however, I was very excited to see this school return to the Middle school format we grew up with. What a change this had made! The new athletic grounds are fantastic for sports! The new principal has really done a lot to move forward. I realize that some parents are upset because there students may be held accountable for their actions but I think I speak for most parents when I say that thats what we want. I dont hear anything about discipline problems anymore.


Posted August 17, 2011

My name is Cecilia Johnson and I am the superintendent of Coolidge Unified School District. I am beginning my third year. I am very proud of our accomplishments, our students, teachers and administrators. I want to make this district an outstanding district for the community. Please contact me at 520-723-2042 and I would be happy to discuss any concerns that you have.


Posted August 17, 2011

I understand that there is some frustration within the community about staffing changes at MVMS; however, blasting the teachers is simply unfair and unfathomable. The reality is that staffing is based on student number, both for teachers and administrators. If enrollment declines, the school cannot afford to support a staff that it once maintained. So in essence, pulling your students from MVMS only perpetuates the problem that causes your frustration. Criticizing teachers however is unacceptable. Here's a bit of information that you might not have known about some of your teachers at MV. Many MV teachers came back, un-paid, and set up their classrooms to be prepared for Meet the Teacher and the first day of school. Many teachers volunteer time they could be spending with their families to help the students at ASAP. Some of the teachers have forgone positions in Chandler, Gilbert, and Mesa, which pay considerably higher. BUT, we've committed ourselves to San Tan Valley and MVMS. The staff of MVMS has made a commitment to be part of your family. Would you make a commitment and be part our ours?
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 20, 2011

I have been working here at Mountain Vista for the past 3 years and I can tell you that there is a definite improvement! Discipline has gone down, student spirit has gone up with this year strictly being a middle school! If you were to walk into the front office you get this family atmosphere and know that the administration, teachers, and staff care about the students! This next coming year will be a definite challange with only one administrator and two office staff members in the front office but I do believe that the family atmosphere will continue and Mountain Vista will succeed! Hand in there everyone! There is a definite need for parent involvemnet!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 17, 2011

Huge kudos to Mt Vista! Fantastic job! Our son had a difficult time with school last year. If it had not been for the structure and patience of the teachers and staff we wouldn't have made it through. They did an excellent job with him and never stopped encouraging him. Ms Taylor often stepped in to help us out with issues we had. He is now an Honor roll student and above average learner in several subjects. Thanks for all you do! We are looking forward to another year at Mt Vista!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2011

I believe that this school is getting better all the time. It has had it's problems since first opening it's doors in 2006, but what school out there has not! This year's Principal and Asst. Principal are outstanding, they take the time to know the kids and they deal with the kids on a one-to-one basis. The teaching staff is improving as well, they show that they care about the students. What the school is lacking is the support of parents, and parents who pay attention to their students education. Parents who don't like what happens with their children are always loud and unappreciative of the school and its personnel, but if they would actually pay attention, the school is doing the best things for the students. Maybe if those parents who like to complain so much would pay more attention, their children wouldn't act up so much and there would be less for them to complain about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2011

Problem after problem after problem with dealing with teachers and principal. The asst principal I beleive is more qualified to principal than who they have now. Parent teacher conference is a joke when they make you go into a gym and find your childs teacher and wait in line to see them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

My children have now been there for 2 years. The school is definitely improving. What I really find interesting is the parents who get on here and complain about the school, yet not a single one of them ever comes out to PTO meetings to try to make a difference. Yes, the 08-09 PTO had some issues, The 09-10 PTO was much stronger but only had 3 active parents. Where are all the parents? If you want to enrich your child's education, then GET INVOLVED! Take some responsibility. I remember when I was a child just about every parent got involved with the PTO/PTA. Quit being lazy and self centered and get out and help. I think too we will see some good changes with the reorganization of MV and San Tan Heights next year, where STH will be K-5 and MV will be 6-8.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2009

This school is great the teachers are very attentive ta all students. they work very hard with the child and parent(s) to see the child(ren) succeed
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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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
77%
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 "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

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 49% 42%
Hispanic 32% 43%
Black 8% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Dutch
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Dutch
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Denise E. Taylor. MA
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (480) 677-4406

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Dutch
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Future Cities
  • Mock trial competition club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • The only middle school in the San Tan Valley that serves students in grades 6-8. We offer many elective enrichment classes and also intervention classes. 8th grade students can take Alegebra I and they can earn a high school credit. We are part of the Desert Middle Schools Athletic League and offer a variety of sports for students to participate in. We also participating in the Future City Competition, the Pinal County Mock Trial and the CAC Math Competition.
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33622 North Mountain Vista Blv
San Tan Valley, AZ 85242
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