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Mountainside Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 885 students

 

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Posted April 12, 2014

When student's get to 8th grade they are left to their own devices to learn. Principal is a power monger and the Psychologist should have her license revoked. She does not follow legal guidelines of IDEA. LRC teacher's are deplorable and do not care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

Make up tests, make up homework and very little homework. No big papers, scarce computer work. We have had two students attend Mountainside and you would never know they were in school. No accountability and super easy. Our two are B students and they coast right through. I literally make my son write in no homework for each class each day if there isn't anything assigned. You can view no homework for every class except math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

We left MMS this year due to the horrible experience with the administration. Yes, middle school is a tough transition for any child and MMS does not make it any easier. The school population is overwhelming and the teachers are at their max. It's a shame because there are some very talented and caring educators at this school, however our counselor (and other 'head' staff) were not professional and extremely rude. Our child was afraid to go back to school due to the harassment from certain staff! Not to mention that out of 4 people that we carpooled with this past year, not ONE is returning to MMS. All chose other Scottsdale schools for their children this coming year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

The MMS faculty and administration are wonderful. My child's teachers are competent in their subjects, responsive to my questions/concerns, and caring. The guidance counselor did a great job helping my child adjust to our mid-year move to AZ by introducing him to students with similar traits/personalities and he's thrived both socially and academically. I would not hesitate sending my child to this school. Middle school is a challenging time, so it's not surprising some students have difficulties at MMS and similar public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2013

I went there and this an awful school. I believe that they say that they create an "equal" campus. They do not! I left that school because the academics were awful, the teachers were average, and the environment was sickening. I recommend private schooling.


Posted September 30, 2012

Mountainside is an amazing school! My child is there right now, and even though another comment says that they hated the staff, this year, about half the staff has been replaced and works amazingly and my child loves it! Another comment also states that their child was constantly pulled into the office for drama, but who says it's the staff's fault? "Drama" is not the staff's problem, so why blame them? But anyway, Mountainside is an amazing school and I'm very pleased!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2012

WARNING! DO NOT SEND YOU CHILD HERE! IT IS A TERRIBLE SCHOOL! My child is in eighth grade here at Mountainside Middle School and I must say, the school is not the same as these reviews show. First of all, the administrative staff is TERRIBLE! My child is constantly being pulled into the office for "drama" as she calls it. The counselors here do not keep the things our students tell them between them, but instead they tend to share all of it with the other groups of students that see them. Also, they are extremely difficult to work with, and do not give enough attention to actual serious bullying that is going on at the school. They ignore it almost entirely, and only focus on the "girl drama" as I said before. The principal is also very hard to work with, although he is being sent to Mohave (a very poor school) to "help out." Throughout my years I have come to discover that this is what they do to the staff that aren't doing very well at their jobs. Furthermore, the vice-principal is also equally as bad. The overall communication in this school is poor, and the administrative staff are the worst I have ever had to come into contact with. This school is by far the worst in the area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2011

MMS is a FANTASTIC school!! It is very well rounded in sports, art, electives, and music. Although I do recommend not taking Spanish 1 for the 8th graders. This is because it doesn't count as a high school credit and is a very hard course. Besides that, all the teachers at MMS are FANTASTIC and are extreamly dedicated to their jobs. I wouldn't send my kids anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

The teachers are excellent and work extremely hard to make the classes interesting,challenging and fun
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2009

We have a son in 7th grade at MMS and think the school is excellent. Several of his teachers over the past 2 years have had a terrific impact on him -- igniting his interest in their subject matter, recognizing various qualities in him as an individual, and inspiring him to achieve his best, both academically and personally. We are very impressed with the principal (he is terrific!), the administration and, of course, many of the teachers. I'd like to see a foreign language requirement (as opposed to an elective, which the student may or may not get to take), but that is probably a district and not a school issue. Overall, our family is very pleased with this school, and look forward to another year here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2009

This school is awesome and this school is very well rounded in sports, acedemics, and music. This school is so creative and teaches the mind of the youth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

Mountainside is one of the best schools. The teachers are A+. They are very committed to excellence. The kids have a vast array of extracurricular activities. The parents are very involved and seem to be teaching their kids good moral values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

A+ Best all around middle school in the valley
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

This was my child's first year at Mountainside and will be the last. We were very disappointed in the quality of teaching and leadership. Too much emphasis on busywork, not enough on actual learning, and there is a real problem with what the leadership has termed 'mean girls' on campus, which unfortunately has not been resolved; as noted in an earlier post by another parent, discipline is weak, and perhaps this has distracted from a focus on quality academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

After the change in the administration, the improvement in MMS is obvious. Good quality teacher, but they can send more homework and extra projects. Parental involvement is a plus. We need more hi-tech oriented classes and to allow 6th. graders to participate in sports (they feel left out). A- school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

I have been at this school for a very long time, lots of kids coming through. The staff goes above and beyond, the great outweigh the average here. The principal enjoys this age of kids, hard to find. The discipline is weak, that could use some tweaking but it is not unjust or unkind...just ineffective. The Parent involvement and communication was good previously, not getting much home this year though. Agree about the technology, our kids have better technology at home and at the libraries. Not the schools fault. The District is weak and non-engaged with the schools or community, but Mountainside seems to fill in where they fail.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2006

Our daughter attends MMS and does well in all classes. She has friends whose families all want their children to succeed. Good influence here. Discipline is strong and kids have their 'own' policeman on site to assist with all kinds of issues. Music is great and the bands perform wonderfully. Children are involved in community service and exceeding children are acknowledge in the National Junior Honor Society. MMS has one of the highest academic standards in the State of Arizona. I think that the workload is sufficient depending on the class. My child is learning material that I had in high school. My expectations are exceeded at MMS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2006

Wonderful school, my child has soared with both the social and academic programs. I feel very good about sending my child to this school. For a bright and gifted child the programs are superior. The only program that suffers is the strings program, but we have supplemented by private lessons and a private local orchestra.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2006

The quality of academic programs are disappointing to us. Some of the content ie. books and topics of study taught were taught to our child in earlier grades where we lived previously. That is scary, we hope high school will be better. The office staff is lovely, but many of the teachers seem interested in only giving busy work, not actually teaching. Too bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

My son has been to 5 schools in 7 years, so I have alot of experience to evaluate. My son likes the school and has adjusted well. The majority of the teachers are very well educated and help as best as they can. It is not over crowded. It's in a good location. They are backward with computer technology. For all the upper middle class families in the area, they cannot use the excuse 'We do not have the funds'. As for extracurricular activities, I sure wish they had them. We are at a loss out here in the boonies looking for activities that don't take 30-40 minutes+ to get there... Also-my son has ADHD and I feel they need to educate the teachers more on how to help rather than hinder learning. (He does not have a learning disability, but is distracted and forgets easily). To summarize-I give it a B+.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
76%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 83% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Hispanic 7% 43%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 7%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
Security personnel
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

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

Fax number
  • (480) 484-5501

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
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School culture

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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
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11256 N. 128th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
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Phone: (480) 484-6100

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