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Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 885

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11256 N. 128th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259

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(480) 484-6100
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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.

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November 05, 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

July 08, 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

June 03, 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

February 03, 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.

- submitted by a community member

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

April 05, 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

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.

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September 21, 2009
The teachers are excellent and work extremely hard to make the classes interesting,challenging and fun

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May 03, 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

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.

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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
no rating
June 12, 2008
A+ Best all around middle school in the valley

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 30, 2005
I am a student and i think mountainside rocks especially Mrs.J!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student

May 05, 2005
This is the worst school administration imaginable. Administrators don't help, don't get involved. They are absolutely no help. After being a champion for public schools for 8 years, we are sending her to college prep boarding school for High school. The administration at MMS is not responsive, inconsistent, and completely ineffective in every way. This school has been a disaster for our daughter since day one and I strongly discourage anyone from attending here. We will move out of state so our son doesn't go here. The teachers here are OK but there is too much needless homework, just busy work. If they fall behind at all, there is no hope of getting help. It is easy to fail here. Music here is outstanding- go mr Capri!

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2003
I had 2 kids at Mountainside for 3 years. We recently moved to another state and miss the quality of its education and staff. My kids had an outstanding education there and are fully prepared for their new schools. There is a sense of family at Mountainside and my kids say, 'The school is cool!'

- submitted by a community member

October 15, 2002
House #1 is different better than other houses and we are grateful. THe other house could be as good...1] rotate classes so that the same subject is not always in the same time slot day after day. 2] Recruit more men teachers. 3] Give the same amount of homework as what is currently being given in house #1..

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Mountainside Middle School
11256 N. 128th St., Scottsdale, AZ  85259
(480) 484-6100
Last modified Mountainside Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mountainside Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top