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6-8
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Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 877
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6615 E. Cholla St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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(480) 484-6100
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November 24, 2014
Cocopah gets it right by providing a great transition from elementary to high school. Through out the year students are given more responsibility, have more choices, and meet more students. Students are taught to be responsible for assignments and grades with online Synergy system. Along with choosing honors for core classes, students get to choose from a variety of electives (language, fine arts, performing arts, tech lab, etc.), Students have a wonderful group of peers to meet with three SUSD elementary schools feeding into Cocopah. Plus there is an overall 'Be Kind' energy at the school that is very special. Three years go quick with a lot of growth and change - and the students are more than ready for Chaparral High School.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2013
We are new to the school district and have been very impressed with Cocopah. Our kids are thriving despite an incident early in the year with my daughter being bullied. We brought the situation to the attention of her counselor and it was handled immediately. I was very impressed with the responsiveness and support my daughter received. As for the teacher quality, I have had little interaction with the teachers so it's hard for me to judge and give 5 stars. However, my kids have both made Principal's List, so other than the expectation we place on them to work hard and do well, they seem to be getting pretty decent instruction. Additionally, both my son and daughter have their favorite teachers who they would rate 5 stars. The leadership is solid and I've been impressed by the activities held at school like the Halloween dance and the carnival. Kids seemed to be having a great time and it's a terrific way students to interact with teachers and staff outside of class and regular school hours. Overall, I think the staff and teachers do a great job helping the students be successful at Cocopah.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
I have a 7th grader at Cocopah Middle School and highly recommend the school. The teachers are caring, know their subject material and communicate well with the parents. The administration also is responsive, welcoming and inviting. From the time you walk in the door at Cocopah and are greeted by the receptionist to the time you leave you will feel like a valuable and that your student is getting the highest level of education. The teachers are well trained, there are many parents involved in the Parent Teacher group and there are many ways to get involved. Cocopah is a wonderful school and I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I go to Cocopah and I am an eighth grader. My family is not very wealthy - middle class, this is compared to the majority at cocopah. I have lots of friends and I have seen a little bIt of bullying but never to me, the teachers are ok I guess and the new campus is really nice, my school could improve by staff recognizing bullying and solving that problem, if your child has had bullying in the past don't send him/her here. It is really easy to make friends here if you are athletic, we are very into sports at cocopah. I hope this review helped, it was my honest opinion.

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2013
New, state of the art campus. Excellent facilities and above average teachers. Great Principal, Vice Principal and staff. School pride is everywhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2013
Cocopah Middle School is about kids. They provide many opportunities for students to achieve both academically and socially.

- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2013
I have moved all 4 of my kids out of the PV district to Cocopah and all of them have loved the experience there. The teachers and staff are a great family committed to the well being and education of the children. Maybe a few slip through the cracks, but it because they don't let anyone know or have a difficult life at home. Some of the comments would lead one to believe that a child would commit suicide because of a school! This is the real world and it comes with all types of people. It's in the home where a parent and child can interact about the mean kids or where he fits in or how to respond. Self esteem is gained from the inside and I feel is nurtured between parent and teacher. Cocopah is where it happens. It is great preparation for the real deal, High School! There is no such thing as a school with absolutely no bullying. It is everywhere and fortunately is stopped most of the time at Cocopah, but HS is fierce and the real world is worse. So lets stop blaming schools, teachers, staff, etc. and take responsibility for nuturing the self-esteem of our children and prepare them for life!!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
The bottom line is that if your child is " popular" in middle school, you and your child love it. If your child is not "popular", than you and your child will most likely have a negative experience. I have found most of the parents of "popular" children love it and are clueless because their child likes school. But if you have a child that is struggling, it's a whole different story. Middle school, high school, it's all a popularity contest. It is particularly difficult in this demographic as the majority of these kiddos are from wealthy families, which contributes to their entitled attitudes. And they learn it from their parents most of the time, as I feel the parents have a popularity contest as well. I have one in high school now and he likes it, but I would not put my youngest into Cocopah. She will skip the "weak link".

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
Horrible School... Worst experience a parent could imagine their child going thru.... Cruel spoiled intitled children uncaring teachers avoid this school like the plague.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2013
I work at this school as a paraeducator and I couldn't be more impressed by the wonderful atmosphere and attitude of the employees and the students. It's very homey to me, very welcoming. The students are open minded and kind. The employees are nice and helpful. There are a lot of awareness assemblies and clubs such as those for anti-bullying, being kind, Purple Society, etc. I'm proud to be a Mustang.

- submitted by a teacher
January 24, 2013
My 6th grader was determined to attend Cocopah, our neighborhood middle school, after years of private and charter schools. So determined, his first day was 3 days prior to winter break. The school accomodated us and we've never looked back. My son is LEARNING and brags about his teachers and the curriculum, because he knows my standards are high. The teacher communication is amazing and I'm thankful I trusted my son's judgment and made this change. The online resource to monitor students' progress, assignments, quizzes, give me the tools I need to keep up with his responsibilities. I'm impressed - from the outstanding leadership of Principal Mrs. Thomas and Vice P. Mr. Salcito to each teacher, the experience shows and in charter/private we didn't get that. Good job Cocopah and thank you for making my son love going to school everyday!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2012
This is a great school! It has the nicest teachers ever!!! There are great staff there including the vice and the regular principal. There is no bullying. Great ,challenging classes and programs! Make sure to check this school out!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2012
Does Cocopah have lockers? I am going there so I would really like to know.

- submitted by a community member
May 24, 2012
I absolutely LOVE this school! It fits all my criteria needs and I've has SO many good times there! I am a 6th grader, and I stand for my opinion that Cocopah Middle School has been the best school I've ever gone to.

- submitted by a community member
October 29, 2011
I'm a student at Cocopah Middle School. There is NO BULLING WHAT SO EVER!!!! the teachers are awesome and most of the classes are challenging. The teachers make you feel at home are like your best friends. We have great life-changing assemblies. Cocopah is a great school

- submitted by a community member
July 20, 2011
Lots and lots of bullying. This is not a school to send your child to without established friends...period. Definitely a school of entitled kids, just ask them. Great teachers but alot of unhappy kids due to bullying not being controlled. Actually ended up taking my kid out of here and placing her elsewhere. Very happy with the change, socially. Something needs to be done.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
I am a student and im not wealthy or popular and i still think the school is really great with good teachers and staff. im a 8th grader and in all my cocopah years i've never been bullied by someone. i dont understand why people dont like it because of the bully fact so i think those people are wrong and that the child had to take more effect in stopping whatever is happening to them because its a great school. I do recommend coming here! Also the school is going to get renovated in the summer!!!

- submitted by a community member
December 01, 2010
this school is actually a great school. i am a student and i know many kids who go here who's parents have a low income. i have talked with friends about the previous comments and we all agreed that popularity isn't based on wealth. the only reason the assistant principal wouldn't be nice is if a child does something really bad or is a bully. the teachers are awesome and nice. also, the school is about to be renovated.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2010
This school has a MAJOR BULLYING PROBLEM! I advise parents DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE! My daughter had a problem with being harassed. The staff (including principal) has favorites, and those students are usually the ones who are in student government, and have wealthy parents who donate to the school. STAY AWAY FROM THIS AGING CAMPUS

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
AWFUL, HORRIBLE, TERRIBLE school! My daughter came home every night crying from being harassed. The assistant principal is awful. There is not track for the track team, the school is falling apart and a safety issue. Don't send your kid here unless you want them to hate school.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
Switching to this school during my seventh grade year was a major mistake. The school only cares about wealth and how popular you are. If you have money your in and teachers love you. If you don't your school year will take a different turn. Only popular kids are elected to student co. You need to have designer clothes and wear certain clothing to even have a chance at being in this crowd. The principal and assistant principal are awful, they have no social skills. There is a major drug problem on campus. Poor teachers, except for the few great teachers who have quit or retired. Teacher's don't help with drug problem or rave problem at this school. Many kids come to this school and pass out rave flyers. I highly recommend looking at other schools.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2010
The campus is awful, it is past it's prime and needs to be redone. It is falling apart. The parent involvement at this school is poor. There are few electives since they have cut many programs. My son disliked this school very much and we switched half way through the school year do to the fact he was so unhappy. If you care about your child, please stay away from this school, there are better schools in the Scottsdale district.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
My children have really enjoyed attending Cocopah and it has been great in academics.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2010
I must admit that a lot of students do only care about popularity and money, and bullying does occur from that, *personal experience* however based on my previous school were they simply did nothing about bullying this school is amazing. The academics are high making it a challenge, they have great teachers, a great principal, and great extra curricular programs. Lots of teachers will stand by you to help you succeed and a lot of teachers simply are there to help you.

- submitted by a student
March 16, 2010
I recently moved to this school, and the first few days were hard, but I've made a bunch of amazing friends and the teachers are really great! This is one of the best schools I've been to. come to this school. you'll enjoy it, trust me! :]

- submitted by a student
January 31, 2010
Unsatisfactory is an understatement for this school. It's really a terrible school. There is tons of bullying and the teachers are really bad. Take my advice and stray away from this school.

- submitted by a student
December 26, 2009
HAHA! I've hardly seen any bullying at this school. Even if there is, it is worked out by the staff quickly. This is a great school with a friendly environment.

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November 18, 2009
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August 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2009
Wow, this school is horrible. The academics are far below average and there is persistent bullying. People only care about wealth and popularity. DO NOT go to this school.

- submitted by a student
June 03, 2009
It was the best when I went there twenty years ago and it's still the best. When we relocated back to AZ a year ago, I made sure we would be in the Cocopah district. I wasn't leaving my daughter's education to chance by going anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2009
Horrible Horrible HORRIBLE. This school is the worst school ever, not only is there constant bullying but it was unsafe and the staff did nothing to help at all. Don't send your students to this school unless you want them to come home crying everyday.

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2009
I don't see why so many parents say this school had a bullying problem. I went to a school in the paradise valley district that was much worse than Cocopah. The principal never did anything to help you at all, unlike Rasmussen who handles every situation, and at that school everyone was a bully. Do not listen to the parents stating this school has a bullying problem. Also they do not just teach you stuff to get you ready for AIMS unlike my previous school. They actually teach you things. This school does not have a bullying problem. If you want bullying problems head down to paradise valley district. I was bullied since kindergarten at my old school. Now I am friends with everybody. This school is amazing. If you are looking to pull a child out of a school at middle school age come here.

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
I moved from the bay area of California and so far this school is awesome because the teachers are very nice and I don't see why so many people are saying that people get bullied because comparing to my other school in the supposedly 'wealthy' part of California there is no bullying at all. Also there are very nice counselers and overall this school is awesome.

- submitted by a student
September 26, 2008
Safety is an issue at this school. I too, have a very bright child who has common sense. To say that having a bright child with common sense makes them immune to bullying is absurd. It is a reality and does happen to children regardless of their intelligence at this school. The staff needs to be involved with this issue. Having only good test scores doesn't make a school great.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
I have had my experiences with this school that were amazing. The academics are great, my kids have mad friends easily, and school has high test scores. The only thing I think is an issue is the parent and staff are not involved enough. Also my kids, who are very bright and know common sense have not seen or have had bullying. I would highly recommend Cocopah!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2008
The safety at this school was a serious concern for me. Constant bullying and harassment. Do not attend here unless you are very socially adroit or physically tough.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2008
Cocopah is so fortunate to have Frank Rasmussen as their principal for another year! He is the BEST thing that has happened to that school for a long time!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
I LOVE Cocopah! It's AMAZING! The teachers are great and all of the staff members are superior! This was my first year at a public school and I made friends like that! The kids are the best and I can't ask for a better middle school!

- submitted by a student
April 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 18, 2008
If anyone is out there looking for an excellent middle school - choose Cocopah. The new principal, Frank Rasmussen is very professional, respectful, and a wonderful addition this year. He is doing a fabulous job with the students and staff. The elective classes (especially Tech Lab) are great. The academics are excelling.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2008
The academics are really quite good. No, it's not California or some of the schools back east, but it's pretty good for a public school here in Arizona. The problem is that the bullying and harrassment among the kids is totally out of control. The administration is incompetent in terms of managing it. Parents are afraid to come forward and address it in an effective manner. Thus it persists. We are looking for a way out, not because it's not a good school, but because we don't feel it's a safe environment for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 24, 2007
The older negative comments regarding the severely lacking leadership, academics geared towards average, good test scores due to the neighborhood, bullying, etc. are totally correct. I used to be an involved parent before the present leadership came into being. Demeaning, insulting and disrespectful of parents and students. Cannot understand how/why she is still in place. The bright spots- Mr. Bacon and Ms. Chemodurow. Middle school seems to be hard enough, but Cocopah makes it worse. Looking back, I would not send my kids to this school. Glad to be out of it.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2007
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- submitted by a student
March 10, 2007
Front office is inadequately staffed. They seldom know what's going on. We will be leaving at the end of this year. Enough is enough.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2007
I have two children, one 6th grader and one 7th grader. We came from San Francisco two years ago and have had difficulty finding a challenging school environment. The first year here we had the kids in a private school that proved to be behind academically, and also had limited friend choices, as the classes were 10 - 12 students each. This year we moved the kids to Cocopah with mixed results. My 7th grader has a math class (pre-algebra) that he enjoys, but the English and Science classes are far behind their California counterparts. My 6th grader finds the academics unchallenging (it is mostly a review of material covered in previous years), but has several good friends which makes school enjoyable for her. We are still searching for a combination of challenging academics and a fulfilling peer group experience.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2007
I currently attend this school and I think that it is an exceptional school. I simply adore all my teachers. Thank you!

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 11, 2007
I would like to thank all of my teachers for teaching each of their respective subjects. I would especially like to thank Mrs. Bunker for 2 great years of interaction. She has been an amazing teacher.

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2007
I would like to thank Mrs. Bunker for being such a wonderful and understanding teacher. She always listens to my problems and helps me out in tough situations. I am so thankful that I was able to be in her class and I wish I could stay in it forever.

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2007
Mr. Mueller is a very respectful teacher that always goes over questions even if it has been asked just before. He is very understanding of all students.

- submitted by a student
December 16, 2006
This is our first year at Cocopah Middle School in the seventh grade. So far, our daughter loves this school. She believes the children are well behaved. We were looking for academics along with a good discipline program. We believe good academics comes with good behavior. It is so difficult to find higher grade levels with both. I hope the teachers and staff keep up the wonderful work.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
September 30, 2006
my son just loves going to cocopah.He says the sixth grade teachers are the best teachers in the SUSD.I would recommend that any 6th 7th or 8th graders go there.I know that my son will!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2006
I went to Cocopah for 3 years. I think it was the best school I have ever been to. They always tried to help my if I had a problem. The concoler was always there for me. Cocopah was and is a fantistisc school.

- submitted by a former student
August 29, 2006
Our son and daughter attended Cocopah. While the standardized test scores are above average, we are still very disappointed. The area is clearly high in income and parental support, but the lead comes from the principal. Very political and politically correct, favorites, and policies that make little sense. (They have lockers for instance, but the kids are not allowed to use them, so they carry all their books from room to room). If this school was in an 'average' neighborhood I expect the scores would be much lower. Just our input and feelings.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
School environment is very friendly. Academics are good. Teachers go over the material but in general do not respond to parent's questions. Little help in transitioning to high school.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
This school has scored very highly on a variety of tests, but not because of their gifted program. This school has formed their curriculum around the average student, leaving some behind and others extremely bored.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2006
My son attended Cocopah for the past three years and loved every moment. The band program is excellent, as is PACT, and Tech Lab. He has been challenged and I am thrilled to say that he is prepared for Chaparral HS. The administration is pleasant and responsive, the teachers are fabulous, and the counselors are both awesome. Our experience has been wonderful!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2006
Many of the sixth grade teachers are very caring. The program is challenging, although they waste a lot of time on busy work projects which become annoying for the parents.

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January 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2005
We do not like this school, as the academics seem mediocre at best. I would agree with an earlier post that the administration is into political correctness. While there is a full time police officer on campus, bullying seems to be omnipresent. The principal is of little value.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
We have been unhappy at Cocopah for several years. This is our last year there. There appears to be an air that everything is wonderful. But, there are many problems at this middle school. The principal seems to be more interested in appearance than substance. The physical plant needs help. We have been involved with APT (PTA to some), but that appears to be more of a social club than an action oriented group. Our sons claim it's the worst school they have attended. Just my observations and opinions.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2005
We are new to the area and are taking a wait and see approach. My daughter was inadvertently left out of the computer system and had no class schedule for orientation. The office staff is clearly overwhelmed. Not sure yet about the teaching staff.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2005
While some teachers are very good, this school has been the least positive influence on our three kids of any of the six schools they've been enrolled. Middle school is difficult for most kids, Cocopah even more so. It seems that the administration just tries to make the problems go away instead of addressing them. I've been around middle/high school kids since 1967, I could not work in this school. Overall rating D-minus.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2005
I would not recommend this school. The administration seems disorganized and lacks effective leadership. The staff is marginal at best. The academic program does not challenge the students, but allows them to do the minimum necessary just to get by. This is true even in the 'advanced' classes. The band program is excellent, but otherwise this school has been very disappointing. I will not send my younger children to this school.

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May 27, 2005
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February 26, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 24, 2004
Good school, but probably too many students per teacher. Teachers not good about keeping parents informed of students progress.

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September 11, 2003
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Cocopah Middle School
6615 E. Cholla St., Scottsdale, AZ  85254
(480) 484-6100
Last modified Cocopah 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.
Cocopah Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 79 reviews. Top