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Mohave Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 656 students

 

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Posted January 23, 2013

My granddaugther is attending Mohave Middle School since August 2012. She is in 7th grade, and I am VERY IMPRESSED with all six (6) of her teachers, the principal Mr. A., the school counselor Ms. M. - and last, but not least, Ms. B. at the office. Thank you.


Posted September 13, 2012

I am concerned about oversight and policies at Mohave when I found out that an entire class of 8th graders are playing M for Mature video games in the computer lab during school hours. Apparently, the teacher in charge of the lab is letting the students use the school computers while other students who need to use a computer for actual school work are essentially not allowed into the lab. I couldn't believe it when I heard about it, but anyone who has access should go in the lab during lunch hours and find out for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2011

I sure hope the new principal can have an impact. It is so sad to see this school continue to decline over the years. I know they are trying hard to turn things around, but as a parent, I am highly concerned about the serious discipline issues they have and the continued decline in academic performance there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2011

I think this school is trying to get its act together. They have gotten very strict, because they have had to but it has cut down on the school fights and bullying. Big difference from a year ago. Great choir and music school. Academically, needs to step it up. Lots of kids falling through the cracks. But with programs in place, if a kid doesnt do their homework, lunch detention until they do, this school will excell. Teachers that are confronted by kids in the classroom need to get a backbone and not just ignore it. Fall out from Cocopah down the road comes here because they ARE addressing bullying and will not tolerate it. Administration does do something about problems that come to their attention. Kudos to the changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

I went to this school in the 7th grade, and it was by far the worst year of my schooling. I am now 21 years old, and I am going to college to get a degree in Secondary Education. Bullying was a huge problem for me. I was pushed in the hallways and called names. One day, as I was reading in front of my next class during lunch, I had a teacher come up to me and literally scream at me that I was being deliberately disobedient and that I was never going back to my old school so I had better get used to it. I used to sit there all the time because I was bullied in the cafeteria. Another time, I was with the orchestra and we stopped at the Pavillions for lunch. Our teacher just let us go do whatever we want. Some of the students got kicked out of Target for riding the carts down the isles. I called my mom on a pay phone and asked for her to come get me. The school police showed up, and I was nearly suspended for running away during a school field trip, seeing as they did not believe me that our teacher let us run amok all over the place. I hope it has changed, seeing as that was 8-9 years ago, but I doubt it.


Posted May 31, 2007

Mohave Middle School is amazing. I can't say enough good things about the principal, Mr. Sawyer. He knows all of the students and cares about each and everyone of them. My child has had the best year of his life at Mohave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2006

This school is full of caring, compassionate and professional teachers whose priority is each individual student. Communication is key. Keep the lines of communication open and you will be extremely pleased with the result. Mohave Middle School has a great number of extra curricular activities that are invigorating and academically based as well as the very important sports based programs. Mohave has the flagship Self-Contained Gifted Program and it is a flourishing program. Check with the Gifted Specialists for more information.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 14, 2006

I can't say enough wonderful things about Mohave. Kids aren't afraid to go to school like they are at Ingleside. The principal is super responsive and all of my son's teachers really care. They respond instantly to calls and e-mails. There could be more clubs though, for kids who don't play sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

Just completed two years at Mohave. Mr. McKenzie is a top-notch principal. He knows how to throw a good dance and powerhouse. Kids really have fun. Zero incidences with cigarette's, alcohol or drugs. Zero safety issues. My daughter loved Mohave. The wonderful staff contributed to my daughter's blossoming. Her confidence has soared and she is excited about going on to Saguaro. Thank you Mohave staff for a terrific two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2005

The Mohave staff & teachers are doing the best they can with the limited resources and funding provided by the school district. Overall, alot more parents really need to step up and get involved with the school to help the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2005

Our experience at Mohave has been great....the principal is a great leader, the teachers really care, and the school is just the right size for your child to find their place and get prepared for high school. Funny that some have underestimated the opportunity here, they don't knwo what they are missing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

My children both attended Mohave and I have experiences at many other SUSD schools. Mohave is equal to any other Middle School. Mr. McKenzie is a respected, honest,and caring leader. Safety is a major concern - shouldn't it be of all principals. Some of the academics could ne tougher, but this seems to be an SUSD Middle School philosophy. Ask any student and they'll tell you they love Mohave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2005

Mohave has two things going for it: the principal is good about keeping the school safe and drug-free, and the parents are very involved. Academically, however, there is no consistency. My son's 7th grade English teacher taught the students absolutely nothing. She assigned a series of long reports and sent them off to the library every day or spent the hour talking about herself. Parents' complaints about her went largely ignored. The 8th grade math teacher couldn't keep the class under control long enough to teach anything. There are some great teachers here, but count on putting up with a few burnouts. The principal really doesn't want to hear your concerns either. He prefers playing sheriff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2004

Mohave is a great school in the areas of safety and academics, as compared to the other Scottsdale Middle Schools. I believe all the Scottsdale Middle Schools are not challenging enough in the 7th and 8th grade years, including Mohave. Mohave has a 'small town' feel to it, which is nice. I feel the discipline at Mohave could be tougher. My only other negative comment is that Chorus and Drama are not available as a regular elective. We can't let the arts slip away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2003

I have had two children complete their middle school years at Mohave. Both had very positive experiences. Mr. McKenzie has always been very professional, caring, and accessible. He has made many positive contributions and improvements to the school. The staff is generally excellent and very child centered. This school has prepared my children well for the demands of high school and helped them to love the total middle school experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2003

Mohave's principal was also the principal at my childs elementary school. I was very unhappy to find that he would again be the principal where my child would be in school. He is very unprofessional and does not seem to like kids.


Posted April 29, 2003

I have chose not to send my child to Mohave after doing some research. I found that 40% of the eighth grade students are ill prepared in math and are not ready to take freshman Alg. I. This means that they will have to take a math support class which automatically puts them behind the 8 ball in their schedule and sets them on a path that does not encourage a high level of math skills. The statisics are growing worse for Mohave in certain areas of testing and the question 'why' begs an answer.


Posted April 12, 2003

I think Mohave would be a much better school if they got a new principal.


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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 65% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
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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.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
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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 "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • 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 68% 42%
Hispanic 20% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 3% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

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  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Improv

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (480) 484-5201

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Improv
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5520 N. 86th Street
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