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6-8
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Tempe, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,054

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2002 East Concorda Drive
Tempe, AZ 85282

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(480) 730-7102
(480) 929-9695
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September 03, 2014
Everything that I would say about this school is positive. My son is 8th grader there and he likes Connolly better than any other school he attended in the past. As a parent, I am attending monthly Booster club meetings and people there are super nice. So, my rating for this school is excellent and five star.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2014
I really enjoy the ASPIRE program at Connolly Middle School. The gifted learning is top notch there! The dress code is a little much though.

- submitted by a community member
March 29, 2014
I am a seventh grader at Connolly and I really like this school. The teachers give homework but there are always fun things to do in class. This year, we went on a field trip to the Arizona desert, looked at Jupiter through a telescope. We had a Stargazing Event. It was so much fun. There are super electives too. I love FACS. We get to cook and sew. There's music, PE, computers, Spanish and more. I have so many friends at Connolly and we do fun trivia during lunches and the social dances are a blast.

- submitted by a teacher
December 26, 2013
Connolly provides so many opportunities to all students on campus. The ASPIRE program is one program at Connolly. The music department, electives, and academic departments provides a rich, full experience for all students. Connolly's AVID program is nationally recognized and it brought the college-bound focus to their campus. Connolly is a national demonstration school for the AVID program. I find it difficult to read that a parent considers classes on the main campus for slower students. There are many, many gifted students on the main campus that do not choose to attend ASPIRE. I wonder if this parent is involved in BOOSTERS or PTA at Connolly? I wonder if this parent volunteers for field trips? I wonder if this parent gives kind words to teachers and staff in support of working with teenagers?

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2013
I feel bad for a few of my daughters friends in the slower classes. You can see it hurts their self esteems and they call them selves dumb. My daughter is in honors classes not aspired but feels that her school doesn't recognize all the hard work done by the schools majority. Aspired kids receive special treatment. She wants to test for program, she will prob. Get in (teacher recommended she test) but I still think it's terrible for a school to make it students feel like you don't count unless you're in this program and only these kids are college bound. Other than that I find the school to be average nothing that sets it apart or makes me feel it is awesome or terrible in my experiences. Just a school near my house. Wish I could say I loved it. Loved her elementary school and teachers. I Grew up in tempe so familiar with how they run their programs. Would really like to see this school make all kids feel like they matter and are happy to see them. My guess the slower kids will be more likely to drop out and hate school later because they've been made to feel unimportant

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
This school is a hidden gem. My daughter is a student in the Aspire program and she is just thriving. She loves ALL of her teachers and comes home from school saying that she has never laughed so much. The academics are outstanding with amazing teachers. She is also in the orchestra program which is equally impressive. Personally, I think that the only reason why this school is rated 6/10 and not 10/10 is because it draws from a lower socioeconomic area and 70% of its students are on free or reduced lunch. If this school were located in a wealthier area it would be held up as one of our nation's best schools. I like that my daughter is being exposed to students from all cultural and economic backgrounds- it's representative of real life. I don't have anything negative to say about Connolly. We are super impressed and very happy with this school. The Aspire program is amazing as it Connolly's music program.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2013
I am a current student at CMS, and it is great. The teachers care and focus on each student as if it there were their own child! I started there in the middle of 6th grade, and it took about a week until I found very good friends who I can be myself around. Sure my friends and I aren't the most popular people, but everyday is amazing. The science classes are very hands-on and you hardly notice you're learning, and the same with the Social Studies classes. Math and Language Arts are very teamwork-based, but you must be well organized, as it is easy to let your grades slip. There are some things that are a nuisance. The school is fairly large, so you must memorize the map and make it to class in 2 minutes or less. There is also a uniform policy that is a little strict. You have to have your shirt tucked in at all times and wear a Navy Blue, Yellow, White, or Purple polo with Blue/Black jeans, Navy blue, or Khaki shorts/ pants/ skirt/ skort. For more info, go to the Connolly website. To clear up any confusion, there are no gangs or anything like that at CMS. I hope this helps in your decision for choosing Connolly Middle School for your child. Go Connolly Crusaders!

- submitted by a community member
April 20, 2013
I was a student at Connolly from 1978-1980. In these reviews I hear echos of the same problems that plagued the school then: 1) Inability to provide a safe learning environment while ironically imposing fairly pointless rules. At the time I went, the school was infested with a gang called "LVL" -- not something kids this age should have to worry about. 2) Inability to retain good teachers. My drive to learn science and music were not met by this school, but fortunately I found other avenues. 3) Obsession with sports, creating a hero culture and caste system around physical prowess. Now that I am a parent, I will not allow a place like this to touch my children. I do sympathize with teachers who have to deal with the demographic issues here (as one teacher here wrote in code: the "challenging student population"). As a child, my parents couldn't or wouldn't take my complaints about this school seriously. As a parent, I now realize I should listen to my children and take action when it's best for their development.

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2012
This is my daughters 1st yr in Connolly (6th grade) and in a Tempe School district...I was a little worried because I went to Chandler schools so i wanted my kids to do the same since i knew some of the teachers schools, etc but we moved so they were not to excited about going to a new school but my daugh loves it, she likes the teachers, students, everything. I ask her to do you want to back to Chandler and hes SAYS NO I like it here NOW!!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2012
I'm a student at this school, and I have to admit, it has definitely been a mixed bag. The teachers are mostly decent. Some are good, and some aren't so great. The teaching methods and curriculum are constantly advertised as being revolutionary and fantastic, but in reality, they are just average, and in some cases, slightly below average. The student population is pretty diverse, but if you're different in any way, expect plenty of bullying, especially in your 7th grade year. The only way you'll avoid bullying is by being popular, and you have to be a certain way in order to be accepted as popular. If you're not attractive and/or athletic, you should be prepared to have a miserable time at many parts of your time at Connolly. There is definitely a caste system here. In addition, some of the rules are RIDICULOUS! You have to sit in a certain order at lunch due to a "fire safety code", you can't wear a sweater around your waist, and you have to conform to a strict dress code that makes you look like a dork if you don't wear the right sweater or hoodie to cover the dorky polo shirt off. In all honesty, I wouldn't reccomend this school. But it's not terrible....

- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2012
Connolly is a great school! After working there for many years I am shocked to see so many negative reviews here. We have made a lot of progress with the challenging population that we serve. We have some of the best teachers in the district and a lot of amazing students too. Not to mention all of the programs and interventions that are available to the students. Come visit Connolly on a regular school day if you really want to see what it's like.

- submitted by a teacher
February 29, 2012
Connolly Middle School works very hard to encourage students. I find it simply amazing that a parent would call a school stupid. Probably a parent from a school where students run around and do whatever they want. I want rules for my child. I want teachers who engage students. I want my child to find something interesting in everything they attempt...not just say it's boring. I find it hard to believe that a parent with any education would not support their child's school. Get involved. Volunteer. Connolly encourages parents to connect with the campus community. Every student on their campus uses AVID strategies. Cornell note taking, Socratic discussions, many skills my child will use in the future. CMS is a college-going community. Wouldn't you want that for your child? I agree that all school have challenges...even the most EXCELLING schools in Arizona have issues. You're kidding yourself if you think that different. But the teachers, staff and administration at Connolly care about my child. Encourage my child. Have high expectations for my child. Success comes from the effort you put forth! Make Connolly a choice for your child. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2012
This school is awful. There are bullies everywhere, the school rules are incredibly stupid, the dress code is obviously disliked by the students, and my kid finds the method of instruction really boring. I advise you don't go here.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2012
This school is pretty bad. It feels like a prison, and there are wannabe gangsters everywhere. Most of the teachers are fine, but none of them are great, and they don't do much to motivate students, (unless you're in the AVID program). This school is definitely not a good choice.

- submitted by a community member
January 18, 2012
Connolly Middle School is GREAT!! My family moved to Arizona at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. As a parent, I was very concerned after reading all of the bad reports about AZ public schools being poor performers - especially since I have an honor student. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Connolly has teachers who are passionate about learning and school leadership that supports that passion . . but you HAVE to be an involved parent. Have a question? Don't understand a rule? STOP BY THE OFFICE, ASK THE TEACHER or TALK WITH THE COUNSELOR. As with most things in life, you will get as much out of Connolly Middle School as you put into it. Our experience with the school has been excellent and I am glad we chose Connolly for our honor student.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2011
This school is disappointing. I am a student here and I had multiple science teachers because they all quit. The rules are silly and the students are violent, disobeying, and unwilling to learn. Out of all the teachers i had only 1 good teacher, maybe 2. The subjects are boring and there is no challenge to them. The principal hasn't done anything for the school, and many kids are expelled from either ditching or fighting. I know 9 or more kids who ditch, more than 10 kids who got in a fight at school, just in my grade alone. Overall this school is very pleasing or fun. It makes you not want to go to school, opposite of what it should be.

- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2011
It is sad to hear that we have an educational system that allows good children to be placed in the same learning facility as juvenile delinquents. I am a Gen X parent and I know first hand what these children face. It is like a deep scar that you can not cover up. My wife and I chose to get our child on the list at a school in Kyrene that had an AZ learning label of Excelling. I am sorry but I am not willing to scar my child at schools like this. I realize we cannot forget about the hoodlums, but it would be nice to put the good children with good children and the delinquents with delinquents. I realize that it is mostly due to bad parenting that we have to deal with these types of kids. Can you really blame a teacher for wanting to quit? Wouldn't you leave if you had children that caused problems in your class everyday. How sad! It is truely a test of darwinism at schools like this.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2011
Connolly Middle School is an outstanding school full of endless possibilities. The staff is amazing and supportive, whenever you walk by you are bound to receive a smile. Connolly offers many after school activities that are designed to help a student in need. If they see a child receiving below average grades they request your child to participate in an after school homework help club. There is no reason to be failing at Connolly Middle School for that exact reason, as well as the wonderful teachers on campus. Elementary for me was the bullying estate, but now in middle school, especially Connolly Middle School, bullying is rare. To back this up, there is even a bullying report box in the Library. Every single thing that can go wrong in middle school has a solution at Connolly Middle School. I went from a C student to a straight A student, I owe the school for that. It's great to know and see my own progress over the years, I'm proud of myself, I am proud of Connolly Middle School.

- submitted by a community member
April 20, 2011
If you have the option of home-schooling, I suggest you take it. This school has nothing but bullies. the teachers don't do anything about it. The staff has a silent witness program that does not work. They want the kids to tattle, but when they do, they are subjected to even more ridicule. Nothing good to say about this school at all.

- submitted by a community member
April 20, 2011
Lousy educational facility. It's more like a training camp for future inmates than a school

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2011
I am former student of Connolly, I love every thing about this school. I am a mother now and have spoken to my children about the school. I'm always comparing the schools that my kids go to, to connolly. The teachers were helpful, the classes were great with note taking, and the x-tra class like home ehc, and shop were fun just awesome. Thanks for the GREAT memorys.

- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2010
I am a teacher at Connolly and the staff is very supportive and always has the students' best interest in mind. The school focuses on academics and rigor in everything it does. I would honestly send my children to this school. It is a well run school!

- submitted by a teacher
March 29, 2010
I am a student and I used to go to Connolly Middle School. I found this school usatisfactory for many reasons. One reason I left that school was because it has a serious bullying problem. I got called names by mean girls. I also think the teachers dont pay much attention to whats going on with the students. Luckly I am only in 6th grade and left in January to a better school. Next year I will be going to a performing arts school but I certainly will not be going there. Also my cousin goes there he got a violation for chewing GUM then he got another two just for forgetting to have it sighned. Now there saying if he gets one more he will get detention.Lucky he is in 8th grade and will be leaving in about 2 months. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2009
Connolly is the best school ever and all of the teachers their are really nice and fun to be with!

- submitted by a student
November 02, 2009
Parents, teachers and students, Connolly Middle School is the best school. Connolly has an austere dress code policy and students work rigorously. We use Cornell Note-taking strategies, participate in Socratic Seminars, and helpful teachers. Connolly also has AVID which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. In each grade, several students are interviewed and chosen to be a member. Students that were chosen are then taken to higher-level classes and teachers have higher expectations to those students. Speaker come and go, in and out of Connolly's doors. I, myself, am an eighth grade AVID student and I take pride in my work and proud to be a Crusader. Parents who complain about their child's grades should talk to the teachers and find out why your child(ren) is. . .not preforming well. Once again, this is an eighth grader and spoke infront of the School Board.

- submitted by a student
October 01, 2009
connolly middle school is the worst Middle school my child has been to. Im sorry to say but the teachers there aren't realy hands on. My child has always come home from crying because she says her teacher doesnt explain the homework right, or theres just a problem with another student. So I say thumbs down.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Our students and teachers work hard to achieve their educational goals. We take cornell notes and ask higher level questions in class. We are polite and kind to each other. We dress for success!

- submitted by a teacher
September 16, 2009
It has wonderful students, gifted teachers and a community spirit.

- submitted by a teacher
September 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2009
Im now an 8th grader at connolly and ihave been to many other schools but my mom didnt like the way they teached me and i was getting f's in many of my classes but moving to connolly really help me i am now getting a's and b's and really enjoy the teachers and how they teach i now am understanding math and language arts they give you a one on one help if you are struggling and the after school classes are helpfull too and really helpfull when i need help on an upcoming test or on my homework or even just when i dont get a lesson....I would really recomend connolly middle school

- submitted by a student
July 01, 2009
I think that connoly middle school is an average school because the teachers have ok control....Also alot of bulling happens

- submitted by a community member
March 24, 2009
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December 30, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 25, 2008
I have been impressed with the teachers at Connolly. My daughter has highly motivating and inspiring teachers for her entire class schedule. The school provides both before and after school oportunities to try extra curricular activities. In the two years she has been a student, she has only had one class where I was not satisfied with the support and direction provided by the teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2008
The teachers here are incapable of motivating the students. In addition, junior high should start at the seventh grade, not the sixth.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2007
I love Connolly! I had 2 of my children at another school in the district and was not happy. I contacted Connolly about open enrollment and from the start was welcomed. I was given a tour and learned that the 6th grade has a wonderful program that I knew my son would enjoy. In 7th grade he also had a great experience - he often came home and talked to me about things he learned in Mrs. Brown's history class because she brought it all to life in an interesting way for the students. He is in 8th grade now and I am very glad I made this move.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2007
I believe that Connolly Middle School is one of the best middle schools in Tempe. My experience with the 6th and 7th grade teachers has been very good. The teachers are dedicated and the academics are stressed and very successful. The music department is great and the afterschool sports are the best in the district. My child loves coming the this school and feels very safe. I had the opportunity to send my child to another school in the neighborhood but I am very glad that my child is at Connolly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 09, 2007
There is an obvious lack of respect from the teachers to the students.

- submitted by a student
June 28, 2007
This was a terrible school, throughout the course of 3 years i had about 10 different math teachers. The teachers don't care about the students, the curriculum is poor, there are no clubs or activities after school except for sports. There are barley if never any field trips.There are many fights on campus.

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2006
I am a 8th grade student at Connolly Middle School and have gone to Connolly since December of 6th grade. I feel that the opinions and needs of the students are not top priority to the staff. There is really no award for the students that actually do well in class. The kids are ignored and do not have fun, the teachers are always changing, and the students hardly ever go on fieldtrips. Now the only reason why I continue to go to this school is because of the friends that I have made. Otherwise I would definitely change to a better district so as t get a better education in a better environment.

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August 23, 2006
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May 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
This school has gotten worse over the years..The teachers are constantley being changed.Not giving students time to learn, espesialy in math. Feels as if your not being chanllenged.

- submitted by a student
February 16, 2006
I'm a student at connolly. this is my frist year. i have manny friends. 1 thing i dont like is there are alot of bullying there the teachers are not doing any thing. the honners classes are really good so have your child go to connolly.

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2005
This school has been a disappointment..... This school is not concerned with the safety of it's students.

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September 08, 2005
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August 04, 2005
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July 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2005
My children loved Conolly. The honors classes were challenging and the extracurricular activities were nice.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
Children are not safe at this school, and no one seems to care. The education is minimal at best, and should you need to contact your childs teacher, good luck. The 'staff', including the principal, are very hard to get ahold of and once you finally do, they want to place blame on the parents. I as a parent will take partial blame, however, when a parent IS involved, begging for help from the school, and getting no where, that is frustrating. Luckily my child only has this year left and our youngest will definately NOT go to this school unless serious changes are made.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2003
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Connolly Middle School
2002 East Concorda Drive, Tempe, AZ  85282
(480) 730-7102
Last modified Connolly Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Connolly Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top