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Mesa Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 619 students

 
 

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Posted January 25, 2013

Our daughter has attended Mesa since kinder. She is consistently, but gently being pushed to try her hardest and to achieve her academic goals, which is something both her dad and I expect out of her! Mesa is nothing short of a great school laying out a strong foundation for their children in their future endeavors. Keep it up, Mesa!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2011

Our daughters have attended Mesa for the past 3 years (between them 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6th grades) and we've been extremely pleased with the teachers, the education, and the administration. Yes the national tests are stressed, but the education is still most important to the faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2011

Mesa is all about looking good on the outside. You kid will be prepared to take a test, but not for life!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

One grandchild has flourished in Mesa. This child has a wonderful teacher. Our other grandchild however, is in the grade level where the teachers are known among some parents as 'The Screamers'. This child flourished until reaching this level. The child has been belittled and degraded along with others, does not want to go to school and is near tears or in tears at the end of EVERY day. Fear of repercussion by the teacher prevents revelation of identity and gradelevel. Thank GOD school is over shortly. Hopefully the rumors of nexts years teachers are true.. They are supposed to be great! On a side note, homework is a bit over the top. It is a shame that the prize of being a blue ribbon school means more than the headaches and frustrations for the 'average' child doing this workload. If you have a high achiever you probably have no worries.


Posted April 28, 2010

My fifth grader has grown tremendously this year at Mesa. Mr. Kendall has done a wonderful job challenging him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

My daughter is in her 2nd year at Mesa, and is currently in 1st grade. I love the school, staff & teachers included! My daughter absolutely loves school, and always looks forward to going back after breaks. I was a nanny in college and the kids I watched attended mesa K-6 and are very intelligent, well-rounded adults, now ages 24 & 26.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2009

I would have to say I have mixed feelings about Mesa Elem. ! My 3 step children have been attending there for only a few months, and already look wore out from all the homework and over-emphasis on A/R and A/M tests and worksheets ! On the positive the youngest of the 3 has caught up after being behind on his reading level ! I wish they would put more emphasis on ONE-ON-ONE classroom help instead of so much homework ! It seems to me that they want the parents to do their jobs !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2009

I must disagree with any negative comments listed below. What I love about this school is that it challenges its students to the fullest, while focusing on the Multiple Intelligences. How else could it have become a Blue Ribbon school? The only one in its district. Mesa has a variety of activities that challenge the students' creatively and academically. Parents are an integral part of the school community. It has a welcoming and friendly environment. I have had continuous access to teachers to discuss my child's progress. There is no finer school in the country!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2008

My children are of a different nationality, and needed ESL. Mesa doesn't have an ESL program. The district provided an ESL tutor, but the tutor is only available after school. I agree with the earlier posts. Too much emphasis on mandatory Advanced Math and Advanced Reading goals. Too much homework, and too many opportunities for children who are not above avg. to get left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2008

Mesa has its pros and cons. The front desk staff is wonderful, it is a very open environment to parents and the lessons are very challenging. There is too much homework and too much emphasis on whole class punishment. Both have created a very negative outlook toward school for my child, that formally couldn't wait for each day of school. While my child has learned a lot through Mesa, we won't miss it upon leaving and hope to find a school with a little more well roundedness and that doesn't over focus on the testing scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2007

My son is in the 1st grade at Mesa. He attended Kindergarten at Parkview. He likes Mesa alot, but has been stuggling since the transfer. At Parkview I had constant communication with my sons teacher, so I knew what was going on at all times. Mesa is a different story I feel parent/ teacher communication is essential for academic groowth of students and Mesa just isn't measuring up. Sure its a beautiful, picture perfect school, but if your kids haven't gone there since kindergarten they don't stand a chance. I think this school is pretty much overrated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2007

I totally agree with the Aug 2007 post. My children attended fpr a total of two years. Their teachers were fantastic, but I was very disgusted by the way children were rewarded and others punished when reading goals were not met. By the end of school my girls started to hate reading and homework; like the previous parent review stated that much work for 'scores' will eventually have kids hating school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

I felt the leadership of this school is only concerned about the children's testing scores. The school is like a beautiful picture which no one can touch or mess up. Clinical and unfeeling with little concern for fun or enjoyment. Too much homework- the children are learning to hate school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

I strongly agree with all comments above. Mesa is a fabulous school and I could not say enough good things about it! My daughter attended Kindergarten and Ms Ericson is FANTASTIC. I cried the last day of school, not just because my daughter would not have Ms Ericson any longer, but because we are having to move due to the military. I am a former school teacher myself and cannot express to you how wonderful our experience has been with the teachers, Principal, excellent front counter staff, volunteers, school programs, safety and on and on. What an awesome introduction to school for my daughter! Thank you MESA!! We will miss you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2005

Great environment for the kids, teachers there are wonderful. My daughter loved all her teachers and the rest of the faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2005

Mesa has an excellent school climate, high test scores, and offers opportunities in academics, the arts, and athletics. Character education is embedded in all aspects of the school.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted August 3, 2005

My son attended Mesa for 1/2 a year for Kindergarten until we moved to Houston, TX. My son went to one of the highest rated schools in Houston, and still it did not even compare to Mesa. The front staff knows what they are doing and learns the parent/child. That means a lot to me as a parent. The teacher we had was wonderful! We were very sad to leave such a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2004

My daughter attended Mesa from 1st through half of 3rd grade. We moved due to retirement from the Air Force and were extremely sad she had to leave such a wonderful school. Mrs. Laing, Mrs. Ingram and Mrs Powell were excellent teachers and took the time to help guide her in the right way. I especially applaud Mrs Powell, due to the severe overcrowding of the 3rd grade class. Because of a silly 'district' or 'State' rule, additional teachers are not added unless the entire school average is over a certain number. Not just the grade level. Still, Mrs Powell continues to teach a very challenging and rewarding curriculum which places Mesa students far ahead of national peers. Thank you Mesa for the strong foundation my child has for her fututre!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2004

Mesa Elementary has truly earned its 'National Blue Ribbon Award' status! Our experience during our daughter's kindergarten and 1st grade years have been magnificent. We especially appreciate Mesa's 'multiple intelligences' approach to education, employing as many different possible learning styles as they can: naturalist (they have a garden for every grade level to use), kinesthetic (they combine p.e. and music once a week), and social (often learning in small groups with peer correction/encouragement) to name only a few. These, combined with solid academics in math and reading/writing have meant a thorough education for our daughter so far. Further we really appreciate the emphasis on respect and courtesy ('pillars of character') that are evident in the hallways, the classroom, the front office, the lunchroom, etc... Truly a wonderful balance of academics, discipline, relationship, and creativity!
—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 51% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

83 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

80 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2010.

76 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female91%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students73%
Female71%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female79%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students79%
Female82%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students79%
Female79%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female81%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students67%
Female63%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female80%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 26%
Hispanic 26% 59%
Two or more races 6% 1%
Black 5% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
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 32%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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